Bearded Theory 2023

Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val has always been the per­fect event to ease your­self into fes­ti­val sea­son. It’s a chilled event with a super-friend­­ly crowd and always has a great mix of fam­i­lies and dif­fer­ent ages. And as it takes place over the May Bank Hol­i­day, you’ve got a spe­cial rest and recov­ery day before fac­ing the…

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The Centre for British Photography opens in London

This week we attend­ed the pre­view of the new Cen­tre for British Pho­tog­ra­phy on Jermyn Street, in the cen­tre of Lon­don. It is an excit­ing new devel­op­ment and one that feels right for pho­tog­ra­phy now, cel­e­brat­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the past while also mak­ing a deter­mined effort to invest in and be a part of its…

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The first big reveal: Bluedot festival 2023

Blue­dot fes­ti­val has just released its line­up for July 2023 – and from the music to the sci­ence and space pro­gramme, it’s look­ing amaz­ing.  Top of the bill is the spec­tac­u­lar Grace Jones with her one and only north­ern fes­ti­val per­for­mance this year. Pave­ment and Roisin Mur­phy are also set to head­line. Addi­tion­al­ly, Left­field will…

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Pale Blue Eyes: new track ‘More’ and a tour

Devon three-piece band Pale Blue Eyes are on a roll. Hav­ing toured last year, part­ly as sup­port for Pub­lic Ser­vice Broad­cast­ing and for The Besnard Lakes, they are out on the road again in 2023 with some sold-out dates already.  Hot on the heels of their stel­lar debut album Sou­venirs comes new sin­gle More. It’s…

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Winter and Spring music festivals 2023

Dream­ing about sum­mer fes­ti­vals? No need – there are plen­ty of win­ter and ear­ly spring events hap­pen­ing around the coun­try, help­ing liv­en up these dark and drea­ry months. No tents involved. Check out our list of good­ies below. Win­ter Sprint­er at The Lexington11–14 Jan­u­ary At The Lex­ing­ton pub close to King’s Cross, there’s a four-night festival…

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Firestations new single: Swim Under the Winter

Firesta­tions have just released their new sin­gle called Swim Under the Win­ter (out Decem­ber 5th). We always love a new Firesta­tions num­ber and this is a dreamy, slight­ly hazy offer­ing from the Lon­­don-based band. Out on Lost Map records, the song is about mak­ing a deci­sion to approach a prob­lem from a dif­fer­ent angle. Says vocalist…

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Albums of the year 2022

Look­ing over our choic­es for albums of the year, sev­er­al fea­ture dreams, frac­tured mem­o­ries in an ambi­ent set­ting… artists search­ing for clues from the past to help them make sense of the present. Per­haps it’s a post Covid thing, as we escaped our con­fines and moved war­i­ly, or rushed glad­ly, out into open spaces again,…

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Lumer release new single “English Dream”

Hull born four-piece band Lumer unveil their new sin­gle today. Titled Eng­lish Dream, the track takes a bit­ter look at the par­lous state of the coun­try – and it’s not as if there isn’t plen­ty of mate­r­i­al on the sub­ject. Lumer have pre­vi­ous form of focus­ing on the social and polit­i­cal cli­mate; their EP Disappearing…

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Trevor Beales – newly found folk artist of Hebden Bridge

Heb­den Bridge is known for its cre­ative and inde­pen­dent spir­it, and music is a vibrant and impor­tant part of that. There’s the annu­al Folk Roots Fes­ti­val; thriv­ing grass­roots venue The Trades Club, and any num­ber of pubs across the area that host live music. More recent­ly the town has become known for pro­duc­ing a wave…

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Journey into a new realm: The Orielles album Tableau – review

The Orielles have nev­er rest­ed on their lau­rels. From their ear­li­est days, the prodi­gious­ly tal­ent­ed trio from West York­shire beamed out their sun­ny garagey indie sound and built up a fan base. But it did­n’t take long before the seeds of their inquis­i­tive minds began to flower, and they start­ed to veer off on a…

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