The scene was set in the late 1950s, an opening soundbite that sounded like archive recordings, setting the scene and a simple but effect set, just the instruments in a black box style, with a background of twinkling starlight lights.

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Despite the blustery night, Buxton Opera House shone brightly and celebrated the wonderful work of Whitney Houston in utter style. ‘Whitney Queen of The Night’ starred the powerhouse voice of Shanice Smith who, along with her fabulous band, and extremely talented backing singers, provided a stunning night of entertainment for all.

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Before John Peel became the punk Svengali he was a big folkie even going so far to set up the Dandelion label and releasing three albums by a promising singer-songwriter called Bridget St. John.

Those albums became massive hits in student common rooms across the nation in the early 1970s as folk fans looked for a British Joni Mitchell, and now decades later she is back on the road with her powers pretty much undiminished.

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To celebrate the music of allegedly the 'world's greatest rock and roll band. 'The Rolling Stones Story,' hits the road in the UK with Manchester being the 1st stop on its newest tour. Promising a journey through all their classic tracks, capturing their unique sound and image it's a must for Stones fans old and new.

On arrival I'm warned that 'it's a really loud performance and would I like some ear plugs?' Taken aback I didn't know what to say, but politely declined the offer.

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Viva Blackpool proudly presents ‘The Jerseys Beats’, a show filled with classic hits starring Frankie Vali and the four seasons. This show celebrates the group that took the world by storm in the 1960s and the 1970s and have since become world renowned as one of the greatest groups of all time. Creating and producing classics such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night”, the group sold over 100 million albums and this is no surprise given their music is still entertaining audiences today.

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Elio Pace is a hugely experienced singer-songwriter, pianist and musical director, having worked with some of the best in the country but here he pays his personal tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of the 20th Century Billy Joel. Joel made twelve albums over his career and here Pace takes us through a history of Billy Joel as well as performing his best known and a few lesser known tracks.  

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Scottish Indie band Tiderays gave a strong Solfest warm up performance at the third Carlisle Fringe festival, writes Karen Morley-Chesworth.

As part of day two of the arts festival in the border city, the band from nearby Dumfries were part of the Saturday afternoon free performance on the Festival Village stage and delighted a very mixed audience.

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Bandwagonesque…Thirteen…Grand Prix…Songs From Northern Britain…Howdy.

There are very, very few British bands who have produced a run of albums as consistently great as that one by Teenage Fanclub and after a year’s hiatus they’ve playing this intimate West Yorkshire venue as a festival warm up.

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Funnily enough on the day I found out I was going to Abba Mania I read a quote saying “Can’t believe there are people in this world that think they are too good for Abba. You’re not too good for Abba. Abba are too good for you”.

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It feels like we have had ABBA in our lives forever really. They may have broken up many years ago but we continue to experience their music fairly consistently. Their undeniably catchy pop tunes continue to be played on the radio and most of us will also have experienced a ‘Dancing Queen’ moment (haven’t we?) at a wedding or family party. We have had ‘Mamma Mia’ the Stage musical and also the film. We have even recently had ABBA themselves appear as holograms with new music.

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Prince’s untimely passing in 2016 came as a shock to fans all around the world, having performed his ‘A Piano and A Microphone tour’ only days before, it seemed like the star was going to be a round for many more years but alas that was cut short. Prince was active throughout his career and his new material was just as fresh and funky as some of his most loved early works and his creativity was something that just couldn’t be matched with any other act out there.

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