Starting next Thursday, Glaswegian musician C Duncan (born: Christopher Duncan) will be embarking on a massive UK tour, one which finally wraps up at the end of the summer after a string of high-profile festival shows. It’s safe to say the C Duncan of five years ago would have been much less inclined to undertake such a lengthy amount of time on the road. In fact, you’d have struggled to even see Duncan anywhere outside of his bedroom. “When I first started making music,” he recalls, “It was my way of retreating from the world. The music I was making, it was only ever intended as a bedroom project. I never envisaged playing live – at one time, the prospect of playing to live audiences would have scared the hell out of me. It’s all been a massive learning curve.” ‘Learning curve’ seems be a recurring theme throughout C Duncan’s career. When the Glasgow-born musician first released his low-key 2015 debut LP, Architect … [Read more...] about CityLife Music: C Duncan interview
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Manchester International Festival has announced its full programme for 2019, bringing some of the world's leading artists to the city this summer. Cult US film-maker David Lynch is among the artists bringing work to this year's event, joining previously announced names including Yoko Ono, Idris Elba, Skepta and Janelle Monáe. Festival regular Maxine Peake will also make her return, conjuring up visionary artist Nico, of the Velvet Underground, in a theatrical show co-created with departing Royal Exchange Theatre artistic director Sarah Frankcom. They're just some of the highlights of a programme packed with music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and multi-disciplinary arts events, running from from July 4 to 21. The heart of the festival will once again be found in Albert Square, where some of the city's best street food traders will be assembled alongside a series of supper clubs from Michelin-starred chefs and a line-up of live music, cabaret and DJs. Take a look at the full MIF19 … [Read more...] about Manchester International Festival 2019 programme announced
The Culture Awards are open for nominations and they are a great way to say thanks to someone – or something – who brightened up your life with a memorable performance, exhibition or event in 2018. Just ask some of last year’s recipients. “It’s great to be acknowledged in your home town and in the North East,” said Jessica Johnson, who picked up the award for performing artist of the year. The Sunderland-born actress, now living in Cullercoats, said: “It’s good for morale and it’s nice to see everyone at the event. It’s a small community up here and we all like a get-together.” Jessica had impressed the judges in various roles, including rock guitarist Belinda in Goth Weekend, at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and as Angie in Key Change, for Open Clasp theatre company, also based in the city. She had also followed in the footsteps of Julie Walters by playing hairdresser Rita, the heroine of Willy Russell’s … [Read more...] about Time to celebrate the North East’s cultural success stories
John Keats was not a man given to effusive bursts of happiness. Witness his brooding “Ode to a Nightingale”, written in the growing warmth of May 1819, but lost to an opening line of: “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense/ As though of hemlock I had drunk”. And yet even this most melancholy of poets detected a joy of sorts in spring. In “The Human Seasons” (1818) – a short musing on a man’s emotional development over the course of a lifetime – the most positive quarter of the calendar is a metaphor for youthful exuberance: “his lusty Spring – when fancy clear/ Takes in all beauty with an easy span”. Such rare moments of elation were not enough to keep Keats from tragedy – he was dead at 25. But you cannot say he didn’t have a point. The coming of spring is a reason to be cheerful – to shrug off winter’s drab touch, with all its insistence on Dry January and self-denial; to … [Read more...] about The 20 greatest cities to visit in spring
Video PUBLISHED: 11:25 14 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:38 14 February 2019 London Street looking at the National Westminster Bank which was pereviously the National Provincial bank. Dated August 1988. As restaurant and bar Cosy Club opens in the home of one of Norwich’s most notable former banks, we’ve taken a look at what else some of the city’s grand financial buildings have become. The National Westminster Bank (formerly the National Provincial Bank) at night in London, in February 1984.Cosy ClubAt 45 to 51 London Street, the eatery has opened in the former National Provincial Bank Building.The distinctive building, at the junction at Bedford Street and St Andrews Hill, was bought in 1919 and completely rebuilt by architect FCR Palmer and assistant WFC Holden.It was completed in 1925, and received Grade II listing in 1972.The National Provincial Bank was formed in 1833 and first opened in Norwich in June 1866 at 36 London Street, which is today the … [Read more...] about What has become of Norwich’s old banking buildings?