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

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

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

Live Review: The Rah’s – Liverpool

If you come out of Liverpool Central Station and fight your way through the hordes of stag and hen do’s (literally on some occasions), make a couple of turns, and you’ll find yourself at Zanzibar.  If you are unprepared enough to not check stage times with the venue, you’ll also find yourself turning up three hours early for the band you’ve come to see.  Seriously, … Continue reading Live Review: The Rah’s – Liverpool