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Global music superstars Black Eyed Peas rocked Expo 2020 Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza on Tuesday evening, with a powerful performance that kept the audience on their feet throughout their setlist of mega-hits.

The Los Angeles-formed trio – will.i.am, Apl.de.Ap and Taboo – kicked off their dynamic show with Let’s Get It Started, continuing with Black Eyed Peas’ and will.i.am’s catalogue of hits, from Boom Boom PowRITMO (Bad Boys For Life)Mamacita and Pump It to Girl Like Me#thatPOWER, and Scream & Shout.

Tributes continued for comedian and writer Barry Cryer, who has died. A writer for comedy giants like The Two Ronnies, Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise, he was also a star of the airwaves and the stage in his own right, including on BBC radio panel shows like Just A Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

His son Bob Cryer said: “My father died peacefully, in good spirits and with his family around him.

The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show returns to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 22 – 27 February 2022, kicking off the year with the largest showcase of leisure vehicles in the country. 

Along with checking out new-for-2022 caravans, motorhomes and campervans, and a huge range of holiday homes, tents, trailer tents and camping gear, visitors can look forward to hearing from and meeting  famous faces from the world of outdoor adventure - including Matt Baker, Matt Allwright, Andrew Ditton, James Forrest, Lizzie Carr MBE, Kat Bird, Lizzie Daly, Martin Dorey, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Lola Culsan, John Weller, Andy Torbet Marcus Leach and Andrew Cotton - who will be heading up the show’s all-star speaker roster. 

Gold-certified alternative pop artist carolesdaughter—a.k.a. Thea Taylor—returns with a new single and music video entitled ‘Target Practice’ via Arista Records.

 
About the song and video, Thea commented, "I wrote ‘Target Practice’ as an anthem for the misfits. My mom always told me if you got made fun of in school, it meant you were going to do well in life—and this song is what I wish I could’ve said." 
 
The track’s soft acoustic guitar gives way to the hum of hard distortion as she asks, “Do you think I’m target practice? You’re not even on my axis!” She speaks directly to a generation of outsiders with clever lyrics like “So talk your shit and squash your bugs, while I read my books and do my drugs.” 

 

The accompanying music video collates Thea’s high school experience of being bullied at no less than five schools into a moment of empowerment. Inspired by the late 90’s and early 00’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” she endures the malaise of class (complete with “How to Fit Into Society” scrawled on the blackboard) only to grab a black Fender Stratocaster and scream back over a power chord crunch in the gym—surrounded by goth cheerleaders, to boot.
 
carolesdaughter plans to hit the road with nothing, nowhere. This spring. The tour kicks off on April 21 at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, visits major markets coast-to-coast, and concludes at Irving Plaza in New York City on May 27.

 
‘Target Practice’ arrives on the heels of ‘My Mother Wants Me Dead,’ meanwhile, her breakthrough debut single “Violent” has amassed hundreds of millions of streams and is certified gold. It picked up plays at Radio 1 from Annie Mac, Mollie King’s ‘Best New Pop’ and Jack Saunders’ ‘Tune of the Week’. Plus further praise came from Sunday Times Culture, The Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, Spindle and an array of streaming highlights including the cover and #1 position in the notorious Misfits 2.0 playlist on Spotify.

Kawala are back and starting out 2022 with their exuberant new single ‘Jesse C’mon’, out now on EMI records.

A slice of vibrant, danceable pop, ‘Jesse C’mon’ sees the band layering their trademark harmonies and chiming guitars to create a sophisticated, yet instantly accessible song dealing with those people in the world who have a little issue with the truth:

Wolverhampton Art Gallery has unveiled its new look following the completion of £1.5million improvement works that include a spectacular ground-floor dining area.

Photos showcase the new facilities, which also include a new kitchen, and the development of the St Peter’s Gardens entrance, helping accessibility at the Council-owned city centre venue.

A powerful and entertaining take on the last 18 months, ’The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama’ is a unique and outrageously funny film and concert in one starring everyone from Donald Trump and Elton John to Kanye West and even the Royal Family – because everyone has lived through Covid.

The production is composed by Olivier Award-winning, Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) after having Covid twice himself.

The UK’s oldest working cinema is set to reopen under new ownership following its forced closure at the start of the pandemic. The 112-year-old Electric Cinema in Birmingham will be opening its doors to its two screens once again, after it closed in 2020.

Built in 1897 as a music hall, it became a cinema in late 1909, with an art-deco frontage and two screens which show 35mm films as well as digital, as the pandemic struck, everything at the movie theatre was turned off and the doors closed.

Giant versions of new maps championing the rich music heritage of Birmingham will be seen by hundreds of thousands of city residents and visitors following a collaboration between project Musical Routes and creative street advertising specialists Jack Arts, part of the BUILDHOLLYWOOD family.

A star-studded list of musicians and musical destinations including Duran Duran, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Paul Murphy, The Que Club and Andy Hamilton MBE are immortalised in two different artworks installed at four 48-sheet size advertising sites in the city.

Aled Jones MBE, one of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, has announced a very special tour for February and March 2022, as he brings his unique concert of music and stories to cathedrals and churches around the UK.

Beginning at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham on 23rd February, the tour will take in some of the most stunning holy buildings in the UK, including Bristol Cathedral, Manchester Monestary, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Durham Cathedral, before ending at St Asaph Cathedral on 26th March.

Tickets are now on sale for the World Premiere of Rambert Dance in Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby. This first of its kind production will open on 27 September 2022 at co-producing partner venue Birmingham Hippodrome running until 2 October, followed by a London premiere at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre before embarking on a UK tour in 2023.

A city community cinema and venue has kickstarted a crowdfunding initiative for a second screen, as the region’s film industry emerges from the Covid pandemic. Announcing a campaign to raise £20,000, The Mockingbird Cinema, a 98-seat ‘film hub’ located in Digbeth’s creative complex The Custard Factory, is now calling on movie and culture fans from across the country to back filmmaking in the Midlands by getting behind the campaign.

West Africa's most iconic dance-band, Orchestra Baobab, returns to the UK for a string of shows in 2022 after recently celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The group’s epic story began in the heart of Dakar’s Medina in the 1960s, where they formed a multi-ethnic club collective, which adapted Cuban music into West African Wolof Griot Culture and the Mandinga musical traditions of the Casamance.

In advance of their February 4th album Sidelines, indie trio Wild Rivers is releasing the track “Bedrock.” The band’s effortless harmonies surround the brooding lyrics which reflect the weight we carry, while ultimately finding acceptance.

Wild Rivers’ Khalid Yassein [guitar, vocals, keys] says, “The song came out of a period of depression. Even after you check all of the boxes, practice mindfulness, drink eight glasses of water a day, it can still rear its ugly head.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the University of Wolverhampton School of Art are raring to go with just over a week to go until the opening of the prestigious British Art Show 9.

British Art Show 9 (BAS9) will be in the city from Saturday, January 22 to Sunday, April 10, providing a major boost to the recognition of arts and culture in Wolverhampton – the first English city to host the ninth edition of the show.