Author: John Hayhurst

Alice Cooper Hot & Hip Live At Leeds

 I’ve seen a number of artists recently that are passed their normally ‘used by’ date, but tonight the usual careful hiding of wrinkles and disguising of chins isn’t needed, because it all adds to the image of the Godfather of Shock Horror Rock. Alice Cooper approaches his 70th Birthday (Feb 2018) with the same vim and vigour as he would have done at his 30th – 69th, bringing along a hot new band and some old friends for company. Looking around the Leeds Arena tonight we have a big collection of old relics, ok that’s a bit harsh, let’s...

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Kendal Calling 2017 | In Those Beautiful Fields

A music festival nestled in the Cumbrian hills, sounds idyllic and it certainly is, although you’d struggle to actually see the hills and mountains other than the moment you park your car at the edge of the site. Then there’s that nice trek up a hill armed with all your camping provisions for a 3 day (or 4 for some lucky folks) event of fun, food, drink and most importantly the music. Yes there was a little rain and plenty of mud this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits or the impeccable organisation of this festival, the preparedness...

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Kendal Calling 2017 Top Ten Artists You Should Not Miss This Year!

Kendal Calling 2017 – The top 10 Artists you should not miss this year! As Glastonbury comes to an end, the festival season itself really cranks up during July, and by far the best medium sized festival in the UK is Kendal Calling. Once again thousands of people are heading to the Lake District for a weekend packed of music, comedy, and many other activities that we detailed in our What to Expect article here: What to Expect at Kendal Calling Lowther Deer Park will be the beautiful setting for this blend of bands and artists, and is really one of the...

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Festival: Kendal Calling, What To Expect?

If there is a best practice guide in how to evolve a festival from a small gathering over two days to an award winning four night musical and arts paradise, then you need look no further than the beautiful Lake District and Kendal Calling. Back in 2006 a group of music nuts kicked off a two-day party with British Sea Power at the glorious Abbot Hall Park, fast forward 10 years and at Lowther Deer Park Kendal Calling won Best Medium Sized Festival for the second year running, hosting Madness, Noel Gallagher, Blossoms, Rudimental and many others over a packed...

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LIVE: THE KOOKS @ LEEDS ACADEMY

The Kooks are one of those bands that you find surprising when you realise you know more songs than you anticipate. Tonight in Leeds at a sold out Academy show they are playing the greatest hits tour, a best of – probably because they have hit that post 10 year milestone and really the whole thing can go one of three ways from now. They either bow out in the way that The Enemy did a few months ago, try to replicate the previous highs with a steady release of poorer albums, or, the more probable route – milk...

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