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OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB
December 21, 2009 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB

by Dasha Afanasieva

Robin Norton-Hale’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème is not really opera as we know it. It’s cheap, it’s in a pub and it’s accompanied by a piano. The whole thing feels very …

PHOTOGRAPHY – THE WHO, PROUD CENTRAL
October 18, 2009 – 11:01 am | No Comment
PHOTOGRAPHY – THE WHO, PROUD CENTRAL

by Tom Fraser

Colin Jones’ new exhibition of photographs invites viewers to hit the road, eavesdrop on recording sessions and share downtime with one of rock’s most influential acts. 

FILM – WHITE LIGHTNIN’
August 18, 2009 – 9:50 am | No Comment
FILM – WHITE LIGHTNIN’

by Gabriella Apicella

The story of Jesco White is horrifyingly unbelievable. The bleakly uncomplicated beginnings of his drug addiction took place a mere six years after the beginning of his life, when he first began …

MUSIC – AMADOU AND MARIAM, ROUNDHOUSE
August 18, 2009 – 9:28 am | No Comment
MUSIC – AMADOU AND MARIAM, ROUNDHOUSE

by James Cooper
There can’t be anything more depressing if you’re a musician than to be described as ‘big in country x’. It implies that you’re not ‘big’ in the places you probably want to …

FESTIVAL – LATITTUDE FESTIVAL 2009, SUFFOLK
July 18, 2009 – 8:21 am | No Comment
FESTIVAL – LATITTUDE FESTIVAL 2009, SUFFOLK

by Cathy Thomas

Every July, the beautiful Suffolk scenery plays host to a festival dedicated to all things artsy. It’s a cliché, as reiterated by each and every comedian that graces the stage, that Latitude is …

MUSIC – PLUNDERING ZIZEK / SILENT DISCO
June 17, 2009 – 1:05 pm | No Comment
MUSIC – PLUNDERING ZIZEK / SILENT DISCO

by Lee Baker

The Sound Source, a new experimental music night in Kings Cross, had an unexpectedly high-brow veneer when I went last month, but the experience was mostly about pleasure, pure and simple.

MUSIC – SIMON BOLIVAR YOUTH ORCHESTRA & OMAR PUENTE GROUP, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
June 3, 2009 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
MUSIC – SIMON BOLIVAR YOUTH ORCHESTRA & OMAR PUENTE GROUP, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

by Lee Baker

The combination of the virtuoso Cuban violinist Omar Puente with members of an acclaimed Venezuelan youth orchestra promised to be a fiery pairing, stoked by the associations of revolution and Latin America.
The programme …

MUSIC – KRONOS QUARTET, BARBICAN
May 18, 2009 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
MUSIC – KRONOS QUARTET, BARBICAN

by Lee Baker

Last Sunday’s concert at the Barbican of contemporary Chinese music performed by San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and the Chinese lute-player Wu Man achieved the difficult feat of being both delicately ceremonial and earthily …

FESTIVALS – GREEN MAN 2008
August 25, 2008 – 4:51 pm | No Comment
FESTIVALS – GREEN MAN 2008

by Tommy Wide

The Green Man Festival – Glanusk Park
Artists: Super Furry Animals, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Spiritualized, Pentangle, The National, Los Campesinos!
www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk
‘And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the …

FESTIVALS – LATITUDE 2008
July 28, 2008 – 4:44 pm | No Comment
FESTIVALS – LATITUDE 2008

by Tristan Summerscale

NFTU went to check out Latitude 2008 in Suffolk a couple of weeks ago, this is what we thought:
It’s slightly enigmatic tagline is “It’s more than just a music …