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Arts: News and reviews from concerts, gigs, theatres, opera, ballet and cinema.

Festering Prejudice - Brilliant but Brutal
Arthur Miller must have been reading a skewed copy of Freud's Oedipus Complex when he wrote the brilliant but deadly A View From The Bridge. For fear of sounding like some kind of suburban…
Michael Brandon as Alfieri
Apr
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Harrogate International Youth Festival

Sonia Leigh

Sonia Leigh
Sonia Leigh
Sonia Leigh is perhaps currently best known on these shores as the songwriter for Zac Brown Band, having written a string of #1 hits for the group. However, having proved a sensation at this…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 8:37am

Chapel FM Pulls An All-Nighter With 'The Dark Night'


Chapel FM joins the Leeds Young Film Festival frenzy with a great line up of events starting with Lego's first foray in to film The Lego Movie on Wednesday 8 April and finishing with Christopher…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 4:26pm

Paloma Shows Her Appreciation For Her Teacher

 Paloma Faith and Edward Lynch
Paloma Faith and Edward Lynch
Brit Award winner Paloma Faith seized the opportunity to show her appreciation for the inspirational part Showsec steward Edward Lynch played in her rise to stardom when she appeared at the first…

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Tue 24th Mar, 2015 | 4:36pm

Paul Stimpson
Skinny Lister - Cathy On Tour
By Paul Stimpson
Features Writer

After the success of their first single, the thumping 'Trouble On Oxford Street', London (UK) Skinny Lister have released yet another instant classic 'Cathy' as they gear up to…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 3:05pm

Graham Clark
Review: McBusted - Leeds Arena
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

After last years successful arena tour it looks like the partnership between the 2 members of Busted and McFly is here for a little longer.

The stage set for tonight's gig looks like it could be…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 9:00pm

Album Review: Imagine Dragons - Smoke And Mirrors (Interscope Records)


Imagine Dragons are one of the biggest acts to come out of America in the last few years. They played at Leeds o2 Academy 18 months ago and return to the city in November to play the larger Leeds…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 8:15am

Album Review: Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction (Motown)


Ne-Yo has been one of the most successful R&B artists over the last few years. He has always tried to concentrate his career on America and Europe and this new album has tracks that are aimed at…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 7:32pm

Review: Nico And Vinz/Usher - Sheffield Arena

Nico and Vinz
Nico and Vinz
Nico and Vinz had a huge European hit last summer with Am I Wrong. Although born and raised in Norway the band have strong African backgrounds.

They seemed a perfect act to open up the gig for…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 4:30pm

Review: Spandau Ballet - Manchester Arena



With an ITV documentary on the band and a new Greatest Hits collection released last year that also contained some new tracks, Spandau Ballet seems to be on a roll at the moment.

Rather than go…

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Tue 17th Mar, 2015 | 10:01am

Skindred And Steel Panther - Manchester Apollo

Skindred
Skindred
British rock act Skindred are probably the perfect opening act for Steel Panther: they are loud, slightly over the top but still an enteraning live act. Lead singer Benji has total command of the…

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Mon 16th Mar, 2015 | 10:00pm

Talented School Pupils Art On Display


This spring, Nunnington Hall will be hosting an exhibition of works by Ryedale School's GCSE Art Students. The exhibition will feature stunning pieces of work produced by students from the North…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 10:45pm

David J Markham
To Kill a Mockingbird: The Stench Of Racism
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer
Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch, Zackary Momoh as Tom Robinson. Photos by Johan Persson
Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch, Zackary Momoh as Tom Robinson. Photos by Johan Persson
The stench of racism hung in the air last night, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Co brought their successful adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird to town.

Publ…

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Wed 25th Mar, 2015 | 8:35am

Elaine  Annable
TV Review: Poldark
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner
Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner
Wolf Hall detractors must have been thrilled with Poldark's 'take no prisoners' approach to Sunday night costume drama.

Apart from ticking just about every box: magnificent coastal scenery, period…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 5:54pm

Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad

Mark Elder
Mark Elder
The concert opened with a friendly, informative introduction from the Halle's music director Sir Mark Elder in which he placed A Shropshire Lad in context giving some background to the life and…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 2:25pm

The Lovely Eggs At Hebden Bridge Trades Club

The Lovely Eggs
The Lovely Eggs
The Lancaster (UK) duo have released the video for latest single Magic Onion while hitting the road on tour.

The single cements this quirky pair as the king and queen of woozy psychedelic indie.

T…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 11:56am

Album Review: The Scorpions - Return To Forever (Sony Music)


With AC/DC, Whitesnake and The Scorpions all releasing new albums you would think that rock is back in fashion. The groups might be considered old masters now and The Scorpions have released one…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 8:00am

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2015

Suzanne Mooney, Come Away. Courtesy of Aesthetica and the Artist
Suzanne Mooney, Come Away. Courtesy of Aesthetica and the Artist
Now in its eighth year, the Aesthetica Art Prizeis an internationally acclaimed award that recognises excellence in contemporary art from around the world awarding £5,000 to the winner,…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 4:33pm

Album Review: Blue - Colours (Sony Music)


The group Blue return with this new album of soulful songs which include quite a few cover versions.

The unknown songs tend to be far superior to the more well known songs. The album opens with…

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Wed 18th Mar, 2015 | 10:00pm

A Great Night Of Classic British Rock At Leeds Arena


Thunder has been one of the best rock acts to come put of the UK over the last 25 years.

The band split up in 1999 and again 2009 but their third coming was with their new album, The Wonder Days…

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Tue 17th Mar, 2015 | 9:00am

Review: Wolf Hall

Image copyright BBC
Image copyright BBC
So after allowing time for the dust to settle and a suitable period of reflection - what thoughts on Wolf Hall?

Tony Hall, the BBC's director general called Wolf Hall "a fantastic example of the…

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Mon 16th Mar, 2015 | 1:58pm