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LISA Stans­field grew up in Rochdale. When she first emerged, in the mid-80s, she was one-third of a group, with Andy Mor­ris and Ian De­vaney, called Blue Zone. Lisa has sold over 20 mil­lion records, bring­ing her unique brand of soul, R&B and Brit-house to the masses. With con­tri­bu­tions to the sound­tracks of The Body­guard and In­de­cent Pro­posal, Lisa has won nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and Bill­board Mu­sic Awards.

My ear­li­est mem­ory of Manch­ester is...

I think my ear­li­est mem­ory of Manch­ester was go­ing to Tib Street with my dad be­cause we had a trop­i­cal fish tank. It’s funny be­cause we won a gold­fish at a fair so we went ‘oh dad, can we get it a tank and ev­ery­thing?’ and we were all re­ally ex­cited and we got this gold­fish and it was just the most like bionic gold­fish you’ve ever seen and it grew so big, like a koi carp. And so we de­cided that it would live in this trop­i­cal fish en­vi­ron­ment - I don’t know why. So we used to go to Tib Street and get all these lit­tle trop­i­cal fish, and this gold­fish would just be with all these fish in the fish tank and when the other fish had ba­bies he would eat them. My next re­ally prom­i­nent mem­ory was when I first started do­ing night­clubs. I was only 14 and I used to sing at a club called Fa­gin’s on Ox­ford Road and there was a ke­bab shop right op­po­site, and my dad took me as I was only 14 and my mum and dad had to chap­er­one me. Dad said to me one night, it was a typ­i­cal Manch­ester rainy night, and he said: “I’m go­ing to get you your first ever ke­bab.”

My favourite place to eat in Manch­ester is...

I re­ally do like near Vic­to­ria Sta­tion, near the old Corn Ex­change, be­cause they have lit­tle restau­rants in there and I re­ally like eat­ing in there. Me and Ian live in Rochdale so some­times we just get off the train at Vic­to­ria, go into that build­ing, have our lunch and head back home!

My favourite Manch­ester bar or night­club is…

I’ve got to say in my life­time I’ve been very, very lucky to be around when The Haçienda was open. My hus­band Ian did a gig with some­body and they were film­ing a pro­gramme called The Tube and he saw Madonna do­ing the whole thing for the show. He said that when she was do­ing Lucky Star and you knew be­cause she was boss­ing ev­ery­one around and was prop­erly Madonna right from the be­gin­ning.

My favourite place to shop in Manch­ester is...

Well ac­tu­ally I’ve quite got into Arn­dale but I re­ally love Spin­ning­fields and the North­ern Quar­ter is bril­liant. It’s just a dif­fer­ent city now re­ally. It’s as pow­er­ful as the peo­ple that live in it.

The last gig or show I saw in Manch­ester was…

My friend Max­ine Peake at the Royal Ex­change and she was do­ing A Street­car Named De­sire.

She was ab­so­lutely bril­liant.

My favourite hid­den gem in Manch­ester is...

Dishoom

The best Manch­ester band of all time is...

Well it’s got to be Oa­sis hasn’t it? I mean The Fall and New or­der are re­spon­si­ble for a lot of mu­sic that came not only from Manch­ester but ev­ery­where, they were such amaz­ing in­spi­ra­tions to a lot of peo­ple.

Manch­ester has ev­ery­thing ex­cept... A beach.

Peo­ple’s big­gest mis­con­cep­tion about Manch­ester is…

It’s rougher than it is. It’s pretty pol­ished at the mo­ment and has its head screwed on. It’s a pow­er­ful place with gor­geous ar­chi­tec­ture. Manch­ester has al­ways been a mas­sively in­no­va­tive city; loads of great sci­en­tific find­ings have come from Manch­ester. The first com­puter in the world was there and took up a whole build­ing. So Manch­ester has al­ways been very in­no­va­tive.

The thing I love most about Manch­ester is…

I love the spirit and I love that if you want to be in Manch­ester, you’re not go­ing to get away with any­thing. I love the di­rect­ness and hon­esty of the peo­ple and that’s what Manch­ester is all about.

The com­plete 2003 re­mas­tered ver­sion of Lisa’s 1989 al­bum Af­fec­tion will now be avail­able on a lim­ited 2LP edi­tion for the very first time.

The re­lease comes amidst a se­lec­tion of Euro­pean tour dates that cel­e­brate the al­bum’s 30th an­niver­sary. It’s avail­able to buy at shop.lisa-stans­field. com.

Madonna dur­ing her ap­pear­ance at The Haçienda in 1984

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