There’s A Starman At The Epstein Theatre For One Night Of Ultimate Bowie.

Prepare to be transported across 40 years of Bowie as Ed Blaney brings his David Bowie tribute band Ultimate Bowie to The Epstein Theatre on Saturday 20th May.

Ultimate Bowie delivers a stunning two-hour show of Bowie classics. From Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and David’s latest massive hit Blackstar. Blaney recreates Bowie’s chameleon-like persona with costume changes and amazing vocal likeness. Witness the pure theatre that is Bowie.

Ultimate Bowie delivers a stunning two-hour show of Bowie classics. From Space Oddity to Lets Dance and David’s latest massive hit Blackstar. Blaney recreates Bowie’s chameleon-like personae with costume changes and amazing vocal likeness. Witness the pure theatre that is Bowie.

The Story Giant, Theatre Review. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Richard Bremmer, Tom Kanji, Asha Kingsley, Elliott Kingsley, Melanie La Barrie.

No matter the story, if it is told with a sense of thriving passion then it has the ability to nurture life, to explode with an array of colours, light and images, it has the never ending possibilities to ensure that the imagination is always keen to explore and that the mind, the most important and beautiful tool than humanity possesses, is kept open to embrace change and hungry for more.

No, Not Tomorrow.

Tomorrow

I will not find myself wallowing in nostalgia,

I will not give in to seeing a sunshine bloom

where a dying rose sags

and slowly fades

away,

losing colour, curled up and closing in on confusion

of why it is no longer loved;

for tomorrow I will not disappear in melancholy,

why would I,

when I can do it beautifully

today.

 

Ian D. Hall 2017

Nikka & Strings, Underneath And In Between. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

The image of the smoky back rooms in which the lively catch the attention of the sparkling and the animated, the streets of Harlem jumping with the new sound, proud of what the music speaks of, and somewhere on 121st Street the vivacious tones of a voice raised by an angel and given permission to wink and be coy like a devil sings songs of beauty, happiness and regret in equal measure.

The Doomsday Kingdom, Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Always pertinent, never short of imagery, some bands create albums that are always going to stand the test of time, no matter the genre, simply because they invoke the picture of Time, of humanity’s walk to destruction or to sincerely hoped redemption with clarity and transparent lucidity.

It is in that lucid thought that the nightmares and dreams force themselves to the forefront and The Doomsday Kingdom’s self titled album is no different; it soars with the same intelligent clear thought found so abundantly on many metal albums but one that really gets to grips with the idea of mortality and destruction, even as undercurrent carried by the thoughts of Candlemass’ Leif Edling.

Ashley Reaks, Growth Spurts. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Culture is always under threat, it is the way some find easiest to deal with thoughts that frighten them, the enlightened, the free thinkers, the progressive, the radical, call them what you will but some people like to stamp down on such liberal and open to new ideas, not because they are necessarily evil, not because they are even frightened of the possibilities such art would take but because they have become too entrenched in their own opinions and intolerance to change. Culture is not vapid, it is not weak, but it is fluid, it is all about acceptance and being inspired by any member of society who can find art in the beautiful.

Lisa Ward & The XYY, 27. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Defy everything. Make a stand somewhere in the sand and resist conformity and disregard those who dare suggest that just because you’re A does not mean you cannot be Z, that because you are from one place does not mean you cannot live in another, that just because one culture decides you must live in their guarded room does not mean that you cannot explore the playground when they are looking the other way; defiance is the only way that they truly learn and it is always good to see a band stand up and be counted in such a way.

Four A.M. My Front Doorstep.

Four  A.M. Tuesday morning,

not a time for the weary and dead

to be awake, a pregnant

pause

on the step outside my stone palace,

my brick inflicted mortuary

and a drag of my small but fast burning cigar,

the smoke burning my throat, but the taste,

the flavour at four A.M.  is a delight,

it conjures up images of battles won and victory

taken for a test ride, one not covered in the manual,

for my notebooks don’t have such validation,

I am not meant to win, I am not the kind of person

Broadchurch, Series Three. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Carolyn Pickles, Arthur Darvill, Julie Hesmondhaigh, Lenny Henry, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson, Charlotte Beaumont, Adam Wilson, Matthew Gravelle, Joe Sims, Jim Howick, Hannah Rae, Peter De Jersey, Mark Bazeley, Georgina Campbell, Sebastian Armesto, Georgina Campbell, Hannah Millward, Chris Mason, Roy Hudd, Richard Hope, Josetta Simon, Kelly Gough, Sahana Harrison, Becky Brunning, Deon Lee-Williams.

Cattle & Cane, Mirrors. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

A room full of Mirrors can be the most illuminating tool, it can capture light and throw it around like truths in a wilderness of tangled lies, it can show the flaws and imperfections, it can enhance the reflection and make it whole; depending on which way you look at anything in one, you can see yourself clearly and all that you are.