Sunday, November 27, 2022

Christmas Cromer Pier Show 2022 - Opening Night!

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

First night of the Cromer Pier Christmas Show for 2022 - and it's a brilliant show! Everything comes together beautifully: comedy and classics, intrigue and illusion, dance and delight. The Pavilion Theatre - right at the end of Cromer's Victorian pier - was full of people for this opening show, all clearly having as much fun as I did. 

The show is traditional variety but bang up to date: excellent lights and sound and winter-festive sparkle throughout. Very much worth travelling to see - and it's for all the family. British entertainment at it's best! Directed by Rob McVeigh and produced by Openwide Coastal Ltd, with a whole team of people front and back stage on costume, sound, and lights, the production is exactly what's needed to bring winter cheer in the dark days before Christmas. Brilliant! I loved it!

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

Olly Day is, as always, laugh-out-loud hilarious. The Twelve Days of Christmas performed by Olly, saxophonist Chloe Edwards-Wood, and illusionist Danny Hunt is a ridiculously-funny highlight. There are no lords a leaping, but there are loo rolls, mops, and of course, the famous Cromer crabs. Who knew.

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

The Cromer Pier Show Ensemble's six dancers - Georgie, Samantha, Samuel, Lucy, Kia, and Ciaran - beautifully fluid and making the stage as bright, emotional, and moving as any West End performance. Choreographed by the show's co-director Amy Grimshaw, the dancers even include ghostly spirits during Scrooge's appearance in the show!

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

Vocalists Hayley Moss and Ben Killingback soar - Hayley, quite literally, rising above the stage on a crescent moon. Ben, Olly, and the male members of the dance Ensemble's rendition of Sounds of Silence is dark and intense, fitting the lyrics like the song was made for them.

Amethyst, Illusionists, Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

The illusionists, Amethyst, (Danny and Stephanie) are something really special. From the first-act magic kettle that pours any drink that you are thinking of, through to a truly how-the-heck-did-they-do-that??? moment in the second half of the show, they are magically mind-boggling and I'm not going to tell you what that mindblowing moment is - you have to come see. But I'm still scratching my head wondering, how on earth was that even possible??? 

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

A wonderful evening out! Put a date for the show on your Christmas list: the show runs from now until 30th December, with both matinee and evening performances. Book tickets here. You don't need an excuse to come to the seaside at any time of the year - just do it!

Cromer Pier Show Christmas 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

Gary Numan at the LCR, Norwich, 15 May 2022

Gary Numan
Gary Numan, Norwich

 On tour with the new album, Intruder, Gary Numan brought his band and the music to Norwich's sticky-floored venue, the Nick Rayns LCR, on Sunday night. Playing new songs from Intruder plus a selection from earlier albums, he kept the crowd enthralled. 

We were dancing. You can't help yourself. 

Gary Numan
Gary Numan and band, Norwich

Lights, action, music - brilliant night!

There are a few more dates left on the UK in the tour before Gary Numan heads off for an extensive tour of Europe, then more dates in the US: check for a date near you here:

Many more photos in the hoto gallery: Gary Numan, Norwich UK, 15 May 2022

Gary Numan

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Supergroup cover The Beatles “Come Together” to raise money: Ukraine

Music label COP International Records is pleased to announce the release of “Come Together (We Will Stop You),” a new single by the supergroup Lifeline International that features an all-star lineup of alternative rock musicians. The band includes members of Rammstein, Faith No More, Stabbing Westward,The Hardkiss (From Ukraine), Gravity Kills and Lisa K.

Created as a “mission of humanity” to help the millions of people who are suffering in Ukraine and beyond, this modern spin on The Beatles’ classic “Come Together” is the brainchild of COP International Records founder Christian Petke and the legendary music producer John Fryer. The single is now available for purchase on COP International’s Bandcamp page, and will soon be followed by other major digital music services, with 100% of the proceeds will donated to UNICEF.