BOOK NOW Craig David

Barrow and, Glasgow, Sun 3 Dec.

The opening line of the video of Craig David's latest single ’Walking Away' is a DJ voiceover which simply states: 'If this don't make you wanna chill then I dunno what will'. The nineteen-year-old has enjoyed phenomenal success in the last year and, on the back of his debut album, Born To Do It, takes to the road for a series of dates, stopping off at the Barrowland of all places along the way.

A home from home to indie kids and bastion of rockers, just how will the young soul sensation fare? It shouldn‘t be so much of a mosh-pit as a group of mellow-to-the-point-of- comatose teenagers.

The most striking thing about Craig David is that he refuses to be pigeonholed. After his breakthrough with the Artful Dodger, he was tarred with the speed garage brush and given recognition for bringing this underground sound into the mainstream. Three singles and an album later, he’s now the saviour of British R&B.

Fans of Craig David can't be categorised either. The Southampton lad graced the cover of NME and walked away with three MOBO awards, and was then awarded the title of ‘Best New Pop Act' by the readers of TV Hits.

The jury is still out on whether he's cool; his cherubic face and obvious stylings detract from his credibility, yet as long as the music keeps improving, he can't be dismissed. And with a gig at the SECC on 24 February next year, his first tour should be a taste of bigger and better things to come.(Maureen Ellis)


Scottish Opera L'Elisir d'amore

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 28 Oct

If you like opera that is well done, entertaining and a bit of fun, then Scottish Opera’s L’E/isir' d’amore is the one for you Even as opera plots go, its SIOry is dafter' than most A guack doctor, capricious female landowner, poor Village boy -- who inadvertently becomes rich and dashing army

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Ticket information

Tickets for most medium/large concerts can be bought from the following:

Virgin, Buchanan Galleries. 332 4-100 Credit card bookings from:

'l'ic‘kct Link: 337 SSI I.

Was Ahead: 33‘) 8383.

Virgin Princes Street. 320 3334. Ripping Records South Bridge. 3:26 7()l().

Assembly Rooms (rem-go Street. 320 434‘)

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L'E/isir d'amore continues at Festiva/ Theatre, Edinburgh on 77 & 78 Nov

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