The Felice Brothers play The Garage in Highbury

“I saw The Felice Brothers at the 100 Club, back in the day, with Simone Felice. They were amazing. Lots of us got up and danced on stage with the band, it was a bit of a party.” If that was a top Felice Brothers moment – experienced not by me sadly, but by my companion for tonight’s gig – I would certainly now put…

Read More

The Photographers’ Gallery: images of Manchester by Shirley Baker

The haunting and compelling 2007 documentary of Joy Division, directed by Grant Gee, opens with a montage of images of Manchester in the 70s. It depicts a time of sweeping changes after the post-war streets were systematically cleared of ‘slum dwellings’ and occupants were rehoused in shiny new high-rise developments. As became evident pretty swiftly, poverty was not eliminated, merely…

Read More

Review: Bearded Theory Friday/Saturday 2015

Bearded Theory Festival has got its mojo back. Not that it ever really went away, it just went through a dip last year with the new site to adjust to, coupled with relentless rain. But for 2015, the weather smiled down on Bearded Theory, the festival site was looking all new and improved and the confidence was back. Arriving at…

Read More

Bearded Theory Sunday 2015 – pirates, beards and bands

Sunday is unabashedly fun day at Bearded Theory. Proceedings kick off with Mr Motivator and a mass exercise session at the Woodland stage at the unearthly hour of 12 noon, and the place is packed out – Mr Motivator’s appeal is clearly undimmed. There’s so much to celebrate today. Firstly those threatening rainclouds are beating a retreat. It’s also Pirate…

Read More

Summer in the city: festivals with urban appeal

Festivals are going through big changes and the newer breed of events are more often taking place in the very cities we’re usually so keen to escape from.The formula we’ve traditionally enjoyed, three days or so camped out in the fields of an obliging farmer with enough bands and DJs to keep you happy, has shifted to encompass a new…

Read More

Festival update for 2015 – which will you choose?

Have you decided which festivals you’re heading to this summer? It’s almost make-your-mind-up time. Some have just released their final wave of artists. Here’s a selection to help you on your way  – all have tickets remaining. Wychwood 29th to 31st May This very family-friendly event just gets better and better. The setting, at Cheltenham Racecourse, doesn’t…

Read More