Festival Review: Indietracks

Indietracks is a very different sort of festival.  It isn’t just that it is based at Midland Railway Centre and to get to the festival site you have to get a train.  It isn’t the bands they book.  It isn’t the owls or the can crusher, although they certainly mark the festival out from Leeds and Reading.  It is the friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.  … Continue reading Festival Review: Indietracks

Theatre Review: Swallows and Amazons, York Theatre Royal

22 years after Damian Cruden started his York Theatre Royal journey, his time theatre has come to an end with his final show, Swallows and Amazons, this year’s August run. Cruden finishes his glittering York career with the swashbuckling pirate adventure, a summer family show that marvels and entertains people of all ages. With children less and less exploring the great outdoors and being fixed … Continue reading Theatre Review: Swallows and Amazons, York Theatre Royal

Festival Review: Tramlines 2019

As a Yorkshireman, there’s nothing I look forward to more during the summer festival season than Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. Set in the shadow of Hillsborough Stadium, the festival, now 11 years old, hosts some of the UK’s best talent from yesterday, today and importantly tomorrow. Halfway 2 Nowhere always looks forward to the big acts, but this year’s event showcased some of the best … Continue reading Festival Review: Tramlines 2019

Festival Review: Deeper Cuts Festival

Deeper Cuts Festival is an eclectic collection of 20+ bands and DJ’s, brought together by Liverpool Music Blog Getintothis and spread out over 3 venues – Phase One, Kazimier Garden and Stockroom, all on Liverpool’s answer to Broadway – Seel Street.  The first band of the day however was rather unexpected.  On the way to Seel Street I heard the unmistakeable sound of a samba … Continue reading Festival Review: Deeper Cuts Festival

Nos Alive ’19: Primal Scream and Idles

Nos Alive is our summer festival of choice. Not only is it held in our favourite city, Lisbon in sunny Portugal, we don’t have to endure the drunk 4am rendition of Wonderwall at the campsite because we use a hotel up the road. While this year, the quality of the acts felt a little thin (too many mid range middle aged never will quite make … Continue reading Nos Alive ’19: Primal Scream and Idles

Single Review: Nana White Pepper – Tear The World Apart

Having caught Blackpool’s Nana White Pepper live a couple of times this summer, they have quickly become one of a select group of my must-see live bands. The band have a nice blend of aggressive and punchy guitar music and a strong and thoughtful vocal. If you adore intelligent bouncing music along the lines of Cage The Elephant then you need to get onto Nana … Continue reading Single Review: Nana White Pepper – Tear The World Apart

Single Release: The Clause – In My Element

Those hardworking feisty Brummy lads The Clause always have an element of surprise and shape shifting in their dna as they deftly swerve from musical genre to genre. This time new track In My Element reminds me of a deliciously melded mix of clean 60’s rock-pop and post Manchester baggy. There is a fine line to tread in terms of creating diversity of sound. Too … Continue reading Single Release: The Clause – In My Element

Single Review: Gold Baby – 500/1

Catching London based band Gold Baby play live was by far the best thing about my recent birthday trip to London (along with having a great early bird meal at the Istanbul bistro attached to Great Portland Street tube). We had pre booked train tickets and hotel to see the magnificent Cage The Elephant so when they cancelled due to broken bones, we went new … Continue reading Single Review: Gold Baby – 500/1

Leeds Festival announces BBC Introducing Stage –

Today, Tuesday 9 July, Reading & Leeds Festivals revealed the BBC Music Introducing Stage line up that will showcase the best in UK emerging talent, as well as Dance To The Radio names and Piccadilly Party, for Leeds Festivalgoers only. Limited weekend and day tickets are available at http://www.readingandleedsfestival.com. Since first arriving at Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2008, the BBC Music Introducing stage has offered a unique experience … Continue reading Leeds Festival announces BBC Introducing Stage –

Live Review: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Edgeley Park

I’d been to Edgeley Park once before.  My cousin James took me to watch Stockport play Maidstone United in the fourth round of the FA Trophy.  My abiding memory of the day was the quality of the catering. Excellent and abundant chilli and rice at a reasonable price.  The game finished 1 – 1.  In attendance were 2,585 souls. There were considerably more people packed … Continue reading Live Review: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – Edgeley Park