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Live at Leeds 2nd May - 5th May 2014 Officially kicking off the UK Festival season, Live At Leeds is the first to bring you the bands that are going to break in 2014. The festival has established a…
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Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Gordon - The Play

2020theatre presents "Gordon", the one man play, at Hull's new theatre and music venue Fruit Space, Humber Street, Hull, on April 30th and May 1st for two nights only.

An original piece of…

Tue 15th Apr, 2014 | 2:30pm

Jeremy Williams
Peter André: Big Night
By Jeremy Williams
Arts Correspondent
Peter André
Peter André
Peter André is a man who has often spoken of his passion for music of different genres. Having always cited some of the Motown greats - from Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 - as his key influences,…

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 12:23pm

Sunday 13th April Poem: Olio

In this Sunday's poem from our resident experimental poet, Winston Plowes has created not only words on the page, but a lovely shape related to the words. Here is his poem in two forms, followed…

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 8:21am

Saturday 12th April Poem: Vital Ambitions

It's the second weekend of our experimental poet's project using material found in newspaper articles. This Saturday he used a piece from our business section.

Winston Plowes' poem, Vital…

Sun 13th Apr, 2014 | 12:04pm


Michael Bolton: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Michael Bolton is set to release a new album next month on 5 May Ain't No Mountain High Enough. The special release will feature Motown hits, Leona Lewis duets with Bolton on the title track.


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Carlos Santana: CORAZÓN

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
Ten time GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana announced that he and his band SANTANA will be releasing their first ever Latin Music album on 5th May…

Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 6:08pm

Phil Hopkins
Anthem For A Doomed Youth
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent and Tea Drinker
The cast of An August Bank Holiday Lark. Photo by Nobby Clark
The cast of An August Bank Holiday Lark. Photo by Nobby Clark
In simpler times when the internet was a mere dream and a typewriter would have left people wide eyed, it was easier for governments to recruit gullible young men by simply masquerading war as…

Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 12:03pm

Review - Europe And Foreigner At Sheffield City Hall

Tonight's show was all about classic rock and took you back to an era when melodic rock was a chart regular, in fact Europe had a #1 hit single with The Final Countdown.

The hair might be shorter…

Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 3:12pm

"Northern Artists" at Gallery 42 Tadcaster

Artist David J Markham (one of Yorkshire Times' own writers) is to exhibit in a group exhibition "Northern Artists" at Gallery 42 Tadcaster, North Yorkshire between 12th April and 2nd May 2014.


Tue 8th Apr, 2014 | 2:18pm

Elaine  Annable
Dance 'til Dawn At The Leeds Grand Theatre
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
After the incredible success of last year's Midnight Tango, expectations were high for this year's show and Dance Til Dawn does not disappoint - once again Vincent and Flavia deliver an evening of…

Tue 8th Apr, 2014 | 11:37am

Stories From Scarborough: A Creative Archive Project

photo by  Stories From Scarborough
photo by Stories From Scarborough
Do you remember Kinderland in Scarborough? How about Marvel's or Atlantis? Scarborough Zoo? The Hispaniola?

If the answer is yes, then I need your help! I'm researching former seaside attractions…

Sat 5th Apr, 2014 | 7:09pm

New Exhibition Created By Young People Opens At Leeds Art Gallery

An example of the work produced by young people in the 'Look into My World' exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. Photo credit: David Lindsay

A new exhibition of work created by young people from 10…

Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 1:43pm

Richard Trinder
Home Sweet Home: An Immersive Theatre Production About The Ageing Process
By Richard Trinder

Home Sweet Home is not 'your average' theatre production. It is immersive (the audience are in the set), it is multi-media (various scenes were enriched by photo-albums and scents passed around…

Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 8:00am

Film Review: The Double

Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska - photo Dean Rogers
Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska - photo Dean Rogers
For all film buffs yearning quality cinema during the post Oscar lull; Richard Ayoade's The Double is a must-see.

Although Richard Ayoade may be known to most as Maurice Moss from the Channel 4…

Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 8:27am

Album Review: Dexters - Shimmer Gold (Acid Jazz)

With a name such as Dexters I was expecting something akin to Dexy's Midnight Runners but this new band from East London sound like they have many 60's influences such as The Kinks mixed with…

Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 9:10am

The Good Guys Orchestra In A Sentimental Mood

The Good Guys Orchestra
The Good Guys Orchestra
The Good Guys Orchestra comes to City Varieties next week (from 12th April 2014) for an evening of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington songs.

The show features 'Good Guys' vocalist…

Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 4:50pm

Olivia Newby
A Dedication, A Celebration
By Olivia Newby
Features Writer
Heart with metal loop by Elin B @ Nordic Touch
Heart with metal loop by Elin B @ Nordic Touch
'Transform' festival has begun at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this weekend. I went to see one of the performances, 'Love Letters Straight From Your Heart' by Uninvited Guests and Fuel.

The Barber…

Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 10:53am

Manic Street Preachers - Leeds Arena

James Dean Bradfield
James Dean Bradfield
Never a group to be predictable,The Manic Street Preachers always go against the flow and can be relied upon to be different, Who else would play to a festival crowd and not play a greatest hits…

Sun 30th Mar, 2014 | 9:38pm

VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new releases

Film critic Anna Smith reviews the week's new film releases, including comedy The Love Punch, character driven drama, Locke, and We Are The Best!, a witty drama about a punk band in the 1980s.

18 Apr 2014 5:54 pm

AUDIO: Study finds optimum beat for dancing

Scientists believe they have found the perfect beat to make people want to dance.

18 Apr 2014 12:37 pm

Festival 'lucky' to welcome stars

Organisers of the Hay Festival of literature say they are "incredibly lucky" to welcome big names such as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher as part of the line-up for this years event.

18 Apr 2014 8:50 am

VIDEO: Row over Irish dancing make-up ban

The Irish Dancing Commission has recently stopped children under the age of 10 from wearing make-up during competitions.

18 Apr 2014 6:32 am

In Pictures: Great North Passion

Artists customise 12 shipping containers to tell Easter story

17 Apr 2014 11:48 pm

VIDEO: Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star

Israel's latest star and her musical heritage

17 Apr 2014 11:32 pm

VIDEO: 'He really was a one-off'

Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, in paying tribute author Ian McEwan described him as a 'one-off'.

17 Apr 2014 11:11 pm

VIDEO: Publishing pair pitch own novels

Antonia Hodgson and Luke Brown are both publishing editors, who have decided to switch sides and become authors

17 Apr 2014 6:54 pm

VIDEO: Franco and O'Dowd's Broadway Bromance

Actors James Franco and Chris O'Dowd make their Broadway debuts in the latest adaptation of Of Mice And Men

17 Apr 2014 3:38 pm

VIDEO: Could big business take over Tribeca?

Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival opens in New York amid fears big business investment could risk extravaganza's integrity

17 Apr 2014 3:19 pm

VIDEO: Lady Sybil ditches Downton's glamour

Actress Jessica Brown Findlay ditches the make-up and glamour of Downton Abbey for gritty adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn

17 Apr 2014 12:18 pm

AUDIO: The world's first homoerotic stamps

Estelle Lovatt and David Bailey discuss Finland's decision to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps

17 Apr 2014 11:48 am

BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS

The BBC and Sky's video-on-demand apps simultaneously experience a fault on iPhones and iPads that prevents TV shows from streaming.

17 Apr 2014 10:52 am

MF Husain's last works to be shown

The final nine paintings made by one of India's most famous artists, MF Husain, will be shown in public for the first time this summer at London's V&A.

17 Apr 2014 10:41 am

Removed Banksy taken to city museum

The Banksy picture at the centre of a row over ownership is moved from a youth club by police and taken to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

17 Apr 2014 10:21 am

Otley Courthouse Celebrates 10th Birthday

Otley Courthouse
Otley Courthouse
Otley Courthouse is celebrating a decade since opening with a wide programme of cultural activities for all ages over the entire month of May.

Housed in the refurbished site of a 19th century…

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 3:19pm

Dave Rogers
BIFF 2014 Widescreen Weekend: West Side Story
By Dave Rogers
Media Correspondent
photo from BIFF
photo from BIFF
Back in 1950s and 1960s, before Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created the modern summer blockbuster, big, indulgent musicals like West Side Story were some of the biggest moneymakers in…

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 11:08am

Veteran Cricket Commentators Share Their Memories Of Test Match Special This May In Bradford

Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter cordially invite you to join them on a trip down memory lane to discover fascinating untold stories from the Test Match Special commentary box and beyond.

Fresh from…

Mon 14th Apr, 2014 | 7:45am

Global Superstars One Direction Announce 'You & I'

Global superstars One Direction have today announced that they will be releasing the stunningly emotive ballad 'You & I' as the new single from their record breaking third studio album Midnight…

Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 6:19pm


Julio Iglesias Collection

Julio Iglesias
Julio Iglesias
Julio Iglesias, is the best-selling Latin Artist in History and with the release of his new album - 1 The Collection out May 19 on Sony Music - consisting of Julio's passionate love ballads!


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Graham Clark
Gig Preview And Interview - Lisa Stansfield At York Barbican
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

Over the last 20 years Lisa Stansfield has been a regular on the album and singles charts. Who can forget such soulful gems as All Around The World, All Woman and Someday I'm Coming Back. For the…

Fri 11th Apr, 2014 | 3:24pm

Album Review: Magnum - Escape From The Shadow Garden (SPV)

Releasing their 19th studio album, Magnum, the UK melodic rock outfit have returned with a blistering album.

From the opening guitar riff on the first track on the album Live 'Til You Die it…

Thu 10th Apr, 2014 | 4:07pm

The Bad Shepherds with Adrian Edmondson
The Bad Shepherds with Adrian Edmondson
There's a glorious mix of community and high profile artists set to perform as part of Grassington Festival from 13th to 28th June this year, including Boomtown Rats, Heather Small, and ex-Rolling…

Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 1:35pm

Lauren Masterman
Review: Theatre Mill Presents Witness For The Prosecution
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent

Following a complete sell-out of their summer production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Mill have returned to York with yet another theatrical experience with a…

Tue 8th Apr, 2014 | 1:41pm

Jocelyn Brown - Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle

Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown
Worth a trip up the A1 is the Hoochie Coochie club in Newcastle - in only a couple of years the venue has built up a solid and respectable reputation amongst the soulful side of live music. Over…

Mon 7th Apr, 2014 | 8:54am

Preview: Dance 'Til Dawn

Fresh from touring across the country with Midnight Tango, TV's Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a brand new show.

DANCE 'TIL DAWN, straight from…

Fri 4th Apr, 2014 | 1:21pm

The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Platters And Freda Payne - Leeds Arena

Freda Payne
Freda Payne
With these sorts of tours you never know if the reputations of the acts performing will be tarnished if they are not as good as you remember them but after witnessing tonight's show their…

Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 | 11:16am

Pygmalion - An Eyeglass On The Idle Rich

Pygmalian Rula Lenska (Mrs Higgins), Alistair McGowan (Professor Higgins), photo copyright Manuel Harlan
Pygmalian Rula Lenska (Mrs Higgins), Alistair McGowan (Professor Higgins), photo copyright Manuel Harlan
When British car mechanic, Neil Trotter won £108m on the lottery just over two weeks ago, George Bernard Shaw must have been turning in his grave faster than a Formula One car on the Monaco…

Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 | 3:25pm

Album Review: Kylie - Kiss Me Once

Whereas Madonna on her last album get on board all the hip producers and DJ's of the moment on her album which did not resonate with her fans, Kylie has stuck to the same formula as on her…

Tue 1st Apr, 2014 | 9:55am

Twin Forks Revier

Chris Carrabba may be best known for his work in Dashboard Confessional, but anyone who has followed the 38 year old musician's career will be aware that he has partaken in several side projects…

Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 5:15pm

Paloma Faith Returns To York Barbican

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith
Singer songwriter Paloma Faith will be returning to the York Barbican this November.

Paloma's new single Only Love Can Hurt Like This is released on May 12. The song is taken from Paloma's third…

Mon 31st Mar, 2014 | 4:46pm

ABC - The Lowry, Salford

Martin Fry - lead singer of ABC
Martin Fry - lead singer of ABC
Across the road from tonight's venue is Media City UK where the BBC's The Voice was being produced at the same time as the ABC gig - the voice to be reckoned with though is that of Martin Fry,…

Sun 30th Mar, 2014 | 9:53pm

Modern Times - Charlie Chaplin

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's rise to success, so BIFF is screening a selection of the legendary stars films over the length of the festival. Modern Times has him…

Sun 30th Mar, 2014 | 2:53pm

AUDIO: Ozzy tops poll on misheard lyrics

Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga have topped a poll of acts whose lyrics people find most difficult to make out.

18 Apr 2014 12:40 pm

VIDEO: How four men can play one piano

The Piano Guys talk to BBC Breakfast about their worldwide success thanks to a viral video aimed at drumming up business for a Utah shop

18 Apr 2014 9:18 am

VIDEO: Easter story in a shipping container

The North East town of South Shields is commemorating the Passion of Christ on Good Friday in a different way.

18 Apr 2014 6:54 am

AUDIO: Martin Freeman: No more Mr Nice Guy

After playing dependable characters in Sherlock, The Office and The Hobbit, Martin Freeman presents his colder side in the TV version of Fargo.

18 Apr 2014 12:00 am

Freeman 'welcomed' Fargo freeze

Sherlock star braves the cold for Fargo TV series

17 Apr 2014 11:42 pm

VIDEO: The book shop on a boat

Sarah Henshaw gave up her job to set up a book shop on a boat, but it has not all been easy.

17 Apr 2014 11:27 pm

Kelpies lit up for launch event

The Kelpies, a massive new art installation overlooking the M9 near Falkirk, are lit up as part of a pyrotechnic launch event.

17 Apr 2014 9:41 pm

380,000 Investment in Cultural Opportunities in the West Midlands

Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation in the West Midlands, Arts Connect, is investing more than £380,000 in 60 cultural organisations across the region to provide inspiring new...

17 Apr 2014 3:43 pm

AUDIO: James Blunt on Twitter put downs

James Blunt has waged war on Twitter trolls by targeting them with witty one-liners.

17 Apr 2014 3:36 pm

New programme to support Nottinghams Creative Industries

National portfolio organisation, New Art Exchange, has launched an innovative programme of business and entrepreneurial support for creative industries in Nottingham.National portfolio...

17 Apr 2014 2:06 pm

VIDEO: How The Vamps got together

Britain's latest boy band The Vamps tell BBC Breakfast about getting together and the band's "Yoda".

17 Apr 2014 12:11 pm

Making cartoons from conflict

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

17 Apr 2014 11:44 am

VIDEO: Lighting the way and more arts stories

A giant light installation in an old gas storage tank in Germany, works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin and US photographer Robert Mapplethorpe side by side in Paris - and more from the world of...

17 Apr 2014 10:45 am

Ai Weiwei exhibits in former chapel

Artist Ai Weiwei chooses a former chapel in Yorkshire as the venue for his next UK exhibition.

17 Apr 2014 10:35 am

Mrs Doubtfire sequel in the works

A sequel to hit 1993 comedy Mrs Doubtfire is on the cards, with actor Robin Williams and the writer behind Elf on board.

17 Apr 2014 10:09 am

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