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Review :: Farr Festival 2018

From humble beginnings in 2009, Farr Festival knows what it’s doing. Located in Bygrave Woods, near Baldock, just half an hour away from Central London, Farr has evolved from a small gathering of like-minded friends into one of the UK’s leading electronic music festivals. With record breaking temperatures in the UK right now, it’s an exciting time to be at any festival.

Being one of the UK’s last standing boutique dance music festivals, Farr always guarantees a hedonistic escape soundtracked by an eclectic medley of producers, selectors and performers. The dance scene itself attracts hedonists on every level. Whatever your love, whatever your high. The crowd are on a level. Driven by the music. Driven by the buzz.

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Review :: Eric Prydz brings HOLO to Belsonic Belfast

Futuristic vibes sent us to another dimension last weekend as Eric Prydz, the undisputed King of audio visual shows, stunned the Belfast crowd with his new HOLO show.

As part of Belsonic outdoor music festival at Ormeau Park, HOLO follows several years of development work behind the scenes, using holographic technology to create and design a tourable holographic Eric Prydz live experience.

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Review :: TRNSMT 2018

Scotland’s biggest festival finished off an incredible sun drenched weekend at Glasgow Green as Arctic Monkeys made their comeback in a UK festival exclusive.

As the sun went down, Arctic Monkeys graced the TRNSMT main stage with a generous set – a varied track list from previous albums, as well as promoting the brand new ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Fans went mental as Alex Turner brought pal Miles Kane to the stage for 505, and we saw tracks such as Arabella, Knee Socks and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, with an unreal encore of Star Treatment, From The Ritz to the Rubble and R U Mine?

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Review :: Sónar Barcelona 2018

That feeling in your heart when everything connects: the music, the lights, the crowd, everything is connected. These are the moments that keep thousands of people coming back to Sonar year on year. 126, 000 people descended on the streets of Barcelona for Sonar 2018, the highest attendance in its history.

A festival so effortlessly cool it stands close to the forefront of the world’s most pivotal musical experiences. In it’s 25th year and housed proudly amongst Barcelona’s artsy streets, Sonar’s venues blend slick modern architecture with historical grandeur.

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Review :: Angus & Julia Stone @ Royal Albert Hall {10.06.2018}

Unveiled in September, the Stones’ latest album ‘Snow’ is the latest in a body of work dating all the way back to 2006, when Angus & Julia first emerged from Sydney’s Northern Beaches with their signature harmonies and ethereal song craft.

Recorded in Angus’ Byron Bay cottage, ‘Snow’ is the first album written entirely in collaboration. And tonight at Royal Albert Hall, Angus and Julia Stone prove that they are so much better together –  for anyone who ever doubted it.

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Review :: All Points East Festival 2018

Monumental thunderstorms and immense sunsets hit London’s dramatic skyline over the weekend as Godlike artists graced the stages at Victoria Park for the inaugural All Points East festival.

All Points East 2018 will be remembered for many things; a diverse line up, glorious sunshine, and East London at its best. On Friday afternoon, Young Fathers bring their genre-bending set to the East Stage; Glass Animals showcase pineapple mania; Hot Chip create disco vibes in the Jägerhaus; Yonaka shut down the Firestone stage with their ferocious alt-rock; and Nick Murphy FKA Chet Faker steals hearts with his dark electronic pop.

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Review :: The Great Escape Festival 2018

For music industry professionals, the annual trip to Brighton for three days of drinking, schmoozing and live music feels a lot like Christmas. With no Glastonbury this year and a sunny forecast, it seems everyone was ‘OOO’ for The Great Escape Festival.

Stepping off the train, Brighton’s sea breeze instantly lifts your spirits. The colourful city comes to life in the sunshine as crowds of delegates and media flock towards Jubilee Square. After breezing through accreditation and dropping our bags at a quirky Airbnb, we head straight to the end of the pier where Scottish punk band LUCIA are serving up a frantic set, with a punchy attitude.

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REVIEW :: DMA’s @ Manchester Academy {28.04.2018}

Sydney trio the DMA’s blew up the music scene in 2014 with the release of their debut single ‘Delete’, and continue to build a growing fan base throughout the world with their eclectic rock n roll vibe and guitar heavy, alternative tunes.

Following the success of Delete, the boys released their self-titled EP with Australian label I OH YOU, and later went on to sign with Infectious Records (also home of Local Natives, RY X, Cloud Control) to prompt the release of their first studio album.

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REVIEW :: Vance Joy @ O2 Ritz Manchester {25.03.2018}

Australian singer-songwriter James Keogh, better known as Vance Joy, released his first EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing back in 2013, and has gone on to create two remarkable albums and a growing fan base who continue to support him with sold out shows all over the world.

His lyrically lead folk-pop music is honest and somewhat comforting  – listen to Vance on a rainy day or during a sunny drive and he’ll completely satisfy both moods. His lyrics are intimate and real as he writes about relatable topics such as romance.

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REVIEW :: Lewis Capaldi @ Manchester Club Academy {16.02.2018}

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi found overnight success in 2017. After uploading his first single ‘Bruises’ on Spotify, Lewis supported Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on tour, travelled the US with his music, and played major festivals including TRNSMT in Glasgow.

Capaldi dropped his first EP towards the end of last year – an incredibly heartfelt, raw collection of songs, somewhat unexpected from a guy in his early twenties.

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REVIEW :: Tom Misch @ The Jazz Café {AMP Sounds 2018}

Celebrating all the music that Annie Mac loves, AMP SOUNDS encompasses nine shows over the course of one month in three venues: The Jazz Café, The Roundhouse and KOKO.

Last night saw the launch of Annie Mac’s AMP SOUNDS at The Jazz Café. The evening followed the theme of the more recently established AMP Collected nights, showcasing some of the best live acts of the moment in one of London’s most intimate venues.

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REVIEW :: The Hunna @ O2 Apollo Manchester 10.01.18

After years of dedication to their pure love for music, British boys The Hunna signed to High Time Records and are now embarking on a worldwide tour to promote the release of their second album.

It’s the second January show at the O2 Apollo in Manchester and The Hunna are hyped for another big night. Fans rush through the doors of the O2 shouting the lyrics to huge hit, She’s Casual.

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Review :: LANY @ O2 Ritz, Manchester {13.12.2017}

LANY’s beautiful and effervescent lyrical content combined with Paul Klein’s stage presence left fans mesmerised at Manchester’s O2 Ritz show; Klein threw himself into the crowd as he sang his heart out to a bunch of love struck fans who were holding red roses and wearing band merchandise.

Los Angeles based babes LANY launched the first wave of their dreamy, electro-pop sound in 2014 after uploading a batch of songs to the internet.

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Review :: Neighbourhood Festival 2017

Neighbourhood have done it again for an incredible second year running. The festival spreads across central Manchester, ranging from smaller venues such as Deaf Institute and Thirsty Scholar to the renowned O2 Ritz and Albert Hall.

Tickets for Neighbourhood Weekender 2018 on sale here.

A surprise announcement from huge local band Blossoms a few days earlier left a bunch of very happy fans. Blosssoms kicked off the day nicely, performing an acoustic set with Joe Duddell and RNCM Ensemble.

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Review :: Bestival 2017

Well, we hate to say it but as it gets colder and darker, the U.K. Festival season is truly coming to a close. But what better way to send us off than Bestival?

Having changed venue from the beautiful Isle of Wight to the equally gorgeous Lulworth Estate, Dorset, the journey was certainly easier and cheaper than the ferry, but the festival was noticeably smaller than before.

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Review :: The National @ O2 Apollo Manchester {22.09.2017}

Ohio based rock and roll band The National have built up a loyal following with their consistent delivery of seven epic albums since the late nineties. From the release of The National (2003) by their own label, Brassland Records, to most recent Sleep Well Beast (2017), Matt’s dark, deep lyrics combined with the band’s intimate live shows leaves them seriously under rated.

It’s night one of two in Manchester and the O2 Apollo is full to the brim. The band are sneaky, building up fan anticipation by displaying a peak of backstage onto the big screen, before revealing themselves by opening with Nobody Else Will Be There from brand new album (Sleep Well Beast). The lights go down and the piano intro echoes through the venue.

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Outlook Festival 2017 :: Photo Highlights

Outlook Festival’s tenth edition was always going to be a special one, and the Outlook family have once again proved why it is the worlds biggest, baddest and most monumental bass-led event the world over.

Started all those years ago by a team of promoters set to change the festival game, Outlook is now a globally revered event still ran with real heart and soul by the same crew. Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the crowd who came together across the four festival days.

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Review :: Boomtown 2017, Chapter 9

Having heard great things about Boomtown, nothing could prepare us for the diverse landscape of arts, immersive theatre and incredible production we experienced this weekend (10-13th August) in Winchester.

This year brought the ninth chapter in Boomtown’s history, as its storyline developed with Bang Hai Industries taking over the districts. Headliners included The Specials, Skindred and MIA, as well as Sugar Hill Gang, Ziggy Marley and Frank Turner.

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