NORTH EAST NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at Darlington Hippodrome from Saturday, April 21st until Saturday, April 28th so get ready for the ride of your life with this ultimate feel-good musical. Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. Featuring a hit-parade of dance-floor classics including 'Don’t Leave Me This Way', 'Go West', 'Colour My World', 'Shake Your Groove Thing', 'Hot Stuff' and many, many more, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is eye-poppingly extravagant, insanely glitzy and hugely entertaining. Recommended age 14+ Show time is at 7.30pm nightly and all the details are available on the Darlington Hippodrome website.

Liza Pulman sings Streisand with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band at Darlington Hippodrome on Monday, April 30th. It’s a unique collaboration between one of the finest voices and one of the finest brass bands in the country. Renowned vocalist and comedienne Liza Pulman is joined by National Championship Winners the Brighouse & Rastrick Band with acclaimed musical director Joseph Atkins and The Stardust Ensemble. Expect to hear exciting and heart-warming new arrangements of many of Streisand's golden classics including 'The Way We Were', 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers',' People', 'Second Hand Rose' and many more wonderful songs. Show time is at 7.30pm. Get more information about the show on the Darlington Hippodrome website.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is in concert at Darlington Hippodrome on Thursday, May 3rd. One of the industry's true legends, Gilbert O' Sullivan is celebrating 50 years in the music business and dominated the charts in the seventies and continues to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day. Enjoy every facet of his history in this new live show, Including classics such as Alone Again Naturally, Nothing Rhymed, Clair Matrimony and Get Down as well as songs from the forthcoming album. Gilbert and his 10 piece band are very much looking forward to going back out on the road! For more information be sure to visit the Darlington Hippodrome website to read more about this fascinating show. Curtain up is at 7.30pm.

The Rat Pack Live from Vegas is at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday, May 8th until Saturday, May 12th. The Pack is back and this time, they are bringing Ella Fitzgerald and this great show sends you back in time to the glamorous, golden era of 1950s Las Vegas, when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin joined forces and become the hottest ticket in town at the famous Sands Hotel. Join us in re-imagining a night at the Sands with Frank, Sammy and Dean plus very special guest Ella Fitzgerald, the sensational Burelli Sisters and a stunning big band. Hit follows hit including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That's Amore, I've Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of Fool Am I, Volare, My Way, Everybody Loves Somebody, Night and Day, S'Wonderful, Mack The Knife and many more. If you wish you'd swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now's your chance! Show time is at 7.30pm nightly. You can read more about the show on the Darlington Hippodrome website.

Lower Than Atlantis (plus guests) appear at Middlesbrough Empire on Friday, May 11th. The band were formed in 2007 by Mike Duce (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ben Sansom (lead guitar, backing vocals), whose shared love of bands such as Biffy Clyro, NOFX, and blink-182 would go on to inspire the group's early sound. At the end of 2008 - after various lineup changes took place on bass and drums - Lower Than Atlantis released their debut EP, Bretton. Clocking in at under 20 minutes and featuring eight tracks, the breakneck melodic hardcore punk sound of the EP would signal the direction of their 2010 debut album, Far Q. With the addition of full-time members Eddy Thrower (drums) and Declan Hart (bass), the band returned to the studio to record its sophomore release, 2011's World Record. Taking on a more alternative rock sound inspired by the likes of Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, the album signaled the band's continued evolution from hardcore punk to melodic indie rock. Signing to Island Records at the beginning of 2012, the band released its third album, Changing Tune, in October of that year. Two years later, after Lower Than Atlantis parted ways with Island, they announced they had signed a new deal with Sony Music. Pushing their sound further away from the hardcore punk of their early days, they released their more arena-friendly self-titled fourth album in October of 2014. Their fifth album, Safe in Sound, which continued their anthemic rock sound, appeared in early 2017. It’s a 14+ gig and doors open at 7.00pm. See the Middlesbrough Empire site for more details or the Lower Than Atlantis site.

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