The tigers that came to Stroud Green

While the country’s galleries and art spaces have been closed, it has been incumbent upon artists to find more ingenious ways to display their work. Someone who has been bringing artistic enjoyment and a sense of community to his neighbourhood for several years is artist and art project organiser Ahmed Farooqui, together with his partner…

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Pledge Psychodrama by RKB Vitesse: mystery and beauty

Pledge Psychodrama is an interesting and seductive gem of a track which pulled me in with its air of mystery. A landscape of dense, woozy electronica gradually unfolds, laying down a comforting wash of sound. It doesn’t surprise me that it popped up on Gideon Coe’s show on Radio 6 Music as it’s ideal material…

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A second wave for Victorious festival

Victorious festival in Portsmouth has announced its second wave lineup, with more artists adding to the roster for the August Bank Holiday event. Headlining Sunday night on the Castle Stage are Nile Rodgers and Chic. Saturday evening sees Frank Turner in Southsea, with his eight-album catalogue of punk-folk.  Also joining the line-up are Annie Mac and Ella Eyre on Sunday afternoon, with Clean…

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Suzie Ungeleider reveals new video

Suzie Ungeleider has just released a new track called Baby Blues from her upcoming album My Name is Suzie Ungerleider. Fans of Americana will be familiar with Suzie’s former persona – she performed in the guise of Oh Susanna for many years, and has toured the UK, with sold out shows at London’s 100 Club…

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Back to the fields: festivals for 2021

Our festival piece looks a little different this year. It’s been a difficult and rather harrowing task putting it together as many have decided – and are still deciding – to cancel, mainly due to the lack of Government-backed covid insurance. Operating on a knife edge is everyday stuff for festival organisers, but this is…

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Manchester Psych Fest 2021 full line up

A stellar roster of artists awaits those attending Manchester Psych Fest this year. And the organisers are delighted to announce their full lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place on 4th September. Malia’s Tinariwen are co-headliners with Stereolab, plus there’s post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Also on the bill Jadu Heart, Billy Nomates,…

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Music survey to help Music Venue Trust

Music fans needed for survey to help revive live music Music fans are needed to take part in a short survey to help the UK’s live music industry plan for the safe return of gigs. Music Venue Trust are calling on all fans of live music and grassroots music venues to complete the live music industry’s survey before…

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Better in Space: GracieSouz reveals new EP

Lockdown has caused many a collaborative project to temporarily fragment, resulting in solo work that may be of a more intense and introspective nature. Out today is Grace de Souza’s exciting new solo EP called Better in Space. Grace is a member of London-based band KIN (see interview with KIN band here). Grace found herself…

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Sinka release new single Skies

Alt-rock band SINKA release their new single Skies on 19th March, the second track from upcoming EP Take Me To The Skies which is released on April 16th. The Watford-based trio comprises Shaun Sewell-Sears (vocals and guitar), Matt Smith (bass) and Jack Wright (drums). They released the first single ‘Messiah’  back in February. Having self-produced their…

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Busty and the Bass: new space grooves

Busty and the Bass met during their first week as students in the jazz programme at Montreal’s McGill University back in 2011. I first heard the octet when they released their 2020 album called Eddie, accompanied by the distinctively warm, raspy vocals of Macy Gray. And now there’s a new release – an ‘intergalactic’ EP, The ET Suite via Arts…

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