Bluedot 22 photo gallery Sunday

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock’s talk at Mission Control; music from Sea Power, The Bug Club, Orlando Weeks, W H Lung and A Certain Ratio. And some inventive outfits… Bluedot Friday and Saturday photo gallery

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Bluedot 2022 festival review

Since its first year in 2016, Bluedot has carved out a unique place in the festival landscape, curating a music lineup that can rival any other gathering. But it also offers something special – a window into the world of science and space. Talks and workshops are given by some of the top names in…

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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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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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Long awaited new single by W H Lung ‘Pearl in the Palm’

W H Lung have just released the first track from their highly anticipated second album, Vanities, due 3rd September. Called Pearl in the Palm, the single marks a departure from the Manchester band’s first album Incidental Music. When an artist you’re particularly fond of announces a change of direction there’s a bittersweet moment. Yay, new…

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Todmorden’s Golden Lion launches label

The Calder Valley, West Yorkshire is a veritable hotbed of talented new artists. So when a well-loved venue runs into financial difficulties, local bands rally to help. Working Men’s Club and W H Lung have contributed exclusive tracks to help the Golden Lion in Todmorden. Yes, Todmorden’s The Golden Lion has set up its own…

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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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W H Lung, debut album at Oslo, Hackney

W H Lung have taken around two years to release their first album Incidental Music. Even when interest in their deep and moody music started to escalate, the band were quite obviously going to do things in their own time. I first heard them at Bluedot festival in 2017 and had one of those moments…

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Green Man festival 2017 review

This year was the 15th anniversary of Green Man, the bucolic festival set in the Brecon Beacons. It is – since the demise of Big Chill – my favourite festival venue, with its lush mountainous setting and main stage framed dramatically by the Black Mountains. For those short of stature (like myself), you’ll always have…

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