Jessie Buckley and band sing for frontline workers

It all started with a set of photographs of nurses on a Covid ward, taken by frontline worker Hannah Grace Deller. The work was shown on Grayson’s Art Club – a series presented by Grayson Perry on Channel 4 – which Chris Difford of Squeeze just happened to catch. Chris was impressed by Hannah’s work…

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HENGE release two new singles ahead of their album

Alien prog rockers HENGE are releasing two new singles. Get Outta Ma House and New Planet are out now with long awaited album Exokosm to land on September 25th. They have also announced tour dates for 2021. Both the singles showcase the mix of rave, rock and dance music that makes up the band’s unique…

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Passport: Back to Our Roots second wave of artists

Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. UPDATE: Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up,  announced on BBC Radio 6 Music during the station’s ‘State Of Independence Day’. Metronomy will…

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Synthwave duo Affair are back for 2020

After eight years of silence, euphoric synthwave duo Affair release a new EP called Clouds; the single taken from it, Higher Still, dropped at the end of August. A certain amount of mystery shrouds Affair who were, nearly a decade ago, on the cusp of signing after a flurry of interest in their sound by…

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New Aerial festival in the Lake District

AERIAL is the Lake District’s innovative new festival of original work and commissions – online and free from 26 September 2020 Over 20 new works and commissions from over 40 artists will be accessible online and for free via aerialfestival.com from 26th September This was intended to be Aerial’s inaugural year but like all other…

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Re-release of Believe by Bliss plus new video

Bliss band’s Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison have just rereleased Believe (Let the Love Shine In), mix 2020. Accompanying the song is an uplifting video created by Tom, enhanced with gorgeously psychedelic touches – and check out those singing sunflowers… I chatted to Rachel about making the re-release of Believe and the couple’s lockdown…

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Interview with Isle of Wight band As We Leave

Four-piece band As We Leave has just released their new single via Abbey Records called Stories We Tell – it’s a shimmery and nostalgia-laden ode to summer, replete with the feelings the season can conjure. The band’s members all grew up on the Isle of Wight where they formed their strong friendship bonds at school…

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Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons: almost a festival

Being able to hear live music again lifts the spirits and gives us hope for the future. Jimmy C & the Blues Dragons have been entertaining crowds worldwide for many years and on Sunday 9th August their gig – the second this summer at the gardens of St Mary’s Tower, north London, was – dare…

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Fightback beer range to help music venues

Just as one venue is saved, the fate of another becomes perilous, and some have had to close for good. The latest casualty is Zanzibar in Liverpool. Hence this new initiative which has just been announced: with the help of popular singer-songwriter Frank Turner, Music Venue Trust today announce their Official Beer Partner Fightback Brewing Company will begin…

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Poetic drama: Sylvette release album Stiller than Still

I have to credit Chris Hawkins’ early morning show on Radio 6 Music for introducing me to the Manchester band Sylvette. The slinky, crystalline notes of their new single Kelpius cut through the early morning blur and I was instantly wide awake. Music as caffeine. The album Stiller than Still, the band’s second album, was…

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