A popular waterfront bar on Hull Marina has issued a desperate plea on social media urging people to back its campaign to stay open past midnight. The Barrow Boys in Humber Dock Street, part-owned by boxer Tommy Coyle, was dealt a blow earlier this month after councillors said it would have to shut its doors by 11.30pm every night of the week due to concerns over noise. It used to be open until 2am on weekends but Hull City Council ruled it would have to shut earlier, prompting tweets from the bar’s account in the style of the ‘Lord Kitchener Wants You’ advert, used as a recruitment young men to serve in the First World War. Taking to Twitter, the venue says: “BARROW BOYS NEEDS YOU. Do you want Barrow Boys to CLOSE at 11.30PM on weekends??? “We certainly don’t. Help us let the council know what the people of Hull really want.” It then provided a link to the council website where members of the public can make representations either in favour or … [Read more...] about The Barrow Boys have issued a desperate plea as council cuts hours
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He's played across the globe for almost 50 years in iconic venues from Madison Square Garden to Knebworth, but now one of the biggest rock icons of all time is set to perform in the intimate surroundings of a Welsh theatre. Robert Plant, legendary frontman of '70s rock band Led Zeppelin, will perform at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen next month. Plant will appear at the venue, located on King Street in the town centre, with his new band Saving Grace, which only made its live debut two months ago at Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. The Lyric Theatre show will be the band's first performance in Wales, and is not part of on ongoing tour. It will be one of a few low-key dates that the fledgling band has played, having already performed at small shows in Bath and Basingstoke, as well as supporting folk rock band Fairport Convention on three of their UK dates earlier this year. In the 1970s Led Zeppelin cemented themselves as one of the biggest bands in the world. They remain one of the … [Read more...] about Why superstar Robert Plant is doing a one-off gig in Carmarthen
Country singer and Nashville star Charles Esten has announced details of a UK tour. He'll headline London's Royal Albert Hall on October 27. He's perhaps best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on hit US drama Nashville. The series ran from 2012 to 2018 with Esten starring in every episode alongside the likes of Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. It became a huge success receiving positive reviews from critics and attracting nearly nine million viewers on its debut, as well as notching up three Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. The cast of the show also embarked on a world arena tour to perform tracks from the show and accompanying albums, which included dates in the UK and London's O2 Arena. The tour also heads to Manchester, Gateshead, Birmingham and Bristol. Find out how to get tickets below. Where can I get tickets? They'll be available from AXS here or Ticketmaster here. When do they go on sale? Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday March 20. What are the … [Read more...] about Nashville star Charles Esten to headline the Royal Albert Hall
The key to great pop music is a great chorus and a great marketing team. And to be fair to pop music, over the past half-century or so it has produced some fine anthems - from The Beatles to Madonna to Prince to the likes of Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. But none of them have produced a catalogue of choruses as memorable as the hymns you had to belt out each week in assembly at school. Back then, it was unlikely you got any enjoyment out of having to sing these songs - but today you can appreciate how all these numbers are total ear worms. In fact, you can probably remember them word-for-word when prompted with the melody or a couple of lines from the song. That's exactly what moving bingo event Bongo's Bingo did in Newcastle last week. How well do you remember some of these classics? All Things Bright and Beautiful Written in 1848 by Cecil France Alexander, it's a song sung in school assemblies up and down the country. "All things bright and beautiful, One More Step Along … [Read more...] about How many of seven school hymns do you remember?
Every now and then, you enjoy the privilege of attending a gig where the band and the audience share a special moment of magic. That was the case when James performed the first song of their encore at a bouncing Newcastle City Hall. Many Faces is a track on their latest album Living In Extraordinary Times and it includes the line: "There’s only one Human race, many faces, everybody belongs here." On the page it reads as a worthy, if potentially cliched, sentiment. Sang loudly by the entire crowd at the top of their voices back to James in a live venue for several minutes it was a timely and emotional message of hope in troubled times and evidence that the best bands can break down the barrier between performer and audience. It provided the highlight of a very special night. The gig started with James supporting themselves by playing a six song acoustic set and the tactic worked perfectly. It allowed them to build a rapport with the audience before they returned to the stage for … [Read more...] about James fans enjoy an extraordinary time at their latest North-east show