Music interview – Guy Garvey of Elbow: ‘Love and kindness needs to be more abundant’

By Guy Garvey’s own estimation, the past 12 months have been “the craziest of years”. “I toured the US and I toured the UK and in all that time while that was going on I got married and had a baby and moved to London,” he explains.

Django Django

Music interview – Django Django: ‘Brexit, political turmoil – it’s been a catalyst for us to strike out and do something light and refreshing’

When London-based art rockers Django Django put out their sophomore album Born Under Saturn in 2015, the UK appeared to be safely ensconced in the European Union, the US presidential elections were a year away and Leicester City were yet to win the Premier League. Suffice to say, a few shocks around the globe have happened in the interim.

Leftwing & Kody

Music interview: Leftwing & Kody

Since forming in 2012, Leftwing & Kody have gone on to become two of the UK’s finest exports.

Suggs mixed songs and stories in his one-man show. Picture: Perou

Music review: Suggs: What a King Cnut at Leeds Town Hall

Suggs’ Leeds Town Hall date was a sell out event, and it is clear why.

Franz Ferdinand. Picture: David Edwards

Gig review: Franz Ferdinand and Albert Hammond Jr at O2 Academy Leeds

Dressed in a leather jacket and T.Rex T-shirt, Albert Hammond Jr walked onstage to a surprisingly muted Monday evening crowd.

Heir are launching a new night, Blueprint, at Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds. Picture: Portia Hunt

Music interview – Heir: ‘We’re glad to break new ground’

Leeds band Heir have big plans, it must be said. Not to necessarily conquer the world with their DIY, Eighties-infused pop – that goes without saying, almost – but to instead leave a mark on the city’s cultural landscape in a different kind of vein, a mark in the shape of a bi-monthly collaborative arts event at the Hyde Park Book Club just shy of Headingley.

The Go! Team

Gig review: The Go! Team at The Wardrobe, Leeds

The Go! Team have been championing positivity and big, brassy pop songs ever since their 2004 debut Thunder, Lightening, Strike.

Leeds-bound Paul Weller

Weller, Weller, Weller ... tell me more!

Paul Weller fans In The City are counting down days to The Modfather's latest Leeds show.
Ferociously powerful - Harrogate band Hell Fire Jack.

Hell Fire Jack launch album with Harrogate gig

Review: If the growing success of young Harrogate metal band Blood Youth round the country shows anything it’s that their hometown is more of a centre for hard rock than many would think.
Record Town by artist Horace Panter.

New Harrogate exhibition of work by The Specials' bassist

US visits by classic British band The Specials have inspired a new exhibition in one of Harrogate’s coolest galleries.

Sting performs at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds, at a launch event for The Last Ship - a musical by the musician at the Leeds Grand on May 1 to May 5. Picture Tony Johnson.

Sting in Leeds: ‘I wouldn’t write Every Breath You Take differently in #MeToo era’

A wave of protest which surfaced initially in the showbusiness industry under the banner of #MeToo offers people a moment to “re-calibrate” themselves, said Sting during an appearance in Leeds.

Sparks. Picture: Philippe Mazzoni

Music interview – Sparks: ‘You have to find new ways of presenting what you’re doing’

Veteran art-pop band Sparks are due to perform in Leeds for the first time more than 40 years. Duncan Seaman spoke to their singer, Russell Mael.


Sting: How a frozen pea factory in Leeds helped kick-start my career

Many an artist has shot to international fame after a formative stint in Leeds – few may know that multi-million-selling rock star Sting can count himself among them.

Sting appears at Leeds City Varieties for The Last Ship musical launch

Sting made an intimate appearance in Leeds today to launch the UK run of his musical.
Debut ep:  Scratching The Surface

Grandad inspires Halifax musician’s fundraising debut release

A local artist has dedicated his new record to raising money and awareness for charity.

Baxter Dury

Music interview – Baxter Dury: ‘I’m on the edge of sentimentality but I’m not quite there’

Prince of Tears, the fifth album by singer songwriter Baxter Dury, was a record that caught a few people unawares late last year.

Suggs is touring his one-man show. Picture: Perou

Music interview – Suggs: ‘Fame is a dangerous substance’

Most people will recognise Suggs as the front man of the popular 80s band Madness, and for his entertaining antics and personality.


VIDEO: Rock, pop and hip-hop superstars to headline Yorkshire's Tramlines music festival

Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5 will headline Yorkshire's Tramlines 2018 music festival.

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Dan Webster on stage with his long-term band The Birdman Rallies.

Harrogate musician's new album better than Beck

Review: Dan Webster: The Great Storm of Now (album)
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Violinist Hans-Peter Hofmann leads the orchestra.

Classical preview: Spring chamber concerts

Amidst the proliferation of disinformation that’s been circulating in recent months, comes the news that a major British orchestra is departing to Brussels, adding to the confusion by naming it as the European Union Chamber Orchestra who are appearing in the Leeds Town Hall next Saturday.

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