As the Easter weekend comes to a close, I found myself guilty of being rather over indulgent somewhat on chocolate... chocolate and more chocolate so I needed to get away from the remnants of eggs and wrappers and get burning off those calories and in doing so, found the perfect treat to finish the Easter celebrations. It came in the form of a concert, Not all concerts are the same; some live acts you will see disappoint you and never live up to your expectation, this was not the case with my choice; Billy Ocean live.
'Stand By Me' is possibly the most recognised title of a song recorded by Ben E.King which went onto being surprisingly, the only number one hit in the US (1961) for King and tonight opened the show to an appreciative audience. What a start! Fabulous vocals from all in particular Michael Williams, Ryan King and Davinia Thomas in this gospel church choir scene which continued throughout the whole show along with the other members of The Drifters.
Yorkshire-born broadcaster and singer Clare Teal graced Oldham Coliseum's stage for one evening only tonight, and despite the less than capacity audience, she received a warm welcome and many deserved rounds of applause throughout the evening.
The Bootleg Beatles are on a magical mystery tour and visiting the Edwardian splendour of the Buxton Opera House, for a hard day’s night to remember.
The original Bootleg Beatles formed in 1980, a decade after the Beatles split up and the same year John Lennon was gunned down by Mark Chapman.
Stockport Plaza isn't a venue the original band would have been seen however they would have got a great warm and friendly welcome if they had if the audience for ABBAMANIA was anything to go by.
There are many artists who can be deemed as iconic to the 80s, one such artist being Howard Jones. when he first came on to the music scene in 1983 with 'new song'; it was all about not going with the trends, not being hip and cool and not playing by the rules, now some 34 years later, Howard Jones still proves himself as a talented musician who doesn't do things in the conventual way.
The Bridgewater Hall is one of the finest venues for live music in Manchester, its modern grandeur and acoustically it’s probably the best, so it was own fitting to see a great artist in this fine venue and they don't come much legendary than Mike and the Mechanics.
There are some artists that will forever be known as icons of music and one performer who is worthy of the icon status is the late great Whitney Houston who tragically died in 2012, but her music will forever live on and I was lucky enough to attend the popular tribute 'Whitney - Queen of the Night' at Stockport Plaza which is helping to keep her music alive.
Billed as musical powerhouse of a show guaranteed to take you on a journey through the decade that changed the face of music and culture, Twist and Shout certainly didn’t disappoint its Liverpool audience at The Epstein Theatre.
With non-stop 60’s sings, this show quite literally left the audience (many of whom were around in the 60’s) on their feet, dancing and singing in the aisles. A real crowd pleaser, and in Liverpool the home of many of the songs on the playlist, was guaranteed to be a winner.
You know the scenario, you wake up extra early, get every device open imaginable waiting for that on sale time to get tickets to Take That's latest tour in the stadium or arena depending on how many there are on. You get ready for that one moment in the hope to get tickets and then at the last second, you lose Wi-Fi and 30 seconds later it's sold out?
With an appearance on the X Factor in 2013 where she was selected as one of the seven finalists but unfortunately not making it to judges houses, Katie Markham has gone on to have her own tribute show after auditioning with others for what she believed to be a pilot for a new TV show 'Adele at the BBC'. Hosted by Graham Norton, Katie was quick to spot that 'Jenny,' one of the other impersonators, was actually Adele in disguise. She was actually handpicked by Adele to perform as her.
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