What's On - Music & Dance
Bursting with colour, soul and song, Harrogate Music Festival promises to bring the best of chamber, classical, jazz and contemporary music – including a headline show from the Mercury Award-nominated Laura Mvula – to a host of venues across the city.
Fresh from the success of their gold-certified album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ – which features singles ‘All In One Night’, ‘Caught By The Wind’ and ‘Taken A Tumble’ – the Welsh rockers play a not-to-be-missed headline date at Europe’s largest open-air arena.
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Kevin and Karen will be bringing their sensational live tour to Bradford’s Alhambra for a night of high-octane choreography filled with Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and Paso Doble and featuring the music that first inspired them to dance.
Deer Shed prides itself on curating indie music and this year’s line-up is set to deliver – Goldfrapp and Gaz Coombes joined by the likes of Joan As Police Woman and Nadine Shah. With a family-friendly ‘Making Waves’ programme at Baldersby Park that’s also full of comedy, science, sports, and literary events, this festival is sure to make quite the splash.
Get your (Teenage) Kicks at Holmfirth’s Picturedrome as Irish pop-punk rockers The Undertones deliver an infectious, slam-bang set of smash hits that have become as renowned for their lyrical invention as their musical flair.
For anyone that’s been living under a rock for the last 20 years, Irish pop singer-songwriter Shane was formerly leader of the pack in boyband Westlife and has since gone on to enjoy a fair amount of success as a solo artist. Expect sticky-sweet love songs and climactic key changes from this seasoned performer.
Fresh from their first number one album in the UK last year, The Vamps will be playing All Night at Leeds’ Millennium Square (as well as all their other smash hits) – showcasing their unique blend of energetic pop, dance and rock. It all sounds Too Good To Be True.
Britney, Britney, Britney. What’s left to say about this legendary pop icon, cultural trailblazer and the undisputed queen of our hearts? Don’t miss this exclusive, last-ever chance to see her award-winning, record-breaking Piece Of Me show as it tours Europe for the first and only time.
Northumberland-born Matt Dunbar is heavily influenced by Americana and folk, with a debut EP that peaked at number five on the Amazon Digital Album Chart. He’s joined by Holly Rees, who grew up in the Durham Dales and who exercises a strong and purposeful voice with an unapologetic lyrical style.
Dust off your Union Jacks, get your picnic blankets ready and prepare for an evening of sensational classical music as the open-air extravaganza returns to the stately gardens of Castle Howard. It’s a uniquely majestic setting for a musical programme that promises to be jam-packed with popular classics, songs from musicals and all of your flag-waving Proms favourites – including Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.
The biggest festival in Yorkshire hardly needs any introduction, and this year’s line up of international superstars pretty much says it all – headliners Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At The Disco and Kings Of Leon set to be joined by the likes of Post Malone, Wolf Alice, and undoubtedly the biggest UK artist of the moment, Dua Lipa.
Legendary rock icon (and original Cockney Rebel) Steve Harley has written and recorded 12 albums in a career that spans four decades, and continues to perform to sell-out audiences worldwide. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform one of the most-played singles in British radio history – it’s guaranteed to make you smile.
After what has largely been a three-year hiatus from the touring circuit, the indie-rock trio return to the live music scene in support of their fourth studio album – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. We’re excited.
Perhaps no opera can match the tragedy and exoticism of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly – telling the story of the doomed American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, be prepared for a score that will make you feel like your heart has been ripped out. You’re welcome.
One of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest operas brings the beguiling splendour and gaiety of 19th century Parisian life to the stage, in a tragic love story epitomised by sacrifice of a woman condemned by misunderstanding. Ready to be adored by fans of Moulin Rouge.
Totally unique in the UK, this festival promises to light up the Dark Ages by dedicating itself solely to medieval music. Set within Bolton Castle, there will be concerts from leading professional performers, as well as informal performances in every corner of the grounds. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the workshops, instrument exhibitions, medieval cabarets, period dances and (our personal favourite) the tavern.
It’s been 10 years since her hugely successful debut album Little Dreamer, but Beth Rowley is back. With a heavier, more raw fusion of rock, blues and Americana in her new album Gota Fría, she’s certainly whet our musical appetite for more.
Giacomo Puccini’s melodrama of love, lust, cruelty and self-sacrifice, portrays relationships at their best and worst with uncompromising force. Fuelled by a heart-rending score – at times soaring and tender, at other times brutally powerful – Opera North’s sensational production is a poignant and compelling musical journey through the repercussions of revenge.
Arguably one of the most powerful operas of all time, Georges Bizet’s classic tale of love, jealousy and violence in 19th century Seville is a thrilling combination of fierce passion, heartrending melodies and nail-biting confrontation. If you only see one opera in your lifetime, make it this one.
They’re back. While their new album has dispensed with the big choruses, sleazy guitar riffs and subtle R’n’B inflections that the Arctic Monkeys became known for (and, instead, imagines a louche, washed-up torch singer performing on the moon) the indie rockers are guaranteed to play a show like no other in their hometown of Sheffield.
Get ready to be sent singing and swaying right back to the swinging 60s by none other than Strictly Come Dancing alumni Harry Judd, Louis Smith MBE, and Aston Merrygold – aka the best dancing boyband ever. They’ll be moving and shaking to all those hits that not only defined a generation, but changed the world.
Sunderland-born Martin Longstaff – aka The Lake Poets – credits the song-writing sensibilities of Carole King, John Martyn and Damien Rice as his inspiration to produce ‘the most beautiful yet devastating’ songs that he can. This guy will go places.
One of the most respected musicians around, Rick Wakeman made chart history last year when his became the first solo piano album to enter the UK’s Top 10 (eventually peaking at number 6). He embarks upon a self-titled Piano Odyssey across the UK – performing a selection of songs specially chosen to explore his own musical journey, alongside memories and anecdotes.
She’s certainly the Golden girl of pop, but Kylie Minogue is going in a different musical direction these days – with her latest album showcasing a much more country-influenced sound than the bubblegum disco classics and dancefloor fillers that she’s known for. And we like it. Having recorded much of Golden in Nashville, Kylie is now set to bring infectious new brand of banjo-twanging bangers to Leeds’ First Direct Arena as part of her UK tour. Well, howdy.