Gig review: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man at Manchester Academy

A sea of phone screens recording videos which will never get watched necessitated the need to crack your neck to see Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on stage.

Actresses Emily Williamson and Cathryn Osborne rehearsing for Be My Baby, a musical to be staged by Colne Dramatic Society next week. (s)

Be My Baby; Colne Dramatic Society

A pendulum of musical theatre conjuring tears and laughter, Be My Baby will swing audiences back to the sixties next week.
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Joe Bonamassa performing at the Opera House, Blackpool. Pictures: Pete Doherty

CONCERT REVIEW: Joe Bonamassa at Blackpool Opera House

“I threw open the curtains of my hotel room and children were riding a rollercoaster right past my window!” Joe Bonamassa told the sold-out crowd at the splendid Opera House.

Wreckless Eric is playing at Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre next month. (s)

Free spirit Eric to rock Barlick

There is no domesticating Wreckless Eric’s sound - it runs at a gallop, free of the aesthetic bridles of the music industry.

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Do you remember going down "The Cat's" as iconic nightclub the Cat's Whiskers was known as.

Hop down to the Cat's for a dream of a reunion

An appeal from Down Under to organise a "mother of all reunions" to celebrate the heyday of some of Burnley's most iconic nightclubs may be on the cards.
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The Folkestra

BAND PROFILE: The Folkestra

A punk-driven rock-fuelled folk-machine from Colne.
The Shires

REVIEW: The Shires, Opera House, Blackpool

British country duo The Shires got the second leg of their UK tour under way with a fine performance in Blackpool.

Little Anthony makes his first full UK performance at Blackpool International Soul Festival this summer

Soul festival debuts to make an impression

A ‘once in a lifetime’ line up is set to wow soul fans for the second Blackpool International Soul Festival.

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Following the success of Grease, Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Group is taking on another huge musical. (s)

Rent; The Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Group

Challenging themselves to pull off another huge musical is this group of Pendle thespians.

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Sixties pop star Mike Quinn with junior church queen Estelle Pollard-Cox (left) and his granddaughter, Paige, after the fund raising night he performed at in Burnley

Charity night went like a dream

A former member of the top 60s band Freddie and the Dreamers belted out some top 60s hits at a charity event hosted by a Junior Church Queen.

ALL HAIL HYENA! supporting Grandaddy at The Albert Hall, Manchester. (s)

Trio rub shoulders with indie stars

A Burnley punk band rubbed shoulders with some of indie's brightest stars when they supported rock band Grandaddy on their first tour in 11 years.

The Gathering MKII features a stellar line up of musicians

Top artistes re-live the glory days at music feast of a gig

Seasoned musicians from four iconic bands are set to light up the stage next week.

Complete Control

BAND PROFILE: Complete Control

Complete Control started out life 15 years ago as a Nirvana tribute band called Penny Royal.

Actresses Emily Williamson, Brogan Riley and Cathryn Osborne rehearsing for Be My Baby, to be staged by Colne Dramatic Society next month. (s)

Be My Baby; Colne Dramatic Society

Audiences will be swept up in a flurry of laughter and tears when this poignant musical about downtrodden mothers is staged in Colne next month.

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Burnley Light Opera Society is presenting Follies at The Burnley Mechanics this month. (s)

Follies; Burnley Light Opera Society

A haunting tale of ghosts, disillusionment and a punctured American dream will offer a medley of song and dance.
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Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, AKA Madison Violet, are performing in Barnoldswick next month. (s)

Madison Violet; Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre

The song-writers of Madison Violet follow their muse no matter the cracks in the road: it’s why there’s a striking honesty to their music.

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Blues musician Mark Harrison will perform in Barnoldswick on Saturday, April 8th. (s)

Blues Pied-piper Mark to rock Barlick

A Pied-piper of the blues world, Mark Harrison weaves stories through his music, conjuring an intimate conversation between artist and listener.
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Italian Masterpieces will take placeat St Peter's Church.

Italian Masterpieces set for showstopping Burnley gig

A selection of some of the most beautiful classical music from stalwarts of the genre - from Verdi and Rossini to other Italian composers - will take place in Burnley tomorrow.

Geoff will rock the cheery blues at Barlick gig

Geoff will rock the cheery blues at Barlick gig

Blues might be the nucleus of Geoff Achison’s music, but his writing ripples with a fusion of genres.
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Preston noise merchants Evil Blizzard play LiVe in Preston on Saturday, April 1

Blizzard to blanket city with noise and mayhem before joke

Evil Blizzard might be hitting the heady heights of fame, appearing alongside legendary headliners such as Rainbow, Sweet and Blue Oyster Cult at the Stone Free Festival at London’s O2 Arena in the summer, but before then they will be hitting their home turf in Preston once again for what promises to be a manic and messy April Fool’s night.

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