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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Roachford back with rescheduled tour dates

His tour for 2020 was delayed, but Roachford is now back with tour dates for 2021. His strong, emotional and soul-drenched single out called High On Love came out this year, the first song on the new album Twice in a Lifetime. Produced by Jimmy Hogarth, who has worked with Paolo Nutini, Duffy and Amy…

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Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons: almost a festival

Being able to hear live music again lifts the spirits and gives us hope for the future. Jimmy C & the Blues Dragons have been entertaining crowds worldwide for many years and on Sunday 9th August their gig – the second this summer at the gardens of St Mary’s Tower, north London, was – dare…

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Save Our Scottish Venues festival announced

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has just announced a fantastic lineup for Save Our Scottish Venues virtual festival. It takes place on Friday 19th June across three ‘stages’ and is streamed on livefrom.events. The event streams performances by Scottish musicians who have come together to support Scotland’s vital grassroots music venues who are facing closure due…

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Modern Studies: The Weight of the Sun

One Saturday afternoon last December I made my way to east London venue Studio 9294 for Fire Records‘ chilled, friendly Christmas event called Outer Limits. With a roster of about seven performances, it unexpectedly turned out to be one of my top gigs of 2019. One of the new (to me) bands who were an…

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One Day, After School new release

Out today is the impressive new release by One Day, After School entitled Are You Awake? It’s a melancholic track in which the vocals, left low in the mix, act like an anchor in the multi-layered composition. It starts from a solitary piano note through to a nervy clock ticking sound before the track starts…

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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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