Broadcaster to chart history through pop

Stuart Maconie

Stuart Maconie

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Stuart Maconie, a bloke who always comes across as a thoroughly nice fella, despite the fact he’s from Merseyside (just joking Scousers!), is heading to a venue fairly near here.

A TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author, he is heading to the Dukes in Lancaster after a sell-out visit there a couple of years back.

In his new show, which takes place on Friday February 28, Maconie will talk about his most recent book and epic radio series, The People’s Songs, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles.

Maconie is proud and passionate about this project in which he tells the story of modern Britain through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from World War Two to the present day.

Known as co-host of the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 6 Music – which goes out every afternoon – as well as The Freak Zone and The Freakier Zone on 6 Music, Maconie has also written and presents dozens of other shows on BBC Radio and TV.

As well as acclaimed official biographies of Blur and James, he is also one of the UK’s top selling travel writers, with Adventures on the High Teas bringing comparisons to Bill Bryson and earning him the title of a national treasure.

Tickets for Maconie’s The People’s Songs are £14 (£12 concessions) at www.dukes-lancaster.org or from the box office on 01524 598500.

The Dukes new comedy season, which is recommended for anyone aged 16 plus, also includes Kriss Foster & Friend (February 22) and Andy Kirkpatrick (April 5).

* If you’re feeling the need to get a fix of 70s music at the weekend, then the Sands Venue is the place for you. Koo Ka Choo, who played a successful New Year’s Eve gig at the venue, return on Saturday to belt out hits by glam rock acts like Mud, Sweet, Bay City Rollers, and T Rex.

Ticket details from the Sands box office on 01253 625262. Platform shoes, bad hair and shoulder pads are optional.