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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Heavenly weekender at The Trades, Hebden Bridge

The Heavenly Weekender has been postponed and will take place in July, date to be arranged. 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…

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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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