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.

This onstage interview series has also gone abroad. 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.

Book events 2018

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

***UPDATE – March/April 2019 Book events planned in Bradford, Stoke, Glasgow and London. Details soon.


***Friday Dec 28th 2018 Dave Haslam DJing at Headrow House, Leeds. Free entry (set-times 5pm-9pm). Details here.

***Monday Dec 31st 2018 Dave Haslam DJing at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. Special NYE event hosted by Kendal Calling festival and headlined by Everything Everything. Full details here.

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