Lost Map: Pictish Trail Daylight Music at Union Chapel

The Daylight Music sessions at Union Chapel in Islington are gentle, pay-what-you-like lunchtime concerts with tea and cake. There are around 30 sessions per year. This Saturday was the turn of artists on the Lost Map record label run from by remote Hebridean isle dweller, Johnny Lynch, otherwise known as Pictish Trail. Lynch and team…

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Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline

Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline. The Borderline used to be an endearingly scruffy little venue, not out of place amongst the shabby streets around Soho. As development began in earnest, the basement venue became increasingly fragile looking so its smart overhaul in March this year is very welcome, especially the cosy seating…

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Bearded Theory 2018 first reveal

Over the past couple of months, the Bearded Theory festival organisers have been busy bees, planning for next year’s foray to the green fields of Catton Hall, with flags fluttering, rows of jolly tents and … what’s that you can hear? The sweet sounds of Jesus and Mary Chain floating on the breeze? Yes, the…

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Deltiron festival in Cadiz

Things have been a bit quiet here at gourmetgigs while I’ve been in southern Spain. But as chance would have it, I was invited to a local music festival called Deltirón, in the breezy, friendly coastal city of Cádiz. I swapped a lifetime of festivals on home turf for palm trees, enviably balmy weather and…

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Here We Are Burberry photo exhibition

Note: This exhibition closed on 1st October 2017 There is barely a moment, whether it be a fashion movement or a colourful cake, that doesn’t find itself Instagrammed to death these days. How different were those post-war decades as British society dusted itself down and embraced a changing world – buildings, furniture, tribes, fashion, music,…

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No talking please, I’m listening to the band

    “This is a place for music lovers. If you want to talk to your friends when the bands are on, please use the other bar.” The above sign is plastered prominently on the venue door at The Trades in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, my favourite small venue.  It’s a welcome sign in my opinion;…

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Good news about Bearded Theory 2018

Bearded Theory 2018 Spring Gathering should put a spring in your autumnly step. On Saturday, Earlybird tickets went on sale (as reported here on gourmet gigs) and they sold out in three minutes flat!. But never fear, festival lovers, as the regular priced tickets, still only a measly £115, are now on sale – an…

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Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost at Festival No 6

Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost will be joining Joe Duddell and the No 6 ensemble this year at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion. These Festival No 6 events in conjunction with Joe Duddell have primarily taken place in the picturesque but tiny Town Hall, requiring an hour or so of queueing (not what you feel…

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Green Man festival 2017 review

This year was the 15th anniversary of Green Man, the bucolic festival set in the Brecon Beacons. It is – since the demise of Big Chill – my favourite festival venue, with its lush mountainous setting and main stage framed dramatically by the Black Mountains. For those short of stature (like myself), you’ll always have…

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