New HENGE album ExoKosm

The new album by psychedelic rockers HENGE titled ExoKosm is unleashed upon the planet today. ExoKosm is, like the band’s first album, an exploration into the extra-terrestrial, sacred sonic artform that HENGE call ‘Cosmic Dross’.  Featuring seven new tracks, ExoKosm includes HENGE’s recently-released singles Get Outta Ma House and New Planet, plus their first single, Exo. Side A…

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Review: new Kinbote single Hiemalis on Lost Map

We always pay attention here at Gourmet Gigs whenever Lost Map Records announces a new release. It is run by Johnny Lynch aka Pictish Trail from his remote island home in Eigg in the Highlands and, apart from sounding like a very appealing location, the label never disappoint with its eclectic and quirky range of…

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Jessie Buckley and band sing for frontline workers

It all started with a set of photographs of nurses on a Covid ward, taken by frontline worker Hannah Grace Deller. The work was shown on Grayson’s Art Club – a series presented by Grayson Perry on Channel 4 – which Chris Difford of Squeeze just happened to catch. Chris was impressed by Hannah’s work…

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Passport: Back to Our Roots second wave of artists

Pet Shop Boys, KT Tunstall, Russell Watson and Passenger have pledged to play gigs for ‘Passport: Back to Our Roots’, the campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. UPDATE: Jamie xx and Metronomy have been added to the line-up,  announced on BBC Radio 6 Music during the station’s ‘State Of Independence Day’. Metronomy will…

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Synthwave duo Affair are back for 2020

After eight years of silence, euphoric synthwave duo Affair release a new EP called Clouds; the single taken from it, Higher Still, dropped at the end of August. A certain amount of mystery shrouds Affair who were, nearly a decade ago, on the cusp of signing after a flurry of interest in their sound by…

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New Aerial festival in the Lake District

AERIAL is the Lake District’s innovative new festival of original work and commissions – online and free from 26 September 2020 Over 20 new works and commissions from over 40 artists will be accessible online and for free via aerialfestival.com from 26th September This was intended to be Aerial’s inaugural year but like all other…

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Re-release of Believe by Bliss plus new video

Bliss band’s Rachel Morrison and Tom E Morrison have just rereleased Believe (Let the Love Shine In), mix 2020. Accompanying the song is an uplifting video created by Tom, enhanced with gorgeously psychedelic touches – and check out those singing sunflowers… I chatted to Rachel about making the re-release of Believe and the couple’s lockdown…

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Victorious festival tickets on sale from Friday 28th August

This week, the iconic Victorious sign has once again appeared on Southsea seafront, ahead of festival tickets going on sale. The phrase ‘We Miss You’ can be found across Castle Field, the location of the festival’s second main stage. Historically, the Castle Field sign has been a teaser for artist announcements. However, this year the…

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Interview with Isle of Wight band As We Leave

Four-piece band As We Leave has just released their new single via Abbey Records called Stories We Tell – it’s a shimmery and nostalgia-laden ode to summer, replete with the feelings the season can conjure. The band’s members all grew up on the Isle of Wight where they formed their strong friendship bonds at school…

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Roachford back with rescheduled tour dates

His tour for 2020 was delayed, but Roachford is now back with tour dates for 2021. His strong, emotional and soul-drenched single out called High On Love came out this year, the first song on the new album Twice in a Lifetime. Produced by Jimmy Hogarth, who has worked with Paolo Nutini, Duffy and Amy…

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