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NEW SEASON in 2014

The new season kicks off in March 14 and in the interim we will have a short film season. Details of all events will be posted here when we confirm them. In the meanwhile the first listings are already online and new ones will be added soon after the New Year. Keeping checking this website and don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter you email address in the box on this website).Tickets for all events  listed below (except films which are pay on the door) will be online at http://www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall (10% booking fee per online ticket), and in the Phoenix Stores (01309 690110 - no fee) usually two or three weeks before each gig.  Phone 01309 691170 for details of any event or for more ticket information. Phone 01309 690110 to actually book tickets at the Phoenix Stores after events are posted.

Mark Thomas

Tuesday 29th Apr, 8:00 pm

Mark ThomasMark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns with his current show entitled, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent mischief and joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. After his award winning show Bravo Figaro Mark sets himself the task of committing 100 acts of minor dissent in the space of a year. He catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

to book tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/258524 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

to see a video of Mark in action click here: http://www.markthomasinfo.co.uk/section_audiovideo

Price: £15 / 10 (concessions)

The Old Dance School

Wednesday 7th May, 7:30 pm

ODS group smThe Old Dance School’s expansive soundscapes of contemporary folk mark them as true innovators. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves chart their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals to headline appearances at international festivals. The Old Dance School takes its name from the old Betty Fox School of Ballet in Birmingham, then legendary jam session venue, where the band first formed in 2006. Championed by BBC Radio 2′s Bob Harris, the septet’s provocative songs and cinematic sound has received plaudits throughout the country, and gave them an Album of the Year accolade in The Scotsman.

to see a video of The Old Dance School click here: http://www.theolddanceschool.com/videos.html

for online tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/266300 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Wojtek the Bear

Saturday 10th May, 7:30 pm

Wojtek smTheatre Objektiv's award winning production written by Raymond Raszkowski Ross, tells the extraordinary story of Wojtek, the Polish soldier bear, who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo. With Wojtek and his "mother", Polish soldier Piotr, a Gulag survivor, we travel from a war-torn Poland, through the Soviet slave camps and the Middle East, into the battle of Monte Cassino and, finally, to post-war Scotland. This is absorbing, emotionally engaging and thought-provoking theatre from Theatre Objecktiv who were last at the Universal Hall with A Promised Land. Not children's theatre but suitable for ages 12+

to find out more about Theatre Objektiv click here: http://www.theatreobjektiv.co.uk/

to buy tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/266304 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £10 / £8 / £6 U16's (concessions)

The Nuala Kennedy Band with Troy MacGillivray

Wednesday 14th May, 7:30 pm

Nuala KBand stairs croppedNuala - TroyMacGillivray-2012promophoto1A welcome return for Nuala and her band as they collaborate with multi-award-winning Troy MacGillivray from Canada. The Nuala Kennedy Band were nominated for Folk Band of the Year in the 2013 MG Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Known for her collaborations with other musicians such as American Will Oldham, Nuala will share the stage with Troy who is a virtuoso of the Cape Breton style of fiddling and piano. Playing with Nuala's band he helps create a wonderful, international musical alchemy.

“frisky, excitingly vital and wonderfully original” ****Songlines



to see a video of the Nuala Kennedy band click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/nualamusic

to buy tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267177 (10% booking fee for online tickets)


Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet

Wednesday 21st May, 9:30 am

Saltbush 2 smA unique and exquisite interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories. Saltbush tells the story of two friends as they cross Australia's diverse landscapes on foot. With the aid of state of the art infra-red technology that triggers images and sounds, the audience is invited to explore, play and dance with the performers as this beautiful story and its landscape unfolds around them. Presented by Bodysurf Scotland this is a RISE Dance Festival event & part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Suitable for age: 4 — 8 year olds

PLEASE NOTE: there are two shows – 9.30 and 11.30am. This is a Bodysurf Scotland event so ticket details will be announced here nearer the date.

Price: £8 / £4 children (concessions)

Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Saturday 31st May, 8:00 pm

Budapest CO smThe Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russia adding Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and beautiful ballads to the mix. The music evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires with a few added surprises along the way. The BCO boasts some of the country's most revered folk musicians who demonstrate their virtuosity across a range of instruments: violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika.

"… the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…" The Times

to see a video of the Budapest Cafe Orchestra click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS4OoPXq1gg

to buy tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267183 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Dougie MacLean

Wednesday 11th Jun, 7:30 pm

DOUGIE MACLEAN CALEDONIADougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter: a national musical treasure who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, roots-based songwriting and instrumental composition. Internationally renowned for his song Caledonia, and for music for the film Last of the Mohicans, his live performances are especially intimate in the Universal Hall auditorium. With songs covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald and Ronan Keating, amongst many others, Dougie has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!

"A musical hero." Wall Street Journal

to see videos of Dougie click here: http://www.dougiemaclean.com/

to book tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/261642 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £16 / £14 / £12 U16's (concessions)

The Hot Seats

Thursday 24th Jul, 7:30 pm

Hot Seats smVirginian livewires The Hot Seats have wowed the crowds at events such as Celtic Connections, Shetland Folk Festival, HebCeltFest and Edinburgh Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible – a Herald Angel. Regular visitors to the UK, the five-piece is recognised as one of the most entertaining touring American roots bands on the circuit. Their Appalachian-style mixed with bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions has won them many fans. Their original material combines the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll.

"Sensational." The Herald

to see a video of The Hot Seats click here

to book tickets click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/267188 (10% booking fee for online tickets)

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Friday 1st Aug, 8:00 pm

SCO groupThe marvellous SCO return for their eagerly anticipated annual summer visit. More details of the programme and pricing here as soon as we know them.



Joan Armatrading

Monday 22nd Sep, 7:30 pm

joan-armatrading-banner1With a fantastic back catalogue of songs including Love and Affection, Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I, Joan Armatrading is an iconic figure in British pop music. We are delighted to be one of the smaller and more intimate venues in her major tour this year — her very first as a solo artist. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful artist up close.




Monday 13th Oct, 7:30 pm

Idlewild_credit_Simon_MurphyIn anticipation of their eighth studio record (to be released in 2015) Idlewild will tour the Scottish Highlands and Islands in October 2014. These shows (their first in four years) will take an acoustic, stripped back format befitting these intimate and often unique venues. The concerts, including this one at the Universal Hall (who welcomed Roddy Woomble playing as a solo name last year) will give the band the chance to explore their back catalogue, to try out new songs and ideas, and to generally have some fun playing music around this beautiful part of Scotland. Full band electric shows will accompany the album release in 2015.

The Universal Hall is not the promoter for this concert and tickets are available by following the link below and not from our usual outlets.

to see videos of Idlewild click here: https://myspace.com/idlewild/videos

For for this concert only tickets see: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36004C6CE28655B3



picture: Simon Murphy