Aberdeen youth arts in the spotlight at Light the Blue Festival

BIGGEST AND MOST AMBITIOUS LIGHT THE BLUE YET TO TAKE PLACE IN ABERDEEN 10-18 JUNE Aberdeen Performing Arts announced the city’s youth arts festival, Light the Blue, will run from 10-18 June with its biggest ever line up and most ambitious programme ofevents yet. Almost 30 events are planned across six venues over eight daysContinue reading “Aberdeen youth arts in the spotlight at Light the Blue Festival”

The Who with orchestra live at Wembley tops Billboard Classical Chart

The Who With Orchestra Live at Wembley, which was released on 31 March 2023, this week entered the Billboard Classical Album Chart at Number 1. This makes it the first No.1 album in the US for The Who in all their 59-year career. Their 1971 album Who’s Next topped the UK charts that year. TheContinue reading “The Who with orchestra live at Wembley tops Billboard Classical Chart”

John Fulljames returns to Scottish Opera for new production of Carmen

By Patrick Barnham Scottish Opera’s new production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen opens at Theatre Royal Glasgow on 12 May, before touring to Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, concluding the Company’s 60th Season. Director John Fulljames (Nixon in China 2020) has teamed up with librettist and translator Christopher Cowell to present a fresh reframing of this classicContinue reading “John Fulljames returns to Scottish Opera for new production of Carmen”

Eurovision commentary in scouse

Liverpudlian treat for Eurovision fans By Patrick Barnham For the first time in the history of the Eurovision song contest UK audiences can tune into the world’s biggest singing competition to hear a Scouse commentary. Paul Quinn, 32, from Dingle in Liverpool will co-present the ‘Scouse alternative commentary’ – alongside one of Liverpool’s best lovedContinue reading “Eurovision commentary in scouse”

Laughs with Slide Night in Sydney

By Patrick Barnham A brand-new comedic offering is coming to the Sydney Opera House this winter, with Slide Night! set to premiere in the Playhouse from 15 – 25 June. A competitive evening of side-splitting spontaneous comedy, Slide Night! will see two teams face off in a series of challenges and games, each more ridiculous than the last. One ofContinue reading “Laughs with Slide Night in Sydney”

BBC Proms first for the Sage

Self Esteem teams up with Robert Ames to kick off weekend proms festival at the Sage Gateshead. By Patrick Barnham The first weekend Proms festival outside of London is being held at the Sage Gateshead this summer. The event, running from July 21 to 23, includes family, orchestral and chamber concerts. This year’s Proms isContinue reading “BBC Proms first for the Sage”

Pizza and laughs in Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s top funnyman and compere Kenny Luke today announced a night of laughs pizza and drinks at city hotspot the Adams on Holburn street. Kenny said: “This is the first of my comedy nights at the home of Big Manny’s Pizza. “We have an exciting line up of professional comedians ready to roll you intoContinue reading “Pizza and laughs in Aberdeen”

Flaxman launch album at Drummonds

By Marcus MacBeath Aberdeen band Flaxman launched their new album Lambs at Drummonds on Friday night. Easing into the 10-song set with the delicate title track Emma Harkins slowly caught the attention of the audience before Martin Wyllie took to the mic. He set the tone of the rest of the night with his rumblingContinue reading “Flaxman launch album at Drummonds”

Hat-trick hit hopes for Folkestone four

By Patrick Barnham The King Rooks are proud to present their third single release Disguise. After the success of their two debut singles Mary and What Do You Say Now the Folkestone band are back with another all-out rock anthem. This one needs to be listened to at maximum volume. The single was recorded andContinue reading “Hat-trick hit hopes for Folkestone four”