Author: Edyta K

The Guitar God Robin Trower Plays Hometown Show @ Islington Assembly Hall

As London braved snowmageddon and getting anywhere was a case of determination and luck, a living legend, Robin Trower, was headlining a sold-out gig at Islington Assembly Hall. Despite the weather, or should I say, transport conditions, the fans came out in their masses and filled up the venue to capacity. Some diehards even waited outside in the cold for any last minute ticket returns. The Sari Schorr Trio opened the night for Robin. The American singer-songwriter was accompanied by the exceptional blues guitarist Ash Wilson and Hammond organ wizard Bob Fridzema, who’s known from his previous work with...

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The Bad Flowers, Jared James Nichols & Stone Broken Prove Rock Is Alive And Well

Just days after Muse frontman Matt Bellamy announced the death of rock ’n’ roll, and guitars in general, three bands playing Islington Assembly Hall prove how wrong he is. Midlands hard rock trio The Bad Flowers are first to take the stage. The band, who recently released their first studio album Starting Gun, have already grabbed the attention of Planet Rock, scoring a nomination for The Rocks 2018 Awards in the Best New Band category. A sold-out headline show at Islington Assembly Hall will soon be a reality for these talented men. For the moment they’re first on the...

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Man With A Mission: The Wolves From Japan Devour London’s Dome

Japanese chart-topping band Man With A Mission recently visited London for a sold-out headline gig at The Dome. Straight from Shibuya, Tokyo, the five-piece compromising of Tokyo Tanaka (vocals), Jean-Ken Johnny (guitar and vocals), Kamikaze Boy (bass), DJ Santa Monica (DJ), and Spear Rib (drums) brought a mix of rock ’n’ roll, ska, and electro to London. All dressed up as wolves, and even wearing masks, Man With A Mission are a joy to watch and hear. Braving the heatwave generated by hundreds of jumping and sweating fans, the band perform in style, in full costume throughout. There are no...

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Bad Wolves Tribute To Dolores O’Riordan Goes Global

American hard rock band Bad Wolves are currently dominating the charts worldwide with their cover of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie. Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was scheduled to record guest vocals for the song on the very day of her tragic passing. The band decided to move forward and release the track in her memory with all proceeds going to her three children. Shortly after the news of O’Riordan’s death broke, Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said: “Zombie is an incredibly personal song… and we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something...

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Kashena Sampson Showcase Provides American Sun On A Winter’s Night

Kashena Sampson, a new singer-songwriter from Nashville, made her London debut with an inspiring performance at Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage. Despite the cold winter night, Americana lovers found their way to one of the city’s more unusual venues. Located above (and part of) a clothing shop, Paper Dress Vintage is one of those places you wouldn’t expect live music to be played. Yet it is, and the fully packed club proves there are times when first impressions couldn’t be more wrong. On the night of the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) Conference Music Showcase, the venue becomes a home for...

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Sari Schorr Rising Star Of Blues-Rock Firmament @ Half Moon Putney

Some bands are lucky enough to have time to rehearse before they gig whilst others might just have to rely on what they have in there head and hearts. Sari Schorr & The Engine Room certainly fall into the second category. The band only got together few days before the tour kicked off in Half Moon Putney. This is the blues after all and you don’t rehearse the blues! The group, now powered by phenomenal Ash Wilson on lead guitar, keyboard/organ player Bob Fridzema, known from an earlier collaboration with King King and Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mat Beable on...

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JW Jones Raises The Temperature @ London’s Borderline

JW Jones is an award-winning Canadian blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has released eight studio albums, performed in 19 countries, toured four continents, and played with legends like Buddy Guy, Canned Heat, and Red Hot Chili Peppers phenomenon Chad Smith. This winter he brought his flying Gibson to the UK to promote his latest studio album, High Temperature. The tour came to London’s Borderline last weekend for what was, in my opinion, one of the best gigs of the year. Starting with Wham, a crazy jam from the current album, Jones set the tone for the evening, a night of...

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Pearl Jam To Return To London’s O2 Arena In 2018

Grunge and rock fans, your prayers have been heard. The legendary Pearl Jam are returning to the UK as a part of their Live 2018 European tour. The 14-date trek will kick off in Amsterdam on 12th of June  and stop in at London’s O2 Arena for two days of music on 18th and 19th of June. Earlier this year Eddie Vedder and co released the documentary film Let’s Play Two and an accompanying soundtrack album in celebration of Pearl Jam’s legendary, sold-out performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series championship season. Announcing the Live...

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Steve Hill, One-Man Band Casts A Spell At Academy Islington

Being an opening act is always tricky. You never know what to expect or how many people will turn up early in the hope of some good music. And then there are venues like O2 Academy Islington, where I’ve seen great opening bands playing to an almost empty room. So if challenges are your kind of thing, top of the list would be a one-man band opening for rock veterans Wishbone Ash. But young Canadian one-man blues-rock machine Steve Hill is totally up for the challenge. Far from the mainstream, Hill does things his own way and, in a world where...

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Dan Reed: Intimate Performance In St. Pancras Old Church

Dan Reed is one of those rare musicians who’s achieved success in a band (as the charismatic lead vocalist of Dan Reed Network, he’s sold millions of albums and toured with the Rolling Stones) and as a solo artist. The American rocker recently released his fourth solo album entitled Confessions and hit the road on his European Solo Tour, which kicked off last Thursday in one of the most beautiful and intimate places London has to offer, St Pancras Old Church. Those who’ve followed Dan Reed’s solo career know about his phenomenal songwriting and his ability to change a room...

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Foo Fighters Declare That The Sky Is A Neighborhood

Attention all Foo Fighters fans! The band have released  The Sky Is a Neighborhood, the second single from their upcoming Concrete And Gold album. Following the previously released Run, this brand new music is everything Foo Fighters fans could want: soul-touching verses and their signature loud, almost dark, heart-bombing choruses. For the accompanying video, Dave Grohl has once again put himself both in front and behind the camera, to craft one of the group’s best videos ever. Featuring two of his daughters, Harper and Violet, The Sky Is A Neighborhood sees Dave, Pat, Tay, Chris, Nate, and Rami on top of a...

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British Electric Foundation, A Photo Story At Rewind

Supergroups are one of a kind. In one place and on one stage, they offer you the chance to witness collaborations between the biggest musicians. Whether a tribute project or a band offering brand-new music, it’s always worth seeing what all-star groups have to offer. British Electric Foundation are one of the best and they should be. Having stormed the charts in the ’80s with performers like Tina Turner and the late great Billy Mackenzie, they bought all their electronic experience to  Sunday afternoon at Rewind The 80s Festival. The iconic group in full flight featuring the full Heaven 17 band...

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John Parr, Status Quo, Peter Hook & Other Great Photography Highlights at Rewind

British summer is well known for two things: unpredictable weather and the best festivals. So choosing the right festival experience can be crucial to keep your mood up during the downpours. Rewind The 80s gives you the opportunity to cruise through the decade with your smile in place, no matter the weather conditions. But it’s always good to have your waterproofs ready. Here are some of my personal highlights from the North edition of this year’s Festival writes Edyta Krzesak. I have to admit, two years ago when New Order were announced as headliners of The Other Stage at Glastonbury...

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Rewind North The 80s Festival 2017 Photography

Sometimes the best things in life start in an unexpected way. Imagine, you’re about to go to a festival, you’ve kept your ticket safely in your desk, and you’ve been getting excited as the date approaches. You pack your bags with the essentials: small stove, sleeping bag, waterproofs, clothes, and food. You’ve got your train ticket on your mobile, and you’re ready to go. Then your accommodation falls through. On the bright side, I discover this before setting off from London. But it’s the day of the festival, my train departs in 2 hours, and I have nowhere to stay....

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VISION: Just A Ride, I Wanna Know

Up and coming UK rock 4-piece Just A Ride have released their first video, I Wanna Know, taken from their debut self-titled EP. Sure, Rodney Henderson (vocals), Drew Lowe (guitar), Eddie Hoffman (bass), and Alex Bailey (drums) may not be topping the charts or filling the biggest venues yet. But it would be a huge mistake to think they won’t be there soon. The self-described rebel band, born out of frustration with the music industry, will hit your ears with the sweet sound of distorted guitars, heavy drums, and intriguing vocals. Want proof? Just take a listen to I Wanna Know, a tasty...

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Rock/Media: Mollie Marriott Album & Tour

Mollie Marriott, which we went to see at The Borderline earlier in June, is due to release her newest album Truth is a Wolf, available on 3rd November 2017 via Amadeus Music. The album is available for pre-order through www.molliemarriott.com and is available as Limited Edition Red Vinyl and Deluxe CD and Standard CD. Fan favourite bundles are available with exclusive signed merchandise ranging from T-Shirts, Posters, Set Lists, Unique Polaroid images and even house gigs. Anyone who pre-orders any of the bundles will receive Mollie’s first single Control as a thank you on Friday 28th July. “I’m really...

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Vision: Hollywood Undead, California Dreaming

Five is one of the most spectacular numbers in music history.  The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Pearl Jam, Dream Theatre to name just a few, what they all got in common? Five members. We also have five senses, five points adorn a star, five represents man in theology. Five! For the five members of Hollywood Undead – Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering, Five released via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. The band have also just released the first single/video from their forthcoming album called California Dreaming. “We’re five...

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LIVE: Blink-182 @ O2 Arena, London. Whats My Age Again?

Recently one of my Facebook friends posted an article about the appropriate age when you should stop clubbing. In wider context the appropriate age when you should abandon the dance floor or concert hall for the benefit of early nights in with kids and pyjamas. The magic age revealed by a new study which polled 5,000 Britons was 37. That is  when you are “officially” too old for gigs and parties. So here I am, another night at the O2 Arena, excited as a teenage girl, ready to go and photograph the band I love. What’s my age again?...

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Festival: On Track For Summer, Hawkwind, Georgie Fame, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

As the festival season is blooming the next thing to look out this upcoming weekend is On Track For Summer. A special music festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Windsor Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival of 1967, taking place at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Saturday 22 July. This year’s headliners are Britain’s premier space rockers Hawkwind – a band deeply woven into the fabric of British rock music, they have inspired and influenced generations of bands around the world, and without them, the world of rock music would sound very different. ON TRACK FOR SUMMER also...

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LIVE: Christina Martin @ The Sound Lounge

Nova Scotia singer and songwriter Christina Martin recently released her new single Lungs Are Burning and toured the UK, visiting ten cities from York and Cheshire to London and Brighton. I was lucky enough to catch her intimate performance in one of London’s smallest but newest clubs, The Sound Lounge in Tooting. Although Christina has released six studio albums and spent 15 years building her solo career, I discovered her music only recently. And, after the evening at Sound Lounge, I can’t stop asking myself why it took me so long. The night opens with Gabrielle Papillon who, with...

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Rock Show: Joe Bonamassa Returns March 2018

Following Joe Bonamassa’s successful tour including two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts. Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17). Tickets for all seven Joe Bonamassa March 2018 UK concerts will be available via a 72-hour ticket pre-sale from www.planetrock.com from 9am on Tuesday 11th July 2017. Tickets will then go on general sale at 9am on Friday 14th July from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates. The March 2018 UK tour will feature...

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Photography: The Lesser Known Face Of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is one of the biggest music and cultural open-air events worldwide. With over 100 stages, various areas, from Kidz Field through to the Pyramid Stage and from Field Of Avalon to Silver Hayes and thousands of tents, it is a unique place where everyone has their own story to tell. This one is mine. Glastonbury as seen by my eyes, or to be exact with my camera lenses. I remember when I first got my Glastonbury ticket three years ago and tried to get as much information about the Festival ahead. Overexcited, trying to plan where...

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Live: Nic Cester and The Milano Electrica w/ Chris Shiflett @ 100 Club

The 100 Club, located at 100 Oxford Street is one of the most iconic venues London has to offer. The venue has been hosting live music since 1942 under the name Feldman Jazz Club and since 1964 as the 100 Club. It is one of the oldest, independent venues worldwide. Throughout the decades the venue has been hosting all type of live music, from the blues of Muddy Waters and BB King, the rocking hippy taste of The Who and The Kinks in the ’60s, the iconic Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees brought punk to...

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Live: Matt Andersen @ The Borderline

Canadian multi award-winning, R&B and blues singer-songwriter Matt Andersen was ruler of the evening at London’s Borderline, where he brought the UK part of his European tour to a close. With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge,  Matt Andersen is taking the world by storm. He has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen has won the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three...

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Photography: William The Conqueror @ The Borderline

Indie-Americana trio William The Conqueror were captured live by Edyta K at The Borderline in London. They have recently announced the release of their debut album Proud Disturber Of The Peace via Loose on 4 August 2017. They are joining a roster of esteemed label mates including Courtney Marie Andrews, Sturgill Simpson and The Handsome Family. Listen to their first single called In My Dreams. Coming from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams...

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LIVE: Picture This @ Electric Ballroom, Camden

If there is one band you should be going to see this year, it could be an Irish duo with a sold out UK and Ireland tour who have already established a large fan base even before they “drop” their debut album, Who this? Picture This. If you have never heard of them it could be  because you are not following the latest trends on YouTube or Spotify. Or put another way you are not up with the kids. In a world where everything is easy to reach, simple to find and share, then bands like Picture This don’t need to have the...

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Photography: THØSS @ Electric Ballroom

  UK singer/songwriter THØSS has shared his first effort of the year, Work Is A Four Letter Word. The track blends soulful vocals with punctuated bass lines and bluesy guitar chops to create an evocative soundscape that fits perfectly with the personal nature of the lyrics. Speaking about the song, THØSS stated: “Work Is A Four Letter Word came from the realisation that working a menial job provided me with a sense of worth, a liniment of sorts. I was flipping hot dogs and feeling better about my place in the world.“ THØSS was captured live at Electric Ballroom by...

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Photography: Oumou Sangaré, The Songbird of Wassoulou

Photographed by Edyta K at a sold out concert at Village Underground in London, Malian singer & songwriter Oumou Sangaré is captured in all her beauty and glory in the clean and clear light at the club. Normally, Oumou Sangaré will be selling out concerts at The Royal Festival Hall,  Barbican or WOMAD so it was a real treat to see her so up close and personal. Photography bt Edyta K of Oumou Sangaré @ Village Underground, London, May 2017  ...

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VISION: 5 Billion In Diamonds, Gravity Rules from Butch Vig’s New Supergroup

New Supergroup featuring Garbage drummer and legendary American Producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins), UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks, 5 Billion In Diamonds have announced the release of their self-titled debut album, out 11th August on 100% Records. The lineup is completed by guitarist Alex Lee (Goldfrapp, Strangelove and Suede), bass player Sean Cook and drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser), vocals from Helen White (Alpha), Sandra Dedrick (The Free Design), David Schelzel (The Ocean Blue) and finally The Soundtrack of Our Lives singer Ebbot Lundberg, who Butch and James roped...

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Photography: Joe Bonamassa @ Royal Albert Hall

Joe Bonamassa – two-time Grammy-award nominated guitarist and vocalist – does not need an introduction. This year he is back in the UK to promote his twelfth studio album Blues Of Desperation. The album was recorded in just five days in Nashville’s Grand Victorian Sound Studios (previously known as RCA Studio A) under the watchful eyes of Bonamassa’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley along with drummers Anton Fig & Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes and keyboardist Reese Wynans.  This combo is a simple recipe for success. As expected, Bonamassa’s new proposal is the kind of material that redefines the blues-rock genre. Blues Of Desperation appears to be...

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Feature: A Year On The Road Touring With UK Foo Fighters

Some people look at the passing or upcoming year through the change of seasons, birthdays and paydays. And there are some who are looking at it through the windows of trains, buses, vans and the change a city might bring, going about its daily business. There are people who plan their time around scheduled dates, venues and concerts.  This might be musicians and photographers. And no matter that this life is not all roses (there are definitely ups and downs)  I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. So who am I? I am a  freelance music photographer, I need a sea of...

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Feature: Marianas Trench, Out Of The Abyss

The punk/emo rock band from Vancouver – Marianas Trench is hitting road. “EUROPE! Guess who’s coming back this May? It’s us. Returning to your glorious continent on “The Final Countdown” tour, we’re back at full strength and ready to finish what we started, and then some. New dates, makeup dates, new cities, old cities – stoking! Can’t wait to see everyone soon. Bring your squirrelin’ pail cuz this is gonna get furry!” the band has declared. Last year Canadian band toured Europe for the very first time and they took it by the storm. Now, they’re back, kicking off...

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Photography: Kaiser Chiefs @ O2 Arena, London

So,  2016 might be a quiet period in the Kaiser Chiefs camp but after they released their sixth studio album that silent time came to an end. Although they’re still seen as an indie band, that last album Stay Together is much more on the pop side of a scale than the previous production Education, Education & War. The show at O2 Arena brings out the best and the most awaited songs from band’s first two albums Employment and Yours Truly, Angry, Mob mixed well with the new material. Ricky energy goes out and beyond the stage taking fans on the greatest hits ride....

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Live: Pete RG, Staticland & Candlebox @ Underworld, Camden

Living in London means one thing, you are always surrounded by live music. If you’re lucky and choose correctly, you could have a decent feast almost every night. If your choices fail you might end up in a need of ear plugs in a pub that charges you more than a fiver for a beer. So choose wisely. If you notice Pete RG is playing in your town, do not hesitate, grab a ticket, take your mates and experience real music at it’s finest. American singer-songwriter Pete RG came to London’s Underground venue in Camden to support fellow American band...

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Live: Glenn Hughes @ Islington Assembly Hall

“I’m all about love and giving the love back” Glenn Hughes yelled from the stage at the Islington Assembly Hall crowd. If you were lucky enough to be there, you might have thought this was to be about rock’n’roll … and it was. Glenn was in town in support of his fourteenth solo record, Resonate. The “Voice Of Rock” as he is known has a lot to live up to, not least competing with his own past. His history takes in the band Trapeze from 1969, Deep Purple in the mid 1970’s including hit eighth studio album Burn, his stack of wonderful solo albums and  the brilliant collaborations Black Country...

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Live: Saint Agnes @ Oslo, Hackney.

Beware!  Saint Agnes are back with a new single and are ready to kick down the doors in your neighbourhood. The band, who are my personal greatest discovery of 2016, have bought out another strong rock song Merry Mother Of God Go Round. The new single release was followed by a live show at Oslo, Hackney on 8th December. Nothing can be just ordinary on 8th December. On the same date, we lost John Lennon (1980) and Darell Dimebag (2004) and it should be another celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday – the Lizard King would have been 73 this year. With expectations set high by the upcoming single, I...

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Live: Paradisia @ MOTH Club, London.

After a successful debut with the single Silent Lover, London-based band Paradisia have released their second track Warpaint. The single is scheduled to be released in November and follows up a premiere show at London’s MOTH Club. Edyta K went along to photograph and find out more about this enigmatic band. Alex Maxwell and her band opened the evening and  the young singer and songwriter presented mostly her own compositions and two very brave cover versions, Frank Sinatra‘s famous New York, New York and The Doors‘ 1967 single People Are Strange. She declared herself as a die-hard fan of The Doors but I was not really convinced...

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Live: The Big Moon @ Scala

November 3rd 2016 will definitely be remembered as the day when Scala went mental!  I have not quite seen anything like this before. An up and coming band, headlining a sold-out gig with the audience jumping around so heavily that the walls and floors were shaking like an earthquake. The Big Moon, a London-based, four piece band, tore that venue to pieces! I have to be honest, there were no signs that this evening would become one of the craziest nights I’ve ever witnessed. There were three bands on the bill, Abattoir Blues, Trudy And The Romance and The Big Moon. A...

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Live: Hackney Wonderland Festival. A Musical Feast In Hackney.

A Musical Feast In Hackney. The third annual Hackney Wonderland Festival took place in the heart of Hackney on 15th and 16th October. This year it evolved from one-day event to proper weekend festival. In short – Hackney Wonderland could be described as two days of music, five clubs and over 40 artists. With the headliners like Mystery Jets and Lucy Rose, the festival was already set for success but it’s not only about the main acts. Every ticket holder was given wristband and could freely roam between  Oval Space, Sebright Arms, The Pickle Factory, London Fields Brewhouse and...

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