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Live Review: JOE ASTLEY, Flechettes, The Facades – The Cavern, Liverpool – 22.1.2023.

Such was the show of support for Joe Astley at The Cavern that it seemed like Liverpool’s famous Mathew Street had turned into Wigan’s King Street. The good townsfolk of Wigan had travelled en masse down the East Lancs Road to attend the launch event for Astley’s debut album Twenty-First Century Times. The fact that […]

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Book Review: Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey – Nige Tassell.

Like all the best ideas the premise of Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey is a simple one. Thirty-five years on from the release of C86 ‘a cassette that would shape music for years to come’ and ‘…was arguably the point at which indie was born’ Nige Tassell set himself the enviable […]

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Live Review: Tom A. Smith, Megan Wyn, Ruby J, Fiona Lennon – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, 8/12/2022.

Jimmy’s Liverpool wasn’t packed to the gills, but that was probably just as well as the burgeoning talents of Sunderland’s Tom A. Smith and a supporting cast of supremely talented, young artists needed a bit of elbow room to showcase their prodigious gifts. First up to impress was local singer Fiona Lennon. I have seen […]

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Live Review: Stanleys, Flechettes, Little Planets – Lending Room, Leeds, 10/11/2022

You know that saying…you wait ages for a London bus to come and then they all arrive together? Well, that’s a bit like the music scene in Wigan at the moment. There was something of a mini-invasion from across the Pennines at the Lending Room with not one, not two, but two and one sixth […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: Waiting Outside Alone – Barbara.

Brighton’s shiniest band – Barbara – are back, bright and breezy as ever. Following on from their excellent Mildly Entertaining EP – which examined issues around the evils of social media – brothers Henry and John Tydeman have now set their acute sights on the failings of the British establishment, and they are taking no […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: ‘Corona’ – Nice Guy.

2022 has been a big year for Nice Guy – they’ve been out on tour and supported bands like The Heavy North and Apollo Junction, and have released three singles thus far – Shame, Tonight and Fast Food. Their fourth single of the year – Corona – is arguably their best recorded work to date. […]

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LIVE REVIEW: THE HACIENDAS, Jonny Ash, The Notion, The Raymonds – EBGBS, Liverpool, 22/10/2022.

Checking my diary, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be spending a few nights in the treacherous cellar space on Liverpool’s Seel Street that is EBGBS. If the rest of those evenings are as good as this one, I’m in for a decent fortnight. This particular Saturday I witnessed four bands of […]

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Live Review: The Snuts, O2 Academy, Leeds, 22/10/2022.

From Whitburn to Leeds, from the festival small stage to a headline tour, from a bottle of Buckfast to a mid-set tequila shot, The Snuts have certainly come a long way in a short time. The last time I saw The Snuts they were shoe-horned into a mid-afternoon set on a side stage in a […]

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Festival Review: Live at Leeds – In The City, 2022.

Live at Leeds has been nominated in no less than four categories at the 2022 UK Festival Awards. After attending this year’s event, it was easy to see why. It was well organised: wristband collection was simple; entry to venues was smooth; and there were few places where you could not get in to see […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Apollo Junction, Nice Guy, Liam Hillyer – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, 8/10/2022.

Whisper it quietly, but something pleasantly intoxicating is fermenting in West Yorkshire, and I don’t mean a pint of Tetley’s Bitter. Slowly but surely Leeds five-piece Apollo Junction are building up a head of steam. I saw the same band, in the same venue last December and I would estimate that the crowd size had […]