Bluedot festival launches lineup for 2022

We’ve had to wait for two years but Bluedot is back and their team has just announced its lineup – with several more names to come nearer the time. Bluedot festival is set in the grounds of Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, with the Lovell telescope at its centre. The festival is known for its…

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Papercuts new track “I Want My Jacket Back”

There‘s a groovy new single out by Papercuts – aka multi-instrumentalist and producer Jason Quever. Disillusionment with the political climate of the time (Trump) and a nonsensical conversation with a conspiracy theorist provided the triggers for the track, entitled I Want My Jacket Back. Despite its despairing themes, any melancholy is restricted to the vocals. Quever’s…

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Sea Change lineup for 2022 announced

Is there anyone who doesn’t fancy the idea of a festival with only 600 people? The event in question is Sea Change, the – well let’s call it intimate – event takes place in Totnes, in a selection of quirky and atmospheric town venues. Sea Change Presents announces the first wave of artists for the…

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Camp Bestival doubles up: Dorset and now Shropshire too

Why put on one festival when you can organise two? Camp Bestival has given birth this year to a second shindig, with the usual Dorset location being joined by Camp Bestival Shropshire later in the summer. Family friendly event Camp Bestival will be returning for 2022 to its home in Dorset at Lulworth Cove. From…

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New single by Elephant Stone: La Fusée du Chagrin

New material from Montreal psychedelic band Elephant Stone always gives my heart a lift. I was captivated when I first saw this band at The Lexington at a psych night back in 2011, and a few nights later at the much-missed Bull & Gate in Kentish Town. Rishi Dhir‘s sitar playing is mesmerising and adds…

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Firestations: new single Reflection Spells

First recommendation of the year: a single out in late December by a band we’ve followed since their early days, the London based outfit, Firestations. The captivating new track called Reflection Spells exhibits all those distinctive elements that the band are known for: reflective dream pop charm with the soothing harmonies of Mike Cranny and…

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Fire Records Heaven on Fire at Studio 9295

In December 2019 I attended the Fire Records Christmas gig at Studio 9295 in Hackney. It’s the sort of event I’d like to see more of: a selection of artists with 40-ish minute sets, and all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. So how fortuitous it was to discover that the label were dishing up…

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Victorious Festival 2022 first wave

Victorious Festival makes its first announcements for summer 2022. The opening day, Friday, will see The Stereophonics headline. Their 12th album called Oochya! is set for release in the spring. Also Mancs rockers James are set to appear. Saturday sees The Wombats and Sugababes appear, while on Sunday it’s the turn of Nothing But Thieves…

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Top albums and EPs 2021

This has been an abundant year for new music, hardly surprising as artists were forced into lockdown, stuck in their houses / bedrooms /studios with only synths and guitars for company. We’re delighted to bring you Gourmet Gigs’ favourites this year: a combination of albums and an EP. A few long-awaited albums turned out to…

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Revive Live Tour 2022 to save music venues

Help the live music industry and save our grassroots venues. The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour takes place in January 2022 with a wide range of artists taking place at venues country-wide. The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced this year’s events with tours by a diverse range…

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