Exhibition ‘A Different Age’ by Shirley Baker

A new exhibition of Shirley Baker’s work is now taking place online at the James Hyman Gallery. Called ‘A Different Age‘, it focuses on the lives of elderly people. Much of Shirley Baker’s work has centred on working class community life, the photographs taken in bomb-shattered post-war Manchester and Salford in the 1960s and 70s…

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Save Our Scottish Venues festival announced

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has just announced a fantastic lineup for Save Our Scottish Venues virtual festival. It takes place on Friday 19th June across three ‘stages’ and is streamed on livefrom.events. The event streams performances by Scottish musicians who have come together to support Scotland’s vital grassroots music venues who are facing closure due…

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Interview with Leeds art-rock band Fehlt

The first track I heard by art rockers Fehlt was Closure and it had an instant appeal. Liking that first listen can go one of two ways: it might stick with you or it might just be a brief flirtation. Fortunately it’s the former and the confident, expansive, soundscapey lushness of Closure, out now via…

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Modern Studies: The Weight of the Sun

One Saturday afternoon last December I made my way to east London venue Studio 9294 for Fire Records‘ chilled, friendly Christmas event called Outer Limits. With a roster of about seven performances, it unexpectedly turned out to be one of my top gigs of 2019. One of the new (to me) bands who were an…

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Interview: The Lounge Society

There must be something in the water, or the ale, in West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley these days, judging by the surfeit of young musical talent emanating from the craggy moors and valleys around Hebden Bridge. Other factors that play a part are a clued up, supportive network and a handful of local venues willing to…

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Sea Change online festival

Take a trip, virtually speaking, to Devon and immerse yourself in Sea Change festival this weekend 25th and 26th April.  The distinctive and independent event, now into its fifth year, had to be postponed, much to everyone’s disappointment. Sea Change have organised a special version of the festival. Taking part are: Yann Tiersen, Shirley Collins,…

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Latest release: Warm Digits Flight of Ideas

Another energy-filled album from Warm Digits. On Flight of Ideas Warm Digits “make a call to arms: when we all think our ideas are right, what are the costs of never believing you could be wrong?” And so the exploration begins, with the duo plus a selection of guest vocalists stepping back in time and…

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Bluedot to host Inner Space parties

Bluedot brings their festival experience to your living room by hosting live streams across their social channels from some of the top acts performing at this year’s festival.  This weekend starts with Henge (above, at Bluedot 2019), with other notable acts on the bill hosting parties over the coming weeks. Henge was very popular at…

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