Review: Letting our hair down at Bearded Theory 2013

Bearded Theory festival 2013: it’s the festival of Beards, Bands and DJs, and that just about sums it up. Now in its sixth year, Bearded Theory is set in picturesque Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. With something like around 8,000 revellers it’s a nice size, and manages to feel like one big party. Bearded Theory’s line-up leans towards…

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Cool tracks: Orlando Seale and the Swell at St Pancras

Of all the train stations in London to find yourself in with time to spare, St Pancras is the most pleasant. A few shops, wine bars, artisan type food outlets, and occasional announcements in French – and I discovered Orlando Seale and the Swell were  entertaining the crowds. There’s even more going on at the…

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Review: King Charles at 02 Empire Shepherds Bush

What a transformation for the flamboyant musician King Charles. Last year I saw him perform in a church in Hackney, where a polite crowd clustered round the stage, supping wine and swaying gently. A year on, and he’s headlining at Shepherd’s Bush. The place seems rammed to the rafters with the most excited crowd I’ve…

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Phildel: The Disappearance of the Girl

Phildel is more than a singer songwriter, she’s a multi-talented performer whose artistry permeates every aspect of her work. So I was keen to buy the physical CD of The Disappearance of the Girl and enjoy the art work and read the lyrics. Sometimes I just think, damn those soulless downloads: music without its history. For Phildel,…

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Bubbling under in Iceland – and Phildel makes waves

I haven’t posted here for a while as I’ve been in Iceland. What an awesome, beautiful, hauntingly strange land, combined with the most chilled and friendly people. My mind is still somewhere in the lava fields but I’m back, physically anyway, in England. While travelling I learned some interesting stuff from locals about Icelandic music,…

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Mixing it up at Bush Hall: Phildel and Ali Warren Band

As you make your way from Shepherd’s Bush tube station to Bush Hall, endless temptation assails you: fruit smoothie stalls and Arab coffee shops with trays of pistachio-sprinkled pastries. Nestled among the food emporia is miniature Bush Hall, with its rich red velvet drapes, majestic chandeliers and VIP-size upstairs bar with viewing gallery. Such swagger…

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Down in Kentish Town: great music and Thai curry

Oh for a good old-fashioned English high street, a scruffy one, with no Starbucks, Accessorize and Oliver Bonas popping up everywhere. Well that’s pretty much Kentish Town for you, where you’ll find newsagents, printer shops, friendly market stalls and even a library – granted a Costa lurks, but it doesn’t seem to have ushered in…

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