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First Call

UNISON, ONE OF Britain's largest unions, is organising a spring concert under the banner Campaign for a Living Wage. Given the vagaries of the English climate, the acts have sensibly opted to perform in a weather-proof indoor arena. Even better, ticket prices are pegged at the under-22s minimum wage rate of pounds 3. The line-up of bands, which is well-balanced and sure to be crowd-pleasing includes Ash, The Divine Comedy (right), Space, Travis and Swedish band Fungus.

Telewest Arena, Newcastle (0191-401 8000) 10 Apr

Last Call

YOU HAVE UNTIL Saturday to see Certain Young Men, one of the sharpest, most acutely observed plays in recent theatre history. Directed by its writer, Peter Gill, it showcases the finest acting in London from the entire eight-strong male cast. In Chekhov, the characters are so strong that everyone seems like the leading player and the same is true here. Thanks to an extraordinary attention to detail, this mature study of relationships leaps into focus as we are plunged into a world of men from the formerly married to the profoundly mixed-up.

Almeida St, London N1 (0171-359 4404) to 20 Feb