Cool Britannia festival relives the nineties

A new festival bursting with 90s acts is all set for this August Bank Holiday weekend. Called Cool Britannia festival, the event is suitably set in the old-school festival site of Knebworth Park, and takes us on a journey back in time with a mishmash of Britpop(ish) era bands and dance acts.  If this sounds…

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Women, Children; and Loitering Men by Shirley Baker at Manchester Art Gallery

This is reposted from last year, as the exhibition has just won Best Art Exhibition at Manchester CityLife Awards. The ceremony was hosted at The Deaf Institute. From 19th May, Manchester Art Gallery will show the exhibition Women, Children; and Loitering Men, photographs by Shirley Baker taken primarily in the 1960s. Of Baker’s prolific output, these photographs…

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Django Django Marble Skies at Rough Trade

Arty indie band Django Django showcased their new album Marble Skies at Rough Trade East. Their distinctive sound is still there – the deep echo effects, the whoops, the harmonies – sun-dappled and wistful, adding an intensity and beauty to their songs. And there’s always that compulsive beat underpinning their material, almost forcing you to head…

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Sea Change festival adds Dartington Hall as a venue

Sea Change festival in Totnes has established quite a name for itself in its two years of its existence. Started by Drift Record shop, its knowledgeable owners have enticed a raft of stellar names both emerging and established, to play at a host of quirky venues around the town. There’s the restored Totnes Cinema, two…

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Robert Plant for Bearded Theory 2018

There’s a touch of magic about Bearded Theory festival that keeps me, and around 9,000 other souls, keep coming back year after year. Great lineups, fancy dress, imaginative beards and a genuinely brilliant crowd do it every time. And joining this year’s Bearded Theory lineup is none other than the magnificent Robert Plant, who will…

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Chagstock festival announcements 2018

Little West-country festival Chagstock takes place this year on the 21st and 22nd July, in the heart of the Devon countryside. And by little we mean it, Chagstock is exclusively 5,000 strong – perfect for those who like an intimate, friendly family atmosphere. This year the lineup features The Correspondents and dynamic Americana duo The…

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Lost Map: Pictish Trail Daylight Music at Union Chapel

The Daylight Music sessions at Union Chapel in Islington are gentle, pay-what-you-like lunchtime concerts with tea and cake. There are around 30 sessions per year. This Saturday was the turn of artists on the Lost Map record label run from by remote Hebridean isle dweller, Johnny Lynch, otherwise known as Pictish Trail. Lynch and team…

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Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline

Gill Landry and Ian Felice at The Borderline. The Borderline used to be an endearingly scruffy little venue, not out of place amongst the shabby streets around Soho. As development began in earnest, the basement venue became increasingly fragile looking so its smart overhaul in March this year is very welcome, especially the cosy seating…

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Deltiron festival in Cadiz

Things have been a bit quiet here at gourmetgigs while I’ve been in southern Spain. But as chance would have it, I was invited to a local music festival called Deltirón, in the breezy, friendly coastal city of Cádiz. I swapped a lifetime of festivals on home turf for palm trees, enviably balmy weather and…

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