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

Conley Husks His Way Through Barnham
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…
Brian Conley as Barham at the Bradford Alhambra
Graham Clark
Album Review: Alison Moyet - Minutes And Seconds Live (Cooking Vinyl Records)
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

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

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

Lauren Masterman
Aesthetica Short Film Festival: That's a Wrap!
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent

From November 6th-9th, York City Centre provided the stage for 300 short films from 40 different countries for this year's BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival.

The event saw 18,000 people…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 12:26pm

Album Review: Bryan Ferry - Avonmore (BMG Records)


For Bryan Ferry fans it has been a long time coming - an album of new tracks from him. After his detour into "The Jazz Age" he returns to the present with a new album of 8 new songs and 2 cover…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 5:20pm

An Evening With Arnold Schwarzenegger


You would be hard pressed to know that Leeds is where it al started for Arnold Schwarzenegger but in conversation with Jonathan Ross at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road on Friday night, Leeds…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 4:31pm

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Gig Preview And Competition: The Human League, Leeds O2 Academy, 8th December, 2014


Yorkshire band The Human League return to the area to play a gig at the O2 Leeds Academy on Monday 8 December as part of their A.U. tour.

Always fondly remembered for their classic 1981 album,…

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Competition expires on Tue 2nd Dec, 2014

Gig Review: Billy Idol - Manchester Apollo


It has been nearly 10 years since Billy Idol last toured the UK. With Idol being part of the punk movement of the late 1970's with his band Generation X, he went on to find success as a solo…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 3:30pm

Gig Preview: The South In York And Holmfirth


After a successful Spring and Summer touring the country and playing Festivals, The South are looking forward to finishing 2014 visiting a few cities they've never played before.

The combination…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 2:47pm

Album Review: Planet Rock Presents While My Guitar Gently Weeps (UMTV)


If you are stuck what to buy your dad for Christmas if he is a fan of good old rock music or you are a fan of 1970's and 1980's rock then this is an album you have been looking for.

The 3CD…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 11:14am

Richard Trinder
The Great Gatsby: Northern Ballet At Bradford Alhambra
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Guiliano Contadini and Hannah Bateman. Photo by Bill Cooper
Guiliano Contadini and Hannah Bateman. Photo by Bill Cooper
Decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess. What's not to like about The Great Gatsby?

Northern Ballet has returned to Bradford Alhambra with their feisty, vivacious…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 12:28pm

Stunning Photography Exhibition Exposes Hidden Backstage World Of Opera

photo by Tom Arber
photo by Tom Arber
This winter, White Cloth Gallery in Leeds hosts Behind the Curtain, an exhibition of new photography exposing the hidden world behind-the-scenes at one of the UK's major opera companies.

Yorkshire-…

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Tue 11th Nov, 2014 | 3:09pm

Album Review: Keep Calm And Chillout (Sony Music)


The Keep Calm and Carry On theme has now extended to the compilation market and this new compilation from Sony Music features the best melodic tracks from this summer and further back as well.

The…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 4:08pm

Album Review: Gorgon City - Sirens (Virgin Records)


Gorgon City had a big hit earlier this year with the single Ready for Your Love; they played Bingley Music Live in August and closed the Vevo Halloween event in Manchester the other weekend.

Their…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 7:17pm

New Talent Rebecca Bains Steals The Show At Don Valley


Singer Rebecca Bains was last night hailed as "Yorkshire's answer to Shania Twain" as she wowed 20,000 people with a concert at the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield.

The former lawyer, who quit the…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 9:56pm

Album Review: Alvin Stardust - Alvin (Conehead Records)


This was going to be the album that probably would have relaunched Alvin Stardust's career before his sad departure last month.

Rather than taking the easy option and recording an album of covers…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 7:51pm

Album Review: The Best Of Dreamboats And Petticoats (Universal Music TV)


The Dreamboats and Petticoats albums and long running theatre shows have been very successful over the past few years with the albums regularly topping the compilation album charts and the stage…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 5:45pm

Thriller Live - Bradford Alhambra


Thriller Live is a show that celebrates the music of Michael Jackson. If you are a fan of his music then this is the show for you, for anyone else it is still an entertaining and uplifting show.

T…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 9:10pm

Vevo Halloween Gig - Manchester

The crowd at the gig
The crowd at the gig
Last year Vevo ran the first Halloween gig in London but for this year the on-line music channel decided to travel north to Manchester to host the second Vevo Halloween.

Instead of holding the…

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Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 | 8:37pm

She Stoops to Conquer: Lack Lustre Offering By Broadsides


In a week that has traversed the terrors of the First World War and the political machinations of the English court - Private Peaceful and Henry IV - it was with some anticipation that I sat down…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 11:21am

Gig Review: Big Reunion - Boy Band Tour 2014 - Leeds Arena

A1
A1
The 1990's were a period in pop music when UK boys bands were very popular, the most successful of course was Take That. The ITV2 programme The Big Reunion brought back together many of the acts…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 5:09pm

David J Markham
Gang of Four - Holmfirth Picturedrome
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer
Gang of Four last year at the Brudenell Social Club
Gang of Four last year at the Brudenell Social Club
Post punk legend Andy Gill brings a revitalised Gang of Four to Yorkshire on 27th November at the Holmfirth Picturedrome. It's an appetising prospect in a venue that has seen it's reputation grow…

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Wed 29th Oct, 2014 | 9:05am

From Greek Gods to Gang Lords

Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production. Photo by Robert Day
Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production. Photo by Robert Day
Roy Williams' newly adapted script gives Sophocles' Antigone an extreme make-over to appeal to a younger audience and inject new life into a Play originally written in 441 b.c.

Pilot Theatre work…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 5:39pm

Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Interview: Scarlette
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent

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

Phil Hopkins
Generous Jools The Seamless Savant
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent
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

Elaine  Annable
Review: Skipton Camerata Remembrance Concert
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Conductor Ben Crick and the Skipton Camerata
Conductor Ben Crick and the Skipton Camerata
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of The First World War Skipton Building Society Camerata gave a special performance as part of the town's Remembrance weekend.

Devoted to music by some of…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 3:12pm

Album Review: Queen - Forever (Virgin)


Queen fans would have been over the moon to hear the news of a new Queen album featuring some new Freddie Mercury tracks.

In reality the "new" album only features 3 brand new songs, the Brian May…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 5:25pm

Dirty Dancing - Leeds Grand Theatre


The show is advertised as "the biggest live theatre sensation of all time": a bold statement but one which is not far from the truth.

This stage production of the 25 year old movie is a magical,…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 7:08pm

Gig Review: Hozier - Manchester Ritz

Hozier
Hozier
Hozier is a new artist from Ireland whose career is on the rise. His single Take Me to the Church is riding high in the charts across Europe and his debut album simply titled Hozier is also very…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 12:53pm

Album Preview: Jools Holland - Sirens Of Song (East West Records)


Following the hugely successful release of Golden Age Of Song in 2011, which sold close to 200k copies in the UK alone, Jools Holland is back with a brand new album and an elite gathering of…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 10:20pm

Album Review: Simple Minds - Big Music (Caroline Records)


It is easy to forget that back in the 1980's Simple Minds were as big as U2. Both bands have new albums out at the moment and whilst U2 went on to greater success Simple Minds seemed to fade out…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 3:10pm

Now Far Ahead The Road Has Gone: An Exhibition of Art inspired by the Works of JRR Tolkien"


Opening at the Curzon Ripon Arts cinema venue with a 12th December Preview is an exhibition of diverse international artists inspired by the same source: the works of JRR Tolkien, with specific…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 8:59am

Album Review: The Annual 2015 (Ministry Of Sound)


In the dance compilation market Ministry of Sound's The Annual series is always one of the biggest selling dance compilations at Christmas time.

This 3 CD package contains a mixture of the more…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 11:06am

Jonathan Miller To Direct King Lear For Northern Broadsides In February 2015


After the critical and award-winning success of Rutherford & Son, Opera and Theatre director Jonathan Miller is set to once again join forces with Northern Broadsides to direct William…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 10:43am

Album Review: Clubbing 2015 Compilation - Sony Music

The album title is a bit mis-leading as most of the tracks on the album have been big dance tracks in 2014 although they will probably be enjoyed over the festive season this year and well into 2015.

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 4:15pm

Interview: Kristina Maria


Canadian songstress Kristina Maria is the latest signing to Lupo One
Entertainment Inc., which was founded by Vito Luprano who acts as
executive producer to Celine Dion.

A pedigree vocalist with…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 3:13pm

Wardle Youth Band Take Top Prize In Wetherby

Brass Factor Wetherby winners, Wardle Academy
Brass Factor Wetherby winners, Wardle Academy
Brass music fans were treated to an extravaganza of musical talent at the first ever Wetherby Brass Factor on Saturday which saw Wardle Academy Youth Band scoop the top prize.

They started the…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 9:50am

Harrogate Gallery's Artist Has Work Added To Vatican Collection

Artist Sara Pope with her painting of Pope Francis
Artist Sara Pope with her painting of Pope Francis
A rising young artist, whose work is framed and displayed by a Harrogate gallery, has had the rare honour of having one of her pieces snapped up by the Vatican.

A portrait of Pope Francis painted…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 9:53pm

Album Review - The Brand New Heavies - Sweet Freaks (Ear Music)


Fans of the Brand New Heavies are used to waiting a few years between each new album from the band but the band have taken the unusual step of releasing a new album within 18 months of the last…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 6:58pm

Album Review: Portia Monique (Reel People Music)


If you are a fan of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Incognito, Sade, The Brand New Heavies or Jamiroquai then this marvellous debut album from Portia Monique is one for you.

Produced by Reel People who…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 5:32pm

War Of The Worlds On Tour


As preparations for the last ever arena tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The World's heat up, venues in both Sheffield and Leeds have now been included on the 17 date tour due to…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 9:20am

Settle Stories On A Mission


Where's the best Whisky in the Dales? We all love a good dram from time to time. But, where can the best one in Yorkshire be found?

This weekend (10th - 12th October) the Settle Storytelling…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 12:03pm

Gig Review: John Newman


It has been a busy but very successful year for Settle's John Newman. He has had two #1 singles and a #1 album in the UK and his UK success has been repeated across America, Europe and Australia.

H…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 9:24am

It's Shakespeare I'm In Love With


Shakespeare is like a pint of Guinness, many drink it, few appreciate it, but those who persist with its flavours come to experience something not available elsewhere on the market.

However,…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 9:02am

One All Powerful Voice For Peace(ful)


As Private Peaceful fought back tears at the injustice of his pending death, I looked sideways to see if the lady next to me could see the glint of my welling eyes in the Playhouse lights.

If…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 10:17am

Review: Example - Leeds 02 Academy


Most dance acts are either faceless or they seem to be a one hit wonder. Example are quite the opposite and they have had a string of Top Ten hit singles over the years.

Elliot Gleave is a great…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 12:12pm

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