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LIVE REVIEW: PLACEBO @ MOTORPOINT ARENA, CARDIFF 24/11/2022

Placebo have been in the game 26 years and that was telling for numerous reasons tonight. The stage lighting and the overall performance was was honed and perfected but the handbrake was firmly on. The androgynous and ineffable group made the conscious decision to not play the hits much to the dismay of the audience. […]

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REVIEW: WEYES BLOOD – ‘And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow’

Natalie Mering under her Weyes Blood moniker provides a powerful emotional punch in her fifth installment of dreamy soul pop. ‘It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody’ is a glorious display of slow and sprawling pop. Mering speaks of the anxieties of modern life, the mental struggles we all endure “To know that every wave might […]

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REVIEW: The Cher Story – Grand Opera House, York

As a lifelong Cher fan, when I heard of a new musical dedicated to her life was coming to York, to say I was giddy would be an understatement! The perfect tribute to one of my favourite artists, the brand new “The Cher Story” tells the entire story back to front of how she rose […]

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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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REVIEW: LOW ISLAND – ‘Life In Miniature’

Low Island are back a year after their long awaited debut album. It’s been a slow and steady process for the Oxford indie outfit, releasing a slew of singles from 2017; their steady rise culminated with the release of their debut ‘If You Could Have It All Again’. The record recieved rapturous praise and brought […]

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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 […]