LIVE REVIEW: Bette Midler

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE: The O2

WHEN: 18/7/15

Setlist: Divine Intervention; I Look Good; I’ve Still Got My Health; Do You Wanna Dance; Throw It Away; Tell Him; Bei Mir Bist Du Schon; Waterfalls; Everybody Knows; I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today; I Put A Spell On You; Yakety Sax; Bird In The Hand; Visit From Soph; Beast Of Burden; Spring Can Really Hurt You The Most; The Rose; From A Distance; Stay With Me; Wind Beneath My Wings; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy; Friends.

Chances to see Bette Midler in the UK don’t present themselves too often. Her last gig here before this six-date tour was at London’s Palladium in the 70s.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Oresteia

UPDATE: Oresteia transfers to the Trafalgar Studios and runs 22 August to 7 November

Worth a look?: ****

Where: Almeida Theatre

When: 4/7/15 and runs until 18/7/15

Ben Whishaw, star of the next production in the Almeida’s Greek season, is sitting in the venue’s cafe and bar going largely unnoticed as the audience prepares itself for the three-hour-and-40-minute opener Oresteia. Read More

LIVE REVIEW: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Worth a look?: ****

Where: Royal Albert Hall

When: 8/6/15

Setlist: Anything Goes; Cheek To Cheek; They All Laughed; For Once In My Life; Sing You Sinners; Nature Boy; The Good Life; Bang Bang; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; Firefly; Smile; When You’re Smiling; I Won’t Dance; The Lady’s In Love With You; Solitude; I Can’t Give You Anything; How Do You Keep The Music Playing?; I’ve Got The World On A String; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Let’s Face The Music and Dance; Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; Who Cares?; I Left My Heart In San Francisco; But Beautiful; The Lady Is A Tramp; It Don’t Mean A Thing

Have you ever taken your dad to a gig?

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LIVE REVIEW: Hurts

Worth a look?: ***1/2

Where: Scala

When: 16/6/15

Setlist: Surrender; Some Kind Of Heaven; Miracle; Somebody To Die For; Rolling Stone; Evelyn; Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us; Weight Of The World; Blood, Tears and Gold; Wonderful Life; Sunday; Better Than Love; Illuminated; Stay.

A 12-strong choir joins Theo Hutchcraft and a newly bearded Adam Anderson on stage for their 1st London gig for 20 months.

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