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Live Review: Coach Party, Seagoth, Jimmy’s Liverpool, 8/9/2022.

When my future grandchildren ask me, ‘Grandad, where were you when you heard that Queen Elizabeth had died?’ I can confidently reply, ‘On my way to see Coach Party‘s headline spot at Jimmy’s in Liverpool’. To paraphrase Orwell ‘All gigs are memorable, but some gigs are more memorable than others’. This was one of those […]

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Preview: Live at Leeds, 15/10/2022 – various venues.

Along with Neighbourhood in Manchester and Sound City in Liverpool, Live at Leeds is one of my favourite city centre festivals and has now become an annual cross-Pennines pilgrimage. The quality of the emerging artists on show is always first rate. Headlining the larger spaces like the O2 Academy and Stylus will be Pale Waves, […]

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Live Review: The Cheap Thrills, The Kairos – Hangar 34, Liverpool, 6/8/2022.

I hate missing the support acts so apologies to TRAITS and Lee Ford. A combination of poorly organised TV football fixtures, a bad injury to Ben Godfrey, and some shocking time wasting tactics from Chelsea F.C. meant that despite ‘flying down County’ I still could only get into Liverpool’s Hangar 34 in time to see […]

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Festival Review: Kendal Calling 2022.

Here’s a Kendal Calling tip for you. If you really want to see any of the bands on Friday, get there on Thursday. I got to the outskirts of Lowther Deer Park at 12:30 pm, and eventually parked my car some 5 and-a-half hours later. I’m sure some lasting friendships were formed in the queues […]

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Tramlines Festival Review: Episode Three – Return of The Tramlines.

The first scene in Episode Three of the Star Wars trilogy takes place in an arid, desert environment. Tramlines takes place in Sheffield so that was never going to happen, and day three opens to a steady, south Yorkshire drizzle. For the sake of completeness I felt compelled to take-in at least one artist from […]

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Tramlines Festival Review: Episode Two – Tramlines Strikes Back.

I’m going to start with a minor rant. If you’ve been following carefully then you’ll know that our Tramlines reviews have a bit of a Star Wars theme to them; for no other reason than they both come as trilogies. The villain in Star Wars was Darth Vader. For me, at Tramlines, the villain would […]

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Tramlines Festival Review: Part One – A New Hope.

A long time ago in a city far, far away (well it seems like that when you’re stuck in a contraflow system on the Woodhead Pass) there was a festival called Tramlines. A mighty plague swept through the South Yorkshire System and the Tramliners disappeared. Then in 2022 came a New Hope. Tramlines is Yorkshire’s […]

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival – Cast, The Boo Radleys, The Heavy North. 18/6/2022.

Wearing a John Lennon ‘Working Class Hero‘ T-Shirt he strode up to the microphone and greeted the crowd with, ‘HELLO MIDDLEWICH! Fuck me, I never thought I’d hear myself say that!’. You and me both John Power. Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival was celebrating it’s thirtieth anniversary. I bet it’s changed a bit in those […]

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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 […]