KITE festival – Saturday review

Our vis­it to Kite fes­ti­val, set in gen­tle coun­try­side close to Oxford, was pret­ty much based on the fact that Grace Jones was set to head­line on the Sat­ur­day night – not that there weren’t plen­ty of oth­er attrac­tive propo­si­tions through­out this new music and ideas event. Chat­ting to peo­ple around the site it appears…

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New Single Rarely Been So Long by As We Leave

Isle of Wight band As We Leave has a new sin­gle out called Rarely Been So Long. On its sur­face there’s a sun-dap­­pled, lazy sum­mery aura going on as it opens on a gen­tle scene-set­ter: a gui­tar chord gen­tly thrum­ming. This hazy con­fec­tion has a nos­tal­gic feel, the vocals reveal­ing a wist­ful qual­i­ty, uncer­tain­ty in…

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Pictish Trail head out on tour

Pic­tish Trail have plen­ty of tour dates lined up for this year, includ­ing some fes­ti­val appear­ances – Green Man fes­ti­val fea­tures, as always. Walk the Line and Lost Map present: Ley­line Shows in South West of Eng­land with sup­port from Lost Map artist Bas Jan, plus a DJ set by Guto Pryce of Super Furry…

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LIINES: interview at Bearded Theory festival

Man­ches­ter band LIINES played a blis­ter­ing set on Sun­day 29th at Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val – the crowd was obvi­ous­ly lov­ing it – and there’s plen­ty of social media com­ments that indi­cate they’ve gained a raft of new fans. I was thrilled to catch up with Zoe McVeigh (vocals/guitar) and Leila O’Sul­li­van (drums) after they came…

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Bluedot festival 2022 full science programme

Head­ing the bill for the blue­dot 2022 sci­ence pro­gramme are astro­naut Tim Peake, physi­cist Jim-Khalili, Mon­i­ca Grady, Sheena Cuick­shank and Pro­fes­sor Chris Lin­tott.  After beat­ing 8000 appli­cants to be select­ed as a Euro­pean Space Agency astro­naut, Tim Peake spent sev­er­al years in inten­sive train­ing final­ly join­ing the crew of the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion in 2015…

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Bearded Theory 2022 Photo Album

Pho­tos from Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val at Cat­ton Hall, Der­byshire. The Pierce Broth­ers, Dub Pis­tols, Taran­tism, Fero­cious Dog, Astrala­sia, Fat White Fam­i­ly, LIINES, the Flam­ing Lips. Also The Selecter, Nova Twins, Emi­ly Capell and Frank Carter and The Sleep­ing Souls. And, as always, the bril­liant Cow­ley’s Fine Foods. 

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Review: Bearded Theory 2022

Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val or “Spring Gath­er­ing’ as they like to call it, has been silent for the past three years, but due to the strange elas­tic­i­ty of time, once we’re on site it feels more like a week or so since we were last there. Things are look­ing com­fort­ing­ly famil­iar – we don’t want too…

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Julian Lennon presents NFT featuring Imagine

For the super techie amongst you, here’s an exclu­sive NFT, along with a char­i­ta­ble dona­tion to Ukraine. Yel­low­Heart, the NFT mar­ket­place for music, tick­et­ing and com­mu­ni­ty tokens, which accepts both cryp­to and cred­it card pay­ments, will release an exclu­sive NFT of Julian Lennon’s first record­ing of his father’s beloved song, “Imag­ine.” A por­tion of the…

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The Besnard Lakes live at Oslo Hackney

We’ve wait­ed over two frus­trat­ing years but here they are – Mon­tre­al psy indie band The Besnard Lakes return to UK shores for a run of live shows. Actu­al­ly this night at Oslo in Hack­ney is their penul­ti­mate on the tour. The venue has sched­uled a club night for half an hour after the Bezzies…

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