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Tony Bell

Tony is a freelance photo-journalist who first started taking pictures for Grapevine Magazine many years ago. Over the years his role has expanded to include non photographic activity and now includes freelance reviews and interviews.

Ed Sheeran Stadium Tour

Following his triumphant Glastonbury Festival headline performance, Ed Sheeran is delighted to announce his nationwide 2018 UK stadium tour, marking the biggest tour of his career to date! Kicking-off at Belfast’s Boucher Playing Fields on 9 May, Ed will follow with shows in Manchester (Etihad Stadium – 24 May), Glasgow …

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The man is from Framlingham, made a bit of a name for himself and doesn’t need me to review his album to sell any more.   Back in the day when he was playing open mics at The Steamboat in Ipswich, having a pint in the Station Hotel in Fram …

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Latitude: Not Long Now

Sometimes, just sometimes, life contrives against us.  You would think that, working in media, and not just any media, but entertainment media no less, and living in Suffolk that July would mean just one thing for me: Latitude.   And yet I have never been.  Suffolk’s biggest summer festival and I …

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This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2

Thirteen More Tasty Treats from Bury St Edmunds Rock City  On Friday 7th July 2017, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and Pure Deadly are extremely proud to release ‘This Is The Sound Of Sugar Town Volume 2’: a 12” vinyl and download album featuring thirteen amazing acts from the UK’s unsung DIY rock capital, …

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Strictly Murder

All of the best murders are kept in the family.   Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens and directed by his son Samuel Clemens brings a whole new meaning to that! For this is not a high-tech murder mystery.  There are no highly trained forensic experts to call upon, no database of …

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Anastacia

Ipswich Regent 7th June 2017 Our good friend at BBC Radio Suffolk, Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster tweeted out before this show at Ipswich Regent last night: “This lady can belt out a song!”  And you know, he was not wrong.  Anastacia finally made it to Ipswich and has discovered that we …

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The Events

The Events is a work of fiction by David Greig.  It is based on a series of real events which took place in Norway in July 2011.  After detonating a bomb in a van that killed eight people in Oslo, a terrorist then travelled to a youth summer camp and …

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Golem

The Golem is the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him.  This then is the basis for Golem presented by 1027 in which they explore man’s relationships with his machines.  And no, it is not a re-telling or an adaptation of the …

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Bad Touch with Mollie Marriott

Following their recent sell-out UK tour supporting King King, and their Planet Rock Roadstars UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels, and the recent announcement of their October 2017 tour with The Kentucky Headhunters, Bad Touch are pleased to announce they’ll be undertaking a headline tour in November with special guest Mollie Marriott. Bad Touch’s lead singer, Stevie Westwood says: “We’re …

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Desperate Journalist

Desperate Journalist are two boys and two girls who live in North London. They consist of Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums). Lured together by fate and a fierce sense of what makes alternative music actually really bloody alternative they started their journey …

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The Crucible

The Crucible Mercury Theatre Arthur Miller’s tale, set at the time of the Salem witch trials, is a poignant commentary on the McCarthy led purge on communism in the United States of the 1950s.    Such was McCarthy’s zeal that his efforts led to the term ‘McCarthyism’ finding its way into …

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Sponsor a Brick

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is offering supporters the chance to sponsor a brick and become part of the Theatre’s history, with proceeds going towards their vital redevelopment project. Mercury Rising was launched in 2016 to raise funds for the £8.7million project to redevelop the Mercury Theatre for the year 2020. …

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Chloe Reynolds

If you have not yet heard of Chloe Reynolds you are about to.  The Gloucestershire based singer starts a UK tour today supporting Anastacia.  She will be at Ipswich Regent in two weeks time on  Wednesday 7th June.  I started our interview with what I thought was a difficult question …

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The Endless Coastline… it starts!

By the time I type, edit and post this, Matt Watson will have woken up to a beautiful sunny Suffolk morning and be starting out on day one of The Endless Coastline Tour.   Matt is walking from Woodbridge to Hunstanton and has become an expert on lightweight sleeping bags, tents …

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Paddy Gerver

It was a warm sunny day in Plymouth when Tony Bell caught up with Paddy Gervers – one half of the comedy duo that is known as Jonny and The Baptists.  What followed was a very serious conversation about comedy and political satire.  Their show “Eat The Poor” is very …

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Blackthorpe Barn 17th May 2017 Where to begin?  Indulge me for a moment, whilst I put last night’s performance in a personal context.  I had avoided any show previews or previous reviews.  I knew nothing about this play before last night.  Also, it is not long since I discovered the …

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Clare Teal

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to Clare Teal recently. Despite the vagaries of both fixed and mobile communications contriving against us,  we discovered that she once played in a punk band! We had to re-arrange this interview because you caught the dreaded lurgy so my …

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Matt Watson

Keen observers of our banner adverts will have seen us promoting The Endless Coastline tour by Matt Watson.  (That’s it, just up there over Matt’s picture ↑ ).    It is a music tour with a difference, no stadium dates, no trucks full of gear and roadies swilling beer.   This …

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Larks in Transit

Pronounced by The Guardian Guide as “approaching the status of national treasure” and hailed by The Times as being, “at the top of his game”, comedian musician BILL BAILEY is delighted to announce details of his BRAND NEW LIVE SHOW, LARKS IN TRANSIT. Kicking off in Coventry on 29 January …

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Imelda May

Imelda May Ipswich Regent 4th May 2017   As we made our way out of the Regent last night a man in the crowd, talking to his friends summed the show up by saying: “…well I thought it would be a good show, but I didn’t expect it to be …

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