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Too good to miss... [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

September 27, 2013

YellowBrix

GIG TALENTED Frank Hamilton makes his first Sugarmill headline show tomorrow from 7.30pm. Having recently supported Lucy Spraggan, he spent the whole of 2012 writing and recording one song per week. He's worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Lauren Aquilina and Ryan Keen. Make sure you check this guy out. Tickets are Pounds 8.50 on the door.

LYNDSEY OLIVER CLASSICAL THE BBC Philharmonic returns to the Victoria Hall tonight at 8pm. Conducted by Juanjo Mena, it will feature guest pianist Stephen Hough with his performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto Number One.

The concert will also feature works by Berlioz and Beethoven. Tickets cost from Pounds 15 and are available on the door, or from the box office by calling 0844 871 7649 DANIEL KEEN FOLK FOXLOWE Arts Centre in Leek start their Americana week in fine style on Wednesday with leading Texas singer/ songwriter Slaid Cleaves as the headlining act.

Having played to a full house a couple of years ago at The Swan in Leek, this is a welcome return. Doors open from 8pm and music starts at 8.30pm. For more information, call 01782 645460 or 01782 514896. ERIC COX THEATRE THE Russian State Ballet and Opera House is bringing a spellbinding new production of the much-loved ballet The Nutcracker to the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford on October 28.

The performers will be joined by a large live orchestra with more than 30 musicians. The Nutcracker will also be performed at Crewe's Lyceum Theatre on November 2. DANIELLE BOURNE CHART CHOICE CHRISTMAS is coming - faster and earlier than ever. We've got a little while before we need to buy presents, which is a shame because there is some fantastic music around at the moment. Think Britain's Got Talent; almost every night that the show was on, one of the groups was trending on Twitter and everyone was raving about them. They are the Luminites. I was lucky enough to speak to the band this week and I can tell you they are adorable.

The four-piece street band are talented, hardworking and know how to put a smash hit together. Their new single, Do Something, is fantastic - both as a pop song and as a track to inspire you.

SIMON MORYKIN

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