Independent Venue Week 2020

Independent Venue Week lights up the end of January with a fabulous roll-call of musicians at venues around the country. It’s the seventh IVW 2020, and it’s happening Monday 27th January to Sunday 2 February. This year celebrations include intimate live shows and tours, a feature documentary and a new live record release – details…

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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 the weekend of 11th December. Baxter Dury to perform in October. Please refer to possible changes on the Trades website So far on the lineup are Doves, Baxter Dury, Cherry Ghost, Confidence Man, Katy J Pearson, Raf Rundell and Heavenly Jukebox DJs. Gourmetgigs was at…

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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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