Long Division – It’s Great to be Back! Part 1

It was great that the Long Division festival had returned and I could discover more of the City of Wakefield and its music venues.  The Festival felt bigger this year and it was so nice to see it had attracted a wide spectrum of genres and age groups; although it was easy to spot the […]

Northern Ballet’s Dangerous Liaisons – at Leeds Playhouse

Before I write about the performance, I have to firstly acknowledge how nice it is to be back in the theatre again, on my first outing since lockdown. I haven’t missed many things over the pandemic, being a naturally happy, simple, introvert, but even I am glad to be burst from my bubble and back […]

Pixies Supported by The Big Moon at the 02 Academy on 17 September

On a beautiful September evening in Leeds Ali Wortley sets off to the O2, hoping to plug a long-standing gap in her history of live performances. I must say I was very happy to see that Pixies are touring again – and with new material, promoting their new album ‘Beneath the Eyrie’.  Incredibly, this is […]

Less is almost more – Live at Leeds 2019

Another year, another Live at Leeds. I’ve covered this for a few years now and I’m finally getting better at pacing myself. When I first started, the temptation was to try and see as much as possible; trudging the streets of Leeds back and forth, trying my best to mentally map the quickest route from […]

Death on The High Street – Or A New World of Experiences?

Ali Wortley discovers that if the future of retailing is about creating experiences, this is one which will surely help keep the high street alive: For some time now the media and some retailers have been talking about ‘death on the high street’, blaming everything from politics to local rents and rates to the ever […]