Lost Map: Pictish Trail Daylight Music at Union Chapel

The Daylight Music sessions at Union Chapel in Islington are gentle, pay-what-you-like lunchtime concerts with tea and cake. There are around 30 sessions per year. This Saturday was the turn of artists on the Lost Map record label run from by remote Hebridean isle dweller, Johnny Lynch, otherwise known as Pictish Trail. Lynch and team…

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Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline

Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline. The Borderline used to be an endearingly scruffy little venue, not out of place amongst the shabby streets around Soho. As development began in earnest, the basement venue became increasingly fragile looking so its smart overhaul in March this year is very welcome, especially the cosy seating…

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No talking please, I’m listening to the band

    “This is a place for music lovers. If you want to talk to your friends when the bands are on, please use the other bar.” The above sign is plastered prominently on the venue door at The Trades in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, my favourite small venue.  It’s a welcome sign in my opinion;…

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True Faith: Manchester Art Gallery

Joy Division and New Order have had a profound effect on the creative arts, inspiring not only musicians but artists, writers, illustrators and film makers. Their visual legacy is now being documented in a new exhibition opening in Manchester as part of the Manchester International Festival (MIF17). Taking place at Manchester Art Gallery from 30th…

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Amber Arcades review: The Trades and The Finsbury

At the Heavenly Weekender at The Trades in Hebden Bridge back in January, Amber Arcades’ half-hour early evening set was the most engaging of the three days (young Halifax band The Orielles were the other stand-out act). The focal presence on stage is Amber Arcades’ mastermind, the very cool Annelotte De Graaf, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter – her…

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British Sea Power at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

You know you’re at a British Sea Power gig when there’s some slightly weird stuff at the merch stall and the stage is full of foliage.  The band’s new March release Let The Dancers Inherit the Party has had positive reaction from fans – it’s a triumphant, upbeat and playful collection, designed to give us hope in these dark times,…

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News

British Sea Power continue their tour of the UK with latest album Let the Dancers Inherit the Party at The Trades Hebden Bridge. Date: 28th July. They are play at Green Man Festival in August.   If you can’t get away once school has started in September,  On Blackheath in south London might do the trick over…

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Review: Julia Jacklin at The Louisiana

Julia Jacklin stands on stage at The Louisiana in Bristol as motionless as a statue, closes her eyes and manages to hush the entire room. All eyes are upon her as she starts to sing. There is a mesmerising quality to her voice, something about the rich, dreamy swoopiness which suits the Australian’s alt- country indie folk material. Then there’s her ability to…

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Steve Mason Alive! at the Barbican

It doesn’t surprise me that Steve Mason forged a lasting connection with Joe Duddell at Festival No 6. Each year, a selected number of main-stage artists collaborate with Duddell and his ensemble, performing in the tiny Portmeirion Town Hall (queues for these are legendary, as only around 100 get access to the space). From what I’ve heard there isn’t much…

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