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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Album Review: The Soul Immigrants – The Hustle Is On

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The Soul Immigrants release funk fuelled extravaganza with The Hustle Is On

The Soul Immigrants look set to stir up the UK soul/funk scene with the release of their new album The Hustle Is On.

Formed in 1992, The Soul Immigrants are a British soul/funk group hailing from South London. The band has already amassed a steady stream of dedicated followers in the UK, Germany and Japan, bedazzling fans with their potent blend of funk, soul and jazz...

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Theatre Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – The Lowry, Salford

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John Boyne’s best-selling novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been adapted for stage in a hard-hitting, powerful and emotional production that is sure to tug on your heart strings.

Seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas tells the heart-wrenching tale of two young boys, Bruno and Shmuel who strike up a forbidden friendship in a German concentration camp...

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The Hardest Marvel Comics Quiz You’ll Ever Take

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Flex your Marvel credentials in The Hardest Ever Marvel Comics Quiz

Know your X-Men from your Fantastic Four? Your Spiderman from your Iron Man? Your Wolverine from your Dr. Doom? If so, we’ve got the ultimate Marvel quiz for you…

To mark the release of the new Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron, MorphCostumes (the company best known for their awesome licensed Marvel Morphsuits) has created the ultimate Marvel quiz.

Designed to challenge even the most avid Marvel Fans, The Hardest Ever M...

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CD REVIEW: On The Town – New Broadway Cast Recording

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Fans of the iconic musical On The Town have waited a long time for the first complete recording of the stage production – almost 70 years in fact. Despite recordings in 1944, 1960 and 1995, many theatre fans were left disappointed when parts of the score were either omitted, truncated or recorded in the studio. Thankfully, 70 years after its premiere, PS Classics has released the first complete recording of a stage production of On The...

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Concert Review: Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together – Manchester Arena

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Paul Simon and Sting join forces on stage to collaborate their extensive back catalogue

It’s not often that two musical legends team join forces to collaborate their extensive musical catalogues so when Paul Simon and Sting announced they were teaming up for an impressive 47 date world tour, the opportunity to see them perform together on stage was good to miss.

Paul Simon and Sting aren’t two artists you’d usually put together, particularly when you consider that they aren’t exactly simi...

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Theatre Review: Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Opera House, Manchester

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There have been many interpretations of Swan Lake over the years, but Moscow City Ballet’s latest performance of the famous classical ballet is one of the best.

Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a white swan by an evil sorcerer. Under the spell of Von Rothbart, Odette spends her days as a swan, returning to human form at night...

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Theatre Review: Sexual Perversity in Chicago

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Following their successful Manchester Rep Season, it’s clear that 1956 Theatre don’t shy away from a challenge. Last year the company tackled four plays in just four weeks, from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger to the ambitious and original Juke Box Baby.  This year, they return to Salford Arts Theatre with a fresh take of the risque play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

Written by David Mamet, Sexual Perversity in Chicago examines the...

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Theatre Review: Oklahoma! – The Lowry, Salford

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! may be 67 years old but it’s still as refreshing and thrilling as the day it was written. The award-winning musical has been revived in a brand new touring production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Oklahoma! tells the story of two young cowboys Curly McLain (Ashley Day) and Will Parker (James O’Connell) who compete...

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