Ellie Goulding & Friends The Best of British Pop curated by Ellie Goulding explodes on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the Streets of London Charity.


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One Love Manchester We stand together with Manchester. Millions of viewers around the world tuned in to the One Love Manchester benefit concert at Emirates Old Trafford headed up by Ariana Grande and friends in honour of victims and families who were tragically affected by the Manchester attack. More than £10million has been raised within 24 hours of the event.


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Jessie J at Girl Effect Live Fans came out in their droves to see Jessie J at the arty and dingy venue which is a far cry from the arena shows she has become accustomed to since she shot to fame in back in early 2010.  Speaking to some of Jessie’s fans outside the venue, the affectionately nicknamed 'heartbeats' told me they felt lucky to see their idol in this tiny venue telling me that it felt in some way 'historic'.


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The Dirty Old Folkers Bain of the bankers' bloated bonus, no succor to the politicians' humbug, the pioneers of alt.punk 'Inappropriate Folk', The Dirty Old Folkers, celebrated their fifth year of Yuletide mayhem with a singularly alternative interpretation of the evergreen childrens' pantomime favourite, Dick Whittington - the dramatic conceit being predicated, presumably, on the childish audience comprising mostly of The Midwich Cuckoos. (And, that might explain the Boris Johnson platinum wigs later on!).


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Steeleye Span It’s strange how some festivals seem to be blessed with good weather and others...well...seem to be doomed to suffer plagues of frogs. Barring the odd shower every single Moseley Folk has been reliably dry and pleasant. Given the fact that this year’s been the most relentlessly grim since Noah took up boatbuilding you’d have been forgiven for packing a lifejacket or two...but no...MoFo was pretty much a rain free zone again, with...yes...some sunshine. Maybe the good lord’s a folk fan eh? That beard’s a dead giveaway, I hear he’s often at the Prince Of Wales necking the real ale too.


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Dirty Old Folkers Well, nearly there. The turkey’s already on, the mulled wine’s bubbling away and Bad Santa’s in the DVD player. Bliss. Just before I attempt to consume my own body weight in stuffing however time for one last review...almost literally given the sheer insanity on offer this evening. The night kicked off with local folk collective, Sylvia, who endeared themselves to my heart simply by covering Frankie’s Power Of Love track, not a traditional Christmas classic I’ll grant you but for people of a certain age (i.e. ancient) always associated with this time of the year. Covers aside they’ve got some fine self penned tracks too, with gentle harmonies giving way to slightly rockier riffs.


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