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SINGLE REVIEW: Rainy Days in June – Barbara.

No-one does it quite like Barbara. Or should that be the other way round? Barbara do it like no-one else. Either way, it’s true. While Elton and Ed, Adele, and er, LadBaby battle it out for the festive number one with songs full of snow, joy, togetherness, and baked produce, Brighton duo Barbara (Henry and […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: All In – Apollo Junction.

I have to admit I have a soft spot for Apollo Junction. The first time I saw them live was above The Hawley Arms pub in Camden. Lead singer Jamie Williamson was wearing a surgical boot and I was told that the new bass player had learnt his parts that day on the way down […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Billy Bragg, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 26/10/2021.

A few weeks ago I went to Live at Leeds. I met some of my old university mates from back in the day. When we first met up, after the briefest of moments, it was like we had never been away. I had a similar experience this week with Billy Bragg at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall. […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Cheap Thrills, Arts Club, Liverpool, 9/10/2021.

Some people might tell you that the gig to be at in Liverpool on Saturday was Inhaler at The Guild of Students. Those people may well have been correct. But it will have needed to have been one hell of a gig to better The Cheap Thrills self promoted gig at the Arts Club. The […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Sound City Liverpool, 2021.

For most people attending Sound City 2021 their experience would have had a distinct flavour of Scouse. Red Rum Club played a buoyant Saturday headline slot at the Grand Central Hall. Local artists like Courting, SPINN, STONE, and Pixey, were playing highly anticipated festival slots. For me, my taste buds were left with the lingering […]

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PREVIEW: Sound City – Boss Bands! Liverpool Sound City 2021.

If you’re heading to Liverpool for the Sound City Festival you’ve probably already made your ‘Big Picks’ for the weekend, possibly The Snuts at The Arts Club on Friday, or Red Rum Club at Grand Central Hall on Saturday, but if you need a little help with some of your other choices, here are the […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Wendy James Band – Jimmy’s, Liverpool, 17/09/2021.

The basement of Jimmy’s, Liverpool is usually the place where you go to watch exciting new bands on their way up. It’s intimate space is a rather incongruous setting in which to see a true, music icon. I’m here to watch Wendy James and her band perform pieces from her latest album – Queen High […]

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REVIEW: Mugabe, My Dad & Me – York Theatre Royal

Tonderai Munyevu’s one man performance of Mugabe, My Dad & Me premiered at York Theatre Royal this week. Adam Graver was there to experience the show. Robert Mugabe is a figure I have heard much about, but I have never explored the history of the former President of Zimbabwe enough to know anything other than […]

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REVIEW: Educating Rita – York Theatre Royal

Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson star in a new, critically-acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s award-winning play Educating Rita at York Theatre Royal from 31 August to 4 September. Celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary, Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita was a victim to the lockdown, but finally made its way to York Theatre Royal this week, with […]

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REVIEW: Leeds Festival 2021

It’s been some time since Halfway 2 Nowhere hit the mainstream but this weekend, we were fully immersed in the spectacle that was Leeds Festival. Friday and Sunday were an absolute triumph and whilst we couldn’t attend on Saturday, the early reviews and comments suggest the entire weekend was a resounding success for all in […]