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Issue:-  Sunday, 24 January 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 11.

Show Review:- "Last Night a DJ Saved my life, The Musical"
Review by:- Jo Forrest.

ON a freezing, wet winter night in January 2016, hundreds of people flocked the The Empire Theatre, to see:- 'Last Night a DJ Saved my life, The Musical.'

The opening saw a DJ trying hard to get the crowd warmed up before the performance started, but to no avail they really didn't appear all that interested. A cheesy musical set in 1980, early 1990's Ibiza, when all the 18 to 30 raves were all the rage. The show starts with a medley of The Spice Girls and The vengaboys at Luton airport where everyone is excited about their impending holiday, but this didn't really seem to get the audience dancing in their seat. Rik play by Shane Richie Jnr, meets Penny played by Stephanie Webber, who is on her way to meet her father, Ibiza's best DJ and night club owner, that she hasn't spoken to in 3 years.

As they arrive at their destination, we meet Ross, The Hoff, who bursts onto the stage, singing Take That's relight my fire, the audience cheered with delight, finally the crowd seemed to be warming up, but sadly this was short lived. As the 1st ½ of the show, moves on, we are introduced to Jose, a barman, who had some of the best lines in the show, and was a definite winner with the audience. Shazza and Amber, Ross's much younger girlfriend, Mandy (Kim Tiddy) and the bad, drug pushing security man Ebenezer (Barry Bloxham). The story unfolds of drug taking, broken homes, partying and all the usual problems you encounter when growing up.

Part 2 opens with a hilarious recreation of Bay Watch and goes onto The Hoff accidentally dropping an ecstasy tablet and going on a mind bending trip and the plot lines are quickly tied up

David Hasselhoff, was great, made all the funnier by his ability not to take himself too seriously, there were some seriously funny moments during the show, but this just didn't seem to be enough. Without all the music the storyline was a little weak. This show has all the hallmarks of being a really great. Great upbeat music that took you back to your own childhood, an estranged daughter from her father, 18 to 30 Ibiza club scene and a holiday romance, some great but cheesy jokes, the very funny Barman and a baddie, but even with all that I was left feeling that something was simply lacking, the audience didn't really appear to be that excited by the show as a whole and only really seemed to get involved at the end when the cast urged everyone onto their feet to dance.

Last Night a DJ is on in various theatres throughout the UK.

If you attended this event, please do let us know if you agree or not and send us your thought about it to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

Kaiser Chiefs announce Forest Live gigs
Photograph by Danny North

THE amazing Kaiser Chiefs are the latest band to announce dates as part of Forest Live, where acts perform in spectacular woodland settings around the country as part of the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission. Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs quickly produced a succession of classic album releases in:- 'Employment', 'Yours Truly, Angry Mob' and 'Off With Their Heads' establishing them as one of the leading bands of their generation. Fronted by the charismatic Ricky Wilson, their trademark indie rock sound delivered a string of anthemic hits such as:- 'Oh My God', 'I Predict A Riot', 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less', 'Ruby' and 'Never Miss A Beat'. This success has ensured a number of headline festival slots and sell out tours. As a follow up to 2014's No 1 album 'Education, Education, Education and War', the group are currently working on their sixth studio album. Ricky Wilson is currently appearing as a coach in the BBC TV series The Voice.  Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission  to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England's forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live's 15 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere. Commenting on the gigs, Ricky Wilson said:- "As a band we've always loved to play outdoors; we've done fields, parks, farms, rooftops, beaches and back gardens, but this will be the 1st time we've played in a forest. If you go down to the woods this Summer, you're sure of a big surprise. We're really looking forward to being part of Forest Live."
 
Kaiser Chiefs plus guests will be performing:-
Friday, 17 June 2016 Westonbirt Arboretum, nr Tetbury, Glos.
Saturday, 18 June 2016 Bedgebury Pinetum, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Sunday, 26 June 2016 Dalby Forest, nr Pickering, N Yorks.
Sunday, 3 July 2016 Delamere Forest, nr Northwich, Cheshire.
Sunday, 10 July 2016 Cannock Chase Forest, nr Rugeley, Staffs.

Tickets priced at:- £38.50 (plus £4.35 booking fee) and are available from the Forestry Commission Box Office:- 03000 680400, or buy online.

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