Review: Bliss at Nambucca, north London

When the elements come together and the stars perfectly align, you have to take full advantage of the moment. Such is the situation Rachel Morrison and Tom Morrison found themselves in earlier this year: a chance encounter with a group of Brazilian musicians provided the ideal combination to reinvent Bliss, the band that she so…

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W H Lung, debut album at Oslo, Hackney

W H Lung have taken around two years to release their first album Incidental Music. Even when interest in their deep and moody music started to escalate, the band were quite obviously going to do things in their own time. I first heard them at Bluedot festival two years ago and had one of those…

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Gilles Peterson talks to Will Ashon and Dave Haslam

As part of the Safaplace mental health charity pop-up run by Stoke Newington School, with events, records and books curated by Gilles Peterson, Gilles interviewed Will Ashon and Dave Haslam. Both have been involved in the music business and made that shift to the literary world. First in Peterson’s hotseat was Will Ashon, the former…

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Green Man festival review 2018

Something was definitely missing from Green Man festival 2018 – that wet stuff falling from the sky which churns the Brecon Beacons mud to a smelly mush. Instead, this year’s festival was blessed by sun and wafting clouds; so it was off with the cagoules and on with the fancy dress… and the fine weather…

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The Chemical Brothers and Crazy P at Bluedot festival

The Chemical Brothers set ends Bluedot festival 2018 on a high note, and the hordes pack out the Lovell stage to hear the godfathers of the electronic/dance scene; the sound so colossal and lasers so far-reaching you would think they were competing with the Jodrell Bank telescope itself

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Bluedot 2018: out of this world music and science mashup

Bluedot festival moves into its third year with its unique brand of music, science and space mashup. There is probably no other festival like it: music fans can take their fill of several stages and science geeks have a wealth talks and workshops with experts, although its fair to say most festival goers dip into…

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Turin Brakes live at the London Palladium: review

Turin Brakes know how to make the London Palladium feel as intimate as a rough-and-ready basement pub venue. They start by introducing songs from their brand new album. Over the next couple of hours or so, the band take us on a journey back and forth over the past 18 years, many members of the…

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