The night before Christmas

On the night before Christmas, Emma stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why... Read more »

Inevitable train wreck

Not only is it one of the great snacks, Beans on Toast is also the name of a prolific cult songwriter who’s heading to Surrey next week. Climate emergency? Boris as PM?... Read more »

Sleeping Beauty gets a girl power makeover

TRADITIONALLY, Sleeping Beauty is just that – a beauty who sleeps – But X Factor finalist Holly Tandy has other ideas. She says she can’t wait to play the starring role in... Read more »

Sophie with an orchestra

Sophie Ellis-Bextor backed by a live orchestra? Why hasn’t that happened before? Well, it has, at London’s Royal Festival Hall last year, and it went so well the singer has released an... Read more »

Balancing life and music

After three top 10 albums and more than 15 years on the road, Britpop legends The Bluetones split in 2011…only to reform for a tour four years ago. Now they’re doing it... Read more »

Two-tone times two

A PAIR of 2-Tone legends are heading to Surrey on Thursday (14 Nov). The Selecter will be joined on their 40th Anniversary Tour by Rhoda Dakar, lead singer with The Bodysnatchers, at... Read more »

Mari Wilson and her New Wilsations come to Electric Theatre

ANY music fan from the 1980s will remember Mari Wilson’s beehive hairdo, as well as her vocal skill. When the single Just What I Always Wanted propelled her into the Top 10,... Read more »

Having the last laugh

Singer songwriter Lloyd Cole has a new album, Guesswork, and he proudly declares that it’s shorter than any of his previous 11 solo albums. He also says it ‘mirrors the uncertainty of... Read more »

Award-winning drama

There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise… That’s the background for Two Trains Running, but the play is not set now. Instead, it... Read more »

Football’s fun factor

If you’ follow football, the chances are you’re a fan of The Football Ramble Podcast. Founded in 2007 around a kitchen table by friends Marcus Speller and Luke Moore, the fortnightly show... Read more »