Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons: almost a festival

JUNE 2021: VERY SHOCKED AND SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF JIMMY C. He will be missed by his friends, fam­i­ly and every­one who has seen this won­der­ful band per­form over the years. Being able to hear live music again lifts the spir­its and gives us hope for the future. Jim­my C & the Blues…

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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 choice…

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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 the week­end of 11th Decem­ber. Bax­ter Dury to per­form in Octo­ber. Please refer to pos­si­ble changes on the Trades web­site So far on the line­up are Doves, Bax­ter Dury, Cher­ry Ghost, Con­fi­dence Man, Katy J Pear­son, Raf Run­dell and Heav­en­ly Juke­box DJs. Gourmet­gigs was at the…

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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 year,…

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