Jessie Buckley and band sing for frontline workers

It all started with a set of photographs of nurses on a Covid ward, taken by frontline worker Hannah Grace Deller. The work was shown on Grayson’s Art Club – a series presented by Grayson Perry on Channel 4 – which Chris Difford of Squeeze just happened to catch. Chris was impressed by Hannah’s work…

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HENGE release two new singles ahead of their album

Alien prog rockers HENGE are releasing two new singles. Get Outta Ma House and New Planet are out now with long awaited album Exokosm to land on September 25th. They have also announced tour dates for 2021. Both the singles showcase the mix of rave, rock and dance music that makes up the band’s unique…

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Passport: Back to Our Roots second wave of artists

Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. UPDATE: Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up,  announced on BBC Radio 6 Music during the station’s ‘State Of Independence Day’. Metronomy will…

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Synthwave duo Affair are back for 2020

After eight years of silence, euphoric synthwave duo Affair release a new EP called Clouds; the single taken from it, Higher Still, dropped at the end of August. A certain amount of mystery shrouds Affair who were, nearly a decade ago, on the cusp of signing after a flurry of interest in their sound by…

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New Aerial festival in the Lake District

AERIAL is the Lake District’s innovative new festival of original work and commissions – online and free from 26 September 2020 Over 20 new works and commissions from over 40 artists will be accessible online and for free via aerialfestival.com from 26th September This was intended to be Aerial’s inaugural year but like all other…

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Re-release of Believe by Bliss plus new video

Bliss band’s Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison have just rereleased Believe (Let the Love Shine In), mix 2020. Accompanying the song is an uplifting video created by Tom, enhanced with gorgeously psychedelic touches – and check out those singing sunflowers… I chatted to Rachel about making the re-release of Believe and the couple’s lockdown…

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Victorious festival tickets on sale from Friday 28th August

This week, the iconic Victorious sign has once again appeared on Southsea seafront, ahead of festival tickets going on sale. The phrase ‘We Miss You’ can be found across Castle Field, the location of the festival’s second main stage. Historically, the Castle Field sign has been a teaser for artist announcements. However, this year the…

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Interview with Isle of Wight band As We Leave

Four-piece band As We Leave has just released their new single via Abbey Records called Stories We Tell – it’s a shimmery and nostalgia-laden ode to summer, replete with the feelings the season can conjure. The band’s members all grew up on the Isle of Wight where they formed their strong friendship bonds at school…

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Roachford back with rescheduled tour dates

His tour for 2020 was delayed, but Roachford is now back with tour dates for 2021. His strong, emotional and soul-drenched single out called High On Love came out this year, the first song on the new album Twice in a Lifetime. Produced by Jimmy Hogarth, who has worked with Paolo Nutini, Duffy and Amy…

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Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons: almost a festival

Being able to hear live music again lifts the spirits and gives us hope for the future. Jimmy C & the Blues Dragons have been entertaining crowds worldwide for many years and on Sunday 9th August their gig – the second this summer at the gardens of St Mary’s Tower, north London, was – dare…

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