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

Single Review: The Maitlands – Dissatisfied

Those hardworking fans of Derker near Oldham, The Maitlands, are at it again with their new single Dissatisfied, one of two new tracks being birthed this summer. I always admire The Maitlands as they pretty much embody what grass roots music is about; keeping it local, being kind and supportive to other local bands and having a lot of fun along the way. The Maitlands … Continue reading Single Review: The Maitlands – Dissatisfied

Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

While being older certainly has its comforts and benefits, I can often define the bands I see live on 3 levels; whether they don’t move me, whether they make me wish I was young or whether they actually do make me younger. With the line up of Narrow Margin, Matter of Mind, and SHEAFS at Manchester Jimmys, I drank more than a drop of the … Continue reading Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

Single Review: Purple Thread – I’m All About You

Leeds quartet Purple Thread are Halfway 2 Nowhere favourites because of their assured, sassy rocky style, and either live or on record, this band are always a tonic (or ear drops), for bored ears. This time around lead vocalist Liz Mann and her band of merry men (believe me, that sounded better in my head) have dropped much of the “punky”, and new track I’m … Continue reading Single Review: Purple Thread – I’m All About You

EP Review: Gauranga – Miles Apart

Having recently caught and enjoyed local Bradford-Way guys Gauranga playing at the Huddersfield Parish, I was delighted to wheedle an advance sampler of the band’s new EP Miles Apart (released on 14 June 2019). This 6 track EP really shows a considerable jump in complexity and style for Gauranga and it truly is a recording for the guys to be proud of; whatever the future … Continue reading EP Review: Gauranga – Miles Apart

Theatre Review: Driving Miss Daisy – York Theatre Royal

Driving Miss Daisy, York Theatre Royal, until June 29. Tickets available at at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk This year’s early summer run at the Theatre Royal in York is Driving Miss Daisy, on until Saturday June 29th and I cannot recommend anything more right now, than you go and buy your tickets now! Immortalised in the 1989 film featuring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd, Alfred Uhry’s … Continue reading Theatre Review: Driving Miss Daisy – York Theatre Royal

White Denim return with two huge Oxford and Sheffield shows showcasing new record

Less than a year after their last album Performance, the ever-prolific White Denim returned in March with their eighth record Side Effects and have recently announced two huge shows in Sheffield on 31st July and Oxford August 2nd. More in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favourite  record Last Day of Summer than anything else they’ve done since, Side Effects is a record that captures the essence of the band’s full-throttle live … Continue reading White Denim return with two huge Oxford and Sheffield shows showcasing new record

Festival Review: Camden Rocks 2019

It was an inauspicious start to my now annual trip to Camden Rocks Festival.  Liverpool Lime Street Station looked like a refugee staging post for badly dressed, stumbling Liverpool supporters.  Apparently, they won a football match the previous evening. The journey to London was uneventful and my train pulled into Euston only 15 minutes late.  A triumph for Virgin West Coast on a Sunday.  Two … Continue reading Festival Review: Camden Rocks 2019