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Four remarkable decades in rock

14 February 2020

As a stalwart independent presence in Nottingham for 40 years, few venues have a history as long, rich or diverse as the 1,900-capacity Rock City, whose owner and management team have remarkably maintained its status as one of the UK’s best-loved and most influential music venues. Christopher Barrett reports From…

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Celebrating a concert giant

22 October 2019

From the Tsunami Relief concert in 2005, standing in for Wembley Stadium during the latter’s reconstruction and Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking four sell-out nights there, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has enjoyed many landmark moments in its first 20 years. Christopher Barrett reports Very few cities benefit from having a stadium, let alone…

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The sincerest form of flattery

12 April 2019

Oscar Wilde who coined that immortal line “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, and the evolution of the tribute sector over recent years to theatres and even arenas – helping to sustaining many venues large and small along the way – proves it’s now part of the mainstream live…

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Extra Feature – A hall for everyone

26 September 2017

Colston Hall has welcomed everyone from Rachmaninoff and Ella Fitzgerald to Bob Dylan and Bon Iver since it opened 150 years ago. As the only concert hall of its size in a city of nearly half a million people it remains the South West’s premier beacon of live music. Mike…

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Extra Feature – Still beating strong

29 October 2016

Often referenced as the beating heart of Birmingham, thanks to its city centre location, the Barclaycard Arena is celebrating its milestone 25th anniversary. With a major £26 million redevelopment not long behind, the venue’s management team is very much looking to the future.  Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs reports   You may have…

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Extra Feature – Wild boys never lose it

27 January 2016

They were one of the hardest-working bands in the early-‘80s and despite splits, solo projects an capsized yachts, seem to be stronger than ever, with high chart positions and sell-out concerts. Some of their team have even worked with the band in the early years.   Johnny Black reports   At…

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