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Shining a light on solidarity and activism: There Are No Beginnings now open at Leeds Playhouse

There Are No Beginnings, the first production in the Bramall Rock Void, a new theatre space created as part of the Playhouse’s £15.8m redevelopment, is now open at Leeds Playhouse. Production images revealed today show the all-female company including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch, ITV), Tessa Parr (Road, Hamlet, Leeds Playhouse) Natalie Gavin (Line of Duty, Gentleman Jack, BBC) and newcomer Jesse Jones reclaiming a narrative so long […]

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Music

Live: Peter Hook & The Light – The Shankly Hotel Rooftop, Liverpool

Peter Hook and I have a bit of previous.  He once, inadvertently, nearly cost me my summer job in a Blackpool amusement arcade.  I turned up for my Sunday morning shift, put ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’ on the arcades sound system and nearly caused the death of two OAPs on the Penny Falls, when Hooky’s […]

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The Snuts release new single Juan Belmonte

Currently out on their sold-out UK headline tour, Scottish upstarts and rising band of the moment, The Snuts unleash their pulsating, riff heavy new single ‘Juan Belmonte’ – out now on Parlophone Records. Drenched with the band’s alt-indie sound and brimming with riffs, ‘Juan Belmonte’ was recorded across sessions with Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Biffy […]

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Review: How To Be Famous – The Seamonsters

What a year it’s been for Sheffield’s indie-pop band The Seamonsters. Following the release of Blue Movie Baby back in January, the five-piece have been touring the country, playing a whole host of festivals with This Feeling, and now return with their new single How To Be Famous. How To Be Famous is a track […]

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Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black – York Theatre Royal

The Woman in BlackAdapted by Stephen MallatrattDirected by Robin HerfordYork Theatre Royal, 12 – 16 November Millions of theatregoers worldwide have experienced “the most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter” (Daily Telegraph). Now The Woman in Black returns to haunt audiences at York Theatre Royal from 12 to 16 November. This acclaimed ghost story […]

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Brew and Bean

Harrogate Brewing Co. – Harrrogate, North Yorkshire

The Harrogate Brewing Co. is a small micro brewery just outside the centre of Harrogate, opened this year once a month for their taproom open days. For those that don’t know Harrogate, it’s a small, vibrant town about 30 minutes drive from York and whilst not traditionally known for it’s beer, has been becoming a […]

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Beer Tasting Brew and Bean

First Chop Brewing Arm – Eccles, Manchester

Earlier this year, I took a trip to Chester for a weekend on the beers. On trips like this, I always kick off by searching for “breweries near [insert location about halfway to my destination]” so en-route I stopped off at First Chop Brewery in Eccles, Manchester. I must admit, as usualt I was aiming for a […]

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Arts/Theatre

Review: My Beautiful Laundrette – Leeds Playhouse ★★★★☆

You never forget your first show in a venue. I’ll never forget my first at, what was, The West Yorkshire Playhouse; 2007, The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s finest works was immaculately presented by Northern Broadside. From then on, I’ve been hooked on theatre; whilst my attendance has been sporadic, in the last 12 months, that […]

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Music

Live: Sophie and the Giants – Basement, York

Sophie and the Giants this week brought their indie pop-rock to York for their first show at The Basement. The four-piece are currently on tour promoting their 2019 releases The Light and Break The Silence and showcased their energetic live show to a health York crowd. This year has been one of huge growth for […]

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Q&A: Howl and The Hum

Earlier on in the month, we headed over to West Yorkshire from York, to watch York based band The Howl and the Hum headline the Brude to a sold-out crowd. The show was nothing short of musical perfection as the four-piece rattled through their eclectic catalogue of hits, showcasing brand-new singles Hall of Fame and […]