College Students Reach Final Of BAFTA Game Designing Competition

Two Newcastle College students reached the final of this year’s BAFTA Young Games Designers (YGD) awards. The finals, streamed live at the end of June, showcased their outstanding talent and creativity in game design.

Moovin Festival Announces Biggest Ever Line-Up For 10th Edition

One of the UK's most proudly independent gatherings is back in 2024 with another very special line up to celebrate its much anticipated 10th anniversary edition this August Bank Holiday weekend.

North East Launch BID To Be Capital Of Creativity

A coalition of a charity, civic leaders, academics and industry leaders call on the new Labour Government to support its ambitious plan to make the North East the centre of creativity for the writing industries.


Opera North is seeking applications from music creators from the Global Majority working in any genre for its next Resonance residency programme.

Going Down Memory Lane With 90s Baby

In a short time, 90s Baby has come a long way. Launched initially as a one-day event at Manchester's AO Arena, their debut event proved a huge hit despite Aqua pulling out of the headliner slot at the last minute.

Pirouetting With Frank Turner

When seeing bands, my general rule is to try, if at all possible, to see them in smaller venues, which are the lifeblood of the live music scene.

Albums: Lava La Rue’s Starface

. In the wrong hands, it could turn into a bad secondary school project; in the right hands, it could be transformed into a stunning collection that changes perceptions and challenges thought processes. Lava La Rue’s Starface takes that concept, but does it deliver? The huge risk Lava La Rue takes on this debut album pays off.

T&R Theakston Celebrates 20 Year Partnership With Harrogate International Festivals By Extending Sponsorship

Harrogate International Festivals have announced that T&R Theakston Limited are to extend their sponsorship of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the world’s largest and most prestigious celebration of crime fiction, and the coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.

Mini Murals Inspired By Stained-Glass Archives Unveiled On The Stonebow

‘Outside the Box’, a new public art project showcasing York’s stained glass archives, has been unveiled on The Stonebow this week, transforming the look and feel of the area. The mini murals have been commissioned by York BID, in partnership with Explore York Libraries and Archives, York Civic Trust & York Glaziers Trust.

Rhythm Of The Dance

This was a night of foot tapping, whooping and clapping with beautiful peaceful moments intertwined. As the performers took us on a magical journey through Irish culture, we watched in awe at the five talented musicians as well as the world class dancers. The collaboration between the two was simply spectactular.

Eternity - The Most Spectacular Ice Show In The World

It’s easy to see why the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Resort’s Hot Ice show is described as ‘The Most Spectacular Ice Show in the World’. This year’s production Eternity combines sport and theatre and showcases the best in class talent with high-tech special effects, nail-biting stunts and mesmerising hand-made costume. As the light go down in the Ice Arena there’s an air of anticipation.

Jazz À Juan - The Legend Continues

There cannot be many jazz festivals in Europe where you can moor your private yacht metres away from the main stage should you so desire, unless you are attending the festival in Juan-les-Pins. As the longest-running jazz festival in Europe, this year is the sixty-third edition of the Antibes Juan-les-Pins International, more commonly known as Jazz à Juan.

Kynren Claims Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2024

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England has been recognised in Tripadvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® Awards for 2024. The 1,000-strong volunteer cast and crew received news of the accolade following a successful preview night ahead of the summer season of shows, which starts on Saturday 27th July.

Albums: OneRepublic - Artificial Paradise

The new album, led by Ryan Tedder, who composes the majority of their songs, showcases his knack for writing memorable pop songs that are comforting and, in some ways, reflective

A Kind Of Magic: The Binding By Bridget Collins

I have heard of, and understand the value of, writing something down as a form of catharsis. A means of being able to move on, without having to dwell on unhappy or unpleasant details while knowing that they are safe should you ever need to revisit them; The Binding takes that idea to a whole new level.

Albums: Mr Big - Ten

If this is to be Mr Big’s final album, then what a fine departure this is.

Poem Of The Week: Mercies By Don Paterson

Mercies She might have had months left of her dog-years, but to be who? She’d grown light as a nest and spent the whole day under her long ears listening to the bad radio in her breast. On the steel bench, knowing what was taking shape she tried and tried to stand, as if to sign that she was still of use, and should escape our selection.

Classical Music: Mozart Piano Concertos Vol 13

It was such an enjoyable project to review that I will miss the anticipation of waiting for the next instalment. It has also been revelatory to read about and hear how Robert Levin has approached this project. 

Albums: Liszt: Metamorphosis

The programme continues with a repertoire that showcases Hu’s adept technical skill at control and poetic interpretation in delivering a recital of different textures that sparkles with vivacity and, at the same time, can be expressive in the details.

Albums: Glass Animals I Love You So F***ing Much

The impact of one single is huge. Now armed with a Grammy nomination for Best Newcomer (they lost out to Olivia Rodrigo) and two Brit Award nominations, they are ready to build from 2020’s Dreamland into their fourth studio album, I Love You So F***ing Much. Arriving at the release from a far more privileged position than their third studio album, the pressure is on to achieve their first ever #1 charting album.

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Harrogate’s 2024 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has kicked off to yet another successful start as the sun shines down on an audience that can't hide in the shadows. A staggering 18,000 ticket holders over the weekend will be able to get close to their favourite authors.

Albums: AR/CO Origin Stories

AR/CO Origin Stories Night Feels; Cherry Lips; Boys Like Girls; Call Me By My Name; MOVE; All Over The World Label: Helix Records Pitched at MGMT meets Daft Punk, AR/CO have finally arrived at the release of their debut EP, Origin Stories. The duo, born during lockdown, is a psychedelic fusion of musical minds.

Albums: OneRepublic Artificial Paradise.

What about the album itself? Having slowly veered away from their rockier sound on recent releases, it is fair to say that OneRepublic have entered the fully fledged pop realm with their sixth studio album. And while it is brimming with feel-good anthems, there are a few issues along the way.

The Syndicate - When Your Numbers’ Are Up

My lucky ticket came up when I joined a packed auditorium at Bradford Alhambra to enjoy the stage version of Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate. The story, which was based on the first season of the TV series, explored the lives of five members of the Leeds-based Right Buy U supermarket lottery syndicate when their ticket came up, and they scooped the £24 million rollover.

Albums: Eminem The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce)

With the album's title referencing his former alter ego, it is no surprise that some of the soundscape takes its lead from his back catalogue. With echoes of 2004's Encore prominent, Eminem manages to take his former sound and make it feel contemporary. This is an artist who knows who he is and what he stands for.

This Floating Ground: Broadlands By Matt Howard

There is a benediction hidden amongst the East Anglian reeds in Matt Howard’s beautifully constructed new collection of themed poems for Bloodaxe. For the relationship between us and our increasingly abused and neglected natural environment sometimes throws up surprises for which we should be grateful.

Rhythm of the dance...25th Anniversary Global tour 2024...

Rhythm of the Dance will undertake a Global tour in 2024 to celebrate its “25th Anniversary of touring the world” in 47 countries.

Albums: Travis L. A. Times

L.A. Times fits the aforementioned pattern. Travis knows what his fans want and expect. L.A. Times delivers this effortlessly. But in equal measure, there are new dimensions added to the mix that transport them away from their signature sound and make this a truly unique listening experience once again.

Diehards Blown Away By Blues Dynamo

When it was time for the headline act, it had rained incessantly for over 24 hours at the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival. Some tents were far from their best as a quagmire of mud built up while the audience braved it out and their drenched, downhearted dogs yearned for home and their creature comforts.

Kynren Kicks Off Summer Season With A Successful Preview Night

In eager anticipation of the start of its summer season, Kynren – An Epic Tale of England hosted its preview night, inviting friends and family of the 1,000 strong cast and crew to witness the magic in Bishop Auckland.