PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for July

  1. Queers at the Old Vic

27/7 will mark the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the law against homosexuality and BBC4 has commissioned the filming of eight monologues curated by Mark Gatiss and featuring authors including Jackie Clune performed by stars such as Ben Whishaw (pictured above), Russell Tovey and Alan Cumming. UPDATE: 4/7: No sign of Whishaw or Cumming in the Old Vic casting announced today but it does include Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Sarah Crowe, Ian Gelder, Mark Bonnar & Kadiff Kirwan. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Jack O’Connell, Frank Ocean & Stockard Channing

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GIG REVIEW: Ed Sheeran

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: The O2

WHEN: 2/5/17

SETLIST: Castle On The Hill; Eraser; The A Team; Don’t/New Man; Dive; Bloodstream; Happier; Galway Girl; How Would You Feel (Paen); I’m A Mess; Photograph; Perfect; Nancy Mulligan; Thinking Out Loud; Sing; Shape Of You; You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

How many of us can say that we’ve received a marriage proposal during an Ed Sheeran gig?

  • Read on for reasons including our hopes for Ed’s Glastonbury headliner set

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ALBUM REVIEW: Paper Gods by Duran Duran

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

TRACKLIST: Paper Gods; Last Night In The City; You Kill Me With Silence; Pressure Off; Face For Today; Danceophobia; What Are The Chances?; Sunset Garage; Change The Skyline; Butterfly Girls; Only In Dreams; The Universe Alone.

OUT: 11/9

What happens to pop pin-ups 30 years after their heyday? The fate of the iconic Duran cover art in the video for best track What Are The Chances? (YouTube clip above) gives some clues about the ideas behind the album’s title track.

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