Top albums and EPs 2021

This has been an abundant year for new music, hardly surprising as artists were forced into lockdown, stuck in their houses / bedrooms /studios with only synths and guitars for company. We’re delighted to bring you Gourmet Gigs’ favourites this year: a combination of albums and an EP. A few long-awaited albums turned out to…

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Revive Live Tour 2022 to save music venues

Help the live music industry and save our grassroots venues. The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour takes place in January 2022 with a wide range of artists taking place at venues country-wide. The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced this year’s events with tours by a diverse range…

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Frazey Ford celebrates UK tour with new track ‘Saul’

Fluttery, fragile yet with a quiet power, when Frazey Ford starts to sing, the vocals that emerge are something distinct and unique. The Vancouver artist sings right from the soul, her voice eloquently expressing and encompassing all the emotions of a life that has not been easy. She has released a new song called Saul,…

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Warm Graves releases single called Neon from his next album

Leipzig-based Jonas Wehner, aka Warm Graves, is about to release his second album in seven years. He’s been in hibernation since his debut Ships Will Come, and is now entering a new phase with album Ease to be released on February 25th 2022. For now, you can sit back and take in a first glimpse…

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Interview with singer songwriter Richard Walters

With five critically acclaimed albums and four EPs to his name since 2007, singer songwriter Richard Walters is nothing if not prolific. And now the solo artist is on the cusp of releasing a digital single called The Man I Loved from his upcoming EP in January 2022. There are further strings to his bow:…

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Bearded Theory 2022: the second wave

Reason to celebrate: Bearded Theory festival 2022 has just announced a second wave of artists which we’re revealing right now. And they’re a cracker. Or maybe that should be crackers, but that doesn’t sound right. So here we go… tick, tick, boom! Yes, The Hives have joined the lineup and they’re well-known as a brilliant…

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Nightmares on Wax new single with OSHUN

Nightmares on Wax is set to release his album Shout Out! To Freedom on 29th October and so far, things are looking very positive for the artists ninth work. Nightmares on Wax, aka George Evelyn, has revealed an impressive list of collaborative forces: Greentea Peng, OSHUN, Shabaka Hutchings, Halle Supreme, Pip Millett and more. He…

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New platform GigRealm aims to streamline the system

A new platform named GigRealm launches today which aims to help match artists to venues and streamline the process for artists to play live at grassroots venues. Although the idea was created before the pandemic, London-based music company GigRealm will now be part of the solution to help the beleaguered music industry get back on…

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Aftertouch: magical new album from Absolutely Free

Emerging from a misty and dreamy landscape comes the second album from Canadian outfit Absolutely Free called Aftertouch, released September 24 on Boiled Records. The band caught my attention earlier in the year with the thought-provoking single How to Paint Clouds – the second track on this new release. Absolutely Free, comprising the core trio…

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Bearded Theory first reveal for 2022

What a joy to see Bearded Theory festival back on track for 2022. Dates confirmed are 26-29th May, at its regular spot of Catton Hall, Derbyshire. The lineup is looking good, nay, amazing with Patti Smith to appear. Also Placebo, and The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips will close the festival on Sunday, no doubt…

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