Close Up

A series of onstage in-conversations, with Dave Haslam interviewing musicians, writers, actors and artists discussing their life and work. ‘Close Up’ events have featured the likes of writers Jonathan Franzen, Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, and Jackie Kay; the artist Jeremy Deller; musicians John Lydon, Kevin Rowland, David Byrne, Jarvis Cocker, Black Francis from the Pixies, Tracey Thorn, Wayne Coyne and Nile Rodgers; and actors John Thomson and Maxine Peake.

This onstage interview series has also gone abroad. In Jan 2014 Dave interviewed Laurent Garnier at the first of a series of ‘Close Up’ events at Silencio, Paris. In April 2016 he interviewed designer Peter Saville at Santeria, Milan. Some transcripts archived here.

Book events 2020

Dave Haslam will be doing various talks, Q&As, and book events throughout 2020. He’ll be discussing his DJing, and his writing – including his memoirs, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester & More’, and his new book (in his limited edition ‘Art Decades’ series) ‘Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982’

Books will be available to buy at all events. Info on the Courtney Love book here;

***Monday March 2nd 2020 > Dave Haslam launches his new book about Courtney Love at the British Music Experience, Liverpool > includes an onstage interview with Dave hosted by Paul Fitzgerald, a short acoustic set by Campbell L. Sangster, book reading, and a signing session. ***SOLD OUT***

***Wednesday March 4th 2020 > Manchester, Blackwell’s Bookshop, (146 Oxford Rd, M13 9GP) Dave Haslam talking about his new book ‘Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982′; reading, discussion and onstage interview hosted by Sarah Walters. Details and tickets here Apologies this event is SOLD OUT. No further tickets are available.

***Thursday March 5th 2020 > Dublin, Hen’s Teeth (Blackpitts, Merchants Quay, D08 K0HD) > Dave Haslam talking about music, DJing, and writing, hosted by Roisin Dwyer. Tickets HERE.

***Sunday March 8th 2020 > Leeds, Literature Festival > Dave Haslam talking about music, DJing, and writing at Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 1BL. Info and tickets;

***Wednesday March 11th 2020 > Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (106 High St, Kings Heath B14 7JZ) > Dave Haslam talking about music, DJing, and writing, including onstage interview hosted by Lyle Bignon. Tickets; HERE.

***Thursday March 12th 2020 > London, Wanstead Tap (352 Winchelsea Rd, London E7 0AQ) > Dave Haslam and Amy Raphael discuss music, writing, and Courtney Love. Tickets and info HERE.

***Monday March 16th 2020 > York, Crescent (8 The Crescent, YO24 1AW) > CANCELLED

***Sunday March 29th 2020 > Magic Rock Brewery, Huddersfield > CANCELLED.


***Friday November 29th 2019 Dave Haslam DJing at Supersonic, Paris. Ticket details here.

***Saturday February 29th 2020 Dave Haslam DJing at the Ritz Manchester at a live show featuring Ladytron, Ist Ist and Stealing Sheep. Ticket details here.

***Saturday March 21st 2020 Dave Haslam DJing at the Klondyke in Levenshulme. 10pm-1am. ***SOLD OUT*** – all tickets gone. CANCELLED.

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