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Little Britain - Live!
Matt Lucas And David Walliams (Little Britain)
This pair enjoyed a cult following before they found a big time ratings-grabber with Little Britain, a series of character sketches lampooning the eccentricity of the inhabitants of the UK. The first series was a digital TV smash-hit, and repeated the success when it transferred to terrestrial television. In late 2004, the first programme from the second series pulled in nearly 2m viewers, a record for BBC3.

Kelly Clarkson
Texas-born Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to stardom, touring on a regular basis to thousands of adoring fans and having released two albums plus a multitude of other releases. Her success is made ever more apparent by the fact that she has broken away from her reputation as winner of American Idol 2002 and come into her own as a pop star.

Alison Goldfrapp is the former vocalist with Tricky and 'a sublime exponent of all things decadent'. As Goldfrapp, she has teamed up with Will Gregory, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums, and the hugely successful singles 'Strict Machine' and 'Ooh La La' . Will's brand of dirty, growling synth-pop, along with stunning vocals from Alison ensure that their atmospheric live performances are a real treat.

James Blunt
A young gifted singer-songwriter described by Q Magazine as 'A major talent in waiting'. Formerly a military captain (leading 30,000 peacekeeping troops), he left the army in 2002 to concentrate on music full-time. Whilst he was initially nervous about this, the gamble seems to have paid off, spawning a collaboration with producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy), an album released by Custard Records ('Back To Bedlam') and a series of sold out shows across the UK.

The Osmonds + Craig Neil
The Osmonds - A sibling pop group who blasted their way to success in the early 1970s and went on to sell over 77 million records. Now the band is back, featuring Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy.
Craig Neil - An excellent recording artist and live performer. Craig's influences include such legendary icons as George Michael, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins and Neil Diamond, and he has perfectly balanced them with his own sound.

Jethro Tull
Legendary classic rock band consistently producing top quality albums and live performances, and still led by Ian Anderson who has single-handedly defined the progressive folk rock genre.

Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway: The Musical Box
In the early 70s, Genesis' Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Michael Rutherford redefined the concept of a rock concert. Genesis' artistry had such a profound impact on its audience that to this day, it still enjoys a huge cult following. The Musical Box has undertaken the task of re-enacting Genesis' performances as originally presented between 1973 and 1975. This awe-inspiring Canadian tribute show recreates the original shows complete with costumes, instruments and lighting.

The Mighty Boosh: Julian Barratt & Noel Fielding
Witness Mr. Susan the cloth beast as he brandishes his miraculous mirror balls for your enjoyment. Recoil in fear at the evil cockney hitch hiker. Marvel at the uncanny skills of Naboo the Enigma as he hypnotises you into buying merchandise after the show. Dance against your will as Old Gregg, the sea transsexual, lures you with his pout of doom...

A three-piece all-girl pop group whose original members were all under 17 when they first hit the charts. Their chart smash reworking of the Gary Numan classic Freak Like Me got to No 1, and also earned the sassy trio a Q Award for Best Single. Since then they have taken the pop world by storm with a top 5 platinum album (Angels With Dirty Faces) and a Brit Award for Best Dance Act in 2003. Although only one founder member remains, the current line-up of Keisha, Heidi and Amelle will no doubt continue to delight.

Sigur Ros
Four-piece Icelandic indie rock outfit from Reykjavik described as 'part Spiritualised and part Enya with the immense epic sonic vistas of God Speed You Black Emperor'. The band play with precision and style, contributing their individual instruments to an overall single sound of pure beauty.

Chris Rea
Unshaven soft rock singer/songwriter, whose 'Road To Hell' relaunched a career which has gone from strength to strength. After fighting off a major illness during much of 2002, expect Chris' career to go down a far brighter road in the future.

Bonnie Raitt
Nine-time Grammy winner and Rock And Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Bonnie Raitt's brand of country-tinged ballads have achieved a worldwide audience.

HIM (His Infernal Majesty)
Finland's most successful rock band to date, HIM are already well down the road towards international superstardom. In Ville Valo, they have a charismatic frontman, talented singer and songwriter - and, dare we say it, a teenage heart-throb! Imagine Marilyn Manson with the emphasis more on the speedy glam rock side of things.

Darren Hayes
Former Savage Garden frontman and now a solo star in his own right, Australian singer songwriter Darren Hayes has garnered acclaim for his deft ability to adapt to a myriad of styles. Gliding effortlessly between Top 40 Savage Garden hits such as 'Truly Madly Deeply' and the more experimental efforts characteristic of his solo albums, he manages to straddle the fine line between commercial and critical success with a soul-stirring touch. "A twisted masterclass in reinvention, the man is a genius"

The Flaming Lips
Alternative rock outfit from Oklahoma City founded by the eclectic Wayne Coyne. They continue to release ground-breaking music as a three-piece since the loss of guitarist Ronald Jones.

According to the song, he would go out tonight, but he hasn't got a thing to wear. It seems this lack of clothes is just one of many things that's depressed Morrissey throughout his time with The Smiths in the 80s and his solo career. Luckily for us, he's still sharing his angst via the bittersweet indie/pop stylings he's made his own. A truly tortured genius.

Hard Fi
Hard-Fi are the product of their environment; the sound of the suburbs (Staines, west London to be precise - home to all four band members). Like The Streets had he chosen guitars, Dexys and The Clash over samplers and Dre; It's the sound of a band raised on The Stones, Lee Perry, Curtis Mayfield and Happy Mondays.

The Charlatans
Ever present in the charts and ever popular with fans, The Charlatans have lived through the Madchester era and are still making wonderful indie-pop tunes on the other side. With a back catalogue including 'The Only One I Know', 'Weirdo' and 'One To Another' to complement their new material, expect something truly special live.

Editors, formerly known as Snowfield, hail from all over the country but settled in Birmingham in the autumn of 2003. The new band found themselves with a clutch of tracks that will form the basis of their debut album, due later in 2005. Drawing on their love of early REM, Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, Editors honed an identifiably English sound focused on the grand themes of love, loss and redemption.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
With a career spanning almost 40 years and over 20 albums, it's no wonder that George Thorogood is such a widely respected success. He has long left behind his career as a semi-professional baseball player for a name synonymous with classic blues riffs, a straight-to-the-point approach to blues rock and round after round of animated, lively performances.

The X Factor runners up - specialists in covers of pop, rock and opera classics - have been going from strength to strength after signing a 1.5 million record deal with Sony Music. Just one year after the X Factor final, the boys already have a sell-out tour and a double platinum album under their belts and it doesn't look like they'll stop there.

Seventies pomp/AOR rockers who achieved considerable chart success on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Moody Blues
Mellotron-rich lush classic rock/pop band whose career now spans five decades. 'Nights In White Satin' is still one of the world's greatest love songs ever.