South African Soprano Pretty Yende, A Rising Star

pretty yende

Pretty Yende, a rising star soprano with a modern fairy-tale story, releases her debut album A Journey on Sony Classical. Available September 16, this recording has been a joyful labor of love for Yende, as it celebrates the milestones in her extraordinary musical journey, rising to the top of the opera world with unparalleled speed. [Read more…]

Thymeless Tings by Gale McAll

thymeless tings

Gale McAll, a photographer who blends her photography with art, captured an evening of some of the best local music. Thymeless Tings offered a perfect setting as Gypsy restaurant / music venue. [Read more…]

Barbican celebrates string quartets

kronos quartet

In April and May, the Barbican celebrates the 40th anniversaries of two of the most adventurous string quartets of our time. The Arditti Quartet: 40 Years Young (26 April) explores the ensemble’s four decades of pushing the boundaries of new music and comprises three sessions in one day, featuring world premieres of works by Harrison Birtwistle, Brice Pauset, James Clarke and Hilda Paredes. [Read more…]

Lorde of Song

Lorde - Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor

In 2013 teen singing sensation Lorde (Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor) became one of New Zealand’s most famous exports. [Read more…]

Ben Watt Announces UK Tour

Ben Watt

He may have been an in-demand DJ and respected record label boss of late, but until last month it had been thirteen years since Ben Watt last sang and played live with a simple microphone and guitar – not since he and partner Tracey Thorn parked their band Everything But The Girl in 2000. As for solo gigs, you have to go back even further. Thirty years, in fact. As far back as 1983 to the days when he was making left-field folk-jazz recordings like ‘Summer Into Winter’ and ‘North Marine Drive’ as a precocious 19 year-old for London indie label, Cherry Red, with stellar collaborators like Robert Wyatt and Kevin Coyne. [Read more…]

Lissie Announces October UK Tour

Lissie

Lissie

As the countdown continues to the release of her highly anticipated second album, ‘Back To Forever’, on 14thOctober, Lissie announces that she’ll be taking her much-lauded, high-octane, Tequila swigging live show on the road for an October 2013 UK tour. [Read more…]

Back to Forever


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The Who for LG Arena

The WHO

The WHO

Legendary Band The Who To Rock The LG Arena

What: The Who – Quadrophenia and more
When: Friday 28 June 2013
Where: LG Arena

Price: Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 1 February 2013, priced at £60.00, £65.00 and £70.00 (plus booking & transaction fees) [Read more…]

Debut Single From Sukh

Sukhdeep Krishan

Sukhdeep Krishan

Introducing Sukhdeep Krishan, or simply Sukh, the new folk tinged singer/songwriter based in Manchester. Like his medical career, Sukh’s debut Kings is a labour of love and precision, which he has written, performed produced all himself. [Read more…]

Olivia Newton-John Celebrates

Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John To Celebrate 40 Years In Music At The Nia

What: Olivia Newton-John
When: 15 March 2013
Where: NIA, Birmingham
Price: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 26 October, priced at £55.00, £45.00 and £36.50 (plus booking and transaction fees) and are available from The Ticket Factory

Four-time Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John has announced that she will be touring the UK next year to celebrate 40 years in music. As part of the tour, which is her first since 1978, she will visit Birmingham’s NIA on 15 March. [Read more…]

Girls Aloud To Bring Something New

Girls Aloud To Bring Something New

Girls Aloud To Bring Something New

The girls are back in town…! After months of speculation the UK’s number one girl band have announced their return and the LG Arena will welcome Cheryl, Kimberley, Nadine, Nicola and Sarah next year as part of Girls Aloud’s arena tour. [Read more…]