Revive Live Tour 2022 to save music venues

Help the live music industry and save our grassroots venues. The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour takes place in January 2022 with a wide range of artists taking place at venues country-wide. The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced this year’s events with tours by a diverse range…

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Frazey Ford celebrates UK tour with new track ‘Saul’

Fluttery, fragile yet with a quiet power, when Frazey Ford starts to sing, the vocals that emerge are something distinct and unique. The Vancouver artist sings right from the soul, her voice eloquently expressing and encompassing all the emotions of a life that has not been easy. She has released a new song called Saul,…

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New platform GigRealm aims to streamline the system

A new platform named GigRealm launches today which aims to help match artists to venues and streamline the process for artists to play live at grassroots venues. Although the idea was created before the pandemic, London-based music company GigRealm will now be part of the solution to help the beleaguered music industry get back on…

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Todmorden sounds: Golden Lion present Jarv Is, David Holmes

“A Love from Outer Yorkshire” David Holmes Local creatives, international musicians, artists, DJs, friends and family of The Golden Lion pub and music venue in Todmorden all came together to help Waka (Richard Walker) & Gig Matthanee – the landlords/promoters, raise money to help the venue’s future by launching a specialist record label vinyl series. There’s a new double A…

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The Weather Station announce European tour

One of this year’s most riveting and original albums is The Weather Station’s Ignorance. The project with Tamara Lindeman at the helm has created a devastating and personal narrative about climate change. Gourmet Gigs reviewed the dramatic single Atlantic: “it is a startling, unusual and brooding work, elegantly arranged with a lush expansiveness yet suffused…

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Alex Maas plus The Weather Station livestreams

It was a thrill to discover these two artists fairly recently and their last albums released recently are haunting, intelligent and thoughtful works that I find I keep returning to. Both Alex Maas and The Weather Station have announced livestream performances coming up this month. Alex Maas is a long-time member of Texan neo-psych band…

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Live in Hoxton: Luca Wilding and Wassailer

A window opened briefly on a world we knew and which will come again. Being able to go to a gig – socially distanced though it was -– brought into sharp focus just what has been missing from life. It’s ultimately about the music but it’s everything else besides – the camaraderie that comes from…

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Kinbote album release: Shifting Distance

Kinbote – otherwise known as found-sound sampling glitch-pop producer Matt Gibb – released a quirky and intriguing single called Hiemalis in the summer, reviewed on Gourmet Gigs. And on 4th December he launched his album called Shifting Distance. The cover of Shifting Distance features slices of scenery, tantalising but unable to be grasped and experienced in…

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Passport: Back to Our Roots second wave of artists

Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. UPDATE: Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up,  announced on BBC Radio 6 Music during the station’s ‘State Of Independence Day’. Metronomy will…

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