Review: Bo Bruce, Deaf Institute, Manchester

10:08am Friday 28th June 2013

IF The Voice achieves nothing else its legacy may well be bringing Bo Bruce to a wider audience.

Review: Muse, Etihad Stadium, Manchester

2:14pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

MUSE might have been together for nearly 20 years - but at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on Saturday they proved why they are one of the best - exploding onto the stage - backed up by giant flame throwers.

Review: Chic with Nile Rodgers, Manchester Ritz

9:37am Thursday 30th May 2013

THE ultimate hitmaker that is Nile Rodgers gave a sold out Ritz a masterclass on the history of pop music over the last 35 years in one incredible night in Manchester.

Review: Katzenjammer, Manchester Sound Control

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Katzenjammer 'a glorious secret waiting to be discovered'

12:04pm Saturday 3rd November 2012

IT is hard to write objectively about a band you have seen three times in a week but I’ll try.

Review: Muse, Manchester Arena

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Muse played a spectacular show in Manchester

10:09am Friday 2nd November 2012

WHEN you’ve had the label ‘best band in the world’ hung around your shoulders it could prove more albatross than accolade.

Review: Alison Krauss and Union Station @ Manchester Apollo

9:21am Tuesday 17th July 2012

THE queen of Bluegrass and her powerhouse band brought a touch of Tennessee to a dreary Manchester night.

Review: Diana Vickers @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Diana Vickers @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

10:51am Thursday 9th February 2012

THE ‘new’ Diana emerged with a powerhouse showcase revealing songs from her new album.

Review: Classical Spectacular @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Classical Spectacular @ MEN Arena, Manchester

4:01pm Friday 2nd December 2011

For those who stayed home to watch Strictly Come Dancing or The X Factor — shame on you. Still it was your loss.

Review: Steve Earle @ Academy, Manchester

2:16pm Friday 4th November 2011

SEVEN wives, time in jail, problems with addiction - you name it Steve Earle has done it.

Review: The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular @ Albert Halls, Bolton

2:18pm Wednesday 5th October 2011

A SLICE of Las Vegas was served up in Bolton to the delight of a packed Albert Halls last week.

Review: John Gomm @ Octagon, Bolton

2:16pm Wednesday 5th October 2011

DRUMS, bass and acoustic guitar and bongos — who would have guessed all of these sounds could, simultaneously, and played by just one man, come out of one instrument?

Review: Ramsbottom Music Festival 2011

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12:40pm Monday 19th September 2011

WITH GALLERY: Thousands of fans flocked to Ramsbottom Cricket Club over the weekend for the town’s first music festival.

Review: Andrea Glass @ The Met, Bury

4:25pm Thursday 15th September 2011

“SEAMLESS” is probably not the word to describe Andrea Glass’ homecoming set at The Met, despite her cheeky insistence on using it regularly while talking to the audience.

Review: Dolly Parton @ MEN Arena, Manchester

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4:12pm Thursday 15th September 2011

DECKED in rhinestones with the sort of blonde curls that would make any Essex girl jealous, the Queen of Country Dolly Parton could never be described as understated.

Review: Double Scoop Sundae Festival @ Heaton Park, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Double Scoop Sundae Festival @ Heaton Park, Manchester

6:10pm Thursday 28th July 2011

We went along for the Saturday and found something that was more like the ultimate summer fete than a festival in the conventional sense.

Review: James Taylor @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ON TOUR: James Taylor

5:08pm Friday 8th July 2011

WOULD it work? The legendary James Taylor, the man with a guitar who has written 150 songs, be able to hold an audience at the huge MEN Arena.

Review: Dr Dee: An English Opera @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Dr Dee: An English Opera @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

10:46am Friday 8th July 2011

FORGET Pop Star to Opera Star on the TV, this is the real thing.

Review: Flaming Lips @ Jodrell Bank

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Flaming Lips @ Jodrell Bank

4:55pm Thursday 7th July 2011

IS science the new rock and roll?

Review: Sinead O'Connor @ Manchester International Festival

10:15am Monday 4th July 2011

THE shaven headed, elfin-featured waif may have long disappeared but the talent and that voice remain undiminished.

Review: Bon Jovi @ Lancashire CCC, Old Trafford

2:32pm Monday 27th June 2011

The boys from New Jersey settled into their compact stage set and quickly pleased the damp crowd with opening song ‘Blood on Blood’ and’ You Give Love a Bad Name’.

Review: Take That @ City Of Manchester Stadium

5:00pm Thursday 9th June 2011

FANS might have waited for a decade-and-a-half to see the country’s biggest “manband” tour once more as a five-piece.

Review: Rush @ MEN Arena, Manchester

8:39am Friday 20th May 2011

RUSH is one band that can certainly fill an arena, and they certainly did so in Manchester and the faithful fans came out to see their heroes in concert once again.

Review: The Monkees @ Apollo, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Win tickets to see the Monkees anniversary tour at Cardiff Motorpoint arena

2:56pm Monday 16th May 2011

WITH the iconic Monkeemobile parked outside, a timewarp enveloped the Apollo as Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones reminded a sell-out crowd just exactly what Monkeemania was.

Review: I Am Kloot @ The Lowry, Salford

Preston and Leyland Citizen: I Am Kloot

3:20pm Thursday 12th May 2011

GIGS in theatres are always slightly odd. The natural urge is to be somewhat reverent in such a grand setting, and so there’s little singing along and even the end-of-song applause is always polite.

Review: Rumer @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Rumer at the Soul Cellar

2:56pm Wednesday 6th April 2011

RUMOUR has it. . that Rumer's next album will eclipse her Seasons of My Soul debut masterpiece that made her the fastest-selling new artist of 2010.

Review: Kylie Minogue @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: GLAMOUR: Kylie Minogue

3:10pm Monday 4th April 2011

IT’S often said that Kylie’s longevity is due to her talent for “reinventing” herself.

Review: Glasvegas @ The Soundhouse, Bolton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Glasvegas @ The Soundhouse, Bolton

1:08pm Friday 1st April 2011

It’s always a good sign when most of the audience can sing along to entire songs — strong Glaswegian accent included — as they did to favourites My Own Cheating Heart, Geraldine and encore Daddy’s Gone.

Review: The Wanted @ O2 Apollo, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Wanted hope to hit a high note

4:35pm Thursday 31st March 2011

IF the screams of nearly 3,000 teenage girls are to be believed — and having heard them it is difficult not to — The Wanted have made it into the big time.

Review: Cee Lo Green @ Academy, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: STAR: Cee Lo Green

1:42pm Monday 28th March 2011

FRESH from his capture of Best International Male at the Brit Awards, the American hip hop star turned pop phenomenon Cee Lo Green is the hottest ticket in town.

Review: Elbow @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Elbow's triumphant homecoming gig

1:41pm Monday 28th March 2011

For 20 years, Guy Garvey and his band have sung hymns to the rainy streets of Manchester, and to lovers and friends found and lost there.

Review: The Stranglers @ Academy, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: MEN IN BLACK: The Stranglers as they are today. From the left, Baz Warne, JJ Burnel, Jet Back and Dave Greenfield

1:45pm Monday 28th March 2011

COMING as it did as the last gig of a three-week UK tour, it was perhaps inevitable that something unexpected might happen.

Review: McFly @ MEN Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: McFly to bring tour to BIC in March

7:14pm Tuesday 22nd March 2011

There were giant beach balls, a flying stage, fireworks, a bizarre but equally impressive rap, guns firing T-shirts into the crowd, and at the back of the stage, a gas-powered flaming sign that threatened to engulf the drummer.

Review: The Australian Pink Floyd Show @ Apollo, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: What's on: The Australian Pink Floyd Show

4:13pm Monday 14th March 2011

BEGINNING with the obligatory Shine On You Crazy Diamond, The Australian Pink Floyd Show proved yet again why they are widely lauded as the ‘best tribute band in the world’.

Review: Solid Silver 60s Show @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Solid Silver 60s Show @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

12:11pm Saturday 12th March 2011

NOW in its 26th year, this sixties revue shows no sign of slowing down if the reaction of the audience – and their numbers - is anything to go by.

Review: Beady Eye @ Apollo, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Liam Gallagher's new band Beady Eye will play at the Isle of Wight festival

11:49am Tuesday 8th March 2011

LOUD, brash and at his arrogant best - Liam Gallagher is most certainly back.

Review: 10cc @ Lowry, Salford

Preston and Leyland Citizen: What's on: 10CC

4:31pm Thursday 3rd March 2011

We may be a decade into the new millennium, but it was a delight to step back into the sounds of the Seventies with veteran rockers 10cc.

Review: The ELO Experience @ Albert Halls, Bolton

5:39pm Monday 21st February 2011

Despite a less than full auditorium, the band delighted the audience in the Albert Halls with some excellent renditions of the hits of The Electric Light Orchestra.

Review: British Sea Power @ The Ritz, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review - British Sea Power, live at The Ritz, Manchester, February 15, 2011

3:36pm Wednesday 16th February 2011

SOUTH Lakeland's finest British Sea Power took Manchester by storm last night as their Valhalla Dancehall tour reached The Ritz.

Review: Penguin Cafe @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Penguin legend lives on

10:37am Thursday 10th February 2011

Think you don't know Penguin Cafe? Think again. Their tracks are so in demand for film scores and TV adverts they're bound to evoke memories of nights in front of the screen.

Review: NME Shockwaves Tour @ Academy 1, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Vaccines

9:56pm Tuesday 8th February 2011

A weekly music magazine may no longer be a must-purchase for teenagers spoilt by digital overload, but the New Musical Express' annual tour showcasing four breakthrough acts is a different matter.

Review: Roger Dean @ Lowry, Salford

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Roger Dean @ Lowry, Salford

3:40pm Saturday 15th January 2011

THE biggest compliment I can pay Roger Dean is if you close your eyes you would think you are sitting in a room listening to the great Johnny Cash live.

Review: The Drums @ Academy 2, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: The Drums @ Academy 2, Manchester

7:22pm Friday 10th December 2010

NEW Yorkers The Drums certainly brought some much-needed warmth to a freezing Manchester on Monday.

Review: Faithless @ Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: What's on: Faithless

7:15pm Friday 10th December 2010

I WENT to see Faithless on Saturday, I told a mate. “Old school!” he replied, “I didn’t know they were still going.”

Review: Status Quo @ Apollo, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ON STAGE: Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt

5:09pm Friday 10th December 2010

LEGIONS of Quo fans turned out in the cold to pack out the Apollo as the Mighty Quo showed that, despite their age, they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Review: Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds @ Arena, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: GREENWICH: X-Factor singer Rhydian to star in Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds at The O2

11:08am Monday 6th December 2010

UNIQUE is a much over-used word, hardly ever justified but one which lazy reviewers will throw in for no good reason.

Review: Gruff Rhys @ Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: What's on: Gruff Rhys

5:22pm Thursday 25th November 2010

There is something very endearing about Gruff Rhys.

Review: We Are Scientists @ Academy, Manchester

5:20pm Thursday 25th November 2010

In 2006, audiences for the NME tour were only talking about one band, the Arctic Monkeys.

Review: Rick Wakeman @ Albert Halls, Bolton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Preview: The Anderson Wakeman Project in Manchester

10:28am Tuesday 23rd November 2010

Keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman went back to basics last night for his latest one-man show, leaving his banks of synthesisers behind.

Review: The Anderson Wakeman Project @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ROCK OF AGES:

10:20pm Monday 15th November 2010

OPENING with a couple of Yes classics in the form of Starship Trooper and Sweet Dreams to get us in the mood, Prog-rock giants Anderson and Wakeman showed that there is indeed life after Yes.

Review: Guns N Roses @ Arena. Manchester

3:24pm Friday 22nd October 2010

AXL Rose, the legendary frontman of rockers Guns N Roses, has a reputation to uphold.






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