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Joan Armatrading: The 2018 Tour – Town Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy The one time Brummie school-girl, now international journey-woman chanteuse, savant of stealth Folk driving bluesy, jazz-fusioned reggae with a samba slant, celebrates her latest album Not Too Far Away, the nineteenth in a have-guitar-will-travel forty-six-year career of multiple-award-winning singer-songwriting. The Town Hall welcome is rafter-threatening, her smile an explosion of modest delight. It’s showcase time. Ten songs ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Neighbourhood Watch, The Complex – Dublin

Creators: Mango x MathMan Reviewer: Laura Marriott Neighbourhood Watch is the closest one can get to what it must have felt like at the birth of hip-hop. Did those in attendance at house parties across 1970s New York know that they were witnessing the birth of a musical genre that would travel around the globe? A small crowd gathered outside waiting ...

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Bowjangles: Excalibow – The Lowry, Salford 

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Bowjangles have a reputation as classically-trained musicians who are capable of singing and dancing while also performing note-perfect versions of classical and popular tunes. It is a difficult Act to describe and takes the audience at The Lowry some time to adjust to such an original routine. The atmosphere becomes more relaxed when one of the group ...

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Latitude: Rag N’ Bone Man – Obelisk Arena

Reviewer: Simon Topping Rag “N” Bone Man, AKA Rory Rory Graham, has come a long way in a short time. His meteoric rise has come since the release of his debut solo album Human in the February of 2017. In under eighteen months his debut album has sold over three quarters of a million copies, he has won two Brit ...

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Latitude Festival: 4×4 Bhangra – Waterfront Stage

Reviewer: Robin Winters It's a scorcher of a day, everybody has that festival tiredness kicking in and we're all just about ready to sit down for the evening with a beer or two; with that in mind, what could possibly be better than watching a colourful Bhangra group close the day's proceedings on the Waterfront stage? Well, watching a colourful ...

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Latitude Festival: The Lost Disc – Cabaret Tent

Writers: Will Adamsdale and Ed Gaughan Director: Tom Parry Reviewer: Kris Hallett Obsession is a funny thing. It can drive even the sanest person towards the edge, flipping sense and order into mayhem and chaos. Will Adamsdale and Ed Gaughan's new musical/comedy/play hybrid sees a music journo disappear down a conspiracy theory of his own making. Somewhere out there, he ...

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Latitude: Relaxation round-up

The ideal day for relaxation at Latitude would be Sunday, but this year, it felt fitting to start the weekend as we mean to go on and aim for the ultimate chill-out on the first full day. Kicking off with some Disco Yoga over at the Waterfront, Sarah Hunt does her absolute best to wind us all down before we ...

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Thriller Live! – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Creator: Adrian Grant Director:  Gary Lloyd Reviewer: John Roberts Almost nine years to the day “The King of Pop” untimely passed, Thriller Live!Lands in Liverpool, A perfect choice considering the city’s rich musical heritage.  The original production landed in London’s West End just short of six months before Jackson’s death and has since then toured the UK many times going ...

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