All the ale and food boxes left ticked

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Well, it's good to be back in "Old Blighty", after a two-week jolly, beery jaunt in Brittany.

Review: The Hoax @ Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

Lancashire Telegraph: The Hoax are back to headline Burnley Rock and Blues Festival

9:37am Thursday 8th May 2014

VERY rarely do you come away from a gig knowing that you’ve just witnessed something special.

REVIEW: Lloyd Cole, King George's Hall, Blackburn

4:27pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

"He can write a song can't he?"

REVIEW: Kate Rusby, Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley Mechanics

2:23pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A sold out Mechanics welcomed the corkscrew-haired chanteuse like a long-lost daughter as she stepped out on the first date of a UK tour.

Review:Hazel O'Connor, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre

9:19am Thursday 13th March 2014

THERE have been occasions in the past when the non-appearance of artist due to a breakdown would have been a blessed relief.

Review: Bellowhead, King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Bellowhead adding an extra dimension to traditional music

9:18am Tuesday 12th November 2013

BELLOWHEAD - not so much a band but an irresistible force of nature!

Prog rock tribute act Think Floyd to play Clitheroe show

Lancashire Telegraph: Lewis Hall of Think Floyd on stage

3:43pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

THE tales of Pink Floyd’s enthusiastic embrace of all that came with being the world’s most influential progressive band have long since passed into myth.

Review: The Human League, Hoghton Tower

Lancashire Telegraph: The Human League on stage

3:07pm Monday 8th July 2013

IT was fitting that in the grounds of historic Hoghton Tower we were transported back in time for some fun in the sunshine on Friday evening.

Review: Man Made Soul, Burnley Mechanics

3:38pm Monday 1st July 2013

What a birthday party that was!

Review: Bo Bruce, Deaf Institute, Manchester

10:08am Friday 28th June 2013

IF The Voice achieves nothing else its legacy may well be bringing Bo Bruce to a wider audience.

Review: Muse, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

2:14pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

MUSE might have been together for nearly 20 years - but at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on Saturday they proved why they are one of the best - exploding onto the stage - backed up by giant flame throwers.

Review: Chic with Nile Rodgers, Manchester Ritz

9:37am Thursday 30th May 2013

THE ultimate hitmaker that is Nile Rodgers gave a sold out Ritz a masterclass on the history of pop music over the last 35 years in one incredible night in Manchester.

Review: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Burnley Blues Festival

11:21am Monday 6th May 2013

A FESTIVAL reaching its 25th anniversary deserves something special – and on Saturday night, boy did Burnley get it.

Review: Mike Sanchez Band, Burnley Blues Festival

11:20am Monday 6th May 2013

HAVING played the first Burnley Blues Festival in 1988, it was fitting that Mike Sanchez was invited back to headline the opening night of the event’s 25th anniversary, at Burnley Mechanics.

Review: 125 Year Variety Show, Blackburn College, March 5 to 7

2:12pm Friday 8th March 2013

STAFF and students at Blackburn College celebrated the institution’s 125th anniversary with their annual show.

Review: Hot 8 Brass Band @ The Grand, Clitheroe

11:06am Thursday 7th March 2013

THE uplifting and authentic sound of New Orleans jazz brought sweat and swagger to Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre with The Hot 8 Brass Band in incendiary form.

Review: Ian Prowse, Chipping Village Hall

Lancashire Telegraph: CHIPPING IN  Ian Prowse

9:53am Monday 4th March 2013

THERE can’t be many chart toppers who have played the intimate surroundings of Chipping Village Hall but then Sunday was one of those special nights.

Burnley Rock and Blues Festival's 25th anniversary will be weekend to remember

Lancashire Telegraph: FESTIVAL Gregg Wright

4:58pm Friday 14th December 2012

LET the party begin – Burnley is ready for the ultimate blues celebration as the town’s famous festival reaches its 25th anniversary next May.

Review: Katzenjammer, Manchester Sound Control

Lancashire Telegraph: Katzenjammer 'a glorious secret waiting to be discovered'

12:04pm Saturday 3rd November 2012

IT is hard to write objectively about a band you have seen three times in a week but I’ll try.

Review: Muse, Manchester Arena

Lancashire Telegraph: Muse played a spectacular show in Manchester

10:09am Friday 2nd November 2012

WHEN you’ve had the label ‘best band in the world’ hung around your shoulders it could prove more albatross than accolade.

Review: Peggy Seeger@ Darwen Library Theatre

5:18pm Monday 15th October 2012

CAST your minds back to your schooldays, to those teachers you would occasionally get who on the outside appeared fearsome yet in reality everyone in the class loved.

Good old-fashioned rock and roll from Chris Isaak in Manchester

10:00am Friday 5th October 2012

THE home of the classics was treated to some good old fashioned rock and roll as acclaimed singer Chris Isaak unleashed his inner Elvis.

Booker T joins the Muni Stax legends

10:53am Tuesday 28th August 2012

LITTLE Colne Muni is fast becoming the second home to the legendary Stax soul label.

Review: Michelin-starred music from Pine

10:52am Tuesday 28th August 2012

FROM the moment he played the chimes of Big Ben offstage to announce his arrival, Courtney Pine made a huge impact on the festival.

Review: Alison Krauss and Union Station @ Manchester Apollo

9:21am Tuesday 17th July 2012

THE queen of Bluegrass and her powerhouse band brought a touch of Tennessee to a dreary Manchester night.

Martin Stephenson @ Darwen Library Theatre

10:58am Friday 13th July 2012

AT a time when true characters in music appear all too thin on the ground, thank goodness for Martin Stephenson.

Review: Rory Bremner and Friends, Blackburn

9:51am Wednesday 23rd May 2012

A STRANGE night this, but one which was hugely enjoyable, with the audience coming away marvelling at the talent of one of our genuine national treasures.

REVIEW: The SoulTrain at Burnley Mechanics

Lancashire Telegraph: The SoulTrain put on a storming show at Burnley Mechanics.

11:03am Wednesday 7th March 2012

ROLL back the years and dust down the dancefloor with talc ... soul music has never been healthier!

Review: Lloyd Cole at Darwen Library Theatre

Lancashire Telegraph: Lloyd Cole . . . quality songs make up for reserved stage presence.

9:16am Tuesday 6th March 2012

ONE man, two guitars and a collection of songs most songwriters would kill for.

Review: Diana Vickers @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Diana Vickers @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

10:51am Thursday 9th February 2012

THE ‘new’ Diana emerged with a powerhouse showcase revealing songs from her new album.

Review: Cecil Sharp Project @ Burnley Mechanics

10:04am Friday 27th January 2012

THE stage looked like a microphone sellers’ convention as we waited for an intriguing musical experiment to be brought to life.

Review: Classical Spectacular @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Classical Spectacular @ MEN Arena, Manchester

4:01pm Friday 2nd December 2011

For those who stayed home to watch Strictly Come Dancing or The X Factor — shame on you. Still it was your loss.

Review: Steve Earle @ Academy, Manchester

2:16pm Friday 4th November 2011

SEVEN wives, time in jail, problems with addiction - you name it Steve Earle has done it.

Review: The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular @ Albert Halls, Bolton

2:18pm Wednesday 5th October 2011

A SLICE of Las Vegas was served up in Bolton to the delight of a packed Albert Halls last week.

Review: John Gomm @ Octagon, Bolton

2:16pm Wednesday 5th October 2011

DRUMS, bass and acoustic guitar and bongos — who would have guessed all of these sounds could, simultaneously, and played by just one man, come out of one instrument?

Review: Ramsbottom Music Festival 2011

Lancashire Telegraph: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3154148

12:40pm Monday 19th September 2011

WITH GALLERY: Thousands of fans flocked to Ramsbottom Cricket Club over the weekend for the town’s first music festival.

Review: Andrea Glass @ The Met, Bury

4:25pm Thursday 15th September 2011

“SEAMLESS” is probably not the word to describe Andrea Glass’ homecoming set at The Met, despite her cheeky insistence on using it regularly while talking to the audience.

Review: Dolly Parton @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Picture:

4:12pm Thursday 15th September 2011

DECKED in rhinestones with the sort of blonde curls that would make any Essex girl jealous, the Queen of Country Dolly Parton could never be described as understated.

Review: Colne’s Great British R&B Festival 2011

Lancashire Telegraph: BLUES Stax legend Mavis Staples

3:00pm Tuesday 30th August 2011

WITH GALLERY: Old stagers and future legends summed up why Colne remains Britain’s capital of the blues this holiday weekend.

Review: Pete Doherty @ King George's Hall, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Doherty denies possessing cocaine

3:29pm Friday 26th August 2011

MOST people at a Pete Doherty gig know what to expect for him.

Report: Towneley Live @ Towneley Park, Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: ALL MESSED UP Some of the festival- goers at Towneley

6:30pm Sunday 14th August 2011

WITH GALLERY: Music lovers young and old donned their wellies to enjoy the biggest music event in Burnley’s history yesterday.

Review: Double Scoop Sundae Festival @ Heaton Park, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Double Scoop Sundae Festival @ Heaton Park, Manchester

6:10pm Thursday 28th July 2011

We went along for the Saturday and found something that was more like the ultimate summer fete than a festival in the conventional sense.

Review: James Taylor @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: ON TOUR: James Taylor

5:08pm Friday 8th July 2011

WOULD it work? The legendary James Taylor, the man with a guitar who has written 150 songs, be able to hold an audience at the huge MEN Arena.

Review: Dr Dee: An English Opera @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Dr Dee: An English Opera @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

10:46am Friday 8th July 2011

FORGET Pop Star to Opera Star on the TV, this is the real thing.

Review: Flaming Lips @ Jodrell Bank

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Flaming Lips @ Jodrell Bank

4:55pm Thursday 7th July 2011

IS science the new rock and roll?

Review: Blackburn & Darwen Band with Failsworth Community Band @ Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Popular B&D at Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

7:13pm Sunday 31st July 2011

A large audience the Thwaites Empire Theatre got the chance to hear two bands on top form.

Report: Beat-Herder Festival 2011

Lancashire Telegraph: WELLY STEPS Hannah Sloan and Farrah Gill dancing in the woods

12:10pm Monday 4th July 2011

WITH GALLERY: Ten thousand people descended on the Beat-Herder Festival in the Ribble Valley at the weekend to enjoy an enchanting sonic and visual feast.

Review: Sinead O'Connor @ Manchester International Festival

10:15am Monday 4th July 2011

THE shaven headed, elfin-featured waif may have long disappeared but the talent and that voice remain undiminished.

Review: Bon Jovi @ Lancashire CCC, Old Trafford

2:32pm Monday 27th June 2011

The boys from New Jersey settled into their compact stage set and quickly pleased the damp crowd with opening song ‘Blood on Blood’ and’ You Give Love a Bad Name’.

Review: Bobby Womack @ King George’s Hall, Blackburn

9:24am Monday 27th June 2011

IT was always going to be an extraordinary evening from the moment they announced from the stage that Bobby Womack needed to borrow a white belt from someone in the audience before he could come on.


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