Music

in2 Events: The Fling Festival

CHELMSFORD City Council is delighted to announce The Blockheads will be headlining this year’s Fling Festival main stage when it returns to Hylands Park on Saturday 1 July, from 12pm – 11pm. Additional highlights of the festival include an intimate village of music, surreal theatre, and fantastical storytelling amongst a banquet of unique performances of comedy, […]

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in2 Music: Hayseed Dixie ‘Rockgrass’ originals

DESCRIBED by music critics as: “Superlative musicians with a deep love and understanding of the dynamics of both modern rock and ancient hillbilly music,” Hayseed Dixie began one day in 2000 when John Wheeler and Mike Daly drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back and decided […]

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in2 Musical Theatre: Grease is the Word

AN all-star touring production of Grease is in Southend this week, although probably not Grease as you know it. Anticipation was high amongst a packed audience excited by the ever-popular musical and unable even to hold back from singing along in the band’s opening instrumental. And as the show began with high-energy full-cast versions of […]

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in2 Music Review: Caro Emerald is a real diamond

DUTCH superstar Caro Emerald appeared totally in love with sunny Southend, taking to Twitter with photos before her sold-out concert – “Loving your palm trees Southend! 😉 See you in a bit”. Later that evening she even tweeted “See you next time Southend x” with a picture of the evening sunset. Arriving on stage she […]

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in2 Music: Plaitum – Colchester’s finest

PLAITUM are twentysomethings Abi Dersiley and Matt Canham. Both grew up in Colchester and have been best friends since school. They started writing together during their time at college. “We met because we both had a passion for music. We used to introduce each other to different kinds of genres. We kind of bonded though over […]

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in2 Music: Rick Astley at the Cliffs Pavilion

Review by Ruth Swallow I HAVE been lucky enough to see a few concerts over the years, from Dolly Parton and Pink to the legendary Prince. Up until this week, a memorable highlight had been George Michael singing I’m Your Man at the 02 in London a few years ago. That all changed on Tuesday […]

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in2 Music: The Searchers – still going strong!

THE legendary Searchers have just returned from Down Under where they were touring most of the country for six weeks performing 31 shows in 42 days and playing to more than 20,000 people. Front man and bass player Frank Allen reveals more about their loyal fan following. “We have built up a solid reputation in […]

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in2 Interview: Brian Gilligan – The Commitments

by Charlotte Civil ONE of my favourite films from the 90s was The Commitments based on Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel. Watching this brilliant Alan Parker-directed movie about the rise and fall of an Irish soul band, listening to the powerful, raspy voice of lead singer Deco Cuffe (played by Andrew Strong) churning out soul staples such […]

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in2 Music: Tom Jones comes to Holkham Hall this Summer

TOM Jones will be performing an outdoor concert in the beautiful surroundings of one of the UK’s finest country homes – Holkham Hall. His distinctive voice and iconic records such as ‘It’s Not Unusual,’ ‘Kiss,’ ‘Delilah,’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat,’ have earned him a place as one of the best loved artists ever to emerge from […]

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