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Russell Crowe: the Noah story 'predates religion... it's more of a shared human experience'

31 Mar 2014

The A-list actor shares his opinion on the historical accuracy of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

Biblical blockbuster Noah made its UK debut at a handful of ‘fan screenings’ on Saturday, with star Russell Crowe making a personal appearance. The film, directed by Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, is an adaptation of the story of the great flood…

The Specials to embark on UK and Ireland tour in November 2014

20 Feb 2014

The ska legends will visit Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, London and more

Legendary UK ska act The Specials will be heading out on a UK and Ireland tour in November 2014. The band will visit Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and London, among others, playing some of their best known hits including 'Too Much, Too Young' and…

Miley Cyrus to visit UK as part of 2014 BANGERZ tour

11 Dec 2013

The twerk-happy controversy magnet will visit London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham

Miley Cyrus is set to visit the UK in 2014 as part of her BANGERZ world tour. The Disney princess turned twerk-happy controversy magnet will visit London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham in May 2014, in support of her best selling recent album…

Jay and Silent Bob creator Kevin Smith plans UK tour for summer 2014

13 Mar 2014

The writer-director will be joined by Jason Mewes and Ralph Garman

American writer/director Kevin Smith is set to tour the UK in June & July 2014 with a series of comedy dates. Smith, whose credits include Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks I & II, will make five live appearances, accompanied variously by…

Fatboy Slim and Jamie Cullum announced for Alex James and Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival 2014

28 Feb 2014

Find out more and get tickets to the music and foodie festival

Foodie friends Jamie Oliver and Alex James are once again throwing their annual Big Feastival, taking place at James’ Oxfordshire farm from Fri 29-Sun 31 Aug. As well as stages dedicated to food events and kids’ entertainment, there’ll also be an…

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Philip Seymour Hoffman - a personal top 10

4 Feb 2014

Film journalist Niki Boyle lists his most memorable performances, good and bad, from the late actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday aged 46, will be rightly remembered as one of the finest actors of his generation. There are numerous obituaries and 'best of' lists circulating the internet in the wake of his death, so rather than replicate…

Buy tickets to Neil Young & Crazy Horse and McBusted at British Summer Time Festival 2014

11 Dec 2013

Backstreet Boys and The National will provide support on two dates of the Hyde Park gig series

Neil Young & Crazy Horse and McBusted have been announced as the headliners for this year's British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, London. The gig series, which takes place from Fri 4–Sun 13 Jul 2014, will also feature performances from The National…

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More to play British Summer Time Festival 2014

1 Apr 2014

Presale tickets available from Wed 2 Apr; general sale available from Fri 4 Apr

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More are the latest names to be added to the British Summer Time series of gigs set to take place in Hyde Park this July. The metal titans will head up a line-up that also features Motorhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother…

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone's World Tour to call at The O2, London in December 2014

27 Feb 2014

Tickets for the concert on sale from 9am on Fri 28 Feb

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will be appearing in concert at London's O2 on Wed 10 Dec 2014, as part of his world tour. The composer, who made his name collaborating with former classmate Sergio Leone on several spaghetti westerns (notably…

Gravity and American Hustle win big at the BAFTAs 2014

17 Feb 2014

12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Blue Jasmine, Philomena, Captain Philips & Rush also recognised

The ceremony for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2014 took place last night, with Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity scoring six awards. The sci-fi blockbuster, which was shot in the UK, picked up awards for Director, Cinematography, Original…

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Hip hop legends De La Soul to celebrate 25 years with UK tour in May 2014

28 Jan 2014

The trio will call in at London, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, York and Leamington Spa

25 years after the release of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, hip hop trio De La Soul are set to visit the UK once again, visiting cities across the country in May 2014. Famous for their early hits 'Me, Myself and I' and 'The Magic Number'…

Limp Bizkit, Anthrax and The Sisters of Mercy added to Sonisphere 2014 line-up

21 Jan 2014

Carnifex, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Virginmarys and Devin Townsend also added

Several new names have been added to the line-up for rock and metal fest Sonisphere, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 Jul 2014. Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Carnifex, Chas & Dave, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Sisters of Mercy, The…

American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street among Oscar 2014 nominations

16 Jan 2014

Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips also pick up multiple nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2014 Academy Awards, with The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle picking up multiple nominations in several categories apiece. The list of nominees in the main categories is below - for…

Chase & Status, MIA and A$AP Rocky announced for Lovebox Festival 2014

13 Mar 2014

Tickets for the London music festival go on sale Fri 14 Mar

UPDATE: The second wave of artists at Lovebox 2014 has been announced, featuring rapper Nas alongside dance acts Adam Beyer, Breach, Soul II Soul, Cottam, Craig Charles and more. Nas will be performing his debut album Illmatic, which is 20 years old…

Scottish indie-pop group Camera Obscura announce UK and Ireland tour for May 2014

20 Feb 2014

The band will tour in support of latest album Desire Lines and forthcoming Sessions EP

Scottish indie-poppers Camera Obscura are set to tour the UK and Ireland in May 2014, calling at Belfast, Dublin, London and Birmingham before finishing off with a hometown show in Glasgow. The band will most likely be playing material from their latest…

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Deftones, Frank Turner and Reel Big Fish added to line-up for Sonisphere 2014

12 Feb 2014

The bands join Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Prodigy and Limp Bizkit at the rock and metal fest

Deftones, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and Reel Big Fish are three of the latest additions to the Sonisphere 2014 line-up. Protest The Hero, Alestorm, Truckfighters, Kerbdog, Only Crime, Blitz Kids, Itch, Max Raptor and Hounds were also added to a…

André Rieu announces UK and Ireland arena tour for December 2014

6 Feb 2014

The classical violin star will visit 10 cities around the British Isles

Classical musician André Rieu has announced a series of ten tour dates to take place around the UK and Ireland in December 2014. The violinist (and his orchestra) will call at arena venues in Belfast, Dublin, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle…

Lady Gaga adds UK dates to artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour

29 Jan 2014

The 'Poker Face' singer will visit London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester in October 2014

Pop icon Lady Gaga has announced dates for the European leg of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour, including three dates in the UK. Gaga will visit London, Manchester and Glasgow in support of her latest album ARTPOP, which we described as an 'unwieldy…

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus developing musical stage adaptation of Groundhog Day

10 Jan 2014

The Matilda collaborators are working with original screenplay writer Danny Rubin on the project

Following their massive success with the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, comedian Tim Minchin and lyricist-director Matthew Warchus have turned their attention to iconic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. The pair are reportedly working on the…

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle among the BAFTA 2014 nominees

8 Jan 2014

Captain Phillips, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street also in the running for awards

The nominees for the 2014 BAFTAs have been announced, with Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Captain Phillips the main contenders for multiple awards. All four have received nominations for Best Film and Director, with Philomena also in the…

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The Mighty Boosh confirm new tour and album NOT in the works

6 Jan 2014

Noel Fielding and Dave 'Bollo' Brown tackle rumours of a Boosh reunion

Members of The Mighty Boosh have stated that they will not be back on the road in 2014 (via Boosh fansite The Velvet Onion). The story, originally published by The Mail on Sunday and picked up by outlets including The Guardian and Chortle, had Boosh…

Programme announced for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

13 Mar 2014

The festival will feature works by the likes of John Byrne, Susan Hiller and Isa Genzken

Works and exhibitions by Isa Genzken, Susan Hiller and John Byrne are among the highlights of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 programme. The festival, which runs from Thu 31 Jul–Sun 31 Aug this year, celebrates visual art at a time when the…

Shrek theme park to open in London in summer 2015

24 Feb 2014

The attraction will be run by Merlin Entertainment, who also operate Madame Tussauds

A new theme park inspired by the adventures of Shrek is set to open in summer 2015. Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure will open just ahead of Shrek's 15 year anniversary, and will feature an interactive walkthrough adventure, a character courtyard where…

Arctic Monkeys and One Direction among winners at BRIT Awards 2014

20 Feb 2014

David Bowie uses speech to pick a side on Scottish independence

The 2014 BRIT Awards ceremony took place in London last night, with Arctic Monkeys and One Direction the only winners to take away more than one award apiece. The Sheffield foursome picked up Best British Group and British Album of the Year for AM…

Chart-topping pop star John Newman to tour UK in October 2014

20 Feb 2014

The 'Love Me Again' singer will visit Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wolverhampton

John Newman, the pop singer behind chart-topping hits 'Love Me Again' and 'Cheating', has announced he'll be embarking on a UK tour in October 2014. The singer will visit Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wolverhampton in support of his 2013…