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Vikki Stone: Instrumental – Underbelly Big Belly, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts The first lesson to be had when it comes to Vikki Stone is never make a bet with her, otherwise she will have you dressed like a dog and pushing her and Elton John around on a makeshift helicopter around the venue... Yes it did happen and yes there is a lot of photographic evidence floating around ...

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Vocca People – The Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh

Creators: Lior Kalfo &Shai Fishman Reviewer: John Roberts The Voca People have been regulars at the fringe for the past few years and their latest production at The Pleasance Grand is perhaps their best executed production to date. The Voca People are from the planet Vocca, which sits somewhere behind the sun, their only method of communication is through sound ...

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Burt Bacharach – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Burt Bacharach seems to have been a musical presence forever, and his music will have provided the soundtrack to many growing up in the sixties and seventies. Now, nearer ninety than eighty himself, he continues to tour with a talented seven piece band and three vocalists giving the people of Birmingham their first chance to hear his ...

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The ELO Experience – St Georges Hall, Bradford

Music: Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Tribute bands are not everyone's cup of tea - but a more refreshing draught than the ELO Experience would be difficult to imagine, whether or not you are a fan of the phenomenally successful Electric Light Orchestra and their glittering back catalogue of smash-hits through the seventies and into the eighties. ...

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The Doors Alive: Perception – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although they finished their recording career on a high with the superb LA Woman The Doors’s live performances concluded with a whimper rather than a bang. Even before the squalid death of lead singer Jim Morrison the group was banned from so many venues that their later songs were never performed in public. Tribute band The Doors ...

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Last Night of the Summer Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton Reviewer: James Garrington Birmingham’s Symphony Hall may not be everyone’s first choice of a place to go on a warm July evening, but the thought of a Last Night of the Summer Proms is enough to fill this wonderful concert hall to the rafters. Presented by the London Concert Orchestra, the audience are treated to an ...

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Friday Night Classics: New York, New York – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Friday, 4th July and time for another in the CBSO’s concert series, Friday Night Classics. As conductor Michael England points out, the date cries out for a celebration of American music, but how to choose? This concert focuses on the East Coast, and New York in particular with music by those titans of ...

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David Gray – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer – Jonny Black Manchester born singer-songwriter David Gray is one of those performers who seems to have wide ranging appeal. I wondered how full the theatre would be tonight as the tickets were a little on the expensive side. This was certainly not a concern, with the theatre packed with an excitable audience who are definitely up for a ...

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