Victorious Festival: Manic Street Preachers and more

More artists are set to appear at Victorious Festival including Wales’s own Manic Street Preachers. They’ll be joining Ian Brown, The Streets, Royal Blood, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, La Roux, Working Men’s Club, Johnny Marr and more. Delighted festival director Andy Marsh has said about the new additions: “We are thrilled to add The Manics…

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Bearded Theory festival 2020: the best lineup yet?

NOTE: BEARDED THEORY HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED A DATE CHANGE TO SEPTEMBER 10-13th. Many of the original artists on the lineup are still performing in September, if it goes ahead. There is an online festival in the planning stages…  For a small and friendly festival, Bearded Theory, set in Catton Hall, Derbyshire, has always punched about…

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Elephant Stone: powerful beauty of new album Hollow

Montreal psychedelic band Elephant Stone released their latest album Hollow on February 14th. I first saw them at The Lexington in, I think, 2011 and their stunning set remains etched on my memory, the powerful and hypnotic set closer Don’t You Know cementing an ongoing love for this band, and in particular, Rishi Dhir’s thrilling…

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Bluedot 2020: Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy headline

Here it is! Launching Bluedot festival’s 2020 lineup, and we think it’s pretty much out of this world. Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy are to set to grace the main stage under the awe-inspiring presence of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank. Friday sees the fabulous Groove Armada headline which will have us shaking along…

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Victorious Festival: second lineup release

Victorious Festival makes its second lineup announcement today. The Portsmouth three-day event this year features The Streets and Royal Blood to headline, along with previously announced acts Peter Hook and the Light, Terrorvision and Ian Brown. Also Bombay Bicycle Club, Morcheeba, Johnny Marr, The Fratellis, Blossoms, Stereo MC’s, Cast, Glasvegas, Jaguar Skills, Miles Kane, Eve,…

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Featured single of the week: Crazy Enough by Pattern Pusher

They supported Wolf Alice and Supergrass in 2019, scaled the heights of the BBC6 Music playlist and even have a Robert Plant connection. The band in question is Pattern Pusher, who I saw at Bearded Theory festival last year and was impressed by their upbeat, funky set, skittering summer beats and beautiful bass lines. Now…

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Lost Village festival 2020: first announcement

The little Lincolnshire festival Lost Village has released its first lineup: Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonobo (DJ set), Four Tet, Django Django, Floating Points (live), Kojey Radical, Dixon, Honey Dijon, Ross from Friends, Craig Charles, Norman Jay and lots more. Lost Village creates a sonic tapestry with red-hot emerging names and established luminaries in equal measure….

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Independent Venue Week 2020

Independent Venue Week lights up the end of January with a fabulous roll-call of musicians at venues around the country. It’s the seventh IVW 2020, and it’s happening Monday 27th January to Sunday 2 February. This year celebrations include intimate live shows and tours, a feature documentary and a new live record release – details…

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