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Reverend and the Makers – live review

Bounce and the congregation bounces with you – especially when the brethren is more than 2,000 Reverend and the Makers followers and the sermon is to have fun, writes Graham Walker. So it came to pass at the church of Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Friday night. And Sheffield’s indie chart stars will bounce back for …

Gig Reviews Gigs March 10, 2014

The Strypes – live review

Teenage rock band The Strypes played The Leadmill in Sheffield as part of their recent tour. Review by Andrew Foley The Strypes are the most important band in music today. They swagger, they’re cocky, arrogant and incredibly young. Live, this four-piece from Cavan, Ireland, is incendiary. The audience is taunted, pummelled and whipped into a frenzy by …

Gig Reviews Gigs February 24, 2014

The Springsteen Sessions – live review

The Springsteen Sessions put their own spin on the E Street Band’s hits at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes as part of their current tour. Review by Allan Crow It’s easy to see why The Springsteen Sessions aren’t entirely comfortable with the term ‘tribute act’. They don’t set out to be the E Street Band in name or …

Gig Reviews Gigs February 17, 2014

Watch Reverend And The Makers live online – this Sunday

Sheffield indie rockers Reverend And The Makers will perform an intimate live show this Sunday – and you can watch it online. WOW247’s sister title, The Star, has organised the concert, which is due to begin on Sunday (16 Feb) at 6.15pm. Reverend and the Makers will perform new songs and classic hits to celebrate the …

Music What's On February 13, 2014

Glasgow trio PAWS hit the road – tour dates

“Sore-throated and sabre-toothed,” is how one music magazine recently described PAWS. And it pretty much sums up this visceral Glasgow punk trio, who are on tour this week. [PAWS at T in the Park last year – picture: David P Scott] The band formed in the ashes of a briefly lived but passionately loved “Violent Femmes-esque” …

Radar February 11, 2014

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – musical review

Classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is at the Sheffield Lyceum this week as part of its UK tour. Review by Lynne Patrick [Picture: Geraint Lewis] The Wild West didn’t come much wilder than Oregon bear country, and the men were as wild as the mountain creatures – until the women came along to …

Theatre February 11, 2014

Stewart Lee – comedy review

Tim Cotton delivers his verdict on a thought-provoking bout of offbeat humour from acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee, at the Crucible in Sheffield. It’s fair to say that Stewart Lee polarises opinion. To some, the writer and comedian is a “true artist of comedy”. To Jan Moir of The Daily Mail, he is a “slime-pit of bitterness”. …

Comedy Comedy Reviews February 4, 2014

Happy Days – A New Musical: cast interviews and tour dates

A show originally called Cool whose script sat on a TV studio shelf and eventually became worldwide TV hit Happy Days is being revived as a stage musical – read on for cast interviews and full UK tour dates. The show’s creator, Garry Marshall, was in Britain recently to see the premiere of Happy Days …

Theatre January 30, 2014

The Crookes and The Sherlocks are off on tour

Two South Yorkshire bands are hitting the road – after both announced spring tours to promote new music. Sheffield’s The Crookes are off on tour to promote their third album Soapbox, which is released in April, after the first single, ‘Play Dumb’, which is out on Monday, March 3. [The Crookes] The quartet – bassist …

Gigs January 17, 2014

The Duck House – theatre review

The Duck House is a political comedy based on the expenses scandal, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. Review by Anne Cox I think that it’s safe to say that the public were wholly incredulous when the MPs’ expenses scandal broke. Each day brought new revelations until the entire country lost faith in the honesty …

Haim announce March tour – ticket details

Haim have announced another major UK tour following their recent string of headline gigs, and tickets are selling fast. Tickets have sold out to see the Sound of 2013 in Sheffield – more than 10 weeks before the gig. Rock trio Haim – singer Danielle Haim, and her sisters Alana, on rhythm guitar, and bassist …

Gigs January 7, 2014

Alice In Wonderland – theatre review

Lewis Carroll’s surreal Alice In Wonderland is brought vividly to life in an enchanting and highly original show now entertaining families at The Stables in Milton Keynes. Review by Anne Cox The venue always likes to do things differently at Christmas and it spurns traditional pantos in favour of animating children’s classic tales. In the …

Sleeping Beauty at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – pantomime review

Anita Dobson stars in Sleeping Beauty, the Christmas pantomime at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. Review by Anne Cox There aren’t many pantomimes that can boast a fire-breathing dragon in the cast but, by the wonder of fairy wizardry, one makes a cameo appearance in the dazzling Sleeping Beauty that opened last night at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. But …

Theatre December 17, 2013

Dick Whittington – pantomime review

Dick Whittington, the Christmas pantomime at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre, stars Ryan Moloney (Neighbours) and Leslie Grantham (EastEnders). Review by Anne Cox It isn’t often that a giant inflatable sausage becomes the star of a show but this is no ordinary Christmas panto. Dunstable’s Grove Theatre has revitalised this annual festive treat to come up with a saucy sensation. …

Theatre December 16, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – film review

In the prologue to this second instalment of Peter Jackson’s sweeping Tolkien trilogy, the director makes a brief cameo, wandering through night-time streets on the borders of the Shire. It’s a fleeting glimpse – a rare moment of brevity that, sadly, eludes the rest of this over-bloated epic. Admittedly, there is a greater sense of …

Culture Film December 12, 2013

JLS – live review

Malcolm Jack delivers his verdict on an enjoyable show from boyband JLS at The Hydro in Glasgow, as part of their mammoth farewell tour. [Photo: Phil Wilkinson] “Welcome to Goodbye,” said Marvin, prompting neither the first nor the last ear-piercing screams of the night. London dance-pop foursome JLS are calling it a day after seven chart-storming …

Gigs December 9, 2013
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