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And it's primarily this album that the exuberant crowd at the O2 Ritz are treated to. Beginning with the shimmering 'Cold Little Heart', Kiwanuka's beautiful voice fills the room, entrancing the crowd who hang onto his every note. Though a man of few words, his easy-going charm more than makes up for the the lack of banter. The majority of the 90 minute set is new material with only a smattering from the 2012 debut Home Again such as 'Tell Me A Tale', 'I'm Getting Ready' and 'Always Waiting'. The songs all include elements of folk, jazz, blues and African rhythms, such as with the wonderful 'Black Man In A White World' from Love & Hate, with the audience clapping enthusiastically along. After a foot-stomping demand for an encore, Kiwanuka returned with a lovely tribute to Prince, who tragically passed away this year, delivering an impassioned rendition of 'Sometimes It Snows In April', before finishing the evening off with title track 'Love & Hate'. With Kiwanuka's trajectory on an upward spiral, intimate venues like this may soon be a thing of the past.

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15th May – Manchester, HMV Ritz
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15th May – Manchester, HMV Ritz
17th May – Glasgow, ABC
19th May – Dublin, Academy
21st May – Sheffield, Leadmill
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15th May – Manchester, HMV Ritz
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13th May – Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
14th May – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
15th May – Manchester, HMV Ritz
17th May – Glasgow, ABC
19th May – Dublin, Academy
21st May – Sheffield, Leadmill
22nd May – Cambridge, Junction
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Michael Kiwanuka has announced the details of his biggest headline show to date. He will play London’s Royal Festival Hall, on the 5th December. Tickets for the show go on pre-sale from Wednesday 23rd May at 10am, and on general sale from 10am Friday 25th May through [url]http://Seetickets.com[/url] Michael concludes his current UK tour on Wednesday at Shepherds Bush Empire, which is sold-out. He supports Mumford & Sons at their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover show at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield on the 2nd June, ahead of a US tour and his debut shows in Australia and Japan. Michael will also perform at this year’s Latitude, Bestival, Green Man, Electric Picnic, and Radio 1 Hackney Weekender Festivals this Summer. Watch the video to new single 'I’ll Get Along' here:
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Michael concludes his current UK tour on Wednesday at Shepherds Bush Empire, which is sold-out. He supports Mumford & Sons at their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover show at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield on the 2nd June, ahead of a US tour and his debut shows in Australia and Japan.

Michael will also perform at this year’s Latitude, Bestival, Green Man, Electric Picnic, and Radio 1 Hackney Weekender Festivals this Summer.

Watch the video to new single 'I’ll Get Along' here:


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Michael concludes his current UK tour on Wednesday at Shepherds Bush Empire, which is sold-out. He supports Mumford & Sons at their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover show at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield on the 2nd June, ahead of a US tour and his debut shows in Australia and Japan.

Michael will also perform at this year’s Latitude, Bestival, Green Man, Electric Picnic, and Radio 1 Hackney Weekender Festivals this Summer.

Watch the video to new single 'I’ll Get Along' here:


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From 'Nilbog is Goblin backwards!' to 'Oh My Goooooooooooooooooood!', the apparent ultimate 'so-bad-its-good' movie has won more fans than the creators likely could have ever anticipated. However, this begs an important question - does the supposed original\u00a0Troll<\/strong>\u00a0(1986) have similar potential? Having experienced both alongside numerous hilarious extras via Eureka's\u00a0Troll: The Complete Collection<\/strong>, I can confidently state that the answer is a resounding YES.\r\n\r\nTo provide some quick context, its worth knowing before you purchase this box set as a non-expert that\u00a0Troll 2<\/strong> is not, in fact, a direct sequel to\u00a0Troll<\/strong>. It is actually a completely unrelated film that was originally more aptly titled 'Goblins', before this working title was switched to mislead\u00a0fans into watching it. Though why the creators assumed that\u00a0the first film\u00a0would have a large and passionate enough fanbase for this scheme to work is frankly beyond me.\r\n\r\n\"\"\r\n\r\nThe premise for\u00a0Troll\u00a0<\/strong>sounds straight forward enough, but the bizarre editing and dialogue certainly don't give you an easy time keeping track. The film opens with the disturbing image of a girl rolling a ball into a cellar, only to be ambushed by a\u00a0Labyrinth<\/em> worthy troll-creature when attempting to retrieve it. This troll then proceeds to enter the apartments of other residents, all introduced through an awkwardly wonderful fire drill scene, and tricks them into turning into disturbing fairytale creatures themselves. The girl's brother, brilliantly and completely coincidentally named 'Harry Potter Jr.' (Noah Hathaway), is the only one who takes notice of the disappearances, and must embark on a journey through the apartment complex.\r\n\r\nThough not as quotable as its faux-sequel, some of the images from this film\u00a0will forever stick in my mind, in particular, the impressively creepy production design. From the ivy produced by Sonny Bono's corpse creeping through the floors and walls via jerky stop-motion; to the dead-eyed grin of the titular troll, the visual potential of the medium was not lost on director John Carl Buechler. However, it does make sense that this film, although similarly so-bad-its-good, may have faded into obscurity for the crime of being just a little too cohesive and reasonable. When your point of reference is\u00a0Troll 2<\/strong>, you're fighting a losing battle for entertainment value.\r\n\r\n\"\"\r\n\r\nThis brings me to what many would consider the main event:\u00a0Troll 2 <\/strong>on wondrous Blu-ray. I must say, its very difficult to write a straight review of this movie, as its position in the popular conscious renders it almost as a series of moments rather than a single cohesive film. The plot itself is nonsensical and frequently self-contradictory, with unthreatening villains and characters who behave and speak nothing like real humans. This almost leads you to enjoy it as you would a Brecht-style arthouse film; you approach it analytically in full knowledge of its place in culture, without ever fully immersing yourself in the actual events onscreen.\r\n\r\nTo talk about these films any more than this would be to possibly spoil the experience, so I'll move forward to the fantastic extras. 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