Independent Venue Week gathers pace

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

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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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Django Django Marble Skies at Rough Trade

Arty indie band Django Django showcased their new album Marble Skies at Rough Trade East. Their distinctive sound is still there – the deep echo effects, the whoops, the harmonies – sun-dappled and wistful, adding an intensity and beauty to their songs. And there’s always that compulsive beat underpinning their material, almost forcing you to head…

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Sea Change festival adds Dartington Hall as a venue

Sea Change festival in Totnes has established quite a name for itself in its two years of its existence. Started by Drift Record shop, its knowledgeable owners have enticed a raft of stellar names both emerging and established, to play at a host of quirky venues around the town. There’s the restored Totnes Cinema, two…

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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; I’m one of…

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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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