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Manchester

Moving between sonorous string composition, abrasive electronic textures, processed vocals and atmospheric piano, Solo Collective is a new ensemble comprising German chamber musicians Alex Stolze (violin) and Anne Müller (cello), with British pianist and producer Sebastian Reynolds.

20 Sept, Anthony Burgess Foundation (anthonyburgess.org)

York

Pianist and composer Tom Millar plays original music inspired by places and people important to him, with his longstanding quartet, all of whom are also successful band leaders in their own right.

19 Sept, Basement Jazz Bar (tommillar.com)

Blackpool

National Dance Company Wales delivers a triple bill including Folk, featuring artistic director Caroline Finn’s darkly comic expressions of life and people, using her quirky and engaging choreographic style.

19-20 Sept, Grand Theatre (blackpoolgrand.co.uk)

Hull

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian follows Nikolai, an 86-year-old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian, who has fallen in love with 36-year-old Valentina. He’s determined to marry her and become a father again.

22 Sept-14 Oct Hull Truck Theatre (hulltruck.co.uk)

Buxton

Paul Young, along with Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy, formed Los Pacaminos as an antidote to the bleak English winter. They play their Tex-Mex and Americana.

23 Sept, Buxton Opera House (boh.org.uk)

Leeds

From artist signings to cosplay masquerades, 89 events, many free, will take place across 17 venues in this year’s Thought Bubble – the UK’s largest comic book festival.

18-24 Sept, various venues (thoughtbubblefestival.com)

Southport

The Red Shed is the third part of campaigning comic Mark Thomas’s theatrical trilogy, following the revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed.

20 Sept, The Atkinson (markthomasinfo.co.uk)

Harrogate

A new selection of the world’s best ocean-themed short films, with action and footage from both above and below the water’s surface, can be seen in this year’s Ocean Film Festival.

22 Sept, Royal Hall (oceanfilmfestival.co.uk)

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