Review: Detonate Festival, Colwick Park

Nottingham’s biggest underground electronic music event, Detonate, returned on Sunday May 31, with their second outdoor festival. Filling Colwick Park, the festival offers something for everyone with more than 40 acts including NAS, Sigma, Kano and Dusky. Festival goers took advantage of the sunny weather, as Shy FX set a high standard for the day with crowd pleasers like Rappers Delight and 21 Seconds To Go. With a tough act to follow, Skepta, with DJ Maximum on the decks, started with That’

Review: Katherine Ryan, Glee Club

Taking aim at the rich and famous, the London-based Canadian comic had The Glee Club in fits of laughter throughout her one hour set, flirting between scripted material, impressions and improvisation. The 31-year-old touched on controversial issues, such as female sexualisation and revenge porn, as well as her life as a single parent. Her sexually driven humour filled the show, making it impossible not to laugh at the animated stand-up, as Ryan made light of otherwise touchy subjects. Using ma

Review: Young Kato, Bodega

The crowd bounced to the indie-pop beats of Young Kato Young Kato's Drink, Dance and Play remains to be their most anthemic hit. Full of teenage euphoria, its infectious chorus had tonight's young crowd shaking the Bodega's floorboards as they bounced to the indie-pop beats. It's just a shame they didn't open with it. Up until this point, there seemed to be a lull of energy in the air – mainly because the audience are hearing new tracks. Stephanie falls flat, with curly haired front man Tommy

Review: Overspill, New Theatre

University of Nottingham debuted the thought provoking play Overspill at The New Theatre on Tuesday night. The student ran theatre group portrayed the Ali Taylor play which questions the stigma of terrorism in the 21st Century. Set in Bromley, the plot revolves around Baron, Potts and Finch – three twenty year old mates telling the story of their usual beer and banter filled Friday night out, until it quickly descends into chaos. Filled with twists and turns, the tale leads the boys through bo

Review: Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz, Rescue Rooms

'Why I'm in favour of the Facebook rainbow flag' Phone screens lit up the Rescue Rooms and young girls screamed as Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz, another music discovery via YouTube, bounded on to the stage. The show was clearly undersold but the venue was buzzing with excitement, especially when there was the chance to touch their outstretched hands. And it was a show full of interaction like that with the funny pair laughing along with the largely teen audience and performing the old panto ‘he’s

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar, Trent College

'Why I'm in favour of the Facebook rainbow flag' Tears sparkled in the audiences eyes as Long Eaton Operatic Society gave an emotional rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar at Trent College on their first night. The amateur production of the well-known musical included powerful solos such as ‘Heaven on their minds’ and ‘Gethsemane’ by leads Sam Barson and Mitch Gamble. Throughout the first half the audience were entertained by catchy melodies and passionate duets. The overly animated supporting

Review: Hudson Taylor, The Bodega

IT was the third night of their headline tour and Irish pop-folk duo Hudson Taylor wowed a sold out Bodega with captivating harmonies. With a moustache clad violinist and bowler hat wearing drummer, the brothers from Dublin did not disappoint the energetic crowd by fusing classic and contemporary influences to create raw, folk-infused melodic pop. Alfie and Harry (just 19 and 21 respectively), have grown in stature through word-of-mouth, with a reputation for energetic live shows and this was