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Goldfrapp, Tales Of Us Film Event, Vue Cinema, Leeds

By Carris Boast

March 11, 2014

Flicking images of eyes watch over the seated crowd, the door to the soul some say. An idea which may sound pleasing and at the same time a little scary to the thousands that are sat down in selected cinemas across the globe. For one night only, we sit to watch the mesmerizing film that accompanies Tales Of Us, an album created by notorious artist Goldfrapp. The 30 minute film is followed by an exclusive dramatic live stream of a performance from the magnificent, legendary Air Studios in London. The event shares the intimate journey of five characters, told in a unique, emotive and artistic fashion that has you leaving the cinema wishing there was more to see. … Continue Reading

Fifty Years of The Who @ Proud Camden

February 14, 2014 Events, Features, Reviews 4 Comments

The Who, 1966 © Colin Jones

Fifty Years of The Who by Colin Jones

Proud Camden 5th February – 23rd March 2014

By Jono Coote

Fifty years may not be a long period of time in the grand scheme of things, but it is plenty long enough for a mythology to build up within the world of popular music. The Who certainly fall into the category of band whose stature, stories and tall tales have grown at least as famous as their catalogue of music; a catalogue which switched between the straight up Kinks-esque Mod RnB of ‘Can’t Explain’ to the bluesy rock of ‘My Generation’ via the psychedelia of ‘Magic Bus’ with an enviable effortlessness. The band’s growth was intertwined with the growth of popular music in 1960s and 70s; storming US record sales as part of the second wave of the British Invasion, playing Woodstock (famously described by singer Roger Daltrey as ‘the worst gig we ever played’), and popularising the ‘rock opera’ with double album Tommy. Along the way they wrote what is widely lauded as the greatest live album of all time, The Who Live at Leeds. It was their live shows which drove them to the heights they would reach, with a power and dynamism fuelled by the personality clashes that seem to underlie so many great bands. The anger generated was controlled and funnelled as much as possible into shows, including into the auto-destructive art form of smashing instruments which was instigated by Pete Townshend during an early live mishap.
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Preview: Louder Than Words Literary Festival

November 7, 2013 Events, News 2 Comments

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By Hayley Scott

November 07, 2013

Taking place from 15th-17th November at The Palace Hotel in Manchester, Louder Than Words is a new genre-based literary festival that celebrates the written word and its association with the music industry.

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The Clash In Conversation With Cerys Matthews At The BBC

By Jono Coote

September 11, 2013

It’s Friday the 6th of September, the weather is starting to make the transition from a surprisingly good summer to a more usual soggy British weather, but that hasn’t had much effect on the queue of people standing outside the BBC’s Maida Vale studio. This is due to an event which has apparently sparked the most interest out of anything since the inception of Radio 6 – an audience with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, the surviving members of The Clash. … Continue Reading

On The Road With The YHA And The Intermission Project

By Cat Schaupp

August 5, 2013

7 nights, 700 miles, 5 hostels, 3 musicians.

Today marks the start of a very exciting adventure, as up-and-coming band The Intermission Project join the YHA (Youth Hostelling Association) and buckle in for a seven day road trip around South England and Wales. Leaving from YHA St.Paul’s in London later today, the band will be taking to the road in a custom 1970s camper van and casting some of their acoustic folk magic in some of the country’s prettiest spots, as well as getting involved in some local, fun, and extreme activities that will be broadcast on social media. … Continue Reading

Festival Coverage : Indietracks

By Hayley Scott

July 01, 2013

Indietracks is an indiepop festival that takes place on a 1950′s steam railway in Derbyshire on the weekend of 26-28 July 2013. Bands announced so far include  The PastelsCamera Obscura, Still CornersBis, The Ballet and The Secret History. Visitors can enjoy around 50 indiepop bands plus steam train rides, discos, art/craft workshops and other railway attractions.  … Continue Reading

Festival Coverage : Live at Leeds – Part 2

 

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By Rosie Duffield

May 13, 2013

The day starts with an hour and a half’s drive to Leeds, which may be enough for some people not to bother – but with a specially-made mix CD full of tunes from the artists we hope to see at the festival we’re in a pretty good mood by the time we rock into town. … Continue Reading

Festival Coverage : Live At Leeds

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By Hayley Scott

May 08, 2013

Live At Leeds has grown in both stature and scope since its inception in 2007, into a musical metropolis that has steadily acquired a reputation as one of the best city festivals in the UK. … Continue Reading

Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014

By Kenny McMurtrie

May 06, 2013

January 2014 seems at the current time to be rather far in the future but, in the spirit of the the six Ps, applications are now open for performers to apply for slots at the Eurosonic Noorderslag 2014 networking event which takes place 15 to 18 January in Groningen. Previous beneficiaries of the exposure the event affords include Anna Calvi, Crystal Fighters, James Blake, James Vincent McMorrow, White Lies and The XX. … Continue Reading

Scottish Album Of The Year Award 2013 – Longlist Announced

April 30, 2013 Album, Events, News 5 Comments

By Danielle Gibson

April 30, 2013

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) has just announced the long list of twenty albums in the run for the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award. These albums represent a variety of genres and musical styles representing the large amount of musical talent in Scotland. Submissions were received by 100 specially invited nominators from Scotland and the rest of the UK music industry as well as elsewhere in the arts and media. … Continue Reading

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