W H Lung, debut album at Oslo, Hackney

W H Lung have taken around two years to release their first album Incidental Music. Even when interest in their deep and moody music started to escalate, the band were quite obviously going to do things in their own time. I first heard them at Bluedot festival two years ago and had one of those…

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The lineup: 12 best festivals for 2019

Ooh festival season! The thought of it fills me (and so many of you out there, obviously) with joy. The sheer diversity of the UK festival scene means you can truly immerse yourself in music, dance, talks, literature, art, nature… there’s bound to be a few which will tick all your personal boxes. Here’s my…

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Jarvis Cocker plus more on the Bluedot 2019 lineup

Bluedot festival has unveiled its third wave of artists: one of the highlights is Jarvis Cocker performing a rare live set. And, back from their world tour are Sons of Kemet. Derrick Carter’s Cosmic Disco promises to be a mix of tribal house and tech-disco, hosted by La Discotheque. West Yorkshire rising stars Working Men’s…

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Doves and more goodies for Bearded Theory

There’s always a few new tweaks to make Bearded Theory even better every year. As a seasoned Bearded Theory goer (a Bearded Theorist?), these are my top tips for this year… A RARE DOVES APPEARANCE Doves are back. Individually Jimi Goodwin and twins Andy and Jez Williams have spent the past ten years doing their…

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Phildel – new album and gigs

Phildel is back. Having taken time out to move to Brighton and raise a young family, the compelling and mystical vocalist and composer has been nevertheless working away behind the scenes. She has an upcoming gig at the Purcell Room on March 20 and will play songs from her new album Wave Your Flags. She…

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Bluedot celebrates the Moon Landing

Come and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with the incredible Moon-themed line-up at Bluedot festival. It was 50 years to the day – 21 July 1969 – that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon. Where better to be than at the iconic Jodrell Bank in Cheshire –…

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Sea Change festival confirms Gruff Rhys and plenty more

Devon’s Sea Change Festival has announced the second wave of artists confirmed to appear in Totnes and Dartington this May. Gruff Rhys – Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker author and one-fifth of Super Furry Animals will be appearing. Also, Bill Ryder Jones, Lubomyr Melnyk, Maps, Du Blonde, who has just released her self-produced Lung Bread…

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Port Eliot lineup – the first wave

Gorgeous independent Cornish festival Port Eliot Festival has unveiled the first set of artists for 2019. Set on the ancient St Germans estate, the festival runs from 25-28 July 2019. Tickets and full details at porteliotfestival.com  LARGE THURSDAY line-up for weekend ticketholders headlined by Aldous Harding.  OPEN FIRE STAGE & Georgian Big Kitchen featuring the…

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