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Opera North: The Marriage Of Figaro. A Farce And A Custard Pie Short Of A Panto!
Proposition 1: Mozart's effervescent comedy The Marriage of Figaro is a farce. Discuss: My best understanding is that a farce is a "broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable…
Graham Clark
Gig Preview: Thunder - Leeds Arena
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

After sharing the stage with Aerosmith and Mott the Hoople at the Clapham Calling gig in London last year, UK rockers Thunder have announced a UK arena tour for this March which calls at Leeds…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 12:00pm

Album Review: The Trevor Nelson Collection 3 (Sony Music)

Trevor Nelson
Trevor Nelson
The latest in the Trevor Nelson compilations has just been released and like its predecessors this new compilation contains some of the most soulful, funky and R&B tracks of the last few decades.

S…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 4:16pm

Interview With Joey Negro On The New Compilation: Joey Negro - House Masters (Defected Records)

Joey Negro
Joey Negro
The name Joey Negro may not be a name that you are familiar with but under the guise of his DJ name Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro has re-mixed tracks from everyone from Take That to Roxy Music.

Defected…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 3:42pm

Popular Picture Library Event Back At Leeds Art Gallery

Bring home an original piece of work at the Leeds Art Gallery Picture Library event
Bring home an original piece of work at the Leeds Art Gallery Picture Library event
Leeds Art Gallery is once again set to host its immensely popular Picture Library this month at its Winter Selection Weekend.

Held on the weekend of 24 January and 25 January, art lovers will be…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 10:14am

Rick Melling
Stealing Sheep: Heavenly 25th Birthday Weekend
By Rick Melling
Music Correspondent
Stealing Sheep
Stealing Sheep
The jangling and fast-paced melodies of the UK's Liverpool three piece folk-electronica outfit seem upon first listen to audaciously juxtapose a number of styles. And they accomplish this with…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 9:57am

One Wedding, One Fallen Woman And A Funeral


Opera North has announced details of its forthcoming season. It includes a marriage, a fallen woman and some scheming relatives hanging around a death-bed, eagerly anticipating the reading of the…

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Tue 13th Jan, 2015 | 2:03pm

Olivia Newby
Looci And The Steelcats
By Olivia Newby
Features Writer
photo by Katie McMillan
photo by Katie McMillan
From angle grinding, fire breathing, trapeze and aerial, Leeds based entertainment troupe The Steelcats put on one hell of a show.

Watching two women move so gracefully around each other and…

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Fri 9th Jan, 2015 | 6:20pm

Paul Stimpson
Palma Violets 180 / Tour dates
By Paul Stimpson
Features Writer

Upon listening to this UK four piece indie band for the first time, you cannot look past a hybrid of the Libertines and the Vaccines - both staples in modern indie music.

Of course Palma Violets…

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Wed 7th Jan, 2015 | 5:55pm

Gig Preview: Slipknot With Korn - Sheffield Arena - Friday 16 January 2015


Two of rocks music's biggest groups are coming to Yorkshire as part of the European arena tour.

Formed in California in 1993 Korn released their self titled album in 1994 and went on to have…

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Tue 6th Jan, 2015 | 10:00pm

Matt Creer: The Leeward Tide


It is difficult to comprehend that an artist like Matt Creer from the Isle of Man is not a name already better known.

But with the upcoming release of album 'The Leeward Tide' that has to…

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Mon 5th Jan, 2015 | 1:51pm

Competition...

Yorkshire Times Top 50 Singles of 2014: 10-1

10. Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days



9. Ronika - Shell Shocked



8. Twin Twin - Moustache



7. Charlie Simpson - Haunted



6. Jennie Abrahamson - The War



5. Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix



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Actor And Director Barrie Rutter Awarded OBE In Queen's New Year's Honours List

Barrie Rutter as John Rutherford and Sara Poyzer as Janet in Rutherford and Sons. Photo by Nobby Clark
Barrie Rutter as John Rutherford and Sara Poyzer as Janet in Rutherford and Sons. Photo by Nobby Clark
Northern Broadsides have announce that their artistic director Barrie Rutter has been awarded an OBE for services to drama in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Over the last 23 years Barrie…

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Wed 31st Dec, 2014 | 9:00am

Competition...

Yorkshire Times Top 50 Singles of 2014: 40-31

40. Passenger - 27



39. Carrie Underwood - Something In The Water



38. Kwabs - Walk



What is the funniest feedback you have received for the single?

Apparently someone's baby walked their first…

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Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Tip for 2015: Olivia Somerlyn
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent
Olivia Somerlyn
Olivia Somerlyn
The Jonas Brothers are one of the biggest sibling bands of recent years. While they have gone off to focus their attentions of their individual ambitions, their manager father's latest project is…

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Mon 29th Dec, 2014 | 9:05pm

Competition...

Yorkshire Times Top 50 Albums of 2014: 20-11

20. Dami Im - Heart Beats



19. Kimbra - The Golden Echo



What is the funniest feedback you have received for the record?

I once heard someone describe my song '90s Music' as the sound of 'top-40…

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Yorkshire Times Top 50 Albums of 2014: 40-31

40. Ruth Lorenzo - Planeta Azul



39. The Common Linnets - The Common Linnets



What is the funniest feedback you have received for the record?

In hindsight the funniest feedback must have been:…

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The Bootleg Beatles - City Hall Sheffield


Perhaps the world's most renowned tribute band, The Bootleg Beatles have spent 24 years touring around the world recreating those epic years of rock and roll.

In the grand City Hall in…

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Sun 28th Dec, 2014 | 7:58pm

Jane McDonald To Appear In Pantomine And Release A New Single


Yorkshire's very own Jane McDonald returns with a new single, One Night Only (JMD Records). The song is taken from the 1981 Broadway musical Dream Girls. The single has been remixed for the dance…

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Wed 24th Dec, 2014 | 10:05am

Gig Review: Roy Wood - Holmfirth Picturedrome


At Christmas time it is hard not to hear the Roy Wood/Wizard track I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday but there is more to Roy Wood than the track that he is best remembered for as tonight's…

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Mon 22nd Dec, 2014 | 5:05pm

Review: Deacon Blue - Harrogate Conference Centre


Deacon Blue made a huge return earlier this year with their album A New House. It appears that their fans have not forgotten them judging by tonight's large audience.

They pleased fans new and old…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 1:18pm

Glow Gallery Launches At Historic Mill


A pop-up exhibition showcasing the talent of local artists has opened at Skipton's medieval High Corn Mill.

Located in the main courtyard area, Glow Gallery features traditional watercolour…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 8:24am

Pantomine Review: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Alhambra, Bradford


Fake snow falling outside the theatre, a school choir singing Christmas carols as you enter the Alhambra and an energetic, youthful atmosphere can only mean one thing: its panto time!

Appearing in…

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Fri 19th Dec, 2014 | 3:38pm

Andre Rieu - Leeds Arena


Global superstar violinist Andre Rieu played to a packed Leeds audience at the Arena on his Love in Venice tour.

I was expecting quite a highbrow show but Rieu is quite a joker and his humour was…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 8:30am

Huge Success For Community Engagement Project At Opera North

The Coronation of Poppea. Photo by Tristram Kenton
The Coronation of Poppea. Photo by Tristram Kenton
The first year of a new Community Engagement Project at Opera North has been an unqualified success, as newly released figures show more than 2480 attendances at performances since the project…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 12:53pm

Gig Review: The Human League - 02 Academy Leeds


Making a welcome return to Leeds, The Human League played to a sell out audience at the Leeds o2 Academy.

With a white stage set. Lead singer Phil Oakey appeared on stage dressed all in black: it…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 2:40pm

The Return Of The Overtones


After three consecutive Top 5 albums, 750,000 sales and three sold-out headline tours, The Overtones preview their upcoming fourth album 'Sweet Soul Music' with the single 'Something Good' which…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 11:47am

Album Review - Shuffle: Shape Cutting House (Warner Music TV)


Every now and again a new scene comes along in the dance music genre, the last being EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and now comes Shuffling.

Shuffling is the underground dance phenomenon that has…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 3:57pm

Gig Review: Queen With Adam Lambert - Leeds Arena




There are not many groups who can continue when they no longer have a strong frontman like Freddie Mercury was. But Queen was never about just one man: Roger Taylor wrote Radio GaGa and A Kind of…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 9:17am

Scout Beck
Interview: Blossoms On Tour
By Scout Beck
Correspondent
Blossoms
Blossoms
This Stockport (UK) five piece only formed in 2013 but already have a headline tour behind them and an impressive list of dates ahead.

Drawling and sleazy, grungy and psychedelic the band still…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 10:03am

Album Review - The Weekender - Ministry Of Sound


The compilation market has seen another successful year I 2014 and it looks likely to continue into this year as Ministry of Sound release their first big compilation of the year.

Split into 3…

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Mon 19th Jan, 2015 | 11:07am

Fauvism In Settle By Settle College Art Students

Gallery on the Green, Settle
Gallery on the Green, Settle
Settle College art group students are very excited about the opportunity to exhibit their art work in the Gallery on the Green. This second exhibition works on the theme of 'Fauvism in the Dales'.

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Sat 10th Jan, 2015 | 6:32pm

Interview: Man Made - TV Broke My Brain

Man Made
Man Made
The UK's Manchester trio, Man Made are set to bring more of their guitar driven sound with the upcoming release of album 'TV Broke My Brain' and a gig in Yorkshire at the Hebden Bridge…

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Fri 9th Jan, 2015 | 9:44am

Scarborough Charity Song Writer Wins International Songwriting Contest


A Scarborough musician who was inspired to write a song after losing his Dad and other relatives to cancer has won a prolific international songwriting competition.

Neil Fitzpatrick, who lost his…

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Wed 7th Jan, 2015 | 3:43pm

Jess Peace
What's So Great About Sheffield?
By Jess Peace
Features Writer

I've lived here in Sheffield my whole life and I love it for a number of reasons. When I decided to stay here to study at University, everybody asked me why.

"Aren't you sick of being in…

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Mon 5th Jan, 2015 | 2:12pm

Elaine  Annable
A Christmas Carol: East Riding Theatre, Beverley
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent

Hollywood actor and theatre director Vincent Regan's stage adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' at Beverley's new East Riding Theatre has been playing to packed audiences since its opening night on…

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Fri 2nd Jan, 2015 | 9:30am

Competition...

Yorkshire Times Top 50 Singles of 2014: 20-11

20. LeAnn Rimes - Nothin' Better To Do (Soul Seekerz Remix)



19. Lay Low - One Of Those Nights



18. Cher Lloyd - Sirens



17. GusGus - Airwaves



16. Kiesza - Hideaway



15. Little Dragon -…

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Yorkshire Times Top 50 Singles of 2014: 30-21

30. Nicole Scherzinger - Run



29. Lenny Kravitz - The Chamber



28. Charli XCX - Boom Clap



27. Hozier - Take Me To Church



26. Clean Bandit ft. Stylo G - Come Over



25. Gorgon City ft.…

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Yorkshire Times Top 50 Singles of 2014: 50-41

50. Georga Ezra - Budapest



49. Tini - Undo My Heart



48. Roberto Bellarosa - Agathe



47. Kim Churchill - Single Spark



46. Karise Eden - Dynamite



45. Ingrid Michaelson - Afterlife



44.…

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Yorkshire Times Top 50 Albums of 2014: 10-1

10. One Direction - Four



9. Little Big Town - Pain Killer



8. McBusted - McBusted



7. Second Hand Heart - Tides



6. Jhené Aiko - Souled Out



5. Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke



4. Lindsey…

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Competition...

Yorkshire Times Top 50 Albums of 2014: 30-21

30. Olly Murs - Never Been Better



29. Nina Nesbitt - Peroxide



What is the funniest feedback you have received for the record?

That I sound like Rod Stewart (which I don't at all, although I…

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Yorkshire Times Top 50 Albums of 2014: 50-41

50. Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone



49. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour



48. Lolawolf - Calm Down



What is the funniest feedback you have received for the record?

Well, a lot of…

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Review: Top Hat - Leeds Grand Theatre


On a cold winter's night in Leeds this new production of the acclaimed Rodgers and Astair movie was the icing on the cake for a pre-christmas theatre visit.

The glamorous costumes and the dancing…

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Wed 24th Dec, 2014 | 10:10pm

Pantomine Preview - The Chuckles Of Oz - Darlington Civic Theatre


Returning back to Darlington again this year are the comic duo The Chuckle Brothers who are starring in The Chuckles of Oz.

Follow the yellow brick road for a production packed with all the usual…

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Tue 23rd Dec, 2014 | 4:22pm

Review: The South - Holmfirth Picturedrome


The Beautiful South may have split up in 2006 but several members have continued on as The South.

Singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler feature on many of the bands big hits. Hemingway walks…

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Mon 22nd Dec, 2014 | 2:27pm

Review: Scouting For Girls/Madness - Leeds Arena

Scouting for Girls
Scouting for Girls
On paper it looks an uneasy fit, Scouting For Girls supporting Madness but in reality it worked superbly. Although both groups may have success in different decades both bands have a knack of…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 10:38am

Gig Preview: Taylor And Marie - The Greystones, Sheffield


Jodie Marie and Samuel Taylor may be young, but they have an image of the past from second hand vinyl and internet sourced videos when musicians "got together to play music just because they loved…

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Fri 19th Dec, 2014 | 11:39pm

Review: Rock Up And Sing! At Christmas By Victoria Helmore


From beautiful harp music to toe-tapping chart hits, Rock Up and Sing!'s Christmas concert at Christ Church in Skipton had it all - with a little bit of festive magic thrown in for good measure.

Th…

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Fri 19th Dec, 2014 | 3:00pm

Pantomine Review: Aladdin, Hull New Theatre


On entering the auditorium Christmas songs are playing: it was a good touch to get everyone in the mood for the night ahead.

The panto in Hull this year is Aladdin starring Sherrie Hewson (former…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 4:09pm

The Forest Of Possibility

Andrea Mastrovito 'Enciclopedia'
Andrea Mastrovito 'Enciclopedia'
The Forest Of Possibility is an intriguing exhibition from Art Unpacked in which a familiar material - paper - is transformed into extraordinary artworks.

Featuring seven artists from around the…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 9:12am

York Playwright Nominated For Prestigious National Writing Award

Mike Kenny
Mike Kenny
Leeds theatre company tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal have announced that their co-production of The Boy Who Cried Wolf by the acclaimed playwright Mike Kenny has been nominated in the Best…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 11:05am