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We used it up, wore it out and felt the force on Sunday night as the Real Thing and Odyssey came to the Ipswich Regent to take us back to the disco and soul sounds of the late 1970s.

As a fan of radio comedy - The Now Show, The News Quiz, Round the Horne etc - I am sorry to say Radio Active passed me by when it was first broadcast in the 1980s (ahem...too young, obviously) so it was great catch the new tour at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Everyone knows Danny Baker. Whether it’s for his radio career, infamous washing powder adverts, football programmes in the 1990s or his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

The story, by Willy Russell, translates fantastically to the stage and makes one of the great musicals.

For an opening night, one might expect some hesitant performances as the cast get used to their new home; but right from the opening number, Steeltown Sky, the cast kept the energy high and Joanne Clifton showed her class with a cameo dance routine, the first of many.

Weighing in at more than 60 dates between October and this June, The Sensational 60s Experience is just about the biggest show dedicated to the music of that decade. This time, the line-up is colossal, with five acts.

Lil’ol wine drinker me could be the soundtrack to life for many of us and certainly proved popular when sung with gusto by Dean “Dino” Martin as one of the opening songs.

Jimmy Osmond remembers playing football with Michael Jackson, making the Queen laugh and the important role Andy Williams played in his life.

John Bishop’s back with Winging It, his first national tour in three years. Selling out arenas across the UK, extra dates have been added, including several in Ipsswich and Southend. We found out more.

The tree may be taken down, the decorations stored away and the turkey gone, but all is not over till the Trianon Christmas concert gives us one last shimmer of festive tinsel – literally so, on Saturday night with musicians and instrument stands bedecked to celebrate the twelfth night in front of an almost packed hall.

John Mayall, the Godfather of British Blues, visits the Ipswich Regent next week. He spoke to Martin Hutchinson.

Scott Russell, CEO of Paddy and Scott’s, tells us how a childhood spent by the sea gave the entrepreneur a taste for Suffolk’s landscape.

It’s official. old rockers never die – they continue to perform. And four legends of the rock and roll era are back and touring the UK.

Win The LEGO Ninjago Movie merchandise

Friday, October 13, 2017

To celebrate the release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Warner Bros Pictures and What’s on offer you the chance to win some goodies from the film.

Gerry Marsden talks about life on the road with the Sixties Gold Tour and why this one will be his last.

The musical that takes all the “poodle rock” songs from the 1980s and packages them up in one fun-filled evening of big hair and tight jeans.

Texas return to the Ipswich Regent tonight, but there was a time a few years ago when the band looked as if they may have reached the end of the road.

Essex baker James talks about his rhubarb addiction, his nememis bread and what it’s like in the Great British Bake Off tent.

Essex baker Peter was the first to leave The Great British Bake Off tent. We spoke to him about his experience on the Channel 4 show

The Jockey Club Live welcomes Jess Glynne back to Newmarket Racecourse August 26. She took time out from recording in LA and later preparing for her live shows to chat.

Comedian Joe Pasquale returns to the region over the next few weeks. He took time out from his latest tour, The Devil in Disguise, to chat.

To celebrate the release of Dunkirk in cinemas, Warner Bros Pictures, the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star offer you the chance to win one of two prize packs which include a key belt, T-shirt and silver pocket watch.

The ELO Experience - the UK’s top tribute band dedicated to the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra – is coming to Ipswich and there is a celebration in store.

From an Anastacia show, one can expect several things - belting pop-rock anthems, some sincere interactions with the audience and a thoroughly good time.

An exuberant Sayer delighted his fans and followers in this sell-out concert.

Ant is one of the most under-appreciated pop icons this country has produced over the past 40 years or so.

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