Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

At home he’s Dad; on stage he’s David

At home in Ferndown most of the time he’s just Dad to his two boys, but at least two or three nights a week – sometimes more – Laurence Bolwell dons make up, wigs and a series of outlandish costumes to become a starman; The Starman in fact, David Bowie. For 19 years Laurence has kept Read More…

Record Store Day 2013

I can’t remember the last time I was out and about in Wimborne at seven in the morning… but Martin, Mark, Colin and most of the folks outside Square Records on Record Store Day can – it was this time last year. And before that it was the previous year. These are die-hard music fans Read More…

A life at the Opera House

SOME 110 years after opening its doors for the first time, Boscombe’s Opera House has closed until spring as it undergoes a £2 million refit – the biggest in its history. When it reopens, probably in June, it will be graced with the latest LED lighting and digital sound system. Exact plans are remaining fluid Read More…