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Downtown Funk by Ministry of Sound is the ideal funk album to get your groove on

The sound of funk has had a huge pop resurgence over the past 12 months. From Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk to Meghan Trainor’s All About The Bass, funk looks set to be one of the sounds of 2015. No surprise then that Ministry of Sound has released new 3 CD box set full of Downtown Funk classics.

Available in CD format or digital download, Downtown Funk is a brand new collection of disco, funk tracks from arti...

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Theatre Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opera House, Manchester

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This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

Following its successful run in the West End starring Robert Lindsay, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels embarks on its UK tour with a new cast and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Based on the 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tells the story of two con men (Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson) who try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

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Concert Review: Take That Live 2015 – Manchester Arena

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Take That’s creative spark remains fully charged for 2015 Tour

When Jason Orange waved goodbye in September 2014, many fans have questioned whether Take That could really work as a three-piece. The pressure was on for the remaining trio (Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald) to prove that they still have what it takes to captivate and entertain an audience. Thankfully, the boys haven’t lost any of their appeal!

Following the spectacle of the Progress tour which saw Robbie Williams rejoi...

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Theatre Review: To Kill a Mockingbird – The Lowry, Salford

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which was made into a film in 1962 starring Gregory Peck, still continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people across the world. No surprise then Christopher Sergel’s award-winning stage adaptation received a rapturous reception on its opening night at The Lowry.

Set in the American Deep South in...

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Theatre Review: Boeing Boeing – Oldham Coliseum

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Marc Camoletti’s frantic French comedy Boeing Boeing is brought to life in a hilarious new adaptation by Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Based on the classic farce written by French playwright Marc Camoletti, Boeing Boeing tells the story of playboy bachelor Bernard and his love life to three different fiancées from three competing airlines...

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Album Review: Saturns Pattern by Paul Weller

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Paul Weller on electrifying form with Saturns Pattern

Since turning his back on trad rock in 2008, Paul Weller continues to add a fresh sound to his palette with the release of his new album Saturns Pattern.

Often referred to as The Modfather, Paul Weller is an English singer-songwriter best known for his work with punk rock/mod band The Jam and pop jazz-soul group The Style Council...

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Film Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

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Spooks: The Greater Good is a slick spy drama that’s worth a watch but disappointingly struggles to fill the big screen

After ten impressive series, 86 cracking episodes and an average of around 6m viewers in the UK, I’m certainly not alone in thinking that Spooks was one of the greatest TV dramas ever made...

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Film Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Earth’s mightiest heroes return in Avengers: Age of Ultron

We’re only in April and already Avengers: Age of Ultron has claimed its stake as the blockbuster movie of the summer. The epic follow-up to the biggest superhero movie of all time has opened to rave reviews and taken a hefty $201.2M on its opening weekend.

For those who have been living in hibernation for the past 3 years, Avengers: Age of Ultron is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers...

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Concert Review: Ruby Turner – The Lowry, Salford

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There’s no mistaking the unique vocal style of Ruby Turner. The soul and R&B singer raised the roof of the Quay’s Theatre when she visited The Lowry as part of her UK tour.

Regarded as having one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced, Ruby Turner is a Jamaican soul, gospel and R&B singer-songwriter. Best known as one of the main vocalists for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, the prolific singer-songwriter has an ...

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Concert Review: The Hollies Spring Tour 2015 – The Lowry, Salford

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With more hits than The Beatles, it’s no surprise that The Hollies need no support act. The Hollies remain one of the few British groups of the early 1960s to have never officially broken up and still continue to record and perform. Their longevity, popularity and extensive back catalogue has seen the group tour the world year on year since 1965 and amass a loyal fan base that still continues to grow.

The Hollies are a British rock/p...

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