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OperaUpClose   Don’t miss Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose’s return to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre this Autumn. Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed English language re-imaginings of operas including La Bohème and La Traviata, OperaUpClose take on Mozart’s classic, The Magic Flute. Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina. Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the hour, their befuddled senses, and yes, a touch of magic. With magic supplied by Glyn Maxwell’s mischievous poetry, Alex Beetschen’s lively orchestration and Valentina Ceschi’s theatrical creativity, this production will re-invent The Magic Flute in fabulous new robes for the era of Trump and recessions, casting rays of light and love into the darkness;   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £20 Full // £18 Concessions // £10 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval) Age: 14+


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Hidden Gems is an intercultural performance showcasing storytelling, poetry and music by artists from different local communities. Framed by the ‘Welcoming Voices’ research project, which looks at how migrant communities share and transmit cultural expression within and beyond their social circles, the audience is invited to experience the research material first hand through their performance. Hidden Gems is a positive exploration of Lincoln’s unknown talents from its local communities. Part of the national Being Human festival, the event will be held at LPAC on Saturday 25 November and will include food-tasting from Britain and Eastern Europe catered by the local communities engaged with the ‘Welcoming Voices’ research project. The event will feature storytelling, music and poetry by artists from British and Eastern European cultural backgrounds.   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: Free (subject to availability, advance booking recommended) Running Time: 2 hour (inc. interval)


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Join us for a very special evening with Holy Moly & The Crackers the seven-piece ‘Gypsy Folk Rock’ band from the UK. Holy Moly and the Crackers are one of hardest working bands on the circuit with a growing and loyal fan base, quickly building a reputation as a ferocious and visceral live act. Over the past two years they have toured the UK extensively, and made impressive debuts in France, Germany and Holland. Their festival appearances include Glastonbury, Cornbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Underneath the Stars, Belladrum, Just So, Wickham, Towersey and many more. Ramble Gamble, an alternative folk band from Lincolnshire, will be supporting Holy Moly & The Crackers. Not your typical folk band, the energetic and inventive Ramble Gamble borrow from a broad range of genres to give their strings, percussion and vocals a distinctive and original sound. Proceeds from this event will invested back into the local community supporting young people and their families living with autism. Start Time: 8pm (doors from 7.30pm, bar open from 7pm) Tickets: £10 Full // £7 Concessions (please note this is a standing gig)


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Global Sound Sessions Saz’iso are masters of Saze – a polyphonic music that hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania. With its ancient roots, Saze has the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists follow the ancient patterns of ‘lead’ and ‘cutting’ voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blues-like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. This hand-picked ensemble, brought together by legendary producer Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Toumani Diabaté, Nick Drake) and co-producers Andrea Goertler and Edit Pula, comprises some of the finest contemporary performers of this mesmerizing style originating in the cradles of Saze around the beautiful towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania’s fascinating musical traditions. Produced by Making Tracks  Saz’iso were seen on Later… with Jools Holland on BBC 2 on 31 Oct 2017 Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS (Student & Under 26s) Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval)


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A celebration of the music made famous by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers which charts band’s recorded output between 1947-1990. Featuring the compositions and authentic transcriptions of Wayne Shorter, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons and others.   Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £12 all tickets Running Time: 2 hours


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A barn-storming mix of comedy and rock gig from the multi-award-nominated musical comedians. Direct from the Edinburgh fringe, Jonny & the Baptists celebrate five years of silly songs and satirical anthems that have won them five major award nominations and dedicated fans across the country. Expect a riotous hour from the iTunes Comedy Chart-toppers and stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and the BBC’s Live at Television Centre. Tickets: £12.50 Full // £10.50 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS (Students & Under 26s) Running Time: 1 hour (no interval) Age: 14+ Location: Roundabout Theatre outside Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

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In November 2017 Jon Boden, former lead-singer of Bellowhead, will head out on his “Afterglow” Launch Tour, marking the release of his third solo album – his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016. It also marks the reformation of the amazing Remnant Kings – a band that hasn’t performed together since 2012. Featuring the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The Southseas) the band will be joined by a string and brass section to celebrate the launch of the new album “Afterglow” – a genuinely ground breaking album by an exceptional artist. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £20 All Seats Running Time: 2 hours 10 mins (inc. interval)      

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Commuter Jazz


Fri 8th Sep - Fri 27th Jul

The weekend starts here. Great live music from laid back Lounge to Brazilian beats. Friday evenings in Zing Cafe Bar 5–7pm. FREE ENTRY Here’s what’s coming up… Friday 12 January – The Thom Whitworth Trio   Friday 19 January – Nathan Bray with The Matt Ratcliffe Trio   Friday 26 January – The Ronnie Bottomly Trio   Friday 2 February – Band TBC