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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Steve Mason: About the Light at Rough Trade

Steve Mason aired his new album About the Light at Rough Trade Steve Mason is back – with a beautiful and confident new album to start off 2019 on a positive note. About The Light dropped this week and he started promoting it with an appearance at Rough Trade East: I love these little gigs…

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Sea Change 2019 line-up

Metronomy, The Comet is Coming, Stewart Lee and Bagpuss are all confirmed for Sea Change 2019. The Totnes-based event, founded by Totnes’s Drift Record Shop, has moved from its former end-of-summer position to May Bank Holiday. The Quietus presents Gazelle Twin, with full line-up to follow. Hannah Peel and Will Burns, and Dutch 4-piece Pip…

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Independent Venue Week gathers pace

Having put on a few gigs myself at a local venue, a particularly atmospheric and beautiful space, which was subsequently sold off to be transformed into flats and a hotel, Independent Venue Week is a much-needed venture. Running from Monday 28th January to Sunday 3rd February 19, for IVW19 there are nearly 190 venues signed up…

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UP N GO Brazilian band play Nambucca

They call their music ‘pop soul funk’ – and the Brazilian outfit UP N GO play Nambucca in London. It’s  their second performance as they played a last-minute set at Ronnie Scott’s jam session, where the band got to show off their versatility with a set of covers to suit the jazz and blues evening…

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Turin Brakes live at the London Palladium: review

Turin Brakes know how to make the London Palladium feel as intimate as a rough-and-ready basement pub venue. They start by introducing songs from their brand new album. Over the next couple of hours or so, the band take us on a journey back and forth over the past 18 years, many members of the…

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