Union Chapel is a cosy venue, perfect on a late winters evening. People are bundled up in warm clothes settling onto padded seat cushions and cradling mugs of tea and cocoa in the soft coloured lighting, candle light and the kaleidoscope of the chapel’s rose window. The Handsome Family are enjoying a sell-out tour in part thanks to the support of opening act Courtney Marie Andrews. This petite Arizonan introduces herself in a small, breathy voice reminiscent of a young Joni Mitchell or Nanci Griffiths. Just like Griffiths, when she begins to sing, all of that delicacy is replaced...Read More
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All you needed to do was to follow the cooler, older crowd straight upstairs to know where the gig was. Queuing up in all shades of black, anyone who knew the history of Boss Hog is here, representing with green hair, pink hair, long hair or no hair at all. Boss Hog are making a bit of a come back with Brood X their first full album in seventeen years due out in March, and now this show at Oslo in Hackney, London. Oslo is a gorgeous old rail house, formerly Hackney Central’s main building, it’s bare brick walls and tall round topped...Read More
Finally Nothing But Thieves are getting their just deserts with a sold out headline show. This band have been marked for greatness from the start, their talent has afforded them amazing opportunities and what they have lacked in experience they have made up for in fearlessness. A lesser band may have been tempted to pause first in the hope of readiness, but this young band have been quick to take the challenges. They often admit on stage and social media how nervous and overwhelmed they are to be highlighted with radio play, to be invited to support bands like...Read More
Arriving onstage to a roar of excitement from the crowd, frontman David Eugene Edwards, thrusts his arms up demanding a greater noise, the crowd oblige whooping and hollering. An exciting line-up of musicians take to the stage, when touring gentler albums this Colorado based band have represented as a three-piece band, tonight they are five men strong, intent on playing a heavy show comprising of tracks from the last three Wovenhand albums. To set the pace, a throbbing bassline and a racing beat from the drum starts The Hired Hand, from stellar new album Star Treatment. Rich with twanging guitar...Read More
On this tour Lloyd Cole is only performing his classic songbook covering a period from 1983 – 1996 which comprises of hits from albums Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces, Mainstream, Lloyd Cole and Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe. Union Chapel is an intimate and relaxed setting perfect for an acoustic performance, with soft stage lights and the balcony lined with candles. The audience are seated together in the church pews drinking tea and coffee (the venue still being a functioning church, no alcohol is allowed in the chapel area) it seems to add to the warmth and closeness of the...Read More
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 @V&A, London. The iconic music, art, political dissension, literature and design have all been features of their own exhibitions internationally. The late 1960’s era is indisputably accepted as an historical and cultural creative uprising that forever changed how we live and express ourselves. The power of this exhibition is in the timing and the scope with which Curator Geoffrey Marsh approaches such a self imposed narrow time frame, focusing the exhibition on the years between ‘66 and ‘70, that is everything between those times with music being the thread...Read More
This San Francisco garage band have been a band in the making since 1997, at the nearly twenty year mark they are moving from cult following to essential band. They are playing entirely by their own rules, no pretence, no political messages or life lessons to sell, they are a band who know how to have a good time. Joining them as supporting acts are ultra hip French garage rockers Magnetix. A male and female two piece band who have had to bear a great deal of comparison to an early White Stripes, not without good reason. Besides the...Read More
Caught by the River is reminiscent of the early days of festivals, when they were more like gatherings at which multiple interests were represented, where fashion and showing off are abandoned in favour of relaxation, and letting it all hang out. All ages, all cultures are represented in the crowd and the offering. The local area isn’t just a backdrop, but a feature, with a special series of talks and activities given over to river hobbies and conservation. Literature and film are represented with seminars, talks and viewings in the elegant and historic Palace building. Farm stalls, Friends of...Read More
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- Festival: Star Shaped Festival – Britpop’s Finest Return
Great news Britpop fans! Following last year’s sold out inaugural Star Shaped Festival, held at North London’s Garage venue and […]
- Festival: Live At Leeds, Frightened Rabbit, VANT, The Hunna & Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Already boasting an incredible day and night of invigorating new music and classic live moments, Live At Leeds has further cemented […]
- Festival: Grace Jones Headlines Standon Calling
Already boasting an incredible array of entertainment across the festival weekend, Standon Calling is delighted to announce the incomparable Grace […]
- Festival: Bearded Theory with Seasick Steve, Skunk Anansie, Slaves & Madness
Bearded Theory Festival has announced three more stunning acts onto their already stellar line up for 2017. Platinum selling Scottish indie outfit GLASVEGAS join […]
- Festival: Y Not Festival Reveals Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club & The Vaccines.
Derbyshire’s finest festival Y Not (27-30 July) has announced the first wave of acts for this year’s festival and it already looks […]
- Festival: Standon Calling For Orbital, Clean Bandit, Laura Mvula & Slaves.
Bringing together a unique weekend of irresistible fun, extraordinary experiences and unrivalled entertainment, Standon Calling, 27 – 30 July 2017 in Hertfordshire, has over […]
- Boom Town Reveal The Specials, Cypress Hill, M.I.A for Chapter 9
Boomtown have just announced their first wave of acts for Chapter 9, showcasing the festival’s signature mix of expansive genres, […]
- Festival: Glastonbury 2017 – Times Like These
American rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and (finally) announced their upcoming headline slot for Glastonbury 2017! Originally billed to […]
- Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017, The Jacksons, Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock & George Benson.
Love Supreme Jazz Festival have a announced a wonderful line up including The Jacksons (50th anniversary show), Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, […]
- Festival: Chagstock Festival Announce The Shires & Skinny Lister.
Chagstock Festival have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Hailing from the […]