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Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly Bring Holographic Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour to Hull

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Roy Orbison is back to amaze British audiences with his unique voice and live performance once again.

After the success of last year’s pioneering holographic In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert tour, Base Hologram the leading developer of concerts, theatricals and spectacles that combine holographic cinema and mixed reality with live entertainment, have now announced Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour, a ground-breaking new tour featuring the award-winning rock and roll legends.

The show will visit Hull’s Bonus Arena on 14 October as part of a full UK arena tour. Tickets
go on general sale on Friday at 9am.

It is yet another chapter for the revolutionary Hologram movement. The tour will bring Orbison and Holly together for an enthralling event that will tour throughout the UK before further dates worldwide. It is the first time a Buddy Holly hologram has been created.

“Both Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly set the stage for what was to come down the road in the music industry,” said Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Hologram.  “These two men were forward-thinkers who understood what new forms of technology could do for their craft. They defined the genre of Rock and Roll from writing to recording to the standard band configuration and they influenced everyone from Elvis to The Beatles. Now to be able to recapture that magic on a grand scale and let their fans see them together will be something truly special.”

Accompanied by a live band and live back-up singers, this cutting edge holographic performance and remastered audio will transport audiences back in time for an evening of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly’s greatest hits onstage, these are songs that have stood the test of time.

Universally recognised as one of the great music legends and praised by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Morrissey to Bono, Roy Orbison’s catalogue includes such chart-toppers as Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Only The Lonely, Crying, I Drove All Night, It’s Over and In Dreams.

“My father’s music meant the world to not just to us Orbison's but to millions of fans worldwide. Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience,” said Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music. “Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favour by recording two of Dad's songs on his first Cricket's album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together." A seasoned performer by age 16, Buddy Holly was known not just for his distinguished look, but also for his mastery of several music styles. In addition to hits such as Peggy Sue, Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away and That'll Be the Day, Holly was among the first artists to use techniques such as double-tracking on his albums. Along with his beloved band The Crickets, Holly helped set the standard for the Beatles and others for rock and roll orchestration by setting the two guitar, bass and drum line-up now seen in traditional concerts.

“Buddy and Roy were Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant song writing abilities,” said Buddy’s wife Maria Elena
Holly. “Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential, and beloved artists in music history.”

With nearly 3 million followers on Facebook and almost 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify between them, audiences are still enamoured with the men who brought “geek chic” and horn-rimmed glasses into the mainstream. This tour will allow fans old and new to get the chance to experience these pioneering figures in a spectacular and thrilling new way. Pulling from their combined 16 platinum records, 19 gold records, nearly two dozen Top 40 hits and 10 combined GRAMMY awards, this transcendent musical event will give audiences a once in a lifetime musical experience.

Tickets are priced from £45 each (booking fees apply) and go on general sale at 9am on Friday from www.bonusarenahull.com or call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus
your phone company’s access charge.

Lord Sugar Announced as Headline Speaker of Business Day at Bridlington Spa

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Lord Sugar, one of the best known British businessman in the world, is announced as the headline speaker of The Business Day 2019; to be held at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June, coinciding with the end of Humber Business Week.

Lord Sugar, most famous for his role leading BBC TV’s The Apprentice, founded the hugely successful electronics company, Amstrad, in 1968 and served as chairman of Tottenham Hotspur between 1991 and 2001.

As a child, when his family couldn’t afford to buy him a bicycle, he built one himself from an old bike frame then, by the age of 12, he had started earning his own money working part time for a local greengrocer.

On leaving school he became a statistician for the Ministry of Education but, finding it boring, he unleashed his burgeoning, entrepreneurial skill by selling car aerials from a dilapidated van.

He founded Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar Trading) when he was just 21 years old, taking it public on the London Stock Exchange in 1980. The company saw significant growth during the 80s, leveraging the surge in demand for personal computers and later, the production of set-top decoder boxes for satellite television provider, Sky.

He made his first appearance on the BBC reality show, The Apprentice in 2005. Appearing as himself, he sets business tasks for participants, or candidates, then acts as overall judge of the results with the least successful hearing his now notorious catchphrase, “You’re fired” and leaving the programme. The winner in more recent seasons receives a cash investment from Lord Sugar for the business idea they pitch during the run of the show.

He was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours list and was awarded two Doctorates of Science from City University in 1998 and Brunel University in 2005. He became a life peer in 2009 becoming Lord Sugar.

Lord Sugar will host a question and answer session with the audience at The Business Day thus creating a unique and interactive element to the day which honours the event’s promise to provide delegates with a day of discovery and insight.

Gyles Brandreth has already been announced as host and speaker of The Business Day this year and additional speakers will be added to the line-up in due course.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa said, “I’m still pinching myself that Lord Sugar is to be the headline speaker of this year’s event. I had to check the confirmation twice to make sure I was reading it correctly.

“Since 2017, in producing and delivering The Business Day, we have strived for quality in our speaker line-up and the delivery of the event. This announcement serves to only reinforce the great reputation we continue to earn and demonstrates to the business community that Bridlington Spa is a force to be reckoned with in the business event arena.”

Stephen Parnaby, deputy chairman of Humber LEP said, “It’s hard to imagine finding a more prestigious and appropriate speaker to headline this high quality event. The name Lord Sugar is synonymous with business and The Business Day is the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull celebrating business at its best.”

The Business Day is a networking event billed as a tailored day of discovery and insight and is aimed at a business audience. It has established itself as the traditional end to the Humber Business Week. It is produced fully in-house by Bridlington Spa on behalf of Humber LEP.

Previous speakers have been Karren Brady (Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge), John Simpson CBE, Alexander Armstrong, Naga Munchetty, Josh Littlejohn and Sir Bob Geldof.

Tickets to The Business Day are available from thebusinessday.com or by calling Bridlington Spa on (01262) 678258 (option 1) and cost £125 each or ten for £1,000.

Is Captain Marvel the perfect female-led superhero movie?

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

With a touching tribute to the amazing Stan Lee, it’s clear from the outset that Captain Marvel isn’t going to be your ordinary MCU instalment, or so Marvel Studios would have us believe. The 21stfilm, yes, I can’t quite believe it either, in the long-standing Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is the first superhero film from the studio to focus primarily on a single female lead.

Astounding really that a franchise started by all intents and purposes way back in 2008 with Iron Manand has grossed billion after billion at the box-office hasn’t felt the need to offer a big tentpole movie to a female hero. But history aside, Captain Marvel has finally landed. Are we looking at one of Marvel’s greats?

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Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extra-terrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in their first big-budget blockbuster, Captain Marvel shows, if you’ll pardon the pun, flecks of brilliance while battling a fairly average origins story for what could be described as Marvel’s most powerful hero.

Where it does shine throughout is in its casting. We’ll get to the titular hero shortly but Samuel L Jackson’s performance across the film is exceptional. Beautifully de-aged and without the off-putting uncanny valley treatment that we occasionally get with these types of visual effects, he’s a highlight of the film and the chemistry he shares with Larson is believable and enjoyable to watch.

Clearly not afraid of being typecast is Ben Mendelsohn who has played some tremendous villains over the course of his career. From Rogue One to Ready Player One, the Australian actor clearly feels right at home as Skrull leader, Talos. Though hidden behind layers of prosthetics for the majority of the movie, he comes across much better than poor Oscar Issac did in X-Men: Apocalypse. Unfortunately, the film does lack a menacing villain throughout however, but this isn’t down to Mendelsohn’s performance which is spot on.

Brie Larson is good, but her story arc is hampered by a bout of amnesia, used to progress the story. It’s a poor scripting decision by the film’s five writers but a necessary one to deal with all the Marvel lore and baggage that comes with creating the 21staddition to a very interlinked series. It’s a shame that this is the case as Larson shares wonderful chemistry with all her co-stars and is let down by her at-times clunky dialogue.

When it comes to the visual effects, we’ve got a story of two halves. This is a $152million movie and with that comes a set of expectations that just aren’t fulfilled consistently enough. Some of the CGI used is incredibly poor and the Kree’s home planet of Hala feels hollow – worlds away from Sakaar and Nova Prime from other Marvel outings. It could almost be compared to that of the Star Wars sequels, though perhaps that’s being a little too harsh.

The cinematography too is bland. Ben Davis is one of the finest cinematographers working in the industry and has put his name to films like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron to name but a few. But here, he seems to lack that flair he’s so often known for and while the action is filmed with aplomb and there are some cracking set pieces, they feel a little ordinary and lacking in originality.

Thankfully Captain Marvel retains that classic Marvel sense of humour that we all know and love and there are some genuinely touching moments as the titular hero begins to remember who she is. It also feels very much of the era it’s set in and that’s great. 90s music and a real 90s feel emanate from the screen and it’s here that the film scores highly.

Overall, Captain Marvel is a competent but not outstanding origins story that lacks consistent visual effects, a truly compelling script and engaging cinematography. While it is difficult to warm to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers at times, it is testament to her acting ability that she remains likeable throughout – it’s just a shame that Marvel hasn’t quite managed to pull it off completely this time around.

Our score: ★★★

Watch if you liked: Wonder Woman.

Captain Marvel is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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Why You Should See Princess & The Hustler This Week

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I had a great evening at Hull Truck Theatre last night and this is why you should go and see Princess & The Hustler.

When I arrived at the theatre there was a small stage set up in the foyer. Whilst having pre-show drinks, everyone was treated to a lovely singer called Rebecca Ramone. Rebecca sang quite a few Motown songs, and not only did she set the mood for the evening, she was very pleasant to listen too.

The play is set in 1963 Bristol and follows Jamaican immigrant Mavis (Donna Berlin) and her two children, Junior (Fode Simbo) and Princess (Kudzai Sitima). Junior is a budding photographer and loves to go out and about with his friends. Princess, who is 10 years old, dreams about being the winner of the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Mavis also has a best pal called Margot (Jade Yourrell) who injected some great humour into her character as well as giving me some dress envy.

The family is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of Mavis’ husband, Wendell. He is The Hustler; sharply dressed with an answer to everything. However, he is no match for Mavis’ sharp tongue and (impressive) pointy finger. Wendell had left Mavis to bring up the children alone and she was not going forgive, or let him forget. She throws him out, however, he appears moments later along with a young girl. The young girl is his daughter, Lorna (Emily Burnett), who has been raised in Liverpool. Princess is thrilled to get to know her and even more thrilled to discover she is her half-sister. There develops a beautiful bond between the girls.

As usual in a woman’s relationship with her female friend, the presence of a man puts it in jeopardy. When Wendell starts to get his feet under the table, Margot is wary. Matters uncomfortably turn to ‘us’ and ‘them’ when there is a bus strike in Bristol to allow the employment of the immigrants on the buses. This provides an undercurrent of communities at war, leading to a fall out with Mavis and Margot.

Initially I had to wait until my ear tuned into the broad Jamaican accent of Mavis and Wendell; but once tuned in, the rapport between the two characters developed beautifully. Wendell and Mavis were brilliantly played, and Mavis in ‘rant’ mode was very scary (reminded me of my mum in the early 60’s, when a parent only had to look in a certain way to instil fear and discipline).

Princess was played excellently by Kudzai Sitima. She had all the mannerisms of a ten year old and the audience loved her portrayal. When she was on stage with Emily Burnett, as Lorna, they gelled together as convincing young friends.

Related: See what’s on at Hull Truck Theatre

Wendell senior had me hating him for abandoning his family, and for his hustling ways. However, work shy Junior (Fode Simbo) was excellent at holding him to account on a regular basis, which resulted in bad feeling in the household.

This was a great production by Eclipse Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck. It was well written, had convincing characters and the setting was simple; with just a living room set out on stage which eventually morphed into various rooms/homes with clever prop changes by the cast.

I would highly recommend this production. The pre-show entertainment was just as great as the play itself. It’s another show I could sit and watch again (I will have to monitor that obsessive trait).

Princess & The Hustler is running at Hull Truck Theatre until Saturday 16th March. Tickets are available from just £16.50 at hulltruck.co.uk. You won’t be disappointed.

4 Perfect Places for a Good Read in Hull

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Today is one of my favourite days of the year; World Book Day!

Whether you open a novel on the bus journey home, or curl up on the sofa with a book this evening, you should dedicate some time to the joys of reading today. If you’re like me though, you like to combine your reading experience with a nice relaxed setting and perhaps a nice hot drink. Here’s a list of my favourite places to relax with a good book in Hull, so you can share the simple pleasure of literature this World Book Day.

As a recent English Literature graduate, reading was a massive part of my life for four years. Often I would have to read up to around four novels per week, spanning different genres and eras. To keep things interesting, I would try to read in different locations.

Whilst the most optimised place to read for most people is the library, I often found reading from there to be a little intense; the silence can often be deafening and I found I benefited from the ambience of a natural setting. This list is made up of the places I found the most successful for a long reading session.

The Barista, Newland Ave

This one is a little personal for me as The Barista was there for me when I needed it the most. During my Masters degree, I would take my laptop, the current book I was studying and consume a copious amount of coffee at The Barista. The vibe was always chilled enough for me to focus on my work but relaxed enough for me to snap back into reality and converse with my peers. The staff were always friendly, the music was always varied, and most importantly for me, the coffee was amazing. Often I would stay all day and would be opted to eat there too which was always a treat as their menu is varied and the food is great.

One book that sticks out for me there is Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. Being the opening novel to my Masters degree’s thesis, it holds a special place in my heart. The thrilling setting and mysterious plot was a good reason why I spent so long in The Barista; I was glued to my seat and was forced to turn each page to unravel the mystery of oppressive inn.

https://www.thebaristacafe.co.uk/

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull City Centre

This one was a rarity for me. As a student, I never found the time to travel out to town. However when I found myself there with a few hours to kill, there would be nowhere else I would rather be than Ferens Art Gallery with a good book. There is something about being surrounded by art whilst reading that makes you feel a little sophisticated. Plus they have a great cafe that has been refurbished to make it much more spacious and modern.

One book that I read there is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, a must read for everybody. The novel has become ever-so relevant recently and offers a chilling commentary to the political landscape of 2019. However, the novel presents a convincing love story that breaks the restraints of politics. Find the gallery on Queen Victoria Square in the city centre.

https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galleries/ferens

The Dancing Goat Coffee House, Beverley Road

Round the corner from my student house is this lovely coffee shop. Usually I would see this place for just five minutes as I got my order to go and drink on my walk to university. However when summer rolled around and it was dissertation time, I would spend a lot longer in their little garden area. We had a blissful summer last year (apparently, as I didn’t get to see most of it) and the heat returned my need for iced coffee. The Dancing Goat had a range of iced coffee, and other iced beverages, that cooled me down during the rare day I got to go outside. Their garden hosted many reading sessions for the novels I had to study and allowed me to get some fresh air during a time when I was stuck indoors writing.

One that stands out is John King’s The Football Factory. The gritty world of the working class that King presented felt very real, and didn’t feel too far removed from home. The novel explored the issues of toxic masculinity and how working class culture often forces young men into violence.

https://www.facebook.com/Dancinggoathull/

Arts Cafe, Middleton Hall at University of Hull

This one is a no-brainier for University of Hull students, but also a great idea for the general public. The Arts Cafe opened in my final year as a student, but offered to be a great place to relax in between lectures and seminars. The space is brand new so has a modern feel but still retains the redbrick feel that the university is notorious for.

With food options of artisan sandwiches, homemade cakes and naturally made ice cream, it is also a valid option for lunch whilst being on campus all day. The cafe is that perfect middle ground of being surrounded by other hardworking students and having that ambient sound that the library is missing, making it a great place to read.

One book I remember reading in there is Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk. The novel’s setting of rural Spain, along with its modernist feel left me in a weird haze where I seemed to float through my consciousness from the front to the back cover.

http://campuslife.hull.ac.uk/where-to-eat-and-drink-on-campus/

4 Places to Celebrate Pancake Day in Hull

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Happy Pancake Day! As it was late this year (by a whole month), it may have caught you off guard. Whilst most the fun comes from making them yourself with your friends and family, sometimes the most satisfying pancakes are those made by the professionals. We’ve compiled a list of some of the sweetest cafes and restaurants in Hull to please your sweet-tooth this Pancake Day.

Just Desserts & Coffee

Located on Newland Avenue, this delightful cafe offers a range of coffee, loose leaf tea, cakes and desserts made daily on the premises. With their latest Facebook post being simply ‘It’s Pancake Day…’, it seems that they are ready to satisfy any sweet-tooth who walks through the door.

https://www.facebook.com/justdessertsandcoffee/

Riverhouse Coffee Co

On the corner of Scale Lane & High street in Hull’s Old Town lies Riverhouse Coffee Co. Whilst coffee takes centre-stage in the shop’s name, they have an impressive menu which includes breakfast/brunch, light bites, and (most importantly for us) sweets. Under the sweets section is buttermilk pancakes with an option for blueberry compote or maple syrup, with vanilla ice cream. Whilst you’re there, you might as well check out the coffee that they so proudly display in their name.

https://www.facebook.com/riverhousecoffeeco/

Caspar

If you read our last article, you’d know that we are very excited about this new crepe bar down Newland Avenue as they specialise in producing delicious Crepes, not just for desert, but for the whole dining experience! Whether you’re into sweet or savoury, they have something for you; including their special pancake day menu just for today.

https://www.facebook.com/CasparCrepe/

Kaspa’s Desserts

In a different spelling of the word, Kaspa’s boast their desserts in the name and are the self-proclaimed ‘king of desserts’; and so they should be with the size of their menu. If you’re after a crepe with all the bell and whistles, this chain will not let you down. You can find Kaspar’s Desserts on Paragon Square in Hull City Centre.

https://www.facebook.com/kaspahull/

Is Cold Pursuit your typical Liam Neeson revenge thriller?

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

Yes, we all know the jokes. Liam Neeson’s spiral into revenge thriller territory is one of the most meme-worthy things in film, except maybe John Travolta and Battlefield Earth. Starting with Taken and its, let’s be honest, dreadful sequels, the Irish actor has made a name for himself as the go-to guy to rough someone up after a spate of bad-luck.

He’s had kids killed, kidnapped and spouses murdered in cold blood, he’s even been framed for hijacking a jumbo jet – if anyone deserves a break, it’s Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, his films have ranged from great (Taken, Non-Stop), to middling (Run All Night, The Commuter), to downright dreadful (Taken 2, Taken 3) and that’s how the meme-worthiness was born. Nevertheless, Neeson is back for yet another revenge thriller in Cold Pursuit. But how does it stack up?

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Nels Coxman’s (Neeson) quiet life as a snowplough driver comes crashing down when his beloved son (Micheál Richardson) dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking (Tom Bateman) and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to cold-blooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss called White Bull.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. This is not a review biased by Neeson’s, shall we say, ill-worded rant on his former life. We all have our own opinions on the matter, but that should not detract from individuals going to see a movie in the cinema. In fact, Cold Pursuitis Neeson’s most accomplished film in years, helped by stylish directing from Swedish director Hans Petter Moland. It’s worth noting that Cold Pursuit is in fact a US remake of Swedish film, In Order of Disappearance and there’s a tasteful nod to the film’s roots in the end-credits.

With a dark, comedic edge, Cold Pursuit is as funny as much as it is gory and it is this hybridity of genres that remains the film’s trump card. The script, penned by Moland himself, is witty and sharp, filled with fantastic line-delivery by the entire cast who look like they’re having a cracking time. There are twists and turns and even a gay-romantic subplot – how very contemporary.

Apart from Neeson, Tom Bateman is an absolute stand-out as the film’s primary antagonist. Allowing him to be a presence in the film from the outset allows the audience to fully feel his character and there’s no doubt that he is a despicable human-being. Neeson performs in typical Liam Neeson fashion. He snarls and growls his way through the film but allows a softer side to creep in than we’re used to, helped in part by that comedic script.

It’s not perfect however. Laura Dern is a massively underused presence throughout and disappears completely from the film about 1-hour in with no other references to her character. This is a real shame as her chemistry with Neeson is good and they make a believable couple, especially when they’re dealing with the ramifications of their son’s death. Dern continues to prove her acting prowess and it would have been nice to see her continue to be a feature throughout the film. The pacing is a little off too. At 118 minutes long, the film plods a little as it gets going and then doesn’t stop until the fun and entirely ridiculous finale.

However, it’s good to see the special effects are up to scratch for the genre. Revenge thrillers rarely have the budget for flashy CGI or top-notch practical effects but Cold Pursuit is one of the better in the genre. With a relatively modest budget of $60million, it appears that was well spent with clever editing and cinematography masking any less-than-stellar visuals.

Overall, Cold Pursuit is a fun, if forgettable revenge thriller that features some delicious dark comedy mixed with an intriguing story. It’s certainly Neeson’s best film since Non-Stopand marks a return to form for the Irish actor. Unfortunately, these type of flicks are ten-a-penny nowadays and I’m unsure whether snappy one-liners and beautiful snow-capped peaks are enough to differentiate it in a crowded marketplace.

Our score: ★★★

Watch if you liked: Taken, Run All Night, The Commuter.

Cold Pursuit is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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