Cath Aubergine grew up in Cheshire near a chemical factory which sometimes turned the river orange; this may or may not have had lasting effects. It was however usefully close to Manchester where she published her first fanzine â€œBobstonkin\' Auberginesâ€ with a school friend in 1989. After spending most of the 90s trying to grow up, she admitted defeat in 2001 and started going to too many gigs instead. Cath started writing about music again for manchestermusic.co.uk in 2003, and now co-manages the site as well helping out with local bands, campaigning against pay-to-play promoters and holding down a proper job to fund her excessive music habits. Cath is obsessed with ten inch vinyl and aspires to have one day stayed at every Travelodge in Britain apart from the shit ones on motorway junctions.
A long time mainstay of the Manchester music scene Dougie James has died at the age of 72. Dougie was known to many in the post punk period as being part of the gig promotion team with the late Alan Wise.
He had his own musical history as the lead singer of the 1970s band Dougie James and the Soul Train.