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Review Of Bingley Music Live - 29th - 31 August 2014
Bingley Music Live is gaining a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the UK to see established acts along with new artists. This year's festival was no exception and with good weather, a…
Gaz Coombes
Sep
11
HOST Art Walk - Huddersfield
Sep
12
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
Sep
14
Staithes Arts & Heritage Festival

History is the Future in Harrogate


Harrogate International Festivals invites audiences to delve into the characters, intrigues and stories that stood the test of time to become the stuff of history books.

The second Harrogate…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 6:10pm

Graham Clark
Review Of Leeds Festival, Bramham Park
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

Now a part of the Leeds calendar, the Leeds Festival is one of the major UK festivals of the year and rightly so. It attracts some of the biggest names in rock, dance and from the indie scene.

J…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 12:00pm

Review of V Festival - Weston Park - Sunday 17 August 2014

Starsailor
Starsailor
The second day of the V Festival drew the largest crowds of the weekend with 85,000 fans in attendance.

It is a long time since Starsailor graced a UK stage but with tracks such as Four To The…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 10:30am

Staithes Art And Heritage Festival

Staithes sunset
Staithes sunset
A BBC TV presenter, an Optical Illusion artist and an iPad art workshop are among the new attractions this year as Staithes Art and Heritage Festival announces details of its 3rd annual event,…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 12:53pm

Sue Devaney, Rosie in Mamma Mia - Blackpool Opera House
You have done a lot of theatre and television work over the years, what drew you to the musical MAMMA MIA!?

I'd never done a big ''wham bam" musical before so when my agent put me up for the role of Rosie I didn't think I'd get it. I remember one of my best friends coming with me to all of my 3 auditions. He's an umpa lumpa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and he's an expert in musical theatre... Joe told me what to wear, what to sing, how to cellotape my sheet music together so it would be easy for the pianist to play, and he got me a session with Nigel Lilley, a great MD who told me not to put too much vibrato into my voice because that's not what the Mamma Mia team are looking for! I'd done rock and roll musical shows before this and the odd song or two in panto! When I was offered the job, I was over the moon. I wanted the challenge of doing something new, singing and dancing 8 shows a week and as it's a World tour... travelling to exotic places like South Korea, Kuala Lumpa, Singapore.....But honestly, what really sold it to me was 3 months in Blackpool in the summer! Seeing my friends and family and playing at The Winter Gardens!!

Were you a fan of ABBA and their songs?

I remember listening to Abba songs when I was a child. My sister and I would record the 'Top 40' on a little tape recorder and one Sunday we were taping and this amazing song came on.... "Super Trouper".... I loved it! We couldn't get a good recording of it though because Mum was in the background shouting us down for tea! I have to say I wasn't a massive Abba fan though before I started the show. I have a comedy singing act called Double Bubble and we do a kind of medley of a few Abba songs but I always let my friend sing them whilst I do a bit of contemporary movement in the background with a scarf or two! I find a lot of the songs far too high to sing... My comedy partner laughed when I got the job... She said I'd have to learn the words now and stop waving my arms about!!

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Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balcony

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Hi!, how was your experience at Kendal Calling?

"ABSOLUTELY INSANE! Did you see that crowd? unreal! It was my birthday too so I won't be forgetting that one."

What are you looking forward to…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:53am

Review: Sir Tom Jones - Lytham Proms

Sir Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones
Now in its 5th year Lytham Proms is held annually in the first weekend of August. The opening night was a 1980's inspired night whilst Michael Ball with the Halle Orchestra closed the festival on…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 5:30pm

From Decadence To Downfall: Opera North's New Season

Alessandro Talevi. Director of La traviata
Alessandro Talevi. Director of La traviata
Opera North's exuberant new season is a perfect marriage of drama and comedy, bringing three contrasting operas to life on stage in Leeds and on tour throughout the North of England this Autumn.

T…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 2:42pm

Northern Broadsides Stoop To Conquer


Fresh from the critical acclaim of An August Bank Holiday Lark, Northern Broadsides are set to take to road again this autumn to stage Oliver Goldsmith's much loved 18th century comedy of manners S…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 11:02am

Alex Hepburn, Jamie Cullum - Jazz A Juan, Juan Les Pins

Alex Hepburn
Alex Hepburn
Alex Hepburn might be a new name that you have not heard of before but by the end of this year I am sure you will know who she is.

This rising star from Scotland has a local connection too as Alex…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 9:14am

Tracy Horsfall
Beat - Herder 2014..The Best So far!
By Tracy Horsfall
Correspondent

The Organisers are going to have to pull something massive out of the bag to top this years festival, as even a short interlude of rain, lightening and a touch of thunder couldn't dampen the…

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Sun 3rd Aug, 2014 | 4:06pm

You'll SHREK With Laughter!

Dean Chisnall (Shrek). Photo by Helen Maybanks
Dean Chisnall (Shrek). Photo by Helen Maybanks
The Jolly Green Giant (he flogs sweetcorn) and the Green Cross Code Man (for those of a certain age) have one thing in common.....they have green in their name but, quite frankly, they're about as…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 10:41am

Lewis Brown
Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions
By Lewis Brown
Literary Correspondent
Historical biographer, Matthew Dennison
Historical biographer, Matthew Dennison
During his appearance at the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival this July, freelance journalist and historical biographer, Matthew Dennison, spoke to Lewis Brown about his career as a writer,…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 9:55am

Tosca - Heritage Opera's New production for Autumn 2014



Following on from their success with The Barber Of Seville and La Boheme in 2013, Heritage Opera returns to Fountains Abbey and Harrogate Theatre with Puccini's Tosca containing such gems as the…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 11:45pm

Nice Jazz Festival Review

Kris Bowers
Kris Bowers
The Nice Jazz Festival is held every year in July from 8th - 12th July. The line up these days tends to offer more than jazz based artists. The acts appearing this year included Deep Purple and…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 10:16am

Lauren Masterman
Review: The Importance Of Being Earnest At York Mansion House
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent

After having walked passed that mysterious doorway to York's historic Mansion House on St.Helen's Square countless times, I, like many others, have been curious to get a peep at the grandeur…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 7:41am

Jeremy Williams
Magic
By Jeremy Williams
Arts Correspondent

Magic have finally landed in the UK. Having taken the world by storm with their stomping single 'Rude', the troupe have decided to try their luck on these shores. With the single already garnering…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 5:33pm

Robert Galbraith In Sell-Out Exclusive UK Appearance

Robert Galbraith with Val McDermid - photo by Fenris Oswin
Robert Galbraith with Val McDermid - photo by Fenris Oswin
J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith appeared exclusively at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival tonight at 7.30pm (18 July) in Harrogate, in conversation with fellow crime…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 12:33pm

Interview: Horace Panter - Gentleman, Bass Player And Artist

A clip from one of the Robots series by Horace Panter
A clip from one of the Robots series by Horace Panter
Most famously known as the bassist from seminal 80's Ska band The Specials, Horace Panter has now turned his creative talents to art.

Though still touring with the band, the artist has found…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 8:47am

Striking Image Of Sheep And Sculpture Is Winner Of Art Fund Prize For Museum Of Year 2014 Photography Competition


Following a fierce public vote, William Lawson has been named as the winner of the Museum of the Year photography competition 2014. His picture captures an errant sheep standing on the base of…

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 3:16pm

A Chat With: Lekan Lawal

Rebecca Ryan and Lekan Lawal
Rebecca Ryan and Lekan Lawal
A Taste of Honey was written in 1961, when Shelagh Delaney was just 18.

Scandalous and shocking, it brought to light emerging social issues of the time such as race, promiscuity and…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 8:50am

Book Review: Rock Stars Stole My Life - Mark Ellen (Hodder)


Mark Ellen is a music journalist who worked on NME, Smash Hits and was editor at The Word before it folded 2 years ago. He was one of the co-founders of the magazine Q. He was one of the…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 11:30pm

Yorkshire Festivals Round Up 2014 - Part Three


New Venues, New Stages and New Acts are all announced in our third festivals round up of the season. But watch out! tickets are selling out fast. Make sure you don't miss out. Buy your ticket now!

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 2:54pm

Elaine  Annable
Review Only Men Aloud with special guest Laura Wright
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent

It doesn't seem that long ago since 'Only Men Aloud' won the BBC's 'Last Choir Standing' competition. In the intervening years they have become international artists with hit albums and a…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 12:33pm

"Hull Is Where The Heart Is" For Author's Creative Writing Competition

Val Wood
Val Wood
Award-winning author Val Wood has teamed up with Hull Central Library to launch a creative writing competition for 2014. Val will launch the competition - "Hull is where the heart is" at the…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:50am

Bold Festival

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
A new national arts festival is set to launch in Bradford in September which will celebrate the creativity of older people and their rich variety of experience, as well as challenge and stimulate…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 3:01pm

Interview With John Newman

John Newman
John Newman
From playing a home town gig in Settle last October to 200 fans to selling out the 4,000 capacity Brixton Academy in London this October; it has been a tremendous year for John Newman.

His debut…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 7:25pm

V Festival - Weston Park - Saturday 16 August 2014

Nile Rodgers and Chic
Nile Rodgers and Chic
The rain held off for the V Festival this year again for what proved to be another varied range of acts appearing across the weekend.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers were a great act to warm up the…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 10:05am

'Festival Goers' Enjoy Magnificent Beacons

 Captis Picture Agency
Captis Picture Agency
Last weekend thousands made their way from far and wide to set up camp in the grounds of Heslaker Farm, Skipton, home to Beacons Festival.




In spite of the adverse weather conditions that…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 9:10pm

Scout Beck
Interview: Charlie Caplowe, Founder Of The Xtra Mile Label
By Scout Beck
Correspondent
Charlie Caplowe
Charlie Caplowe
As Xtra Mile Recordings get set to release another innovative compilation album 'Smokin (Signed vs Unsigned), where the likes of Frank Turner, Ben Marwood, Chris T-T and Beans on Toast select…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 10:10am

Imaginations Take Flight On The Buses

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival's Writer in Residence, Julia Crouch, with a No.36 bus
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival's Writer in Residence, Julia Crouch, with a No.36 bus
An internationally published author, who spent a week on the 36 bus route to inspire new writing, has released the results.

'Fifteen Minute Read' by Julia Crouch is available as a publication for…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Gig Preview: Pusher - The Basement, York


A new Yorkshire band that only formed last year is playing a gig in York at The Basement on Friday 8 August.

This Barnsley outfit sound like a mix between Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 4:45pm

Art Walk In Huddersfield


After the success of last year, the HOST Art Walk will take place again bringing the centre of Huddersfield alive with a series of pop up and existing art exhibitions.

The walk will run from…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 2:17pm

Dominic Wilcox: Variations On Normal

Dominic Wilcox's biscuit-based homage to the White Cliffs of Dover
Dominic Wilcox's biscuit-based homage to the White Cliffs of Dover
Artist? Designer? Inventor? Sunderland born creator Dominic Wilcox quite wonderfully defies categorization.

The artist is now set to share his ideas in a book entitled 'Variations on Normal' to be…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 8:52am

The Family Stone, Chic Feat Nile Rodgers - Jazz A Juan Juan Les Pins - July 2014

The beautiful setting of the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival
The beautiful setting of the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival
For the 54th edition of the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival this year's edition featured a strong line up that ranged from George Benson to Stevie Wonder.

The opening night started off with two of…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 8:58am

Yorkshire Photographer's Work Selected For Prestigious International Exhibition

Sarah Brabbin
Sarah Brabbin
Work by Yorkshire-based photographer Sarah Brabbin, has been selected to be part of a prestigious exhibition who's tour will include The Royal Albert Hall.

Sarah's image of Sheffield's Castle…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 6:00am

Beverley Hicks - Takes The plunge!

Possession
Possession
Beverley Scott, formerly an Art Teacher at Settle College, has decided to concentrate on developing her Art career.

While still teaching she showed her paintings every year in the North Yorkshire…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 10:22am

Author Launches One Hull Of A Creative Writing Contest

Val Wood
Val Wood
Award-winning author Val Wood teamed up with Hull Central Library on Saturday to launch a creative writing competition for 2014. Val launched the competition - "Hull is where the heart is" to an…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 12:32pm

Superb Line-Up Set To Light Up Kirkstall Abbey As Part Of Classical Fantasia

Soprano Laura Wright
Soprano Laura Wright
The Cistercian ruins of a much loved abbey in Leeds are once again set to host an outdoor classical musical event to remember

Organised by Leeds City Council, tickets are now available for the…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 11:49am

Local Textile Artist Opens New Gallery Showcasing Yorkshire-Inspired Work

Catherine Green
Catherine Green
Leading West Yorkshire textile artist Catherine Green has opened a new contemporary gallery to exhibit and sell her work to members of the public.

Her new gallery located in the centre of Gomersal…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 2:11pm

Leeds' Picture Lending Scheme

Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend
Leeds Art Gallery will be hosting the popular Picture Lending Scheme this weekend
Due to popular demand, the UKs most longstanding Picture Lending Scheme hosted by a city gallery will take place for the first time over two days this weekend.

Bringing original art to people's…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 3:50pm

Leeds Festival Preview: 22-24 August 2014


The Leeds Festival at Bramham Park is now less than 5 weeks away. Held over the late summer bank holiday weekend, the headliners this year include Yorkshire's very own, the Arctic Monkeys. Also…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 8:32am

Review of Hallam FM Summer Live - Sheffield Arena

Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson
The current crop of pop acts old and new were on display in Sheffield on Friday night.

The Vamps opened up the evening, they are developing into a tight pop outfit and they received one of the…

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Sat 19th Jul, 2014 | 11:06am

Royals Head To York As Striking Collection Of Contemporary Portraits Go On Display

Queen Elizabeth by Andy Warhol
Queen Elizabeth by Andy Warhol
A collection of royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery is heading to York as part of a brand new season-long display at the National Trust's Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens.

Roy…

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Sun 13th Jul, 2014 | 7:38pm

The Vital Importance Of Being Earnest


When Theatre Mill brought The Importance of Being Earnest to the Lord Mayor's Mansion House last summer, theirs was the most celebrated and most talked about piece of theatre of the season.

For…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 8:58am

Phil Hopkins
Murder, Mayhem & Mirth
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent and Tea Drinker

The Play That Goes Wrong is the new kid on the block, a funny novelty that will eventually run its coarse, sorry course!

There's no doubt that Mischief Theatre's latest creation - Peter Pan Goes…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 9:48am

Review Of Mama Mia! - The Musical


As musicals go it does not get any brighter and uplifting as this international touring production of Mama Mia!

The film version of this his show was built around major stars such as Pierce…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 3:07pm

Summer Solstice 2014

Ustad Surjeet Singh performs on the Sarangi
Ustad Surjeet Singh performs on the Sarangi
South Asian Arts-uk's Summer Solstice festival in Leeds attracted a large diverse audience this year. People flocked in to see the unique concert which is the only one of its kind in the UK…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 1:33pm

Ann Chadwick
Viv Groskop To Open Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival
By Ann Chadwick
Features Writer
Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop will open the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival on Thursday 10 July at 1pm with her five star Edinburgh show, I Laughed, I Cried.

"I Laughed, I Cried is a show about trying to do…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:22am

Album Review - Example - Live Life Loving (Epic Records)


Example has been one of the big dance acts over the last few years. After a few successful years on Ministry of Sound the band moved to a major label last year and this is the first release on…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 8:02am

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