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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…
Catfish And The Bottlemen
Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Dave Rogers
BIFF 2014 Widescreen Weekend: Terminator 2 - Judgement Day
By Dave Rogers
Media Correspondent
photo from BIFF
photo from BIFF
The first two Terminator films will always have a special place in my heart. My list of 'favourite films' changes from one minute to the next, but it was these two films that really triggered my…

Tue 22nd Apr, 2014 | 3:35pm

A Visit To 'The Other Side'

The Kiss. Sam Shendi
The Kiss. Sam Shendi
'The Other Side' is an exhibition of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists and designers from within the Worth Valley and the route of the Tour de France Grand Depart, Stage 2.


Sat 19th Apr, 2014 | 12:14pm

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

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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Gig Preview And Interview - Lisa Stansfield At York Barbican

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

Shakespeare 'a cultural icon' abroad

William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

23 Apr 2014 12:47 am

AUDIO: Michael Rosen's Shakespeare poem

Former children's laureate Michael Rosen has marked the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth by dedicating a poem to the Bard.

22 Apr 2014 5:09 pm

Jamaica Inn hit by 'sound issues'

More than 100 viewers complain BBC period drama Jamaica Inn is "incomprehensible", as many resort to subtitles to understand the dialogue.

22 Apr 2014 4:17 pm

VIDEO: Danny Wallace draws on DJ experience

Comedian and writer Danny Wallace is set to release his second novel, Who is Tom Ditto?, based on a radio newsreader.

22 Apr 2014 11:17 am

VIDEO: Santos on Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has told the BBC that Gabriel Garcia Marquez was "probably the greatest Colombian we have had in the history of our country".

22 Apr 2014 9:17 am

VIDEO: Savile victims alerted to payouts

Advertisements placed in national newspapers are advising people who claim they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile how to claim compensation.

22 Apr 2014 6:02 am

Blurred Lines tops all-time chart

Robin Thicke's controversial hit single Blurred Lines is named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time.

21 Apr 2014 5:59 pm

Kelpies sculptures on public display

The Kelpies, Scotland's largest art installation, has opened to the public at the Helix Park in Falkirk.

21 Apr 2014 10:53 am

BBC chief Ian McIntyre dies, aged 82

Ian McIntyre, a former controller of both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, has died aged 82.

20 Apr 2014 2:38 pm

Oxegen 2014 music festival cancelled

This year's Oxegen music festival, one of the largest in Ireland, will not take place this year,

20 Apr 2014 11:30 am

White House won't comment on Bieber

Around 275,000 people have signed a petition calling for the singer to be removed from the US.

19 Apr 2014 4:42 pm

VIDEO: What makes vinyl records 'richer'?

World Record Store Day is marked on Saturday and BBC Breakfast looks at why so many people still enjoy the old fashioned platform.

19 Apr 2014 11:12 am

Rihanna settles court case

The singer agrees a deal with ex-accountants who "cost her millions".

19 Apr 2014 8:58 am

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

Sunday 20th April Poem: Two Curious Passages

Here is this Sunday's piece from Winston Plowes. This is the technique he has used:

ROUSSELLIAN PERMUTATION: The 1st noun changes place with the last, the 2nd with the next to last, etc.


Mon 21st Apr, 2014 | 6:18pm

Graham Clark
Gig Review: James Blunt At Manchester Apollo
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent
James Blunt at Manchester Apollo
James Blunt at Manchester Apollo
The former army captain always seemed to me to be a bit insipid on record but in a live context he comes into his own.

The five trucks parked outside the Apollo show the size of his current…

Sat 19th Apr, 2014 | 11:04am

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

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


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

VIDEO: Director admits Jamaica Inn 'issues'

Philippa Lowthorpe, the director of new BBC period drama Jamaica Inn, admits there was ''a sound issue'' with the programme, which sparked more than 100 complaints by viewers struggling to...

22 Apr 2014 9:17 pm

VIDEO: Spacey docu lifts lid on stage actors

A new documentary follows a ten month international tour of stage production Richard III - starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes.

22 Apr 2014 4:55 pm

Blackburn to get 50-year radio award

Tony Blackburn will receive The Radio Academy's lifetime achievement award for the second time, to mark his 50 years on the air.

22 Apr 2014 1:48 pm

McQueen art show set for London

An exhibition of new works by artist and film-maker Steve McQueen - his first since his success at the Oscars - is to be held in London this autumn.

22 Apr 2014 10:40 am

VIDEO: New Savile claims face 'checks'

People who claim they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being told by newspaper adverts how they can claim compensation; lawyers say claims will be scrutinised with "checks and balances".

22 Apr 2014 8:51 am

National revives Irish anti-war play

Anti-war play The Silver Tassie aims to shake up audiences

21 Apr 2014 11:59 pm

VIDEO: Mourners attend Peaches' funeral

The funeral has taken place of the TV presenter and writer Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly, two weeks ago, at the age 25.

21 Apr 2014 2:07 pm

VIDEO: Welsh on book inspired by fitness

Author Irvine Welsh has said his latest novel, which is written from a woman's perspective and set in Miami, had its genesis when he saw a fitness trainer berating a woman.

21 Apr 2014 8:51 am

Singer Jenkins to marry director

Singer Katherine Jenkins is to marry American film director and artist Andrew Levitas, it is announced.

20 Apr 2014 1:19 pm

In Pictures: 50 landmark BBC Two shows

Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two

20 Apr 2014 12:08 am

New version of Orton play released

A new version of a "shocking play" by Leicester writer Joe Orton is published to include previously unseen material.

19 Apr 2014 2:54 pm

Former Radio 4 presenter dies at 88

Former BBC presenter Derek Cooper, who founded Radio 4's The Food Programme and presented a number of other shows, dies aged 88.

19 Apr 2014 10:23 am

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

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