The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Then Play On - Fleetwood Mac have announced they will perform at Wembley Stadium next summer as part of a European tour. The veteran rock band, who are currently touring the US, will play Wembley on 16 June after gigs in Berlin and Dublin. Fleetwood Mac have a new line-up after guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was fired back in April due to "scheduling conflicts". Guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn have joined existing members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie.
The group have said they are "thrilled" to welcome the new two musicians, adding: "With Mike and Neil, we'll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we'll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour."
Musical Menu - A restaurant featuring a cast of singing waiters that is dubbing itself the ‘UK’s answer to Ellen’s Stardust Diner’ in New York is to open this week in Liverpool. The American-themed bar and diner, called Mulholland, opens on 25 October in Liverpool city centre and will feature a 16-strong team of waiting staff made solely of performers.
It is being modelled on Ellen’s Stardust Diner in New York’s Times Square, which has been staffed by performers for more than 30 years. Each dish will be served alongside its own show tune, with singers performing musical theatre numbers, film theme tunes and power ballads. Managing director Kris Mochrie said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing our cast of singing waiters to the Mulholland dining experience in what we believe is the UK’s first dedicated singing waiters diner.
“All of our waiting staff are local performing arts and drama students at various academies and colleges throughout the city. It’s truly amazing that we have such amazing and talented homegrown stars in our city and coming through our doors to entertain and perform for our diners.” Performers studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, John Moores University and Liverpool Theatre School are among the staff.
Buzz Off - Plans for a new venue billed as the UK’s first purpose-built immersive theatre have fallen through a month before it was due to open, and all productions have been cancelled. The venue, called the Buzz, was due to open in London next month as part of a food market, bar and cinema complex in Elephant and Castle, however all future programming at the space has now been called off with immediate effect.
The Buzz is produced by Limelight Productions and EBP - run by theatre producer Emma Brunjes - and a statement issued on behalf of the venue said the cancellation had occurred due to “unexpected circumstances beyond [their] control”.
The theatre had already postponed its inaugural production, an interactive Thunderbirds show, delaying it until late 2019. In its place, a “90-minute immersive experience” called The Time Travellers’ Ball had been due to open on November 28, however this and all future shows have now been cancelled.
(Jim Evans)
23 October 2018

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