It's got to be Purbeck as festival hits all the right notes

12:32pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

“IT’S got to be perfect,” sang Glaswegian Eddi Reader headlining the Purbeck Folk Festival on Friday night, pleasing the crowd with Perfect, which was a number one hit for her former band Fairground Attraction in the late 80s.

Simply perfect: 10 reasons we loved Purbeck Folk Festival

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12:15pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE sixth Purbeck Folk Festival was all about variety.

Purbeck Folk Festival, day one

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7:58pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

AS you descend a giant rolling hill into the mysterious depths of a valley, you know you’re in for a treat. The Purbeck Folk Festival takes place on a vast working sheep farm at Langton Matravers, not that you’d know from its festival transformation.

The Wurzels, Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth

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9:25am Saturday 23rd August 2014

IF, like me, you hail from the West Country, The Wurzels are pretty much living legends.

Good Evans - crowd laps up comedian's gig

Dorset Echo:

12:40pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Bournemouth’s BIC was packed to the rafters and the audience were full of anticipation as the opening night of Lee Evans’ Monsters tour kicked off on Monday.

Annie Get Your Gun – Pavilion, Bournemouth

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12:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Wild West is in town all this week and the whole circus gang are putting on a show that deservedly received a standing ovation from a delighted first night audience.

Lee Evans, BIC

Dorset Echo: Lee Evans is performing at The Anvil on Tuesday

8:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

EVER wondered why dinosaurs are extinct? What Peter Andre's new album will sound like? Or what Michael Jackson would look like while getting petrol?

Pre-world war romance is first class

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10:21am Friday 15th August 2014

Book: WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS by MARY FITZGERALD

Author keeps an eye out for adventure

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10:20am Friday 15th August 2014

Book: The Eye of Soloman by Peter Copp

Real Diamond geezer – Neil Diamond tribute retells star’s life

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10:20am Friday 15th August 2014

THE NEIL DIAMOND STORY – WEYMOUTH PAVILION by Mike Davis

Cats, Bournemouth Pavilion

Dorset Echo:

7:50am Tuesday 12th August 2014

IT must be getting on for 20 years since I first saw Cats and, aside from a few minor tweaks, not much has changed.

ALAN JOHNSON, THOMAS HARDY SOCIETY, UNITED CHURCH, DORCHESTER

Dorset Echo:

10:51am Friday 8th August 2014

IT’S a rare thing for a politician to get resounding applause before they begin speaking but this happened with former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Long-awaited new release

Dorset Echo:

10:15am Friday 8th August 2014

Dismantle and Rebuild: The Ramona Flowers DISMANTLE and Rebuild is the eagerly anticipated album from The Ramona Flowers which follows a succession of powerful singles over the last year including Brighter, Lust & Lies and Tokyo.

Not one track stands out

Dorset Echo:

10:14am Friday 8th August 2014

The September Girls: Cursing The Sea

CD – Toseland: Renegade

Dorset Echo:

10:02am Friday 8th August 2014

RENEGADE is the debut album by James Toseland, a former super bike champion who retired from professional motorsport in 2011 due to a wrist injury.

Audience In Paradisum - Faure Requiem at Milton Abbey

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10:00am Friday 8th August 2014

THERE can hardly be a better place to enjoy this tender and haunting sacred work than the lofty setting of Milton Abbey, while the choir of the Milton Abbey Music Festival gave the piece all the beauty that it deserved.

Stomp, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Stomp in Bournemouth

9:42am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Stomp, the international multi-award winning show, now in its 12th year in London, is at Bournemouth Pavilion, with a fresh, fast and funny cast of talented performers.

Abbey acoustics astound at choral concert

Dorset Echo:

1:14pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE sumptuous setting of Milton Abbey School has provided numerous musical treats over the years, the International Music Festival being one that has taken firm root under the direction of David McKee.

The terrifying yet incredible Circus of Horrors

Dorset Echo:

1:10pm Friday 1st August 2014

IT takes a lot to render a journalist speechless, but the rock and rolling, high octane, fire-breathing, sword-swallowing, jaw-dropping, pyrotechnic extravaganza that is the Circus of Horrors will just about do it.

Seeing Toploader 14 years later

Dorset Echo:

1:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

I HAVE fond memories of racing to my sister’s bedroom and rifling through her CD collection until I found it.

Second year of Forever Sun

Dorset Echo:

1:04pm Friday 1st August 2014

lT WAS a perfect weekend of weather ensured that Forever Sun lived up to its name.

Rock and Roll Heaven is excellent last-minute stand-in

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

REPLACING the advertised pavilion show – Bill Kenwright’s production of Fame – at very short notice, this is a lively tribute to some of the great names in rock ’n’ roll, including Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, together with Ricky Nelson, Del Shannon and Eddie Cochran.

Marvel at the mysteries of Tutankhamun

Dorset Echo:

11:58am Friday 25th July 2014

Take a trip back in time to ancient Egypt this summer with a trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester.

Sister Act, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Dorset Echo: Upstagers members are in the habit of performing musical Sister Act at the Alhambra

10:27am Friday 25th July 2014

BASED on the 1992 hit movie Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg, this terrific feel-good comedy musical tells the heartwarming story of Deloris, an aspiring disco diva.

The Purge: Anarchy

Dorset Echo:

11:20am Friday 25th July 2014

CINEWORLD, PLAZA THE PURGE: ANARCHY (15) – Released in the summer of 2013, The Purge was a guilty and twisted pleasure.

Hercules film

Dorset Echo:

11:18am Friday 25th July 2014

CINEWORLD, PLAZA HERCULES 3D (12A) – Dwayne Johnson flexes his pecs as the eponymous hero of lore in Brett Ratner’s testosterone-fuelled adventure based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Digital ode to ET

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11:16am Friday 25th July 2014

CINEWORLD, PLAZA EARTH TO ECHO (PG, 91 mins): IN 1982, ET phoned home and now another stranded extra-terrestrial requires assistance from pint-sized heroes to safely return to the stars in Dave Green’s fantastical family-oriented adventure.

The sound of the Big Apple

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10:38am Friday 25th July 2014

GRAMERCY ARMS Seasons of Love THIS New York based revolving collective of musicians has produced an anthemic album of heart-soaring choruses and introspective lyrics.

Secrets and lies abound

Dorset Echo:

10:36am Friday 25th July 2014

Her Mother's Secret by Catherine King YORKSHIRE in the late nineteenth century provides an appropriate backdrop for Catherine King’s latest historical novel, Her Mother’s Secret.

Linkin Park's The Hunting Party

Dorset Echo:

10:34am Friday 25th July 2014

FROM the first moment of rock rappers Linkin Park’s sixth album to its end 45 minutes later, there’s barely a chance to catch a breath. Punchy, energetic and with guitar riffs in all the right places, The Hunting Party shows a band still at the height of its powers.

Not all plain sailing for Saucy Sally

Dorset Echo:

10:31am Friday 25th July 2014

PIRATES OF THE PAVILION

Larmer Tree Festival 2014 – Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire border

Dorset Echo:

1:33pm Monday 21st July 2014

IT was left to the brilliant young singer-songwriter Tom Odell to close this year’s special festival. One of the many highlights of this most eclectic of gatherings, where you can always discover unexpected gems around every leafy corner.

Hall and Oates rock the BIC

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7:59am Friday 18th July 2014

Daryl Hall and John Oates played to a full house at the BIC on Thursday night

Broadway Showtunes, Big Little Theatre School, Pavilion Theatre

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11:28am Friday 18th July 2014

EVER had trouble deciding which West End or Broadway show to go to?

True murder mystery style

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10:51am Friday 18th July 2014

MURDER PLAY West Stafford Village Hall EVERONE loves a good thriller, but in Brian Burton’s short mystery drama, the main characters soon find that murder is no joke.

Players inject life into play

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10:50am Friday 18th July 2014

WESSEX SCENES Max Gate, Dorchester

Simply spectacular - why you shouldn't miss The Lion King

Dorset Echo:

9:12am Thursday 17th July 2014

FROM the moment giraffes on stilts graced the stage and a giant elephant walked down the aisle, it was clear this was going to be something very special.

David Gray, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo:

8:42am Thursday 10th July 2014

This is David Gray's second visit to Bournemouth in a little over a month. The first time round he played a few songs as part of the Wave 105 gig and in my opinion was easily the best artist there (and there were a fair few quality acts). This time he is back on his own and we get the whole evening to listen to this talented man.

Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Wessex Actors Company, Kingston Lacy

Dorset Echo: AL FRESCO ACTORS: Private Lives

10:24am Sunday 6th July 2014

Noel Coward’s deliciously wicked romp through the trials and tribulations of marriage rarely fails to elicit belly laughs in buckets.

George Benson, BIC

Dorset Echo: Too cool: George Benson looking forward to London

7:42am Friday 27th June 2014

IT’S not every day that a 71-year-old succeeds in selling out a venue like the BIC’s Windsor Hall.

Thriller Live, Pavilion, Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Thriller Live, Pavilion, Bournemouth

11:10am Sunday 22nd June 2014

AS slick and well oiled as a dancing machine, Thriller Live thrilled the sell-out audience at the Pavilion on Saturday night.

Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

Dorset Echo: Bournemouth Bach Choir, Christchurch Priory

10:54am Sunday 22nd June 2014

THE ‘fire and brimstone’ quality of Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio Elijah inspired the Bournemouth Bach Choir to new heights of choral singing under Tim Hooper’s infectiously charismatic approach.

A recital in two halves

Dorset Echo: GOOD SHOW: Alasdair Beatson

1:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

ALASDAIR BEATSON, PIANO CONCERT MARINE THEATRE, LYME REGIS

Youth theatre's wonderful portrayals

Dorset Echo: NOBLE QUEST: Dorchester Youth Theatre Intermediates perform Quest of a Play

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

DORCHESTER YOUTH THEATRE JUNIORS – TOO MANY APPLES

Lily Allen raises a smile

Dorset Echo: Lily Allen raises a smile

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

LILY ALLEN – SHEEZUS

Isle of Wight Festival - day three

Dorset Echo: Isle of Wight Festival - day three

7:22am Monday 16th June 2014

US rockers Kings of Leon brought the Isle of Wight Festival to a spectacular close last night with a loud and proud rendition of Sex On Fire.

Isle of Wight Festival - day two

Dorset Echo: RHCP in action. Pic: rockstarimages.co.uk

9:47am Sunday 15th June 2014

THEY'RE the band every festival organiser's been trying to book for years.

Isle of Wight Festival, day one

Dorset Echo: Starsailor perform on day one

9:09am Saturday 14th June 2014

THE Isle of Wight Festival got off to a scorching start in more ways than one with revellers basking in the sun and the quality of the first day line-up.

Little Mix, Salute Tour, BIC

Dorset Echo: Little Mix

8:07am Thursday 5th June 2014

THEY may have started life as Tulisa’s little muffins but the Little Mix girls are already more successful than their X-Factor mentor could ever dream of.

BSO Lighthouse Annual Benevolent Fund Concert, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play Lighthouse, Poole

6:26pm Sunday 1st June 2014

MIKHAIL Glinka is widely regarded as the father of Russian classical music.



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