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Chester Literary Festival – Peter Hook: Unknown Pleasures – The Laugh Inn, Chester

Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4] Salford-born Peter Hook is a living legend, but seemingly one of the most unspoilt and down-to-earth blokes in the music business. A founding member of Manchester post-punk band Joy Division, Hook achieved worldwide fame with 1980s electronic dance maestros New Order (formed from the remaining members of Joy Division following the death of lead singer Ian ...

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A Love Like Salt – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Holly Spanner [Rating:4.5] Salt. If you get it in a wound it stings. To taste, it’s sour, bitter and too much is overpowering. A love like salt? Doesn’t sound very nice. Storytelling is perhaps one of the oldest and most traditional art forms which influences so much of our daily lives without our even realising. From ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Louise Quinn of A Band Called Quinn

For years, Louise Quinn and her band, A Band Called Quinn, have beenblurring the boundaries between music, film and theatre. With theirmusic appearing in films and television series worldwide, riding highas the "soundtrack to Scotland" (so dubbed by Kayleigh Mcleod at Scottish Television Local), their track The Glimmer Songused for Scottish Television's national ads and counting Madonnaand author Ian Rankin ...

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Piano Recital – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Pianist: Grant Green, Northern Ballet Ensemble Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Franz Lizst and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:4] In what might be described as an overture to a new series of musical recitals by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Grant Green, the company pianist performed a programme of well-known pieces ranging from classical to ...

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A Tribute to The Blues Brothers Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 3.0] Just as the Illinois State Police couldn’t stop Jake and Elwood performing on stage, nor could the fire alarm at The Lowry tonight which delayed the start of the show by 10 minutes! There have been a number of tribute shows featuring The Blues Brothers over the years but you may be surprised on leaving ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Alleycats – Contemporary a Cappella – C Venue C

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:3] Veterans of Last Choir Standing and finalists in the UK Voice Festival competition The Alleycats, return to the Fringe with a show of varied content and quality. The group's 2012 performance doesn't bring anything new to the a cappella field, comprising as it does the ubiquitous mash-ups and a safe set list of cover versions from ...

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I Love The 70s – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Founder: Jane Forshaw-Ellis Producer: Julie Sweeney Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 3.5]   A live band consisting of 1 male and 2 female lead singers, keyboard, 2 guitars and a drums lit up Worthing Pavilion for an evening of a selection of 70’s hits. They played classic tunes from ABBA (Waterloo), Mud (Tiger Feet), Candi Staton (Young Hearts Run Free), Blondie ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Beats – Traverse Theatre

Writer: Kieran Hurley Director: Julia Taudevin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 4] In 1994, among other things, the Criminal Justice Act was tweaked in order to effectively ban raves. It became illegal to hold public gatherings around amplified music that was characterised by "the emission of a succession of repetitive beats." Exciting, electrifying and powerfully nostalgic, Beats is the story of ...

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