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Andre Rieu - Leeds Arena
Global superstar violinist Andre Rieu played to a packed Leeds audience at the Arena on his Love in Venice tour. I was expecting quite a highbrow show but Rieu is quite a joker and his humour was…
Graham Clark
Pantomine Review: Aladdin, Hull New Theatre
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

On entering the auditorium Christmas songs are playing: it was a good touch to get everyone in the mood for the night ahead.

The panto in Hull this year is Aladdin starring Sherrie Hewson (former…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 4:09pm

The Forest Of Possibility

Andrea Mastrovito 'Enciclopedia'
Andrea Mastrovito 'Enciclopedia'
The Forest Of Possibility is an intriguing exhibition from Art Unpacked in which a familiar material - paper - is transformed into extraordinary artworks.

Featuring seven artists from around the…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 9:12am

York Playwright Nominated For Prestigious National Writing Award

Mike Kenny
Mike Kenny
Leeds theatre company tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal have announced that their co-production of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by the acclaimed playwright Mike Kenny has been nominated in the Best…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 11:05am

Richard Trinder
Old Mother Goosed In A Parallel Universe
By Richard Trinder
Editor
David Leonard. Photo by Anthony Robling
David Leonard. Photo by Anthony Robling
Berwick Kaler, is writer, star and, let's be honest, co-conspirator in this dastardly plot to destroy every shred of credibility this venerable old theatre ever had.

In this year's panto at York…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 3:20pm

Interview: Jesse Malin

Jessie Malin
Jessie Malin
Jesse Malin has shown that he is something musical chameleon. Having started his public career at just 12 years old, the 46 year old New Yorker has made a name for himself in everything from heavy…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 2:40pm

Rachel Auty
Grassington 2015 Festival Events Announced
By Rachel Auty
Features Writer
Bellowhead
Bellowhead
The first Grassington Festival 2015 events have been announced, and tickets are on general sale from Monday 15th December.

On Wednesday 24th June there's a spectacular evening in store at a…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 12:50pm

East Leeds FM (ELFM) Launches Two New Singles On Its New Recording Label


ELFM, Heads Together Productions' longest running project, is proud to launch a new recording label, Chapel FM Recordings, this December with the release of two brand new singles as part ELFM's…

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Wed 10th Dec, 2014 | 5:02pm

Album Review: Take That - 111 (Polydor)


Now down to a three piece following Jason Orange's departure, this latest album from Take That sees them as a three piece hence the album's title.

The album is not, as some might have thought, a…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 7:59pm

Album Review: Olly Murs - Never Been Better - Sony Music


Olly Murs has had a successful career although he did not win the X Factor. Whether you view him as the best thing to happen to British pop over the last few years or as a second rate Robbie…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 7:00pm

Full Casting Announced For Northern Broadsides King Lear

Jonathan Miller and Barrie Rutter
Jonathan Miller and Barrie Rutter
Northern Broadsides have announced full casting for their forthcoming spring production of William Shakespeare's King Lear.

Directed by Jonathan Miller, the role of Lear will be played by Northern…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 1:41pm

Review: Lord Of The Flies - Bradford Alhambra


Matthew Bourne has been credited with bringing ballet productions to a mass audience, making it more accessible for the casual observer. In the past he has done this with Swan Lake and now with…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 6:34pm

Lauren Masterman
A Chat With Award-Winning Playwright Mike Kenny
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent
Thomas Edward-Bennett, Sally Ann Staunton and Matthew Hamper  - The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Photo by Brian Slater Photography
Thomas Edward-Bennett, Sally Ann Staunton and Matthew Hamper - The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Photo by Brian Slater Photography
In October last year, I had the pleasure of seeing Tutti Frutti's enchanting production of The Boy Who Cried Wolfat York Theatre Royal. When I discovered that the Play was making a return in time…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 10:47am

Gig Review: Erasure - Manchester Apollo


Having been out of the public eye for a while Erasure returned a few months ago with the album A Violent Flame: it is one of their best albums and it was always going to be a fine balancing act…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 11:56am

Interview: Bright Light Bright Light


Bright Light Bright Light has been one of the biggest British stars on 2014. Having unveiled his sophomore effort 'Life Is Easy', which was headed up by a duet with Sir Elton John, he embarked on…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 10:19am

Gig Preview: The Classic Rock Show


After its sell out 2014 tour,The Classic Rock Show returns in 2015 to perform the 'Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs Of All Time'!

From the extraordinary opening sounds of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 1:32pm

David J Markham
Review: Gang of Four - The Gift Of Chance...
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer

It's cold and damp outside the Holmfirth Picturedrome tonight. The amber street lamps glow brightly against the coal black sky and the locals quietly go about their usual activities. Tonight is…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 10:01am

Album Review: Cheryl - Only Human (Polydor)


The former Girls Aloud star and X Factor judge has just released a new album. You might think that it is not up to much but that is far from the case.

The introduction to the album is a speech…

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Sun 30th Nov, 2014 | 2:56pm

Gig Preview: Sheffield Singer/Songwriter Sam Scherdel - EP Release And Launch Night


Born in the South Yorkshire town of Mexborough, hook laden, energetic and contrastingly soulful songwriter Sam Scherdel has been penning music since the age of 11. After learning the drums at an…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Gig Review: James - Leeds Arena


James has been out of the spotlight for a few years but the band returned earlier this year with one of their strongest albums yet in La Petite Mort.

Although often thought of as a student band…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 8:30pm

Hebden Bridge Retain Brass Factor Crown

Charlotte Horsfield of Hebden Bridge picking up the award
Charlotte Horsfield of Hebden Bridge picking up the award
Brass fans were treated to an extravaganza of musical talent as Hebden Bridge Band beat off competition to win the Brass Factor for the second year running.

The band held off strong efforts by…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 8:20pm

Album Review: Alison Moyet - Minutes And Seconds Live (Cooking Vinyl Records)


Alison Moyet's last album The Minutes was well received by press and fans alike. The tour that followed was sold out and this new live album follows the tour of that name.

She was due to appear…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 10:08pm

Interview: Scarlette


Finnish songstress Scarlette has set up home in London as a result of what can only be described as a modern day fairytale.

Having grown up in a tiny village, Scarlette felt misunderstood. With…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 4:42pm

Gig Review: Kasabian - Leeds Arena


If you wondered where all the Kaiser Chief fans go when the band are not touring then look no further than a Kasabian gig - both groups appear to attract the same audience.

Kasabian are now able…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 3:27pm

Generous Jools The Seamless Savant

Photo by Sean Rowe
Photo by Sean Rowe
It would be easy to drown in a sea of superlatives having watched Jools Holland bring a packed house at Harrogate Conference Centre to its feet with a programme of rhythm and blues that would…

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Sun 23rd Nov, 2014 | 12:16pm

Gig Review: Chris Difford And Glen Tilbrook Of Squeeze - Grand Opera House, York


Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook together wrote most of Squeeze's big hits: they were often referred to as the Lennon and McCartney of the early 1980's.

On their current UK tour they have decided…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 9:14am

Huge Success For Community Engagement Project At Opera North

The Coronation of Poppea. Photo by Tristram Kenton
The Coronation of Poppea. Photo by Tristram Kenton
The first year of a new Community Engagement Project at Opera North has been an unqualified success, as newly released figures show more than 2480 attendances at performances since the project…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 12:53pm

Gig Review: The Human League - 02 Academy Leeds


Making a welcome return to Leeds, The Human League played to a sell out audience at the Leeds o2 Academy.

With a white stage set. Lead singer Phil Oakey appeared on stage dressed all in black: it…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 2:40pm

Yorkshire Art Journal

Airport by Paul Digby
Airport by Paul Digby
The Yorkshire Art Journal, Volume II: Solitude, which showcases the work of 15 talented Yorkshire-based artists (8 painters; 2 photographers; 2 poets; 2 mixed media artists; 1 performance artist)…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 10:25am

Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Album Review: Little Big Town
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent

Little Big Town may have formed 16 years ago and released their eponymous début album 12 years ago, but their sound is still as fresh and fiery as it was when they first set-out on the road to…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 2:50pm

Peter Gabriel @ Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel started his Back To Front tour in 2012 as an intimate celebration of the 25th anniversary of his most commercially successful solo album, 1987's So.

Such is the popularity of…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 2:15pm

Preview: Roy Wood Gig - Holmfirth - Wednesday 17 December

Roy Wood
Roy Wood
At this time of the year it is hard not to hear the Wizard track, I wish it could be Christmas Everyday but it is easy to forget that Roy Wood has had many hits over the years besides one of his…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 10:00am

24hr Live Musicathon: East Leeds FM (ELFM)

ELFM Musicathon 2013
ELFM Musicathon 2013
A 24hr Live Musicathon from 3pm on Saturday 13 to 3pm on Sunday 14 December provides a rousing end to ELFM's 'Tuned In Festival' - a seven- day FM broadcast on 87.7FM (from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 11:39am

Album Review: Mary J Blige - The London Sessions (Capitol)


Just as Dusty Springfield went to Memphis to record her classic album, American R&B superstar Mary J Blige came to London to record her latest album.

Some bright spark has had the brilliant idea…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 7:48pm

Gig Review: Basement Jaxx - 02 Academy, Leeds


Gorillas, a ballet dancer and a gymnast on stage - it could only happen at a Basement Jaxx gig! Over the last 15 years Basement Jaxx has been at the forefront of dance music. Newer styles might…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 12:44pm

Cinderella Shall Go To The Ball At Harrogate Theatre Panto

Cinderella at Harrogate Theatre. Photo by Karl Andre
Cinderella at Harrogate Theatre. Photo by Karl Andre
Pumpkins that transform into carriages; mice that turn into handsome footmen and a fairy godmother to make it all happen: magic abounds in Cinderella, this year's Harrogate Theatre pantomime,…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 1:27pm

Gig Review: Saxon - 02 Academy Leeds


Celebrating 35 years together Barnsley rock act Saxon returned back to Yorkshire as part of their Warriors of the Road European tour which started in Athens.

"The Who are celebrating 50 years…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 1:28pm

White Christmas Is Spectacular At West Yorkshire Playhouse


The West Yorkshire Playhouse has a spectacular adaptation of the 1954 film White Christmas, and its subsequent Broadway musical, as an early Christmas treat this holiday season.

This is feel-good…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 9:35am

Gig Review: Paloma Faith - Manchester Apollo


Having recently recovered from a bout of illness Paloma Faith played this re-scheduled gig in Manchester. You would not know that she had been ill as she seemed to have got back her energy again…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 11:45am

Interview: Chris Selman and Simon Williams


Manchester-based pop duo Chris Selman and Simon Williams have had quite a year. Following the release of their critically acclaimed EP Loaded Gun, the band toured nationally and had their music…

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Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 | 8:54am

Album Review: Rumer - Into Colour (Atlantic Records)


Four years after she released her debut album, Rumer has returned with her new album, Into Colour.

Her voice always reminded me of Karen Carpenter and this set of new songs does not alter my…

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Mon 1st Dec, 2014 | 1:22pm

Album Review: One Direction - Four (Syco)


One Direction's new album will probably appeal to the parents of the group's young fans. It is certainly an unexpected surprise and at times the songs sound like soft American rock of the 1980's…

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Sun 30th Nov, 2014 | 6:28pm

Album Review: Gedeon Luke And The People - Live Free And Love (Monocentric Music)


If, like me you saw Gedeon Luke and the People on Later with Jools earlier this autumn you might have been very impressed.

The album is a mixture of Soul, Funk and Rock. Opening track Lend Me Your…

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Sun 30th Nov, 2014 | 2:41pm

Gig Review: James Blunt - Leeds Arena


It is easy to knock James Blunt: his music comes across as inoffensive but in a live context he is a different proposition altogether.

His current tour has been on the road since January; the…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 8:45pm

Interview with Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)


Former lead singer of The Stranglers, Hugh Cornwell is now a successful solo artist. He released his last studio album Totem and Taboo last year and he is currently on tour and will be appearing…

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Sat 29th Nov, 2014 | 8:30pm

Berwick Kaler: The Man Behind The Make-Up

Berwick Kaler in one of his more understated frocks
Berwick Kaler in one of his more understated frocks
Despite expecting to be faced with the brash and flamboyant Geordie Dame that has been gracing York Theatre Royal Pantomime with her presence for the past 37 years, I met up with the man behind…

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Thu 27th Nov, 2014 | 9:31am

Phil Hopkins
Conley Husks His Way Through Barnum
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent
Brian Conley as Barnum at the Bradford Alhambra
Brian Conley as Barnum at the Bradford Alhambra
Brian Conley has a big personality and, whilst his dusky, bass voice was well suited to Jolson all those years ago, as Barnum he lacked the gentle melody of the two men who originally captured the…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 9:07am

Soloists Announced For York Minster Handel's Messiah Performance

Fflur Wyn - photo Sian Trenberth
Fflur Wyn - photo Sian Trenberth
For many people, listening to a live performance of Handel's Messiah is an integral part of their preparations for Christmas, and this year, some of the UK's finest soloists will again join the…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 9:56am

Gig Review: Lady Gaga - Sheffield Arena


Combining art and popular culture has been part of pop music over the years, notably in the 1970's with acts such as Roxy Music and Queen and in the 1980's with groups like The Pet Shop Boys. It…

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Sun 23rd Nov, 2014 | 8:00pm

Gig Preview: Hugh Cornwell And Hazel O'Connor - The Wardrobe, Leeds


Hazel will perform songs from her stunning back catalogue and her critically acclaimed recent material whilst Hugh's electric performance will include a mix of solo and classic Stranglers…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 10:42am

CD And DVD Review: Alice Cooper - Raise The Dead


Alice Cooper always puts on a good live show and one that you will always remember. His shows are always theatrical and now with this new DVD of his live show filmed at Germany's Wacken Festival…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 3:34pm

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