The Orielles added to Heavenly Weekender at The Trades

Great news: young West Yorkshire three-piece The Orielles have just signed to Heavenly recordings. The band – Esme Hand Halford on bass, sister Sidonie on drums and Henry Wade on guitar, are known for their lush garagey sun-drenched sound  – a Californian vibe by way of Halifax (the Califax sound, perhaps). Since the band got together they’ve been gigging…

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Wolf People at Oslo, Hackney

As Festival No 6 in Wales this summer descended into a major mudbath after two days of biblical rainfall, Wolf People took to the stage late afternoon (above). They were captivating and the turmoil of guitars suited the inclement weather, but I decided I’d enjoy them more sometime in the future, in the warmth, with dry clothes….

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Lloyd Cole at Union Chapel review

I noticed that Lloyd Cole was sporting that slightly tricky sartorial trend, double denim. Later in the set, Cole made reference to his outfit. He related a story about a visit to Austin, Texas, where at a honky tonk bar he observed “much younger women dancing with older men… who all wore double denim”. Much of Cole’s amusing onstage patter…

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Fightback! against venue closures at The Roundhouse

Fightback! tickets went on sale at the earlybird price of £10 before any line-up was announced. About half the tickets sold out, and around 800 acts came forward to offer their services to play at the gig, which was set up by the Music Venue Trust as a protest against the recent astonishingly high number of…

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Desert Trip – from an English perspective

Desert Trip festival: some of the heavyweights from my teens in one palm-tree-fringed, sun-soaked paradise. Normally I steer clear of this type of mega-concert, but nevertheless this sounded somewhat appealing. I reminded myself that I’d rather hang out at a UK festival, hearing younger, more relevant music in a friendly atmosphere, all the while imbibing abundant quantities of alcohol…

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A Heavenly January on its way in Hebden Bridge

The Trades, Hebden Bridge 2017. Dreary old January. Dark rainy nights, empty bank account, buddies off the alcohol… is there anything the wretched first month has going for it? Well, yes! A Heavenly weekend at The Trades in Hebden Bridge, where the esteemed venue puts on a mini fest of musical delights. Last year, we saw…

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Fightback: Music Venue Trust Roundhouse gig

If you care about live music, it’s time to put your full support behind it – which means going to as many live gigs as you can! The amount on venues which are closing countrywide is truly heartbreaking. The Roundhouse is hosting a Music Venue Trust gig at The Roundhouse in Camden on 18th October…

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Broken Witt Rebels breaking records

It’s been quite a ride this year for Broken Witt Rebels – and now they have a new tour as support for King Kings announced. All tickets are priced £20.  Planet Rock will run a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from Wednesday 22nd June. Tickets will then go on sale from Friday June 24th from the 24 Hour…

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Live Music Friday at Hornsey Town Hall

There’s an great lineup tomorrow night – Friday 17th – at Hornsey Town Hall’s gorgeously 40s style Supper Room. Five artists will be appearing at the final Live Music eve, all part of Crouch End Festival which ends this Sunday 19th June. PLEASE COME ALONG!! FREE ENTRY!! (all we ask is a donation so we…

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Music night at The Supper Room, Hornsey Town Hall

Crouch End Festival 2016. What a fabulous and very successful night at the first of the Crouch End Live music events. It took place at the beautifully atmospheric Supper Room at Hornsey Town Hall which resembles a speakeasy or a ’40s jazz bar (see photo above). Both the nights – the second will be on…

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