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SINGLE REVIEW: Round The Bend – The Kairos.

The Kairos are back, and with the release of their new single – Round The Bend, they are ready to make up for lost time. My last sighting of the Liverpool quartet was in February of 2020 at the Invisible Wind Factory. They were the main support for RATS during an exhilarating night of Scouse […]

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Independent Gigs of the Year: 1. Hands off Gretel @ York Crescent

Throughout 2021, whilst we’ve been able to safely get back to live music Halfway 2 Nowhere have tried to get to as many independent venues as possible to support local artists and the stages they love to perform on. This mini-series showcases some of the standout shows we’ve been to this year, with short reviews […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Bug Club – Future Yard, Birkenhead, 27/11/2021.

I can vouch for the structural integrity of the Future Yard building in Birkenhead. On Saturday night it faced the twin threats posed by the arse-end of Storm Arwen from the outside, and the sonic attack of The Bug Club from the inside. It stood up to both, although one was a much more welcome […]

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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 […]