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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Aldous Harding to headline Sea Change Festival

Aldous Harding is returning to headline Sea Change Festival this year. In 2017, Aldous performed at the Barrel House in Totnes as part of the festival. Aldous joins the Sea Change line-up us as part of the 4AD 40th Anniversary celebrations, with more special guests from the label to be announced. Also on the lineup:…

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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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Special Phildel gig at St Pancras Old Church

Phildel will be returning to the atmospheric and intimate St Pancras Old Church for a special gig on Friday, February 21st where she’ll be performing songs from The Disappearance of the Girl and Wave your Flags but as you’ve never heard them before, with the accompaniment of strings and choir. St Pancras Old Church was Phildel’s…

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Best albums of 2019

These are the 2019 albums that I have on restricted-play mode, in case I overdo it. These are best played when you’re on your own. No distractions and no playing them as mood music in the background – who wants some random person to suddenly start talking to you just as you get to the…

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Interview: Bliss are back with a tour and re-release

Bliss are back. First there was the stunning performance at Nambucca in north London earlier this year, with former members Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison on top form – along with their new Brazilian band. Fired up with enthusiasm after such a great response, the couple have been hard at work making things happen….

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