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LATITUDE 2016: Mulatu Astake

Mulatu Astatke

Venue: The Waterfront Stage Reviewer: Nicole Evans   The last day is now upon us and it's time for Latitude stages of all shapes and sizes to give us everything they've got to make the weekend a memorable one. With bold comedy, theatre galore and the echoes of the music stages to tempt a weary audience away, it is an ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Squeeze

Squeeze at Latitude Festival

Venue: Obelisk Arena Reviewer: Andy Moseley Squeeze are undoubtedly enjoying a renaissance thanks to the Danny Baker penned series Cradle to Grave. With their first album in seventeen years giving them their best album chart placing outside of greatest hits collections, they can feel justified in not simply playing a greatest hits set and including several new tracks in between ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Paines Plough – With A Little Bit Of Luck

Paines Plough's With A Little Bit Of Luck

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Stef O'Driscoll Venue: Film and Music Arena Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   If you’re over 50, the Summer of Love is 1967. If you’re not, it’s probably 2001, the year in which England beat Germany 5-1 in Munich, Tony Blair was re-elected in Labour’s second successive landslide election win, and Garage music was sweeping the UK’s thriving ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Graeae Theatre Company – Reasons To Be Cheerful

Music &lyrics: Ian Dury Director: Jenny Sealey Musical Director: Robert Hyman Choreography: Mark Smith Venue: Theatre Tent Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   There is something arrestingly timely about Graeae's revival of their 2010 show celebrating the music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads; something encouragingly cathartic about reveling in the anarchic rock and roll energy of a band that rebelled fiercely ...

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That’s Life: Barb Jungr and John McDaniel – The Crazy Coqs, London

Reviewer: Alex Ramon Barb Jungr, radiant in pink, turns to John McDaniel, at the piano, with a loving smile as the pair harmonises beautifully on an exquisite version of Bacharach and David’s Trains and Boats and Planes during their show at The Crazy Coqs. In a week marked by divisiveness, media-stoked hysteria and the emergence of some fairly shocking hostilities, ...

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The Sons of Pitches – The Lowry, Salford

Photo Credit: Emilie Bailey

Reviewer:Dave Cunningham Thanks to the popularity of TV talent shows like The Naked Choir, audiences have an awareness of the formula for choirs. This requires that voices alone generate all sounds, including those usually produced by instruments,and that the choir’s songs be mainly those with which an audience is already familiar rather than original compositions. Support artist Jay Power begins ...

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From Helsinki to Theresienstadt – Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson From Helsinki to Theresienstadt began with the nifty five-piece band playing a Viennese/Jewish street song, full of ragtimey piano and comedy percussion, and ended with three songs by Hermann Leopoldi, one of them, Composers’ Revolution in Heaven, written during his New York years, an English-language comedy based on 1940s pop songs stealing melodic ideas from classical composers. ...

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