CottonmouthMCR is a weekly podcast hosted by our Chief Exec, Vaughan Allen. Tune in to hear us discuss the issues affecting city centre Manchester and Salford. We’ll be looking at rough sleeping, security and transport, the history of our cities, and the rise and rise of the food and beverage sector. And we’ll be interviewing many of our major players, from cultural to business to political leaders.

New episodes every Thursday (and sometimes more often).

Download on iTunes and ACast (just search Cottonmouth Manchester) or stream below via Soundcloud.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 37: Pubs!

Talking to Esther Maylor of The Eagle Inn in Salford and Steffi Price of Gullivers in the Northern Quarter, about being a landlady, the role of pubs in communities, running venues, working with brewers, and why a pub is not just about drinking.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 36: Blueprint Studios

Talking to Blueprint Studios Owners, Ian Stewart and Tim Thomas, about the evolution of Salford’s world-renowned studios. How it all started, the parties upstairs, how 50 Cent gave them a boost, how things have changed in the industry and what it sounds like when a Dalek needs a loo break.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 35: Gin

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we look at the growth and growth of gin. How did we get from Mother’s Ruin to here, when every railway arch has a distillery? Talking to Charlie Hooson-Sykes, writer and gin expert and propagandist, Seb Heeley from Manchester Gin and Lucy McAvoy from Four sis4ers gin.

Cottonmouth MCR Episode 33: Andrew Brooks

Talking to Andrew Brooks, Manchester’s finest photographer of city landscapes about urban exploring, using technology in his work and how the city is evolving.

Episode 32: The Village

In this extra long episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to Paul Martin of the LGBT Foundation, John from BarPop and Tony from OnBar about the history of the Village, what’s happening now and the likely future.

Episode 31: Afflecks and Hatch

We talk to Tony Martin, General Manager of Afflecks, about the history of the market, how people get involved and the range of sellers currently in situ. And then on to the new Hatch, the Afflecks offshoot on Oxford Road, and plans for the future.

Episode 30: Royal Exchange Theatre

In this episode of CottonmouthMCR we talk to the Royal Exchange’s Executive Director Mark Dobson and Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom about the history of the theatre, its radical past, its youth programmes, the wonderful building and its place in the city.

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