How The Light Gets In

Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath in north London plays host to How The Light Gets In this September 18 – 19th. The festival is the world’s largest philosophy event and includes music and comedy; this marks the event’s return after a years’s absence and it will also be live-streamed for a global audience. The theme…

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Review: Kaleidoscope festival at Alexandra Palace

There was a palpable feeling of excitement in the air as people made their way up to Alexandra Palace for Kaleidoscope festival on Saturday 25th July. For many starved revellers, this was the first occasion for well over a year that they were heading out to a festival, this was liberation. Everyone came with the…

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ODAS present new EP and West Yorkshire shows

ODAS music project founded by Dean Freeman, releases their second EP on July 12th. Called The Film Between The Takes EP2 the four-track instrumental work follows EP1 which saw its release in January this year. What initially appealed to me about West Yorkshire based ODAS (formerly One Day, After School) was their connection with poetry –…

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‘On Edge’ dynamic theatre and Parkour to highlight modern slavery

The exciting outdoor theatre production On Edge is now out of lockdown and back on tour. The show is a unique and genre-defying blend of performance skills, superbly energetic and engaging, making this a groundbreaking piece of theatre. Dance, circus skills, puppetry and parkour converge in this piece with a message: to highlight the issue…

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London day festivals happening this summer

It’s not been an easy summer for festivals, and each week brings further cancellations. The good news is that a surfeit of one-day music events is happening in London’s various green spaces. Most festivals have reached their final ticket release, so if you’ve got your eye on something, best snap those tickets up without further…

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Sea Change festival to go ahead this summer

Some good news for the south west festival scene. Sea Change festival is back this summer with a one-day event named Sea Change Presents. And the team are glad to announce that next year sees the full three-day event from 27-29 May 2022. This year’s Sea Change will see live music, film and conversations happening at…

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A second wave for Victorious festival

Victorious festival in Portsmouth has announced its second wave lineup, with more artists adding to the roster for the August Bank Holiday event. Headlining Sunday night on the Castle Stage are Nile Rodgers and Chic. Saturday evening sees Frank Turner in Southsea, with his eight-album catalogue of punk-folk.  Also joining the line-up are Annie Mac and Ella Eyre on Sunday afternoon, with Clean…

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Back to the fields: festivals for 2021

Our festival piece looks a little different this year. It’s been a difficult and rather harrowing task putting it together as many have decided – and are still deciding – to cancel, mainly due to the lack of Government-backed covid insurance. Operating on a knife edge is everyday stuff for festival organisers, but this is…

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Manchester Psych Fest 2021 full line up

A stellar roster of artists awaits those attending Manchester Psych Fest this year. And the organisers are delighted to announce their full lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place on 4th September. Malia’s Tinariwen are co-headliners with Stereolab, plus there’s post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Also on the bill Jadu Heart, Billy Nomates,…

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Review: Gwyl 2021 festival

The future looks promising for live festivals, but for now we are still in the land of the virtual. Gwyl 2021 earlier this month used this mode to its full advantage. The event was put together by four Welsh festivals, Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Festival of Comedy and Other Voices. Collectively, they created…

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