Interview with modular synth artist TDC Tunes

TDC Tunes is a mod­u­lar artist and pro­duc­er based in Lon­don; he curates unique elec­tron­ic events at an atmos­pher­ic north Lon­don venue and has sev­er­al oth­er projects on the go. Gourmet Gigs met up with him to find out more… How did your love for mod­u­lar synths start? Did you play an instru­ment at school? Yes,…

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Bill Ryder-Jones fifth album “Iechyd Da” review

Three tracks from Bill Ryder-Jones lat­est album sur­faced towards the close of 2023. They hint­ed at the rich­ness and emo­tion­al depth in store for lis­ten­ers of Iechyd Da, which saw its release on Fri­day 12th Jan­u­ary. The result is a sol­id, beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of songs, and the tim­ing could not have been bet­ter as we…

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Camp Bestival introduces the Explorer’s Passport

Favourite chil­dren’s fes­ti­val, Camp Besti­val has an excit­ing new devel­op­ment for 2024. The Explor­er’s Pass­port is a brand new mag­i­cal book­let designed and illus­trat­ed by fes­ti­val co-cura­­tor Josie da Bank. The Explorer’s Pass­port will be free for every child to col­lect on arrival at the fes­ti­val and is packed with beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions, maps and information,…

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Gigs 2024: The Lottery Winners, Heather Small, Sasha, Electronica in the Tower

Time to start fill­ing up the diary with some choice gigs for 2024.  Man­ches­ter band The Lot­tery Win­ners cer­tain­ly cap­ti­vat­ed fes­ti­val crowds last year. And they’re set to play at Black­pool Tow­er on the 5th April next year. Tick­ets avail­able:Buy tick­ets for Lot­tery Win­ners at Black­pool Tow­er The Fifth Floor, Fri­day 5th Apr 2024 Sasha is set…

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Dark Christmas song by Alex Maas “XMAAS (Take Me Away)”

Alex Maas, of the Black Angels, released an album called Luca dur­ing the last days of 2020 – a work that utter­ly blew us away (it was on the Gourmet Gigs faves of the year list). We’ve been secret­ly wait­ing for a fol­low up to that haunt­ing­ly melan­cholic work, and just as 2023 reach­es its…

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Peter Hook & The Light play Manchester; New Order in Cardiff

An inti­mate, one-off evening of con­ver­sa­tion with Peter Hook, at The Star & Garter in Man­ches­ter, home to the mur­al of Joy Divi­sion. Pro­ceeds from this spe­cial Head­stock event will sup­port men­tal health char­i­ty Shout. The gig will take place in mem­o­ry of Ian Cur­tis who lost his life to sui­cide in May 1980.  Buy tickets…

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Winter and spring music festivals and gigs

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. Most­ly at cities and towns around the UK with sev­er­al mul­ti-venue events, one-day or week­enders, there’s plen­ty to choose from. Check these good­ies out… Rockaway…

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Victorious festival 2024 first announcement

Fat­boy Slim, Jamie T, Biffy Clyro and Cold­play to head­line Vic­to­ri­ous in 2024. Set on the South­sea seafront, Portsmouth, Vic­to­ri­ous Fes­ti­val (23/24/25 August 2024) has today announced four head­lin­ers plus artists and come­di­ans for next sum­mer. Biffy Clyro head­lines on Sun­day at Vic­to­ri­ous. And last week, eagle-eyed fes­ti­val goers spot­ted the icon­ic Vic­to­ri­ous sign which had…

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Gourmet Gigs – favourite albums, EPs and singles of 2023

These are our favourite releas­es of 2023 – most­ly albums with a smat­ter­ing of EPs and sin­gles too, from folk to elec­tron­i­ca. The most mov­ing album of the year is the emo­tion­al Slow­dive release Every­thing is Alive. There are a few albums we did­n’t have time to include, one being False Lankum: those drone sounds…

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Bill Ryder-Jones releases If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

A new track has just been released by Bill Ryder-Jones. Called ‘If Tomor­row Starts With­out Me’, it’s the sec­ond track tak­en from his forth­com­ing fifth album Iechyd Da, Jan­u­ary 12th. There will also be a run of solo in-store dates for Jan­u­ary. The sim­plis­tic yet mov­ing phrase of ‘If Tomor­row Starts With­out Me’ is something…

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