Category Music

Gig Review: The Rua – Manchester Arena

The Rua

Combining vocals, guitars, a piano and a violin together to create an irresistible cinematic pop sound, it’s easy to see why The Rua are riding high in America

It’s safe to say that The Rua are no strangers to playing huge venues. After opening for Train, Adam Lambert and Goo Goo Dolls on their recent US tours, the sibling trio make a welcome return home to the UK to support Westlife on their 30-date comeback Arena tour.

Born in Windsor into a family of Irish descent, The Rua are a family pop...

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Gig Review: Keelie Walker – Manchester Arena

Keelie Walker

Supporting Westlife on their big comeback tour, it’s easy to see why Keelie Walker is tipped to be the next pop sensation

Currently supporting Westlife on their big comeback tour, it’s fair to say that Keelie Walker is living the dream. At just 15 years old, the Nashville-based artist is opening for the award-winning pop act on their 30-date UK arena tour – an experience most girls her age could only dream of.

Yet despite her age, Walker is no stranger to performing...

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Gig Review: EAGLES UK Tour 2019 – Manchester Arena

The Eagles UK Tour 2019

Effortlessly delivering spine-tingling vocal harmonies and killer guitar solos, the Eagles may be nearing their 50th anniversary but this legendary band hasn’t lost any of their edge

4 out of 5 stars

Like many music fans, I have a bucket list of acts I’d like to see before I die – the Eagles being one of them. But when founding member Glenn Frey sadly passed away in early 2016, I thought I’d missed my chance...

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Music Review: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Lowry, Salford

ukulele orchestra of great Britain

Mixing light-hearted entertainment with dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music, its easy to see why the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a national treasure

5 out of 5 stars

Straight off the back of their US tour, George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is primed and ready for a run of dates across the UK...

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Gig Review: Shakin’ Stevens GREATEST HITS AND MORE – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Shakin Stevens UK Tour 2019

© Graham Flack

Almost forty years after his first UK number one, Shakin’ Stevens still knows how to entertain an audience but vocally struggles to pull off some of his biggest hits

3 out of 5 stars

Mention the name Shakin’ Stevens and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE will most likely spring to mind. But outside of his Christmas number one, the Welsh singer-songwriter actually has more than 33 Top 40 hit singles under his belt, making him the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s.

Nearly forty years late...

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Clem Burke & Bootleg Blondie play Parallel Lines

BOOTLEG BLONDIE together with drummer Clem Burke certainly sound like the real thing but ultimately try too hard to imitate the iconic band

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGBs in New York City. They’ve also been mentioned by Blondie themselves on their 2017 album POLLINATOR...

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Music Review: THE OVERTONES – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Overtones UK Tour 2018

THE OVERTONES take to the stage for the first time as a four-piece to deliver a rocking Christmas show in tribute to Timmy Matley and their loyal fans

It’s been a tough year for THE OVERTONES. Following the tragic and unexpected death of their lead singer Timmy Matley in April, there was a question mark over whether the band would continue to record and tour as a four-piece...

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Music Review: SHALAMAR – O2 Ritz, Manchester

Shalamar UK Tour 2018

Delivering their unique blend of funk, disco and soul, 80s legends Shalamar still know how to give the audience a night to remember

Following their successful FRIENDS 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR earlier this year, American R&B and soul group Shalamar make a welcome return to the UK for two extra dates at the Indigo O2 in London and O2 Ritz in Manchester.

Best known for their hits in the 1970s and 80s, Shalamar was originally created by SOUL TRAIN TV producer and host Don Cornelius and talent promoter...

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Theatre Review: AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


In a spirited musical tribute, Vika Bull celebrates the life and legacy of the rhythm and blues singer Etta James in AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY

Residing outside the typical jazz image, Etta James’ gritty-voiced renditions are credited with helping bridge the gap between blues music and rock and roll. Her raw energy and feisty attitude were reflected in the soulful collection of classics she left behind, carrying a distinctly deep voice that harboured lovesick songs.


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Vika Bull

Vika Bull talks to Frankly My Dear UK about AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY and what audiences can expect from the smash-hit show

AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY makes a welcome return to the UK this autumn following sell-out shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Starring the sensational Vika Bull and the phenomenal Essential R&B Band, AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY tells the story of soul legend Etta James and her turbulent life...

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