One of the most amazing things about RHS Harlow Carr, is that no matter what time of year you visit – there is something beautiful to see. If you were to visit every week, the changing seasons and the careful curation of this northern hotspot, would reward you with something new to marvel at on … Continue reading Preview: ‘Gather for Glow’ – RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Berkshire-based Watermill Theatre have been delighting audiences at home and abroad since the 1960’s - and over 4 nights this week at Northern Stage, their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has enchanted northern theatre-goers. Shakespeare, coupled with a two-and-a-half-hour-long performance, might prove a bit intimidating - but under the expert direction of Paul … Continue reading Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Northern Stage 11-14 September.
The third incarnation of Opera North in the City kicked off on Millennium Square in Leeds this evening with ‘80s Classical’ - and the night was the biggest and best yet. A DJ set from the Sonic Yootha trio, who were clearly enjoying themselves every bit as much as the crowd, set the atmosphere perfectly … Continue reading Review: Opera North in the City – Millennium Square, Leeds. 26 July.
With a little over a week to go before ‘Underneath the Stars’ devotees descend on Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne in South Yorkshire – for 3 days of unbridled music and arts ecstasy, I’ve been incredibly lucky to chat with one of Yorkshire’s greatest women - Kate Rusby, about all things ‘festival’. Now a main-stay of the … Continue reading Interview: Kate Rusby – ahead of ‘Underneath the Stars Festival’ 2-4 August
I would urge anyone with a social conscience to get a copy of Refugee Tales III (Comma Press) as quickly as possible. If you are proud to be British and believe our stance on human rights is the envy of the world – you need to buy a copy post-haste too. It’s so easy in … Continue reading Review: Refugee Tales III (Comma Press)
The Hepworth Wakefield is celebrating its eighth birthday this week - and since opening its magnificent doors to the public in 2011 as one of the UK’s most important art spaces, it has been at the forefront of supporting artists, as was the facility’s predecessor – The Wakefield Art Gallery. It’s been some time since … Continue reading The Hepworth Wakefield 2019/2020 Exhibitions Programme
Like me, you could make the mistake of thinking that the ‘Bill’s Restaurant’ that is very likely occupying a prime position in your town or city centre, is just the latest ‘same-ish’ offering from a faceless multinational hospitality conglomerate. You’d be very wrong. It is true that the brand currently has over 100 restaurants across … Continue reading The Highly Anticipated Relaunch of Bill’s Restaurant – Leeds
https://youtu.be/TVhvHKF1F4k Before adopted Mancunian Rakhi Singh, along with accomplished producer Sebastian Gainsborough, AKA ‘Vessel’, bring their eagerly anticipated ‘Written in Fire’ work to the Royal Northern College of Music on May 7th, devotees of the pair should already have booked their ticket for the ground-breaking premier of this sophisticated composition, which is set to take … Continue reading Written in Fire – Vessel and Rakhi Singh
Leeds Town hall has seen its fair share of excitement since Cuthbert Broderick first laid out his plans for the building in the 19th century. Although much of the building labour was lost to the Crimean War, the city’s majestic centrepiece was finally opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 - and since then, thousands of … Continue reading Review: Manchester Collective. Black Angels. Leeds Town Hall
There are a number of famous (or infamous) pub crawls to be enjoyed around our beautiful island. Here in the north, we can even jump on a train and venture from Yorkshire into Lancashire, (or the other way around – if you prefer) on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. If you’re a Cambridge undergraduate with … Continue reading An Otley Run – A Verse Novella. Joe Williams