Bluedot to host Inner Space parties

Bluedot brings their festival experience to your living room by hosting live streams across their social channels from some of the top acts performing at this year’s festival.  This weekend starts with Henge (above, at Bluedot 2019), with other notable acts on the bill hosting parties over the coming weeks. Henge was very popular at…

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Ziferblat London to reopen

I was so entranced by my first visit to Ziferblat (in Manchester) in 2015 that I wrote about it and recommended it here. And I haven’t wavered in my enthusiasm for the pay-per-minute cafe since. The London Ziferblat has also been a popular hangout, for coffee, cake, meeting friends, working, playing boardgames or whatever you…

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Van Morrison for Wickham Festival 2020

Wickham Festival doesn’t do things by halves. The lineup of the friendly, small 4-day event has consistently aimed for the top, and this year has managed to secure Van Morrison for its Saturday headliner. Van’s the Wickham man Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “This is absolutely massive for us – and for the village. It will…

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Bearded Theory festival 2020: the best lineup yet?

NOTE: BEARDED THEORY HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED A DATE CHANGE TO SEPTEMBER 10-13th. Many of the original artists on the lineup are still performing in September.  For a small and friendly festival, Bearded Theory, set in Catton Hall, Derbyshire, has always punched about its weight. There’s been a succession of unforgettable sets over the years, from…

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Elephant Stone: powerful beauty of new album Hollow

Montreal psychedelic band Elephant Stone released their latest album Hollow on February 14th. I first saw them at The Lexington in, I think, 2011 and their stunning set remains etched on my memory, the powerful and hypnotic set closer Don’t You Know cementing an ongoing love for this band, and in particular, Rishi Dhir’s thrilling…

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Bluedot 2020: Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy headline

Here it is! Launching Bluedot festival’s 2020 lineup, and we think it’s pretty much out of this world. Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy are to set to grace the main stage under the awe-inspiring presence of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank. Friday sees the fabulous Groove Armada headline which will have us shaking along…

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Victorious Festival: second lineup release

Victorious Festival makes its second lineup announcement today. The Portsmouth three-day event this year features The Streets and Royal Blood to headline, along with previously announced acts Peter Hook and the Light, Terrorvision and Ian Brown. Also Bombay Bicycle Club, Morcheeba, Johnny Marr, The Fratellis, Blossoms, Stereo MC’s, Cast, Glasvegas, Jaguar Skills, Miles Kane, Eve,…

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Featured single of the week: Crazy Enough by Pattern Pusher

They supported Wolf Alice and Supergrass in 2019, scaled the heights of the BBC6 Music playlist and even have a Robert Plant connection. The band in question is Pattern Pusher, who I saw at Bearded Theory festival last year and was impressed by their upbeat, funky set, skittering summer beats and beautiful bass lines. Now…

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Lost Village festival 2020: first announcement

The little Lincolnshire festival Lost Village has released its first lineup: Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonobo (DJ set), Four Tet, Django Django, Floating Points (live), Kojey Radical, Dixon, Honey Dijon, Ross from Friends, Craig Charles, Norman Jay and lots more. Lost Village creates a sonic tapestry with red-hot emerging names and established luminaries in equal measure….

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Aldous Harding to headline Sea Change Festival

Aldous Harding is returning to headline Sea Change Festival this year. In 2017, Aldous performed at the Barrel House in Totnes as part of the festival. Aldous joins the Sea Change line-up us as part of the 4AD 40th Anniversary celebrations, with more special guests from the label to be announced. Also on the lineup:…

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