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British Sea Power continue their tour of the UK with latest album Let the Dancers Inherit the Party at The Trades Hebden Bridge. Date: 28th July. They are play at Green Man Festival in August.   If you can’t get away once school has started in September,  On Blackheath in south London might do the trick over…

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Blue Zoo: new songs and a new direction

Eighties band Blue Zoo got back together in 2010 with ‘unfinished business’ as far as their old material was concerned. Now the band are shaking off the past and moving forward with new material set for imminent release plus live dates on the calendar.  The band still comprises front man Andy O, with drummer Mickey Sparrow and bass player Mike Ansell. In 2013…

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Review: Julia Jacklin at The Louisiana

Julia Jacklin stands on stage at The Louisiana in Bristol as motionless as a statue, closes her eyes and manages to hush the entire room. All eyes are upon her as she starts to sing. There is a mesmerising quality to her voice, something about the rich, dreamy swoopiness which suits the Australian’s alt- country indie folk material. Then there’s her ability to…

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Sea Change festival in Totnes reveals the lineup

Sea Change Festival burst onto the scene last year and now the Totnes event, taking place around the town itself, has just revealed its lineup for this summer. It’s an event that finds its way into the most intriguing locations in Totnes, including a restored cinema,sparkling ballroom, 15th century church and walled garden, among many others….

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The best of festivals for 2017

Rejoice – festival season is just around the corner. So what’s in store for 2017?  There’s definitely a trend towards offering debates, talks and workshops. And kids are well catered for with high quality and original learning activities, take Bluedot’s Planetarium and Bearded Theory’s OFSTED approved school. But hey, let’s not get too serious about it all. Festivals primarily…

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Bearded Theory 2017 announces final acts

It might be fair to say that Bearded Theory Festival is spoiling us. And not with chocolates.   Well, it is their 10th anniversary year, so we were expecting a lineup par excellence. And indeed it is. Having revealed the headliner for Saturday night as Seasick Steve, they’ve now gone and added another three acts to…

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Steve Mason Alive! at the Barbican

It doesn’t surprise me that Steve Mason forged a lasting connection with Joe Duddell at Festival No 6. Each year, a selected number of main-stage artists collaborate with Duddell and his ensemble, performing in the tiny Portmeirion Town Hall (queues for these are legendary, as only around 100 get access to the space). From what I’ve heard there isn’t much…

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Independent Venue Week: check out your local

Shake off the flu, ease up on dry January and get out to a gig this week – all in order to support Independent Venue Week, which takes place between Monday 23 – Sunday 29 January. 148 venues around the UK are taking part in IVW this year. The project, which is staged nationally but retains a strong…

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A powerhouse of a show: North at Open Eye Gallery

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is now showing at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, the first exhibition to be held as part of their 40th anniversary year. Curators Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray have taken an in-depth and far reaching look of the creativity of the towns, cities and suburbs of the north through different media and the way its influences…

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Favourite albums of 2016

Putting together a list of favourite albums of 2016, I recalled writing last year’s collection. What a different world we now inhabit. Everything feels brittle and fragile, a sense of permanence lost. The loss of so many great musicians and artists this year has been raw and shocking. However… there are plenty of releases I’ve really enjoyed this year, and inevitably…

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