Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost at Festival No 6

Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost will be joining Joe Duddell and the No 6 ensemble this year at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion. These Festival No 6 events in conjunction with Joe Duddell have primarily taken place in the picturesque but tiny Town Hall, requiring an hour or so of queueing (not what you feel…

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Favourite albums of 2016

Putting together a list of favourite albums of 2016, I recalled writing last year’s collection. What a different world we now inhabit. Everything feels brittle and fragile, a sense of permanence lost. The loss of so many great musicians and artists this year has been raw and shocking. However… there are plenty of releases I’ve really enjoyed this year, and inevitably…

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Battles of Winter – At Once with Tattered Sails

Battles of Winter’s second album At Once with Tattered Sails was released (download only) on September 23. “The difficult second album?” the band announce on their Facebook page. Having given the album a metaphorical spin (actually, about ten), my answer to that is a definite no. This new offering from BoW exudes confidence – the…

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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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Eight reasons to love Bearded Theory festival

1  It’s the perfect festival season opener  three (and a bit) days of music with a choice of stages and two new ones for 2016,  plus the infamous dance tent. And there’s plenty more going on besides. Tickets are only £97 and Bearded Theory festival is, as usual, on the way to selling out, so don’t wait too long. 2  Magical Sounds…

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Green and pleasant: the ultimate festival guide 2016

If you’re a festival fan, by now you’re dreaming of a green field, banners waving in the breeze, the sound of a band on the main stage… yes, festival season is nearly upon us again, and here is my Ultimate Festival Guide. Most have been personally tried and tested, some on a yearly basis – plus there’s…

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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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Shhh quiet music festival 2016

SADLY, SHH QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL IS NOW CANCELLED.   Shhh quiet music festival is happening this year on Saturday April 30 in its usual spot: Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead. 12 noon to 11pm. The yearly event celebrates quiet music and it’s a real pleasure to spend the day cocooned in the church, soothed…

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Do you own the dance floor? This Hacienda fan does

The film Do You Own the Dançefloor has been on release since June 2015. It’s an affectionate, often hilarious, and decidedly good-natured account of the sell-off of fixtures and fittings from The Haçienda, Manchester’s famous club. In doing so, it explores the legacy of the club.. If The Haçienda’s time in the sun was something you weren’t part of,…

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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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