Surprises on the lineup at Bearded Theory 2019

There’s always a few surprises on the Bearded Theory lineup and for 2019, the team have managed to sweet-talk Doves into playing a festival set – they’ll be no doubt wowing the crowds on the Pallet Stage on Sunday. Doves are back for 2019 after a fair few years on ‘hiatus’, during which time they’ve…

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Heavenly celebrate at The Trades Club: Jimi Goodwin; Kid Wave

REPOSTING FROM 2015! Heavenly Records are celebrating their 25th anniversary by taking over the Trades Club for the weekend with a packed programme of shows. In order to cram it all in, they’re adding matinee performances as well as the usual evening ones. It feels slightly odd and indulgent to leave the snow, busy shops and cafes…

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Sea Change 2019 line-up

Metronomy, The Comet is Coming, Stewart Lee and Bagpuss are all confirmed for Sea Change 2019. The Totnes-based event, founded by Totnes’s Drift Record Shop, has moved from its former end-of-summer position to May Bank Holiday. The Quietus presents Gazelle Twin, with full line-up to follow. Hannah Peel and Will Burns, and Dutch 4-piece Pip…

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Independent Venue Week gathers pace

Having put on a few gigs myself at a local venue, a particularly atmospheric and beautiful space, which was subsequently sold off to be transformed into flats and a hotel, Independent Venue Week is a much-needed venture. Running from Monday 28th January to Sunday 3rd February 19, for IVW19 there are nearly 190 venues signed up…

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UP N GO Brazilian band play Nambucca

They call their music ‘pop soul funk’ – and the Brazilian outfit UP N GO play Nambucca in London. It’s  their second performance as they played a last-minute set at Ronnie Scott’s jam session, where the band got to show off their versatility with a set of covers to suit the jazz and blues evening…

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Winterville festival comes to Clapham Common

If you’re missing festival season, here’s something for Londoners to fill the gap. The city’s alternative festive experience Winterville heads back to  Clapham Common from 15th November to 23rd December.    The music lineup has just been announced: Mel C, Norman Jay MBE, Jazzie B, The Cuban Brothers, London Soul Train, DJ Yoda and lots more. Plus residences…

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Gilles Peterson talks to Will Ashon and Dave Haslam

As part of the Safaplace mental health charity pop-up run by Stoke Newington School, with events, records and books curated by Gilles Peterson, Gilles interviewed Will Ashon and Dave Haslam. Both have been involved in the music business and made that shift to the literary world. First in Peterson’s hotseat was Will Ashon, the former…

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Bearded Theory 2019 early news

EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT! REGULAR PRICE TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT £122. That’s £17 more. 4 (ish) pints. Go on, treat yourself. Get ready – tickets for Bearded Theory 2019 go on sale on Saturday 15th September and the first 1,500 tickets are discounted to £105. Some people are busy counting off the…

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Green Man festival review 2018

Something was definitely missing from Green Man festival 2018 – that wet stuff falling from the sky which churns the Brecon Beacons mud to a smelly mush. Instead, this year’s festival was blessed by sun and wafting clouds; so it was off with the cagoules and on with the fancy dress… and the fine weather…

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