Your chance to perform on stage alongside award-winning Lady Gaga Tribute at Hull City Hall


Talented local performers are being given the opportunity to support the number one Lady Gaga tribute Donna Marie when her brand new show A Star is Born This Way comes to Hull City Hall later this year.

To be in with a chance of stardom artists need to apply by submitting a video on the Our Star is Born – Search for a Star Facebook group by Sunday 4 August, or click the link on the A Star is Born This Way website www.astarisbornthisway.com

Donna Marie is a multi-award winning Lady Gaga Tribute Impersonator having won the UK’s National Tribute Music Award for the past 7 years.

The show on 13 September is the ultimate tribute to Lady Gaga celebrating her biggest hits with jaw dropping replica costumes and amazing choreography. It also takes audiences on the emotional journey of hit movie A Star is Born, featuring songs from the award-winning soundtrack including the Oscar winning Shallow.

Donna Marie is now searching for a new superstar to perform as a special guest as she loves to help new talent. She said: “I understand how hard it is to get recognised these days as a performer.”

Full details of the competition can be found at astarisbornthisway.com/searchforastar

Book at the Hull City Hall box office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


Two Hull Comedy Festival events to visit the Bonus Arena


Hull is funny, so prepare for laughter as a selection of the city’s best comedy talent returns
to the Bonus Arena for a “Hullarious” showcase to kick off this year’s Hull Comedy Festival.
The Best of ‘ull – which saw more than 700 people pack out the arena as one of two test
events last July – will return on 30 th October again featuring some of Hull's elite multi-award winning comedians.

We have the ‘World’s only Bomb disposal Comedian’ Steve Rimmer hosting the show with
performances from award winning Hull acts, including Giggle’s Live Improv Champion and
television star Jed Salisbury, The Psychic Hairdresser and Life-Coach to the Stars Kelli Taylor and finally Hull comedy royalty The Live Naked Idiots.

The event will take place in the arena’s PDR Lounge and limited tickets go on sale on Friday
at 10am priced just £10 each (booking fees apply).

On the same day at 2pm Jeddy Bear and Gary’s Picnic – a comedy show aimed at children
and families – will also take place at the Bonus Arena. Comedians Jed Salisbury and Gary Jennison promise to tell you a story, well that is until a very naughty bear storms the stage!

Mayhem and madness ensue in this not-so-traditional telling of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. There’ll be music, dancing, and pie facing madness…well what else would you expect from these festival favourites?! Full of mischief, audience participation and lots of fun to keep the whole family laughing and entertained. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear!

Jeddy Bear and Gary’s Picnic will also take place in the arena’s PDR Lounge and limited
tickets again go on sale on Friday at 10am priced just £3 each (booking fees apply).

Jed Salisbury, Director of Hull Comedy Festival and one of the acts on the evening, said: “Returning to the Bonus Arena to perform is so huge for a Hull comedian, you can list a who’s who of stars that have already performed there and the fact I get throw my name into the same circle is unbelievable. As the Director of the Festival it’s also a great pleasure to know that I get to do the same thing for my friends and fellow comedians.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be returning to the Bonus Arena. It was such an honour to be the first act on such a big stage with over 700 people supporting Hull comedians, we had such a great night last year, I can’t wait to come back, and help showcase that Hull has some amazing talent.

Gary Jennison, creative director of Hull Comedy Festival, added: “The response last year was amazing, having Hull acts help open the city’s new arena was special. The night is now a featured event on the Arena’s Icons Wall, highlighting its special place on the comedy map. It’s great to see an Arena help highlight the award winning Hull acts and the great comedy talent we have in the city.”

Tickets for both events go on sale at 10am on Friday from www.bonusarenahull.com
Alternatively, call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible seated tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440.


Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Masterpiece Coming to Hull


Hull Minster is to host a must-see exhibition of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece.

For the first time, the famous work adorning the ceiling of the chapel in the Vatican can be viewed from up close.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View is coming to the minster – one of just two UK venues to host the exhibition – from Tuesday 8 October to Monday 18 November. It has already toured major European cities including Copenhagen, Prague and Amsterdam.


Officially licensed by the Vatican Museums, the exhibition will allow visitors to view high-resolution reproductions of the elaborate paintings of the Florentine master from just two metres away.

Bishop Frank White, Hull Minster interim minister, said: “It’s a very great privilege for Hull Minster to host an exhibition of such celebrated artwork, which can usually only be viewed in Rome.

“It’s also wonderful that a building as ancient as the Minster is able to host an exhibition of paintings which hold a timeless and universal appeal. It represents a coming together of key expressions of Christian faith through art.

“Modern technology has enabled Michelangelo’s centuries-old masterpiece to be effectively transported hundreds of miles to be enjoyed here in Hull and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of people into the Minster for a very special experience.”

The concept for the exhibition came from producers Thomas Ebel and Christina Marotzke, of German company Exhibition 4 You (E4Y), who wanted to take the Sistine Chapel frescoes “down from the ceiling”.

With support from Vatican Museums officials, they transferred high-resolution images onto special fabric webs to create highly detailed display panels.

A group admire the spectacular, ‘Last Judgement’ canvas replica by Michelangelo at the 13th century Great Hall in Winchester © Zachary Culpin/Solent News & Photo Agency

The exhibition is free to enter, though visitors are invited to make a donation to support the church’s work to support vulnerable people in the area. It will be supported by a programme of events at the 700-year-old church.

The exhibition has just begun its UK preview in Winchester, Hampshire, where it is on show at three venues across the city until September 29, before arriving into Hull Minster for its October opening.


12 Big Music Gigs Still to Come to East Yorkshire in 2019

The main stage at Humber Street Sesh

Going to a live music gig is one of our favourite nights out. Luckily music is at the heart of Hull, with many venues dedicating themselves to providing a stage for independent, local bands as well as huge touring artists from across the world. Whilst local, authentic acts are remain at the heart of Hull’s music scene, this list is going to be dedicated to the biggest and best music gigs/experiences coming up in 2019 (and the start of 2020) that you just cannot miss out on.

Jools Holland

18 July, Hull City Hall

Jools Holland is coming to Hull City Hall this summer with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. He’s a part of my New Years Eve ritual with his long running BBC Two show, however at this event he is performing rather than presenting!

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Humber Street Sesh

2nd & 3rd August, Hull Marina

Without question, Humber Street Sesh is the one that every Hull music fan looks for in the calendar each year. It might not have the big names, but it’s a festival celebrating the best unsigned independent bands. It’s unique setting by the Hull Marina makes it even more memorable.

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Katie Markham – Adele Songbook

5 October, Hull City Hall

Handpicked by Adele herself on a Graham Norton special, Katie Markham is touring the UK as probably the top tribute to Britain’s biggest selling artist. She might not be the real thing, but it’s as close as you’ll get to Adele in Hull this year.

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Two Door Cinema Club

10 October, Bonus Arena

Essential 2010s listening. The indie rock outfit are back, storming through festival season promoting their fourth album ‘False Alarm’ and are making a stop to Hull’s Bonus Arena towards the end of the year.

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James Arthur

11 October, Bonus Arena (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

James Arthur won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and since then has flourished to international stardom. All standard tickets are sold, but a few platinum seats remain if you’re willing to stump up the cash.

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The Buddy Holly Story

14-19 October, Bridlington Spa

One part theatre, one part tribute act; The Buddy Holly Story is the most popular tribute to the 50’s rock pioneer. A great way to experience some fantastic live rock music whilst learning more about Buddy Holly’s life.

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The Rolling Stones Havana Moon

19 October, Hull City Hall

While this is more a film screening than gig, the event promises ‘cutting edge technology’ that will allow you to experience The Rolling Stones in the prime of their career. This ‘immersive film’ is from The Rolling Stones’ record breaking gig in Havana which had 500,000 fans in attendance!

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Brotherhood of Man & Elton John Tribute

19 October, DoubleTree by Hilton

A 70s celebration bringing together Eurovision song contest winners Brotherhood Of Man and a tribute to Elton John so accurate that even Elton’s mum booked him for her 90th birthday!

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Will Young

21 October, Bonus Arena

The first ever winner of ITV’s Pop Idol. Just months after the release of his seventh album, Will Young is heading to Hull’s Bonus Arena.

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Ben – Michael Jackson Tribute

9 November, Bonus Arena

The largest touring tribute to Michael Jackson in the UK is heading to Hull in November. If you missed Thriller at Hull New Theatre earlier this year, this is the next best event to celebrate Michael Jackson’s hits.

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Jack Savoretti

22 November, Bonus Arena (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

One of England’s best voices. Singer-Songwriter Jack Savoretti’s tour has extended through to November to celebrate his 2019 release ‘Singing to Strangers’ and is visiting Hull’s Bonus Arena.

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Emeli Sandé

13 December, Bonus Arena

Pop-superstar, global success, and MBE. Emeli Sandé is one of the Britian’s most celebrated artists and is spending the remainder of 2019 touring across the UK; Sandé will be ending her tour at Hull’s Bonus Arena in December.

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…and the big gigs in early 2020…

Kaiser Chiefs

18th January, Bridlington Spa
20th & 21st January, Bonus Arena

You cannot have lived in the late 2000s and not heard the music of this Yorkshire rock outfit. Touring arenas across the UK with special guests Razorlight, Kaiser Cheifs will be making a stop in both Bridlington and Hull. We predict a riot for this one!

Tickets for Saturday 18thMonday 20th | Tuesday 21st 

Lighthouse Family

22 February, Bonus Arena

One of the largest bands of the 90s, best known for their hit ‘Lifted’. Lighthouse Family are visiting Bonus Arena in 2020 in support of their new album ‘Blue Sky In Your Head’.

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Boys Are Back – 911/Five/A1/Damage

28th February, Bonus Arena

5ive, A1, Damage and 911 shot back into the limelight on ITV’s The Big Reunion. Now they are joining forces for a tour across the UK in 2020 making a stop in Hull at the Bonus Arena.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home review – does it close out the MCU’s Phase 3 with a bang?

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By Adam Brannon
Film Reviewer from Movie Metropolis for What’s On Hub

Spider-Man: Homecoming was one of the biggest surprises in the superhero genre. After the masked web-slinger’s troubled history on the big screen, Marvel intervened and took the story back to basics. With a compelling villain in Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Homecoming shot to the top of many MCU rankings and it’s easy to see why.

Ending Phase Three of the MCU was never going to be easy, especially after the drama of this year’s Avengers: Endgame, but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has been tasked with tying up all those loose ends. So how does he do?

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Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man (Holland) must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Alongside Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury, Peter Parker must come to terms with his own demons, as well as those that are terrorising the earth.

The scale of Far From Home is much, much larger than that of its predecessor and at times, this proves to be the film’s undoing, but there is so much here to enjoy that it’s impossible to leave the cinema dissatisfied.

Holland has proved time and time again that he IS the perfect embodiment of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Where Tobey Maguire was the ideal Parker but suffered as Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield was a poor Parker and a brilliant superhero, Holland manages to get that delicate balance absolutely spot on. His character is more fleshed out here and that’s great to see.

One of the highlights of Homecoming was that it felt like a teen rom-com first and a superhero movie second, and that is a theme that continues in this follow-up. While there is plenty, almost too much, of the city-levelling drama we’ve come to expect from these films, it’s pleasing to see that director Jon Watts still allows that teenage angst to be put front and centre.

Scenes of Holland trying to awkwardly woo Zendaya’s brilliant MJ are a nice touch and his on-screen chemistry with Jacob Batalon’s Ned remains, even if plot points mean they are apart from each other a little more in this instalment. It’s also nice to see Samuel L Jackson continue to appear in the MCU – his acting prowess needs no introductions.

Then we have the elephant in the room: Mysterio. Jake Gyllenhaal makes his MCU debut as the multi-verse living illusionist and it’s the perfect role for the actor. His scenes supporting Holland’s Parker are touching and nicely filmed, especially after the events of Endgamewhich we won’t spoil here.

And that’s where Far From Home really shines. It feels like a direct continuation of Endgame. There are nice call-backs to previous Marvel films and the toll that Endgame took on the Avengers is felt readily across the film’s runtime. This is probably the darkest of all the MCU movies outside of the core Avengers films – there is a scene in particular that harks back to Dr Strange with its stunning imagery, but young children may find it just a little too much.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. While the script and acting are all spot on, the special effects are not. There are sequences where the green screen is a little too obvious and the CGI a little too jarring and that’s a shame for a film that cost upwards of $150million to produce. This is an issue with most Marvel films and is probably down to the quick turnaround time more than anything else.

However, as a way to tie up Marvel’s Phase Three, it’s hard to think of another film that could have done it so well and the ramifications from the film’s ending are set to shake up the MCU forever. I for one cannot wait to see how Phase Four plays out.

Overall, Spider-Man: Far From Home is another slam dunk for Tom Holland’s web-slinger. With a script that perfectly balances humour and emotion, it may be the funniest MCU film yet, this is a film with massive re-watch value with lots of nostalgia and a fabulous cast. Nevertheless, the dodgy special effects do pull you out of the illusion at times and that just stops it from achieving a perfect five stars.

Our score: ★★★★

Spider-Man: Far From Home is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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Why Motown the Musical is not to be missed


Hull New Theatre allowed me to tick off an entry on my “want to see list” this week. I was invited to watch Motown the Musical which is at Hull New Theatre until Saturday 6th July and it is a show not to be missed.

I grew up in the 60’s and the Motown sound highly influenced my childhood. Stars like Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson 5 was music I danced to at the local youth club on Cottingham Road.
The show is the story of the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, who founded a record label for black artistes to represent them and to have their musical played on the radio. He was having problems getting music played and recognised they needed their own labels. It was not just a label, he brought in songwriters and dance teachers to develop the groups and get the hits out. Did you know he started the label with an $800 loan from the family?  What a legacy that $800 grew into.
There was lots of singing and dancing (my kind of show) and to watch the routines of the 4 Tops, Temptations and Supremes took me right back. The co-ordination of the singers/dancers was spot on, as I recalled Saturday night shows with these guest appearances and being wowed by the routines. As a child they looked so complicated, as a former dancer I knew they were simple but well choreographed, rehearsed and performed.
Every so often, I see a show and I get costume envy. Motown does not just have great costumes for the ladies, but the guys were also smartly dressed and the costumes sparkled and rippled as they moved. Even as the show left the 50’s and moved into the 60’s music scene and the sparkle gave way to psychedelic patterns I wanted the costumes. They were fabulous.
This show was not just about the music. It relayed the 60’s; the death of President Kennedy and how it affected the community, and Dr Martin Luther King’s speech and the rallies of the era were represented. It was shocking to recall that today’s freedom for artistes of colour was fought for by the earlier generation, who ran the gauntlet of America’s form of Apartheid at night clubs, and the Ku Klux Klan who did not want white people to mix with blacks or listen to their music.
This is a fabulous cast. The voices were so clear and the singing so beautiful. I could listen to Berry Gordy (Edward Baruwa) all night, his voice was so smooth and silky; like melting chocolate. Karis Anderson as Diana Ross was fantastic, sparkly and a diva, and a special shout out to the youngest member of the cast who played young Berry, Stevie and Michael. When he was singing the Jackson 5 songs, he sounded just like Michael Jackson. He got a fabulous cheer each time he appeared on stage and at curtain call, surely a star of the future.
This is a slick show, The music is familiar and exciting and the audience were joining in, dancing in their seats, singing along loudly (when encouraged) and I am not apologising to the ladies sat in front of me for singing loudly.
There are still tickets left so grab one, put your glam on and get to the New Theatre and see this uplifting show. I was singing Motown all the way home, ok I am STILL singing Motown, I loved the show and so will you. Tickets are from £19 and worth every penny.

12 Top-Rated Restaurants in Hull & East Yorkshire


If you’re like me, choosing a restaurant when you have a chance for a night out, isn’t the easiest task in the world. But there’s plenty of choice on the menu in Hull and East Yorkshire, and now you don’t need to look around to discover a new flavour. I’ve rounded up the best places to eat, based on various ratings and reviews from different websites. In no particular order, here are 12 of the top rated restaurants in Hull & East Yorkshire…

Meze Bar & Grill

Cottingham Road
TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 5/5

I’m always excited at the opportunity to dine here. I discovered it a couple of years ago, and like many other local diners, I rate it highly. Situated on Cottingham Road, next to Lidl, it serves delicious Turkish dishes with meat from their grill. There’s a warm friendly atmosphere too.

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Sumo Pan Asian

Flemingate, Beverley
Tripadvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.9/5 | Google 4.6/5

One of my favourite restaurants, ever! Many local diners are craving a Wagamama in the region but trust me, we don’t need it. Sumo is far better. It has a wider range of dishes on the menu, the food is amazing and I always look for an opportunity to go back. Looks like I’m not the only one who thinks it too as it has outstanding ratings across the board.

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Beverley Road
TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.8/5

I’ve tried both Tapasya restaurants (Bev Road and Hull Marina) and both are incredible, but it’s the Bev Road one that edges it amongst local diners. It is Indian fine-dining with a big focus on quality rather than quantity (yet I always leave feeling full!). People love it for the same reasons as me; mainly that the dishes are out of this world – genuinely the best Masala I’ve ever had!

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Al Porto

Warehouse 13, Hull Marina
Quandoo 5.3/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.7/5

This local Italian is hidden away in Warehouse 13 down by the marina. It isn’t known for your typical Pizza-Pasta dishes (although very good!), but is recommended for it’s fantastic seafood risotto and mushroom sauce.

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Solos Music Cafe

Kingston Road, Willerby
TripAdvisor 5/5 | Facebook 5/5

More of a bistro than a Cafe; this music-focused venue on the Willerby/Hull border, is highly rated for it’s atmosphere and quality of food. It has gigs on every week which you can enjoy with a typical British-Bistro menu.

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Cornmill Hotel, Holderness Road
Quandoo 5.4/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.8/5

This unique Italian opened in 2017 and has had fantastic reviews ever since. Warm and friendly, it serves excellent authentic Italian and has quickly become a popular restaurant in Hull.

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Wold Road, Willerby
Quandoo 5.5/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.6/5

This Indian restaurant opened in 2017 and has been a huge hit so far. High-quality dishes but good portions too with plenty of options.

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Pascos Italian

Kings Parade, King Street, Cottingham
Quandoo 5.5/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.9/5

We have a great selection of Italian restaurants in Hull, but Pascos is the highest rated amongst local diners. It’s not just pizza and pasta, but seafood, steaks, ciabatta sandwiches and more.

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The Madras

Anlaby Road
TripAdvisor 5/5 | Facebook 4.9/5

This long-established favourite is the number 1 Indian restaurant on TripAdvisor right now. Excellent curry dishes are highly recommended and a huge menu to choose from.

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Thai House

Princes Avenue
Quandoo 5.6/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.8/5

A personal favourite of mine, Thai House dishes up some of the best Thai cuisine in the region. Top ratings and reviews across the web and another top hygiene rating of 5/5.

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The Aegean

Anlaby Road
Quandoo 5.7/6 | TripAdvisor 4.5/5 | Facebook 4.9/5

The Aegean Greek Restaurant in Hull

This Greek delight on Anlaby Road has rapidly grown in popularity since it opened in late 2016. It’s had some fantastic reviews and even has a super 5/5 hygiene rating!

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Izabella Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Beverley Road
Quandoo 5.8/6 | TripAdvisor 5/5 | Facebook 4.8/5

Izabella is quite unknown still but from the reviews it’s had so far, this is an absolute gem. Serving Polish cuisine, it opened 3 years ago but moved to Bev Road just over 1 year ago. Diners are raving about the quality of the food and it’s prices – I can’t wait to give it a try!

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