A Multi-Platinum selling, double Brit Award winner who rose to fame after finishing in third place on the first series of British talent show Fame Academy - which was won by songwriter David Sneddon (Erm..sorry, Who?) - it is no surprise that Lemar is admired by millions for his silky tones and soulful tunes, but I am unsure where many of them were on Tuesday night (admittedly a difficult night to sell, especially with the two Manchester teams playing) as they certainly weren’t at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre which I found odd to be used, despite giving an intimate ‘living room’ feel to the Manchester show of his tour to celebrate his new album ‘The Letter’ out next month. Some would say ‘It’s Been a long Time’.

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So, what do you get when you cross a Liverpool-born singer with a country-styled genre who lives in Ireland? The wonderful talent that is Nathan Carter of course!

 

On the second stop of his UK tour, after his birthplace, The Lowry's Quays Theatre welcomed this charismatic chap back for another sell-out stint, this time for two nights after the first sold completely within a matter of hours.

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'Is there anybody out there wanna lend a hand to my one man band'. Leo Sayer is not disappointing in his recent tour performing classic hits from his long career which goes all the way back to 1974. Leo opened the show with 'Moonlighting' and 'The show must go on'. Both of which are two of my favourites and definitely went down well with the crowd who were already on their feet and participating after only minutes.

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Well they do say “you can’t beat live entertainment” and seeing a band, or in this case vocal harmony group, do their thing live on stage at a concert venue is possibly the best thing you can ever enjoy. This evening the beautiful gem that is the Stockport Plaza paid host to the classically-styled trio Blake and their eclectic mix of genres.

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Richard Thompson played a huge 2 hour set last night at The Lowry in front of his loyal fans and despite the length of the set, the time flew by such is the easy listening nature of his music.

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Most people have heard of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and certainly most of us are familiar with the music from the Exorcist which uses the opening piano solo of Tubular Bells and was partly responsible for the album getting considerable airplay at the time.

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What a treat I had at the Stockport Plaza for 'Disco fever live' and what a shame that this show was one night only because it was a must see show. Disco Fever brought variety, style, adult humour and a lot of fun with a variety of acts performing hit tracks from many decades. The show began with the song Heaven from Tavares and from the very start I knew I was in for a good night. Not only was the show outstanding but the atmosphere in the auditorium was fantastic, within minutes from the start there was audience members dancing in the aisles and I felt it was only right to join in.

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I'm a little ashamed to say that I hadn't heard of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys before I went to tonight's show but I certainly know them now and I'm very glad about that.

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys describe themselves as a Swing and R&B band and they've been around for quite a while (thirty years).   They say that their music comes with a "cheer up guarantee".   This is very true indeed!   My feet were tapping throughout the whole show and I just had a big smile on my face.   Even though I didn't know many of the songs, this did not matter. The music is uplifting and joyful, the performance is exhilarating and the sheer enjoyment of the musicians is totally infectious.

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Not strictly theatre, but with the instrumental (pardon the pun) components of lighting sound and stage management, it might as well be classed so in such a venue as the iconic Epstein Theatre where an extremely talented group of 'four lads from Liverpool' sold out the Epstein Theatre for the EP launch of their band THE AMBITION.

A band that they, and their families, are so passionate and driven about and rightly so. Their amazing talent, that continuously get crowds everywhere going with a thrill of new music and infectious melodies, opens the door for endless opportunities and I, as are all of their fans, am extremely proud to know, follow and watch them develop and progress.

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Making a triumphant return to the Stockport Plaza, Joe McElderry proves what an incredible talent he has effortlessly performing a plethora of different song styles from pop to opera to rock.

Playing the final date of his Evolution Tour before a summer break, McElderry is not only one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in show business, he possesses a voice that many a pop star today would kill for with an unbelievable range.

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Sparkling showman John proves that all songs mean something if you just listen to the words.

Renown for being a showman of many aspects of ‘the business’, it was a pleasure to welcome John Barrowman - of Captain Jack Harkness fame in Doctor Who and Torchwood - back to Manchester’s beautiful Bridgewater Hall for his first tour in four years!

Since last here, he has been busy with various ventures, often in the USA, including TV action series Arrow and touring with expos and Comic-Cons for the shows with which he has been involved. Although he admits being nervous about the expectations of this tour, his charisma and vanity prevail and his highly-promoted risqué outlandishness and innuendo-based witty humour, make for a great night’s entertainment; coupled with his distinctive vocals, dance moves and admiration of his fans putting him where he is today and his support for the LGBT community.

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