Tony Hadley Tonight in the exquisite Symphony Hall we are here for a ‘different’ and rare concert performance by one of the New Romantic stars of the 80s accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Anne Dudley (former core member of The Art of Noise, composer and pop musician). In his very suave crooning style, in one of only three concerts across the UK, tonight ladies and gentlemen Tony Hadley will be performing the hits of Spandau Ballet.


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Bo Bruce First up is Gary Nock, a one-man vocal and acoustic extravaganza. Nock, starts off by telling us almost wearily that he can be found on a variety of media including facebook, instagram, myspace...blah blah. In a world now consisting of artist's competitive and avid self-promotion through various media, I could see how this could get a little tiresome. Anyway! With guitar in hand Nock belts out a series of nu-folksy heart felt acoustic tunes, the type that is currently very popular as a heart-warming soundtrack to peoples lives.


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Billy Bragg Announces New Single / UK Dates‏ Billy Bragg releases his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail on Cooking Vinyl records on March 18 2013. Available formats are CD, LP and a limited special edition CD+DVD Bookpack.


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Fyfe Dangerfield Spring. A time of rebirth and new growth. How ironic then that this festival is the closing event for Ikon Eastside, one of the first local victims of the public spending cuts. Good to know we've still got billions to spend on bailing out bankrupt countries and bombing others to oblivion, but not a few grand for art and culture eh?


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Gruff Rhys By the time we got into the venue tonight it was packed as tight as a tin of agoraphobic sardines, which is pretty appropriate given the surf-tastic opening act Y Niwl. Yep. A Welsh surf band. Possibly the only Welsh surf band in the world too. That’ll make ‘em the best then. When I say surf band we’re not talking the Beach Boyos, Y Niwl’s brand of surf music is more Dick Dale and Link Wray, the kind of twangy instrumentals that Tarantino would slice his own ear off to have on one of his soundtracks.


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