PREVIEW: 10 reasons why we can’t wait for April

  1. Saara Aalto brings her Monsters to London

We loved her in X Factor, Finland picked the best of three fine songs for her May Eurovision entry and she brings her Eurovision Wonderland show to Under The Bridge 25/4. We think her co-penned Monsters is our favourite song of the year so far. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Kathleen Turner, Mark Rylance and a Q&A for the return of The Bridge

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mind Expansion by THANKS


OUT (in the UK): 16/3/18

TRACKLIST: Mind Expansion; I Can Get; Sunshine; Boney’s Theme; Dizzy; Livin’ My Life; Drive In; New Brew; Good Thing; Peace Out

Great Danes Alphabeat brought their pop fizz to three fantastic albums and bowed out of the charts all too prematurely.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the best pop album of 2018 so far

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GIG REVIEW: Sigrid at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire


WHERE: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

WHEN: 14/3, UK tour runs to 24/8

SETLIST: Go To War; Plot Twist; Schedules; I Don’t Buy It; Raw; Savage In Our Blood; Doing You A Favour; Watch Me; Dynamite; In Vain; High Five; Fake Friends; Credit; Strangers; Don’t Kill My Vibe

We’re not here to kill 21-year-old Sigrid Raabe’s vibe but for her Scandipop bangers although it soon becomes clear that there’s much more to her than those.

  • Read on for reasons including why Sigrid shed a tear towards the end of this gig

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THEATRE REVIEW: Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 10/3 runs to 7/4/18

Last Sunday Lesley Manville was pipped to a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a domineering sister to Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread and a day later she was shortlisted for the Oliviers for her role in this.

  • Read on for reasons including which Olivier Award-nominated actress was in the audience for this

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fanny and Alexander starring Penelope Wilton


WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 24/2, press night 1/3, runs to 14/4/18

We join director Max Webster and writer Stephen Beresford for a Q&A two nights before their production of Ingmar Bergman’s beloved children’s classic Fanny and Alexander opens.

  • Read on for reasons including how this version does not include Nazis and jazz

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TV PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2018: Final

WHEN?: Saturday 10 March (7pm UK time) on SVT (link to watch below)

The quality of the songs in this year’s Melodifestivalen has attracted criticism but for us 2018 has been all about the Swedish public’s love of the novelty entry ahead of possible Eurovision winner Cry by Dotter.

  • Read on for our predictions for how we think the 12 finalists would fare at Eurovision

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THEATRE REVIEW: Summer and Smoke starring Patsy Ferran


WHERE: Almeida Theatre

WHEN: 3/3, press night 7/3, runs to 7/4/18

Last year saw two acclaimed Tennessee Williams revivals in London (the Young Vic’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie at the Duke Of York’s) and his Summer And Smoke is less well known for a reason.

  • Read on for reasons including why the supporting cast is strong and who is the one to watch

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THEATRE REVIEW: Harold and Maude starring Sheila Hancock, Bill Milner and Rebecca Caine


WHERE: Charing Cross Theatre

WHEN: 24/2, press night 26/2, runs to 31/3/18

How have we never managed to see the 1971 film of this life-affirming Colin Higgins play about a death-obsessed teenager and his chance meeting with a bohemian woman approaching her 80th birthday?

  • Read on for reasons including how engaging Sheila Hancock is as Maude in this

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