Bearded Theory 2017 announces final acts

It might be fair to say that Bearded Theory Festival is spoiling us. And not with chocolates.   Well, it is their 10th anniversary year, so we were expecting a lineup par excellence. And indeed it is. Having revealed the headliner for Saturday night as Seasick Steve, they’ve now gone and added another three acts to…

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Steve Mason Alive! at the Barbican

It doesn’t surprise me that Steve Mason forged a lasting connection with Joe Duddell at Festival No 6. Each year, a selected number of main-stage artists collaborate with Duddell and his ensemble, performing in the tiny Portmeirion Town Hall (queues for these are legendary, as only around 100 get access to the space). From what I’ve heard there isn’t much…

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Independent Venue Week: check out your local

Shake off the flu, ease up on dry January and get out to a gig this week – all in order to support Independent Venue Week, which takes place between Monday 23 – Sunday 29 January. 148 venues around the UK are taking part in IVW this year. The project, which is staged nationally but retains a strong…

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A powerhouse of a show: North at Open Eye Gallery

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is now showing at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, the first exhibition to be held as part of their 40th anniversary year. Curators Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray have taken an in-depth and far reaching look of the creativity of the towns, cities and suburbs of the north through different media and the way its influences…

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Favourite albums of 2016

Putting together a list of favourite albums of 2016, I recalled writing last year’s collection. What a different world we now inhabit. Everything feels brittle and fragile, a sense of permanence lost. The loss of so many great musicians and artists this year has been raw and shocking. However… there are plenty of releases I’ve really enjoyed this year, and inevitably…

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Shirley Baker photographs in new show at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

A major exhibition opens at Open Eye Gallery on the waterfront in Liverpool on 5th January 2017, which will include a few works of Manchester photographer Shirley Baker. The multi-media show called North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, will examine the way the north has been depicted in various media. Five works by Shirley Baker are included in the…

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It’s Madness! and more for Bearded Theory 2017

Bearded Theory is pulling out all the stops for 2017’s Spring Break festival. And now just announced, Madness will be headlining on Sunday night. Just crowned Best Family Festival 2016, Bearded Theory has more announcements: Alabama 3 (pictured above at Bearded Theory 2015, Don Letts (DJ set), Skippinish and former Dum Dum’s Frontman Josh Doyle. Skunk Anansie,…

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The Orielles added to Heavenly Weekender at The Trades

Great news: young West Yorkshire three-piece The Orielles have just signed to Heavenly recordings. The band – Esme Hand Halford on bass, sister Sidonie on drums and Henry Wade on guitar, are known for their lush garagey sun-drenched sound  – a Californian vibe by way of Halifax (the Califax sound, perhaps). Since the band got together they’ve been gigging…

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Wolf People at Oslo, Hackney

As Festival No 6 in Wales this summer descended into a major mudbath after two days of biblical rainfall, Wolf People took to the stage late afternoon (above). They were captivating and the turmoil of guitars suited the inclement weather, but I decided I’d enjoy them more sometime in the future, in the warmth, with dry clothes….

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Bearded Theory brings good news for 2017

It may have been a sh!tty day news wise with the future looking orange in the USA. But here in the UK things are rosy. And that’s all down to Bearded Theory festival announcing their first lineup acts. Bearded Theory Spring Gathering takes place, as usual, ahead of the crowd on May Bank Holiday, and…

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