New release: Pictish Trail ‘Natural Successor’

There’s a fabulous wild energy about the new Pictish Trail single Natural Successor, bringing its joyous abandonment from the rugged landscapes of the remote isle of Eigg to festival crowds this late summer and beyond. Get out there, reconnect with your soul and dance. The stomping five minutes-long track announces itself with a steady drumbeat…

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Björk to be Bluedot 2022 closing headliner

Bluedot fans may remember that Björk was scheduled to be one of the headliners for 2019 until the event was postponed. The unique Icelandic artist is now scheduled for next year, 2022, where she will headline the final Sunday night show in a unique show with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. Björk will be joined by The…

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Green Man 2021 review: frolics in the Brecon Beacons

Imagine all the elements that make Green Man festival so special, multiply that several times over and you’ll get the general idea of the sheer pleasure and excitement of this year‘s extravaganza in the Brecon Beacons. The Green Man team did everything they could in order to go ahead this year and it was all…

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Manchester Psych Fest additions

Manchester Psych Fest adds some very welcome new artists to the lineup. The event takes place on Saturday 4th September with artists appearing at several venues dotted around the city. You’ll be able to see experimental outfit BEAK>, psych-pop duo Audiobooks, Bristol lo-fi folk artist Clara Mann, and Canadian psych-folk musician Dana Gavanski. Headliners as…

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Sparks on the beach by Simon Beck

A giant image of the Mael brothers Ron and Russell, aka Sparks, has been carved into the sand on Brean beach, Somerset. The work was created by Simon Beck who was moved to create the impressive work to celebrate the release of the new film about the two, called The Sparks Brothers. Simon Beck, a…

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How The Light Gets In

Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath in north London plays host to How The Light Gets In this September 18 – 19th. The festival is the world’s largest philosophy event and includes music and comedy; this marks the event’s return after a years’s absence and it will also be live-streamed for a global audience. The theme…

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Review: Kaleidoscope festival at Alexandra Palace

There was a palpable feeling of excitement in the air as people made their way up to Alexandra Palace for Kaleidoscope festival on Saturday 25th July. For many starved revellers, this was the first occasion for well over a year that they were heading out to a festival, this was liberation. Everyone came with the…

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ODAS present new EP and West Yorkshire shows

ODAS music project founded by Dean Freeman, releases their second EP on July 12th. Called The Film Between The Takes EP2 the four-track instrumental work follows EP1 which saw its release in January this year. What initially appealed to me about West Yorkshire based ODAS (formerly One Day, After School) was their connection with poetry –…

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‘On Edge’ dynamic theatre and Parkour to highlight modern slavery

The exciting outdoor theatre production On Edge is now out of lockdown and back on tour. The show is a unique and genre-defying blend of performance skills, superbly energetic and engaging, making this a groundbreaking piece of theatre. Dance, circus skills, puppetry and parkour converge in this piece with a message: to highlight the issue…

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Mark Harrison presents new album The Road to Liberty

The Mark Harrison Band have just launched their sixth album called The Road to Liberty. I met Mark at Ealing Blues Festival a few years ago where I talked to him after his set. He was charming and patiently chatted to a few of us for quite some time, discussing the beautiful National Resonator guitar…

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