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Neck of the Woods 2022 Cheat Sheet

Festival Season is almost here and at Halfway 2 Nowhere that means getting the tent cleaned, digging out the wellies and building endless Spotify playlists getting us ready for the fields over the summer months. Our festival season this year kicks off in Norwich (a mere 196 miles from my front door as I write […]

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Parklife 2022 – 5 Alternative Artists You Cannot Miss

Parklife 2022 is almost upon us! June 11-12th sees one of the UK’s biggest festivals return to Manchester’s Heaton Park in what is shaping up to be their biggest year to date. With a bumper line-up featuring the best in the business in rap, dance and drum and bass music, this year’s Parklife will be […]

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REVIEW: Fatal Attraction – Grand Opera House York

The 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction concluded its first national tour following a 2014 debut in London at the Grand Opera House York this week; based on the movie and penned by same writer (James Dearden) as the classic, known for the coining of the “bunny boiler, Fatal Attraction had some fatal mistakes that made it […]

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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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REVIEW: Looking Good Dead – York Grand Opera House

Peter James’ Looking Good Dead provides drama, humour and all round entertainment in adaptation by Shaun McKenna. Having never read a Peter James novel, but knowing a lot about the style he prefers, Looking Good Dead as a concept should have been one that worked seamlessly on stage. A thriller for the modern day, with […]

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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 […]