Independent Venue Week 2020

Independent Venue Week lights up the end of January with a fabulous roll-call of musicians at venues around the country. It’s the seventh IVW 2020, and it’s happening Monday 27th January to Sunday 2 February. This year celebrations include intimate live shows and tours, a feature documentary and a new live record release – details…

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Special Phildel gig at St Pancras Old Church

Phildel will be returning to the atmospheric and intimate St Pancras Old Church for a special gig on Friday, February 21st where she’ll be performing songs from The Disappearance of the Girl and Wave your Flags but as you’ve never heard them before, with the accompaniment of strings and choir. St Pancras Old Church was Phildel’s…

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Interview: Bliss are back with a tour and re-release

Bliss are back. First there was the stunning performance at Nambucca in north London earlier this year, with former members Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison on top form – along with their new Brazilian band. Fired up with enthusiasm after such a great response, the couple have been hard at work making things happen….

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Heavenly weekender at The Trades, Hebden Bridge

CHERRY GHOST, DOVES AND WEEKENDER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Don’t hang about, tickets to this get snapped up faster than Glastonbury. The Heavenly weekender, a tradition at The Trades, Hebden Bridge, is happening 16 – 19th April 2020. It’s a really buzzy event and a great chance to see artists up close in the relatively…

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Review: Lamb at Union Chapel

This was Lamb’s first seated gig, so they tell us. Good going for the duo who have been in existence since 1996. They did, however, exhort us to get up on our feet for a dancey number after which no one seemed much inclined to sit down again. The duo released a new album this…

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Colours: a new gig space and bar in Hackney

Colours is a new and welcome addition to London’s ever-shrinking roster of music venues. The team behind much-loved London venues Queen of Hoxton, The Book Club and Brighton’s Patterns are opening a brand new multi-arts-bar and club called Colours in Hoxton Square, East London in September. There will be a programme of music, art and…

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Review: Beyond the Road: Journeys in Space and Sound

“Once you have walked the road, Everything becomes clear” So begins The Road: Part II, James Lavelle (UNKLE)’s enigmatic latest album, the second of a trilogy. And springing from this work is Beyond the Road, a multi-sensory exhibition taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Through sound, film and visual effects you can take that…

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Parkour and dance show ‘On Edge’ highlights modern slavery

A collaborative parkour dance theatre production called ‘On Edge’ is currently playing at festivals and theatres around the country. The idea was the creation of visionary artistic director Anja Meinhardt, director of theatre company Justice in Motion. On Edge brings together members of the Parkour, slackline, dance and theatre community. The aim of the production…

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Review: Bliss at Nambucca, north London

When the elements come together and the stars perfectly align, you have to take full advantage of the moment. Such is the situation Rachel Morrison and Tom Morrison found themselves in earlier this year: a chance encounter with a group of Brazilian musicians provided the ideal combination to reinvent Bliss, the band that she so…

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