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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Lloyd Cole at Union Chapel review

I noticed that Lloyd Cole was sporting that slightly tricky sartorial trend, double denim. Later in the set, Cole made reference to his outfit. He related a story about a visit to Austin, Texas, where at a honky tonk bar he observed “much younger women dancing with older men… who all wore double denim”. Much of Cole’s amusing onstage patter…

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Music News….

Well done to Bearded Theory for winning Best Family Festival at the UK Festival awards held at the Roundhouse, London. The team (above) were delighted to collect their award. V & A Goes 60s The V&A hosts an exhibition open till 26 February 2017 entitled You Say you want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970….

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Battles of Winter – At Once with Tattered Sails

Battles of Winter’s second album At Once with Tattered Sails was released (download only) on September 23. “The difficult second album?” the band announce on their Facebook page. Having given the album a metaphorical spin (actually, about ten), my answer to that is a definite no. This new offering from BoW exudes confidence – the…

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Desert Trip – from an English perspective

Desert Trip festival: some of the heavyweights from my teens in one palm-tree-fringed, sun-soaked paradise. Normally I steer clear of this type of mega-concert, but nevertheless this sounded somewhat appealing. I reminded myself that I’d rather hang out at a UK festival, hearing younger, more relevant music in a friendly atmosphere, all the while imbibing abundant quantities of alcohol…

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A Heavenly January on its way in Hebden Bridge

The Trades, Hebden Bridge 2017. Dreary old January. Dark rainy nights, empty bank account, buddies off the alcohol… is there anything the wretched first month has going for it? Well, yes! A Heavenly weekend at The Trades in Hebden Bridge, where the esteemed venue puts on a mini fest of musical delights. Last year, we saw…

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Fightback: Music Venue Trust Roundhouse gig

If you care about live music, it’s time to put your full support behind it – which means going to as many live gigs as you can! The amount on venues which are closing countrywide is truly heartbreaking. The Roundhouse is hosting a Music Venue Trust gig at The Roundhouse in Camden on 18th October…

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Early Birds for Bearded Theory 2017

It’s the big one – Bearded Theory 10th Anniversary Special THURSDAY 25TH – SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER AT 9AM FIRST 1500 TICKETS FOR SALE AT EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT PRICE The organisers of Bearded Theory have confirmed that their award-winning family-friendly Spring Gathering will return to celebrate its 10th anniversary between…

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