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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Becca Stevens: new EP on 15th September

A versatile, soulful and expressive voice which deserves to be heard: US artist Becca Stevens has a new EP out prior to an album release – to be called Wonderbloom – which drops in March next year. The gorgeous new single, Good Stuff, is out now, an 80s influenced funky track with a rich, layered…

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Heavenly weekender at The Trades, Hebden Bridge

The Heavenly Weekender has been postponed and will take place in July, date to be arranged. Don’t hang about, tickets to this get snapped up faster than Glastonbury. The Heavenly weekender, a tradition at The Trades, Hebden Bridge, is happening 16 – 19th April 2020. It’s a really buzzy event and a great chance to…

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Review: Lamb at Union Chapel

This was Lamb’s first seated gig, so they tell us. Good going for the duo who have been in existence since 1996. They did, however, exhort us to get up on our feet for a dancey number after which no one seemed much inclined to sit down again. The duo released a new album this…

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Come Down on Jupiter – The Orielles

The Orielles chose to try out new number Come Down on Jupiter at Bluedot festival this summer – maybe they were partly inspired by the space-themed festival to give this new song a whirl. It’s the first track on their upcoming second album, now named Disco Volador. Performing live, the Calder Valley foursome always manage…

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Review: Bright Fest in Crouch End

Music festivals have been a bit thin on the ground in Crouch End of late. All credit, then, to Tom Bright, a young and enthusiastic musician / producer / festival creator for bringing a diverse lineup to the north London ‘village’ for the second year running; a free weekend fundraiser for the legendary Joe Strummer…

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