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BBC Manchester
Music, Arts and news from the BBC Base in Manchester. Designer Magazine staff Alex McCann and Karen McBride also work for the music department of the BBC

Night & Day Cafe
Manchester's premier music venue plays host to unsigned bands and the latest touring bands. Recent shows include Hard-Fi, Nine Black Alps and The Raveonettes.

Manchester Academy
Website of the three Academy venues in Manchester. Some of you may remember the days when Academy 2/3 were called the Hop & Grape and MDH

Manchester Roadhouse
Another stepping stone for bands on the way up. Designer Magazine still remember's seeing the Stereophonics there after their first single was released. We also saw the Teen-C band Bis for those old skool indie peeps

Karen McBride - Photographer
Designer Magazine's very own photographer Karen McBride. Karen also works for BBC Manchester and has snapped the likes of U2, Oasis and Coldplay and been on tour with Scissor Sisters as their official photographer

Shirlaine Forrest - Photographer
As well as snapping for Designer Magazine, Shirlaine also works for Virtual Festivals and is the official photographer for Manilla PR. As well as working with local unsigned bands from Manchester, Shirlaine has snapped international talent such as Velvet Revolver, Snoop Dogg and Moby

Ged Camera - Photographer
Ged Camera has been shooting unsigned bands from Manchester for well over a decade and his website has an encyclopedic knowledge of band past and present

Aidan - Photographer
We met Aidan at In The City in 2004 while he shooting bands, but his main area of expertise is capturing unique scenes from Manchester and across europe

The promotions company behind the Manchester leg of Club Fandango. Bringing the best new bands to Manchester first and also co-promotors of Designer Magazine's forthcoming showcases

Manchester Music
The latest news and reviews from unsigned Manchester bands

Manc Punk Scene
A great website highlighting the rockier side of Manchester. Sadly spoilt by interband bitching on the forums


NME's Peter Robinson irreverent look at the world of pop. If you care more about Daphne & Celeste than Michelle McManus then this site is for you

Smash Music
What Designer Magazine does for Manchester, Smash Music do for London. An independent look at the latest CD releases, Live gigs and interviews

Drowned In Sound
Long established indie zine which as well as covering contemporary bands also manages to track down the likes of My Vitriol and Silversun where others fail

In The City
The music industry showcase that discovered the likes of The Darkness, Oasis, Coldplay and the stereophonics. Could you be next?

The Band Agency
The organisers behind Break In The City showcases and the Stylish Riots club nights

Need information on a comedian, the latest comedy tours or Comedy TV - this is the only place to visit!!!

FM Forums
A place for webpervs who want pic of the latest Famous Males, but the discussion forums are second to none if you want the latest info on TV Shows or gossip

The Mighty Boosh Fansite
The official site is great, but if you're after regular updates and interview this fansite on the Mighty Boosh is the site you need. Complete with a very active Boosh forum as well

Mini Cheddars
Nothing fancy, not even any games on, but these are our favourite Cheese based snacks
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Designer Magazine's Editor Alex McCann has been a veggie for over 10 years and if it wasn't for Quorn he probably wouldn't eat

Manchester Cornerhouse Cinema
Want to see a film outside the mainstream. For the latest arthouse films from the UK and beyond this is Manchester's finest cinema

JD Wetherspoon
Apart from Student Union's, Wetherspoons can't be beaten on price. Designer Magazine have spent many a drunken afternoon in them masquerading as business meetings. The cheap meal deals are fantastic and the Garlic Ciabatta bread is a must!!!

Seven Stories Press
One of the best political independent publishing houses internationally. Thought provoking books indeed



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