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, 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.

In January 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 Social Club, Milan. Some transcripts archived here.

***Sunday June 10th 2018 ‘Close Up’ featuring Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks). Onstage interview at Gorilla, Manchester. Tickets £15 from here

Book events 2018

To mark the publication of his memoirs, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester & More’, Dave will be doing various book events. Most of them will include a reading, an onstage interview, an audience Q&A, and a signing session. MORE WILL BE ADDED….

***Saturday May 19th 2018 Dave Haslam at CW9, Northwich (with Craig Parkinson). 1pm. Tickets £3 from here

***Tuesday May 22nd 2018 Dave Haslam at Gorilla, Manchester (with Stuart Maconie). SOLD OUT.

***Wednesday May 23rd 2018 Dave Haslam at Waterstones, Gower St, London (with Lemn Sissay). Tickets; here

***Thursday May 24th 2018 Dave Haslam at the Victoria, 106 Hoe St, Walthamstow (with Miranda Sawyer). SOLD OUT.

***Tuesday May 29th 2018 Dave Haslam at Leaf, Portland St, Manchester. SOLD OUT.

***Wednesday May 30th 2018 Dave Haslam at Outlaws, Leeds (with Miz DeShannon). Tickets; here. Includes a short DJ set.

***Thursday May 31st 2018 Dave Haslam at the British Music Experience, Liverpool. Paul Morley is now unable to make this event; the format will include readings, interview by Paul Fitzgerald, audience Q&A and book signing. Tickets; here

*** Friday June 1st 2018 Book event in David’s Bookshop, Letchworth. Tickets £6 (redeemable against the cover price of the book if bought on the night). Details here

*** Saturday June 2nd 2018 Dave Haslam interviewed by Thurston Moore at Abney Hall, during the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. 2pm. INFO/TICKETS here

*** Sunday June 3rd 2018 Book event at the King Street Festival, Manchester. At 2pm Dave will be in-conversation with Greg Thorpe. Details here

*** Monday June 4th 2018 Book event at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. INFO/TICKETS here

*** Wednesday June 6th 2018 Book event in Birmingham Town Hall, hosted by Jez Collins and the Birmingham Music Archive. Tickets £5 here

*** Mardi Juin 12 2018 Une soirée spéciale! Conférence en présence de Dave Haslam, Laurent Garnier et J-D Beauvallet. La Machine (Paris). More news soon.

*** Thursday June 21st 2018 Book event at ‘Tales From the Riverbank’ at Prince Henry Narrowboat, Castlefield, Manchester SOLD OUT

*** Friday June 22nd 2018 Book event and DJ set in Hebden Bridge. Dave reads from the book and is in discussion with Jon McClure (Reverend & the Makers) at the Little Theatre (7.30pm) and then the two will DJ together at the Trades (9.30pm – late). Tickets; here

*** Wednesday June 27th 2018 Book event at Urmston Library, with guest host/interviewer Abigail Ward. Event is free but pre-registration is required. INFO; here

*** Friday June 29th 2018 Book event in Newcastle-upon-Tyne – the Cluny. Tickets and info; here


***Jeudi March 22nd 2018 Dave Haslam DJing at the Rex club, Paris. Full details Full details ici.

***Saturday April 28th 2018 Dave Haslam DJing at Pen & Pencil, Northern Quarter, Manchester. Free entry. Open until 2am. Full details here.

***Saturday May 26th 2018 Dave Haslam DJing in the courtyard at South (South King Street, Manchester).

***Sunday May 27th 2018 Dave Haslam DJing at Ancoats General, Manchester. Free entry. Full details here.

***Saturday July 28th 2018 the House Party, Kendal Calling Festival. SOLD OUT.

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