James Brennan

Embrace Set For O2 Academy Newcastle Show After Eight-Year Hiatus

Embrace Set For O2 Academy Newcastle Show After Eight-Year Hiatus

Embrace will perform at O2 Academy Newcastle next month to support the release of their first album in eight years. The Yorkshire five-piece are to release a self-titled album this month and will embark upon a nine-date UK tour in May. With three of their previous albums having peaked at number one in the UK, the […]

 James Brennan

Review: Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War

Review: Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War

Having struggled to build on the success of best-selling debut album Employment, let alone measure up to benchmark Britpop bands like Blur, the Kaiser Chiefs could easily have crumbled when drummer and chief songwriter Nick Hodgson left. Instead, frontman Ricky Wilson used the departure – and, arguably, his role on The Voice – to fuel […]

 James Brennan

FIFA World Cup Brazil – Latest Football Sim Kicks Off A Summer Of Sport

FIFA World Cup Brazil – Latest Football Sim Kicks Off A Summer Of Sport

With the World Cup approaching, EA’s latest instalment of FIFA could be the perfect appetiser to a summer of football. World Cup Brazil is typical of the FIFA franchise, providing unrivalled attention to detail, customary tweaks to gameplay and, most importantly, countless hours of fun. The standalone game features 7,469 players across all 203 qualifying stage […]

 James Brennan

The Quiet Ones – The (Sort Of) True Story Of A Professor Who Created A Poltergeist

The Quiet Ones – The (Sort Of) True Story Of A Professor Who Created A Poltergeist

  Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of a physics professor who leads a team of top students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: the creation of a poltergeist. Assuming that negative energy is the cause of paranormal activity, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests […]

 James Brennan

Review: Macbeth @ The People’s Theatre – Brilliantly Simple, Yet Simply Brilliant

Review: Macbeth @ The People’s Theatre – Brilliantly Simple, Yet Simply Brilliant

Fair is foul and foul is fair, but this rendition of Macbeth momentarily makes everything mesmerisingly simple. Macbeth has been performed hundreds of times to hundreds of people over hundreds of years. Its premise is therefore solid, its relevance irrefutable and its message indisputable. But each performance must still strive to be brilliant. With a […]

 James Brennan

Macbeth: One Of Shakespeare's Darkest Tradgedies Comes To The People’s Theatre

Macbeth: One Of Shakespeare's Darkest Tradgedies Comes To The People’s Theatre

One of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, Macbeth is a poignant portrayal of evil which depicts the potentially corrosive power of politics. Loosely based on King Macbeth of Scotland, the play is a strikingly powerful tale of tyranny, reminding us of how the human conscience can be overwhelmed by greediness, and is one of the stand-out shows in the […]