Gig review: James Arthur at O2 Academy Leeds

Barely three songs into his performance, and James Arthur finds a lacy, purple thong wrapped around his jaw. Various other items of lingerie follow; with preternatural ability, he throws his fist to the side and captures a large burgundy brassiere. “Great reflexes, right there,” he quips to much screaming.

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Sinkane. Picture: Jo Bongard

Gig review: Sinkane at Headrow House, Leeds

There’s a need for positivity and unity in these troubled political times and Sinkane are the perfect band for the job.

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Gig review: Hurray For The Riff Raff at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

The first wave of releases to address Trump’s America includes Hurray For The Riff Raff’s The Navigator. The New Orleans-based outfit’s sixth album is a concept about songwriter Alynda Segarra’s Puerto Rican heritage that explores immigration, identity and cultural theft.

Frank Carter

Gig review: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at Leeds University Stylus

Arms aloft, microphone swinging precariously in his grasp, Frank Carter stands tall, balanced upon a sea of raised hands in the middle of the floor of Leeds University’s Stylus venue, some distance away from the stage.

James Corrigan, left, with Louis Armstrong and James's wife Betty pictured in 1968 when the jazz legend played at Batley.

The variety club that made Batley the ‘Las Vegas of the North’

Maureen Prest was Batley Variety Club’s promotions manager during its heyday and has written a book about its creator James Corrigan. Chris Bond talked to her.


Gig review: Warpaint at Leeds Beckett University

A hiatus can often be the make-or-break of a band reaching a commercial nadir. For some, the extended absence can be a springboard to greater success; for others, it is a death knell that can kill momentum stone dead.

Emeli Sande at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Gig review: Emeli Sande at O2 Academy Leeds

EMELI SANDE fans have had to bide their time for her much-anticipated second album but, as she proved at Leeds’ O2 Academy, it has certainly been worth the wait.

WATCH: Yorkshire police band's moving tribute to PC Keith Palmer

WATCH: Yorkshire police band's moving tribute to PC Keith Palmer

A police brass band performed a moving rendition of Abide With Me which they dedicated to murdered officer Keith Palmer.

David Bowie

Is that David Bowie on stage with me in Hull?

The last surviving member of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust backing band has revealed he sometimes expects to see the late music superstar alongside him on stage.

The Jesus and Mary Chain. Picture Steve Gullick

Brotherly love – the return of The Jesus and Mary Chain

After nearly 20 years The Jesus and Mary Chain have a new album out, but it’s not been easy. Duncan Seaman reports.


VIDEO PREVIEW: Yorkshire world premiere for Brexit inspired piano recital European Unison

A Brexit inspired recital written for 28 pianos - one for each member of the European Union - hopes to hit the right notes with Remain supporters when it gets its world premiere this weekend in Yorkshire.
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Cara Hammond. Picture: Megan Roe

Gig preview: Cara Hammond at 360 Club, Leeds

Hot on the heels of her recent single Waiting, which led to her being acclaimed as BBC Introducing Artist of the Week, Leeds-based singer songwriter Cara Hammond is already planning her next release.

Meet rock superstars Kings Of Leon at Sheffield Arena.

WIN: Meet rock superstars Kings Of Leon at Sheffield Arena

Sex Is On Fire chart-toppers Kings Of Leon will rock Sheffield Arena this summer and we are giving you the chance to win tickets and meet the band.

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Joe Bonamassa's 'lightning fast fingers fly effortlessly around the fretboard'. Photo: Paul Rodgers.

AUDIO PREVIEW: Guitar king Joe Bonamassa promises 'two hours of blues rock fun' at Sheffield Arena

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and BB King trip off the tongue when asked to name the greatest guitar players of all time - but make way for Joe Bonamassa!

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European Unison composer Ruth Spencer Jolly

WATCH LIVE 10.30AM THURSDAY: Brexit debate and European Unison piano concert on Facebook Live

A Brexit inspired piano concert will get its world premiere with a free public performance in Yorkshire - but we are giving you an exclusive preview on Facebook Live.
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Faith story: Reverend Richard Coles, the former pop star who was ordained into the Anglican priesthood in 2005.  (Picture: Mike Prior).

Richard Coles - his journey from pop to pulpit

The Reverend Richard Coles was a pop star who became a priest. He talks to Chris Bond about his unlikely journey and why he believes Christianity still matters.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Leeds music stars join chorus for European capital bid

MUSIC stars from Leeds will be banging the drum in London this evening for their home city’s bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023.

Harry Smith, 94, was in Hamburg when the war ended in 1945.

How songs and music brought hope in the dark days of the Second World War

As Dame Vera Lynn celebrates her 100th birthday, Chris Bond speaks to people about their wartime memories and finds out why songs and music were so important to them.

Heir. Picture: Portia Hunt

Gig preview: Heir at Oporto, Leeds

“It’s been a long time coming,” says Sam Luca, discussing Leeds band Heir’s new single I’ll Pick You Up.

Rick Astley

Gig review: Rick Astley at Halifax Victoria Theatre

“Do you wanna go back to the Eighties?” roars Rick Astley, his words delivered in a broad, warm northern accent.

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