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Gig Review: Bowling For Soup, Leeds 02 Academy
A few years ago Bowling For Soup decided not to tour as often after years on the road, instead they said they wanted to spend more time with their families and would make the odd festival…
Jan
23
Aardman Animations Exhibition
Feb
9
Premiere of Madam Butterfly with a local touch
Feb
9
A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
Feb
10
Cosi Fan Tutte - Opera North
Feb
12
Song of Leviathan - part of Arts Festival Coastival
Feb
13
Cosi Fan Tutte - Opera North
Feb
13
Chicago Blues Brothers
Feb
14
War Horse (Touring)
Feb
15
Reach Out Festival 2016
Feb
16
Sid's Show
Feb
16
Sound of Music
Feb
18
Brendan Cole - A Night to Remember
Feb
18
Cosi Fan Tutte - Opera North
Feb
18
King of Pop - The Legend Continues
Feb
18
Richard Herring embarks on a UK tour with his brand new show, Happy Now?
Feb
19
COAL
Feb
19
Brendan Cole - A Night to Remember
Feb
19
Howard Jones - An intimate evening of songs and stories
Feb
20
Brendan Cole - A Night to Remember
Feb
20
Andrea Chenier - Opera North
Feb
20
Hyena Lounge Comedy Club
Feb
22
Languages Festival
Richard Trinder
Cosi Fan Tutte: They're All The Same?
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Gavan Ring as Guglielmo, Ellie Laugharne as Despina and Helen Sherman as Dorabella. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Gavan Ring as Guglielmo, Ellie Laugharne as Despina and Helen Sherman as Dorabella. Photo by Tristram Kenton
"Cosi" is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: You've heard of him I'm sure. Him with the infinite number of twiddles and the endless repeats of the same phrase.

"Get to the bridge…

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Thu 4th Feb, 2016 | 8:43am

Thriller Live - Grand Opera House, York


Fans of Michael Jackson have been watching this show for many years as it has been touring the country over the last 5 years or so, the show is so popular that it is still on in London, now in its…

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Tue 2nd Feb, 2016 | 10:00pm

Mary Poppins - Palace Theatre, Manchester

Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins. Photo credit Johan Persson
Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins. Photo credit Johan Persson
If like me you thought that the Mary Poppins musical was just for children, then think again. This extravagant and feel good show will appeal to all ages. It felt just like walking out of seeng a…

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Sat 30th Jan, 2016 | 6:00pm

The Corrs Supported By The Shires - Manchester Arena

The Corrs
The Corrs
The Shires were a suitable act to open up for The Corrs, this British country band was appreciated immensely by the audience. "We grew up listening to The Corrs and we never ever dreamed we would…

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Thu 28th Jan, 2016 | 9:00am

Album Review: The James Hunter Six - Hold On!


Before I received this album I had never heard of James Hunter. It turns out he is an accomplished R&B singer from Colchester. He has been a backing singer on several Van Morrison tours. The album…

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Tue 26th Jan, 2016 | 1:57pm

Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Interview: Toby Keith
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent

Since debuting with his eponymous album in 1993, Toby Keith has gone on to become one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of the country world. With his 18th studio album, 35 M.P.H Town,…

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Mon 25th Jan, 2016 | 11:09am

Interview: Paul Carrack


We had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Carrack ahead of him playing in Harrogate and York next week on his current UK tour.

You have a new album that has just been released, can you tell us…

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Sat 23rd Jan, 2016 | 11:54am

Interview: Gwenno

Gwenno
Gwenno
Gwenno became a musical icon as part of cult group The Pipettes. However, having left the group, she took baby steps to a solo career with her EP Ymbelydredd in 2012, she blew the music world away…

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Thu 21st Jan, 2016 | 3:22pm

Interview: Stephanie Kirkham


Stephanie Kirkham first made headway on the music scene with her single Inappropriate back in 2003. Followed swiftly by the debut album That Girl, it appeared that the Lancashire songstress was…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 3:09pm

Andrea Chenier - A Remarkable Production

Rafael Rojas as Andrea Chénier. Photo by Robert Workman
Rafael Rojas as Andrea Chénier. Photo by Robert Workman
The Opera audience in Leeds is both well served by Opera North and well educated in the finer points of this extraordinary art form.

It was interesting, therefore, to listen to the audience…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 9:01am

Graham Clark
Interview: Howard Jones
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent
Howard Jones
Howard Jones
The Yorkshire Times caught up with Howard Jones prior to his coming to Leeds on 19 February 2016.

Your success seemed to happen overnight back in the 1980s

It might have seemed that way but I had…

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Wed 3rd Feb, 2016 | 3:29pm

Bright Lights Of Bollywood Come To Leeds

Pooja Angra and Karan Rana
Pooja Angra and Karan Rana
For one night only, Bollywood Film is coming to Leeds. Dust off your saris and suits for a night of Bollywood glitz and glamour.

Charity, South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is hosting 'Gaata Rahe Mera…

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Sun 31st Jan, 2016 | 5:20pm

Review: Paul Carrack - Harrogate Royal Hall


Paul Carrack has been in various groups over the years such as Ace, Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics as well as having a successful solo career.

He casually walks on stage at the Royal Hall in…

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Sat 30th Jan, 2016 | 8:55am

Album Review: Tony Momrelle - Keep Pushing


You may know Tony Momrelle through the tracks he has sung with Incognito over the last few years as well as some house tracks he has released.

I was expecting the album to be more jazzy than it…

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Tue 26th Jan, 2016 | 2:06pm

Album Review: The Cult - Hidden City


It is a long time since Southern Death Cult formed in Bradford, the group eventually became The Cult and global success followed. It is hard to believe that She Sells Sanctuary is now over 30…

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Mon 25th Jan, 2016 | 12:35pm

Album Review: Paul Carrack - Soul Shadows


The album title gives a lot away: Paul has made an album that has a soulful side to it, the former lead singer of Ace, Mike and the Mechanics and successful solo singer has made one of the best…

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Sun 24th Jan, 2016 | 4:01pm

Interview: Brothers Osborne


Brothers Osborne haven't been in a hurry to release an album. Although their debut single came out in 2013, they are only just building to the release of their debut album Pawn Shop. However,…

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Fri 22nd Jan, 2016 | 8:46pm

Interview: Aaron Watson


Country singer Aaron Watson broke records in the States last year when his album The Underdog became the first self-released album by a male solo artist to debut at #1 Billboard Top Country Chart.…

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Thu 21st Jan, 2016 | 12:20pm

Victoria Benn
On the Shoulders of Giants, With Raphael Wallfisch
By Victoria Benn
Features Writer
Raphael Wallfisch
Raphael Wallfisch
One of the world's most celebrated cellists, Raphael Wallfisch will headline an eclectic repertoire of string solo and orchestral music at Leeds' dedicated recital hall, The Venue, on Friday…

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Wed 20th Jan, 2016 | 11:14am

Interview: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis


For just under a decade sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have been building their name as one of the most authentic vintage acts. With their own recording studio, a collection of old school…

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Tue 19th Jan, 2016 | 5:59pm