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Review: The Great Escape 2019

The Great Escape Festival took over Brighton last weekend for three jam-packed days of new music, industry networking and a whole load of shenanigans. Riding the rollercoaster that is The Great Escape takes a lot of stamina – and you might even vomit at the end.

Think of The Great Escape like a weekend in Santa Monica, but different. The rain poured early on Thursday morning, which obviously didn’t stop the party, as music industry delegates dashed between happy hours, tiny venues and invite-only brunches.

via The Great Escape Festival (2019)

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Review: Live At Leeds 2019

Saturday 4th May saw Live at Leeds festival yet again successfully create another incredible day festival around Leeds City Centre. The festival focused on promoting emerging UK artists and allowed fans to watch them in smaller venues such as Brudenell Social Club and Nation of Shopkeepers, creating a more intimate festival experience as opposed to your standard festival often with overcrowded tents.

Throughout the day we saw a chilled set from singer-songwriter James Gillespie (Operator Records) who took over Nation of Shopkeepers with his powerfully raw vocals and love-focused tracks such as Him:Her and Beyond Today from his EP, Lost. Live highlights included popular What You Do, taken from his latest EP Wants and Worries.

Sam Fender performing at Live At Leeds 2019

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Review: Trondheim Calling 2019 – a mecca for left-field pop artists

There’s joy to be found in attending showcasing festivals. You don’t arrive with any expectations, or predetermined favourites. It doesn’t matter about an artist’s level of fame, gender or genre – you turn up for the music, and you leave with new songs saved to your library.

The festival scene in Norway holds a high standard and can easily measure up against festivals in Europe. Trondheim holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway, and has since become a mecca for forward thinking pop artists.


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Review: Bicep @ Printworks {23.11.18}

After playing some of the most revered festival stages including Coachella and Glastonbury, demand for Bicep’s live show resulted in the duo headlining three consecutive nights at Printworks this November.

Last year saw them release their debut self-titled album on Ninja Tune, which achieved that rare feat of a crossover dance album, which works as home listening as well as it does on the dance-floor.

Credit: Antonio Pagano

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Review: Maribou State @ Roundhouse {18.10.18}

Maribou State continue to reinvent and reimagine what is possible for an electronic live show. Backed by colourful imagery of surreal landscapes, London’s Roundhouse was transformed into a Kingdom In Colour as the five-piece band brought the latest album to life.

Opening with early favourite ‘Home’, taken from 2015 LP Portraits, the duo’s new live ensemble offers a performance that’s oh so easy to get lost in. From the glitter-ball majesty of Khruangbin-sampling ‘Feel Good’, to the romantic fervour of ‘Steal’, Maribou State shine as a band always on form.

Credit: Sam Neil

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Review: Pale Waves @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire {27.09.2018}

Missing festival season already? As Autumn arrives, we move on from summer blues, filling our diary with highly anticipated headline shows from our favourite breakthrough artists.

Taking festival season 2018 by storm was self-confessed goth-pop group Pale Waves. Armed with relatable tracks from their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, Pale Waves played to a sold out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the biggest night of their tour.

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