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FESTIVAL PREVIEW – TRAMLINES, 2022.

When my eldest daughter recently got her first proper job and uprooted herself to Sheffield, on t’other side of the Pennines, my initial sadness was quickly tempered by the thought that, ‘At least I’ll have somewhere to stay for Tramlines!’. Some of you will already be planning your weekend, dusting off your Fez or pith […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band – Phase One, Liverpool, 27/5/2022.

It was billed as an ‘intimate acoustic set’ to promote the launch of Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band’s latest album – Dear Scott. It conjured up in my mind an image of Michael Head stood centre stage, all alone, spotlight shining down, being watched by a hushed, select, audience. The reality differed somewhat […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hands – Wallis Bird.

Sometimes music submissions drop into your Emails and set you off down an internet search rabbit-hole to learn more about the artist. This is what happened to me immediately after receiving a copy of Hands. I found myself trawling through Spotify tunes, You Tube clips of German music shows and The Late Late Show, to […]

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EP REVIEW: Mildly Entertaining – Barbara.

It’s a more than mildly interesting time to be in a band called Barbara, a fact that Brighton brothers, Henry and John Tydeman will surely testify to. From April 26th the band will be heading out to support The Divine Comedy on their nationwide tour; and Friday 22nd of April sees the release of their […]

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Single Review: Castro – The Merchants.

The Merchants are three Wirralians (if you don’t know, look it up!) – Harry Bowness (vocals/guitar), Harry Strachan (drums), Joe Abraham (bass), and a Mexican, Ernesto Sandoval (guitar). I have seen them a few times, usually in the middle order of a local festival, or supporting someone at one of Merseyside’s multifarious venues – most […]

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Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2022. Various venues 30/4/2022 – 1/5/2022.

It doesn’t seem like a year since the last Sound City Festival in Liverpool. That’s probably because it’s not. Due to Covid Sound City 2021 was moved from it’s regular spring slot to the autumn. Now the event described in The Guardian’s Guide to Festivals 2022 as one of ‘the best for new music’, and […]

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Live Review: Stanleys, Fiona Lennon, The Facades – The Cavern, Liverpool, 30/4/2022.

If you are not of this parish then you may not of heard of Dave Monks. If you are, then you will be aware of his BBC Radio Merseyside, Saturday evening ‘Introducing’ show. For anyone with their finger on the pulse of local music it is essential listening. For new artists from North-West England, his […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Micro FestEVOL, Hope Anti-Supermarket, New Brighton – 26/3/2022.

The Hope Anti-Supermarket is exactly that. What was once New Brighton’s Kwik-Save, and then it’s Co-op, is now a multi-arts space – ‘A home for independent artists, musicians, crafters, makers and creators to co-exist and collaborate for all of the community to enjoy’. It’s the ideal venue for me to ease my way into festival […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: brits & pieces Volume III – Various Artists .

The brits & pieces series of albums are the brainchild of 90’s indie music fan Marc Rossiter. Inspired by compilation albums such as Shine, Marc’s aims are to showcase the abilities of the country’s most talented independent bands and singers; and to give you the opportunity to discover your new favourite artist. Volumes 1 and […]

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LIVE REVIEW : THE KAIROS, Keyside Cassidy, Megan Wyn – EBGBS, Liverpool, 25/2/2022.

Sometimes you go to a gig and immediately sense that there is something a bit different going-on here. Entering the cellar space of EBGBS to see The Kairos perform their first hometown gig in two years was one of those occasions. Firstly, I was struck by the numbers of photographers that were there. There were […]