Asian Dub Foundation for Bearded Theory

BEARDED THEORY have announced that Asian Dub Foundation will now headline Sunday night, replacing the previously announced Arrested Development. I saw them in 2013 and they were one of the festival highlights. Asian Dub Foundation are one of the UK’s best known fusion bands, who effortlessly blend, rapcore, bhangra, dub, dancehall and ragga, rock and…

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Review: Earl Slick Station to Station

At the 02 Islington, Bowie’s long-standing guitarist Earl Slick and his assembled cast of musicians performed their fourth night of what so far has been a hugely successful run of his mini tour of Station to Station. The band included Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet on guitar, saxophone and percussion (I saw Steve with Holy Holy in 2014). Also on guitar was Luis…

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Ray Davies at Hornsey Town Hall

TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT After months of planning, Ray Davies is to appear at the Hornsey Town Hall June 26th 2016. Putting The Kinks’ frontman back in his old stamping ground has been the wish of many residents, visitors and music lovers for years. And with Hornsey Town Hall left abandoned by Haringey Council for many years, that wish for…

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Robin Trower album and tour

Good to hear there’s no stopping for Robin Trower, who just released a new studio album entitled Where You Are Going To, by Manhaton Records.  Trower was a member of Procol Harum in the 60s, and became known for his ‘soft psychedelia’. The legendary  blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter is also going to be heading out on…

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Review: The Besnard Lakes, London

The Besnard Lakes closed the UK leg of their tour with a triumphant, beautiful and emotional performance at The Assembly Hall, Islington. The space was a perfect fit for The Besnard Lakes. It’s a medium-sized venue with a grand feel, and the Besnard sound swirled around and filled the space, the mirrorball on the ceiling looking like an escapee from their last album…

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Review: Broken Witt Rebels at The Water Rats

There’s a real buzz, a sense of anticipation in the lead-up to the Broken Witt Rebels heading on stage at The Water Rats. The audience are crowding to the front and there’s a bank of photographers jostling for position. It’s great to observe this young band making such headway. I spend more time than I should watching bands perform their socks off – musicians who so…

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Review: James at Scala

James showcased their new album Girl at the End of the World at Scala, Kings Cross. We’re hoping we’ll hear one or two old favourites scattered here and there, but this show is really the launch of the new album and the first time they’ll be playing the material in front of an audience. Tim Booth comes…

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Review: Seamus Fogarty, Meilyr Jones, Field Music; Gwenno, LoneLady

Seamus Fogarty, Meilyr Jones, Field Music Friday’s lineup at The Trades Hebden Bridge consists of three acts who one might not initially think, ‘Well, these three are going to work well together’. What actually transpired was a evening of thoughtful and challenging music, each act complementing the other in such a way to create a satisfying…

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Field Music – The Noisy Days are starting

Field Music have stayed somewhat under the radar despite several commendable albums, but they are about to head out on tour and they appeared at the Radio 6 music festival in Bristol. There are a few festival dates lined up too so the band are getting lots of exposure.  Here’s my review of their gig in January. Here’s  The…

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