Gig review: UB40 at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Since the beginning of their career in 1978, UB40 have gained a massive number of fans worldwide, quickly becoming one of the most celebrated British reggae bands.

Mitchell Kezin with veteran film director John Waters. Picture: Jeff Henschel

Film interview – Mitchell Kezin on his film Jingle Bell Rocks! which screens in Leeds

Canadian film maker Mitchell Kezin first began collecting Christmas records back in the 1990s but, he says, the idea for a documentary on the subject didn’t occur to him until much more recently.

The Charlatans

Gig review: The Charlatans at O2 Academy Leeds

THE CHARLATANS are one of those bands who have stood the test of time and their appeal remains enduring.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Picture: Paul Harries

Gig review: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Last Friday’s Leeds Arena audience may have spotted the similarity between the Boe and Ball moniker projected on the big screens with the Rolls-Royce logo with both considered similarly class British acts.

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Good Charlotte.

Good Charlotte join Leeds’s Slam Dunk Festival bill as co-headliners

Music fans going to 2018’s Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds have been handed double cause for celebration – the event will have not one but two headliners.

GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

GIG REVIEW: Kasabian, First Direct Arena, Leeds

I get why some people like to see Michael Bublé or The Pogues or someone suitably festive around this time of year.

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Jordan Allen

PREVIEW: Rising indie stars Jordan Allen “come home” to Leeds tonight

RISING indie stars Jordan Allen say that playing Leeds tonight on their first headline tour will be like a second homecoming.
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Choirs from across Yorkshire perform for 16 hours in a charity choir-a-thon to help raise money for Leeds based St Vincents at Trinity Leeds.
8th December 2017.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

What are 16 choirs doing in Trinity Leeds?

Shoppers at Trinity Leeds will be treated to a whole host of festive numbers tomorrow from members of 16 choirs as part of a Christmas Choir-a-thon.

The Wedding Present. Picture: Jessica McMillan

Music interview – David Gedge of The Wedding Present on 30 years of ‘George Best’

The Wedding Present are touring for the 30th anniversary of their seminal album George Best. Duncan Seaman reports.

The Charlatans released their 13th album this year.

Music interview: Tim Burgess - ‘Music has always brought people together’

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is warmly surprised. The veteran Britpop singer – he of the iconic peroxide blonde hair – and his bandmates are preparing to take their 13th studio album Different Days out on the road for a run of UK headline shows following a festival-laden summer.

Dan Reed Network. Picture: Adrian Hextall

Music interview – Dan Reed Network: ‘It’s our goal to celebrate life with melody and passion’

Funk rock band Dan Reed Network are special guests of Extreme on their winter UK tour. Ahead of the band’s show at O2 Academy Leeds singer Dan Reed spoke to the YEP.

Benjamin Clementine

Gig review: Benjamin Clementine at O2 Academy Leeds

Benjamin Clementine is one of the most intriguing artists to have emerged in recent years. A real life Cinderella, the British-Ghanaian busked in Paris between bouts of homelessness before signing to a major label and winning the Mercury Prize in 2015.

Adam Lambert with Brian May of Queen.

Gig review: Queen and Adam Lambert at First Direct Arena, Leeds

“I know what you’re all thinking,” Adam Lambert, resplendent in fuchsia pink suit and glittery quiff, addresses the sold-out crowd at Leeds’s First Direct Arena. ““He’s no Freddie!”” He cocks an eyebrow. “And you know what I think?” A pause, punctured by a dramatic shrug. “‘No s***!’”

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Walk Off The Earth.

Canadian five piece hit to play in Leeds

An unconventional Canadian band which has taken the world by storm is about to embark on a world tour next year and there are four UK dates - one of which is going to be in Leeds.

Music interview: Dave Hill of Slade: ‘Noddy Holder said that I looked like a metal nun’

Music interview: Dave Hill of Slade: ‘Noddy Holder said that I looked like a metal nun’

SLADE fans are enjoying treats galore at the moment.


Gig preview: Litany at Bilton WMC, Harrogate

One of their tracks may have attracted two million Spotify streams but the band playing their first-ever Harrogate gig say it’s great to be coming home.

Liam Gallagher

Gig review: Liam Gallagher at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Liam Gallagher has been a prestigious presence within the music industry for well over 20 years, having risen to fame as frontman of Britpop giants Oasis, before fronting Beady Eye and subsequently embarking on a career as a solo artist.

Happy Mondays. Picture: Paul Husband

Gig review: Happy Mondays at O2 Academy Leeds

THIS one will have been marked onto calendars across West Yorkshire and beyond for many months now. Like the band, the Happy Mondays’ loyal army of fans are a little greyer around the temples now and are at a stage in life when a big night out needs a bit of planning, rather than just happening off-the-cuff.

The Bootleg Beatles

Music interview: The Bootleg Beatles: ‘The music is just timeless’

BEATLEMANIA lives on, and the tribute band that grew out of the show of the same name continues to delight audiences around the world with their accurate portrayal of the Fab Four.

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