Celebrated Northern festival, Kendal Calling returns for its 2017 programme to the gorgeous scenic surroundings of Lowther Deer Park in The Lake District. Crowned the ‘UK’s Best Small Festival’ by popular live ticketing agent Skiddle, this year’s event surely does live up to the significant hype. Providing entertainment for all ages, the large billing includes […]
Lying south of the River Thames, Lewisham really embodies the spirit of London’s underground cultural movements. In dodgy looking council estates and niche neat bars, London’s disaffected youth shine through the nonsense of the city’s money-minded centre, just a stone’s throw away. The quirky Montague Arms, with its pseudo classic aesthetic, is where we call […]
Big summer concerts in Hyde Park are somewhat of an institution in London. Recently these events have been organised under the umbrella of the double-weekend-spanning British Summertime Festival, which has amassed itself an eye-watering list of alumni since 2013. I find myself attending the final day, roughly themed around the “Americana” genre, which is headlined […]
A small collection of intimate shows were announced in April, that would see the Manchester art-pop collective Everything Everything squeeze their five person live set-up into some of the country’s most exciting venues – the hometown show to take place in the marvelled Albert Hall. Arriving on the hottest day of the year, a few […]
Some might say recently music has changed Hackney forever, others claim that Hackney has changed music forever. Whatever you believe, it’s hard to deny that the once overlooked London borough is now one of the hubs for all things music in London. Sebright Arms is just one of many fine examples of good venues, hosting […]
To many in the know, Shepherd’s Bush is one of the London’s most underrated gem’s in terms of nightlife. There’s a lot more to do than just losing oneself in the vast open retail therapies known as the Westfield conglomerate. For a town so steeped in culture that dates to the birthing of some of […]
After a year in America, The Staves have returned home for a string of intimate shows on British soil, beginning at Gorilla in Manchester tonight. Their latest release was February’s ‘Tired As F*ck’ single, providing the name for this mini tour.
A decade of reinvention has transformed Liverpool Sound City from its modest beginnings back in 2007. Earlier editions saw ticket-holders venue hopping around the city centre’s independent bars to catch intimate performances from a left-field line up. Today, Sound City reflects its evolution with a barrage of big names and a move to the sprawling […]
Angel Olsen’s latest album ‘My Woman’ truly highlighted her ability for writing both impeccable indie pop songs and the kind of slow two-chord ballads that make chests tighten, all narrated in her exceptional voice.
Returning once again to the great city of Manchester (on a particularly scorching sun-packed day) was multi-venue spectacular Dot to Dot Festival, and this year was to mean even more for all who attended. The organisers switched up a few fundamentals this year, mainly being the inclusion of new venues like Old Granada Studios and […]
There’s something oddly calming about Haunt The Woods. They’re undoubtedly talented players, and demonstrate a love for searing guitar solos that matches their romantic intensity, and yet watching them play a Tuesday night set at Night and Day cafe is strangely soothing. Perhaps it’s the tone of the evening; everyone was sat, the lights low, and […]
Celebrating an incredible 10 years, the Sound City team have pulled out a blinding line up to commemorate the festival’s special birthday. With less than two weeks to go, organisers have revealed a stellar itinerary of top class bands, seminars and special performances all descending on Clarence Docks from May 25-28th.
Since releasing debut solo album ‘The Wave’ last October, Tom Chaplin has toured the Western hemisphere once over, taking in dates across the UK and the US. Now into the second leg of a more extensive touring spell, Chaplin and co. are on the road throughout May and will reconvene in the summer for a selection of […]
After recently supporting Amber Run on their UK tour and then Palace on their EU one, ISLAND have become accustomed to performing in front of large crowds. So walking into their biggest headline show to date, at London’s famed nightclub Heaven, there was a lot riding on the night to be a success. Selling the […]
Lovebox’s artier sibling looks set to give it serious run for its money.
Known for its quirky side streets, vintage shops and wide range cultural influences. Hackney really is a wonderland, one of the most optimistic areas of London, in nature and personality. Beside the train tracks we find Oslo, a hip and happening bar and venue that is cool enough to house both dive bar dropouts as […]
Bring back pub rock! Not as in a load of Dad’s struggling to form anything resembling a groove as they try to portray their love of Eagles, but pubs showcasing homegrown bloody talent, brother!
The Big Moon’s shows are hailed for their boisterous and playful nature, and tonight we are lucky enough to witness the London hailing group’s debut record ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ in its animated live format. The debut captures the transient fun of millennial youth in catching garage-pop raucous, a sound at its most destined […]
After some confusion with Google and a narrowly avoided taxi fare to an identically named church in Middleton, we finally find St Michael’s tucked away on a quiet street in Ancoats. Originally founded in 1858, it was once the heart of the Roman Catholic community in Little Italy. Tonight, it’s a music venue with arched […]
Live at Leeds continues to thrive, growing with ambition each passing year. For a mid-size inner city festival it does very well to cover all the bases: a plethora of diverse venues, a cornucopia of international acts and fresh talent, culture, and community. With the heavyweight billing, it means you to have to be ruthless […]