Favourite shows 2021 (digital)

Despite the fact that theatres were once again up and running for about half the year (varying from place to place), there was still a massive appetite for digital productions going into 2021. The digital revolution has been a great step forward for accessibility (I’m pleased to see that a few venues are committing to […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

The VitalsRelease date: 5 January 1973UK chart peak: #41 (1985)Running time: 37:08Singles: Blinded by the Light, Spirit in the Night Though Bruce Springsteen’s debut album received pretty positive reviews, that didn’t translate into immediate chart success – Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. peaked at #60 in the USA, #71 in Australia, and #35 in Sweden. It made […]

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#MindTheBand 2020: Day-by-Day

As I’m back working from home I thought there wasn’t a lot of point in doing a diary (unless something massive comes up I’m unlikely to be going out this week), so instead I’m putting together some daily lists of favourites and linking to whatever posts I manage to publish. Potentially less rambling than normal, […]

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#MindTheBand: “Discovering The Classics” – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Vitals Release date: 5 October 1973 UK chart peak: #1 Running time: 76:20 Singles: Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (#7), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (#6), Bennie and the Jets (#37), Candle in the Wind (#11) Widely considered to be Elton John’s greatest work, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was recorded at the Château d’Hérouville (where his […]

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Day 5: Greatest Flix

Back in November 1975, Queen made history when they debuted what is widely regarded as the first ‘proper’ music video on Top of the Pops. As they were back on the road (and also had no idea how they’d ‘perform’ the operatic section), they submitted a pre-recorded film for Bohemian Rhapsody to play in place of […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – nominees

The nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards were announced via Facebook Live on Monday. Whilst many of the choices have been widely applauded, it seems to many theatregoers that there are some glaring omissions from the nominations. It’s no easy task to narrow down a year’s worth of theatre into the top four (I really […]

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