Richard Bellis

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

I am a Bowie fan and, like all Bowie fans before and after, I aim to end the age old question of which album is better: 1971’s Hunky Dory or 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Or at least I’ll throw my opinion in the ring. The two back-to-back releases are widely […]

 Northern Lights

So, they’re making a sequel to ‘Labyrinth’ 33 years later… and no one asked for it

So, they’re making a sequel to ‘Labyrinth’ 33 years later… and no one asked for it

By Kyra Sims ‘Never work with children, animals or puppets’ is a Hollywood trope we have all heard. Apparently, Jim Henson hadn’t heard the rule when he began work on the now cult classic Labyrinth, which includes all three. Labyrinth is a-coming-of-age fantasy film, similar to Wizard of Oz, that follows the story of Sarah […]

 Alexander Beard

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Review

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Review

Unsurprisingly, a little over a year after his death, the memory of David Bowie and his musical impact has been steadfastly preserved. What with the gigantic success of his final album Blackstar, the television documentary 'The Last Five Years' and his recent Grammys triumph – Bowie has been almost ever-present in the public consciousness since he passed aged 69 last January.

  With that being said, it is little surprise that Bowie’s music eventually inspired a stage show – a one man performance in fact – that came to The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland on Valentine’s Day night. From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, a line taken from the Bowie classic Life on Mars, was written […]

 Alexander Beard

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: The Royalty Theatre Preview

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: The Royalty Theatre Preview

For those of us who are tired of the traditional Valentine’s Day meal, The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland has an alternative offering. The clue is in the title, as the music of the late David Bowie is brought to life in an imaginative and unexpected way. This solo show tells the story of Martin, a […]

 Megan Goodwin

David Bowie Tribute: North East fans reveal their fondest memory of the idol

David Bowie Tribute: North East fans reveal their fondest memory of the idol

Singer David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer. A statement issued on the singer’s Facebook page said that he “died peacefully” on January 10, 2016, “surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”. Fans have been left shocked and heartbroken after the […]

 Sophie Dishman

Top 8 David Bowie Songs

Top 8 David Bowie Songs

The music world lost a musical, cultural and fashion icon with the passing of David Bowie. His songs transpired across generations. Northern Lights have selected favourite David Bowie songs and looked at tributes from celebrities and journalists. 8. Magic Dance David Bowie sings along with the inclusion of many creatures and a baby, in the film […]