Billy Connolly, HMV Apollo Hammersmith, London

From Big Yin to Big Yawn – with swearing where the jokes used to be

Il Divo Christmas, Hammersmith Apollo, London

I hope we can contribute tonight to you getting in the spirit of Christmas," smiles tenor Urs Bühler, with that gaze of a man who knows that Il Divo fans need little more than harmonious revamps to get them in the spirit of anything, really – especially if it's a middle-aged female who's joined in the festivities to soak in the glistening Spaniard Carlos Marín, who, when announcing that the quartet would be singing "Hallelujah", was promptly met by said fan's orgasmic "yes, yes, yes!", leaving the balcony in stitches.

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HMV mulls making a move on Mama Group

The music and video games retailer HMV last night bought an 8.2 per cent stake in Mama, the live music and management group which runs venues including London's Hammersmith Apollo, Jazz Café and Heaven.

Regina Spektor, Hammersmith Apollo, London

The queen of kook conquers all

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dynamic duo win more hearts

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NME Radar Tour, Koko, London<br/>David Gest: My Life! HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

The NME's Radar Tour would not be the first place to dig for treasure, but it throws up the odd diamond, David Gest, meanwhile, mixes soul'n'cringe

Mott The Hoople, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Eyebrows were raised when Mott The Hoople's initial reunion shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out so fast that further dates had to be added, then more. One expects the likes of Led Zeppelin to inspire such sizeable affection, but Mott? Who knew there was such a collective yearning for the glam boogie monsters?

Paolo Nutini, Hammersmith Apollo, London

On the sunny side of the beat

First Night: Mott the Hoople, The Apollo, Hammersmith

Eyebrows were raised when Mott The Hoople's initial reunion shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out so fast that further dates had to be added, and then some more. One expects the likes of Led Zeppelin to inspire fond affection on a sizeable scale, but dear old Mott? Who knew there was such a collective yearning for the glam boogie monsters?

All the old dudes: the return of Mott the Hoople

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Ross Noble: Things, Apollo Theatre, London

Off the wall, but just off the pace

James Morrison, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Mums go mad for Morrison
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