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Review :: Truck Festival 2017

Rain, mud and paint ruled supreme at this year’s Truck Festival, with sets from Will Joseph Cook, Maximo Park and Jagwar Ma among the musical highlights as the festival returned for a triumphant 20th year.

The award-winning festival, which first took place in 1998, has grown exponentially in recent years, now spanning three days and eight different stages. Tickets sold out way back in March, and anticipation was high, with fans queuing for up to two and a half hours to get into the Oxfordshire-farm site.

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Review :: Glastonbury Festival 2017

A field where Blur reunited in 2009, pregnant Beyoncé closed The Pyramid Stage in 2011 with a Destiny’s Child medley, David Bowie performed ‘Changes’ for the first time in 1971 and Johnny Cash revived his career in 1994 – Glastonbury Festival is a magical place where anything feels possible.

Realising Glastonbury is the best festival in the world, makes returning to life pretty difficult. You can’t listen to music because it’s not the same, you keep finding forgotten memories on your camera roll and your contagious smile from all the positive energy and love soon disappears when you remember Theresa May is still Prime Minister.

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Review :: Primavera Sound 2017

Primavera Sound excels not only as a vibrant, cultural reflection of Barcelona, but also as a favourite on the international festival scene. Boasting one of the summer’s best musical line ups, Primavera Sound attracts a worldwide audience.

Despite belonging to one of Europe’s largest coastal cities, Primavera Sound is a concrete jungle. Wedged between the city skyline and the beach, the expansive urban site offers four unique areas packed with remarkable stages.

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Field Day 2017 :: Image & Video Highlights

Aphex Twin brought Field Day’s 11th outing to a close as thousands descended on Victoria Park for one day of live music, electronic DJs, street food and more.

This summer saw the arrival of The Barn, an indoor arena where Nina Kraviz, Moderat, Nicolas Jaar and more delivered sets throughout the day before Aphex Twin made his live return with an unforgettable, two hour audiovisual spectacular.

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Review :: Uncovering Tomorrow’s Headliners at The Great Escape 2017

With 450 performances held across forty venues; for 20,000 festival goers and delegates – navigating The Great Escape festival in Brighton is no small task. Check out the official highlights video below.

The Great Escape plays a vital and relevant role in forecasting future trends in music business, and more importantly, uncovering tomorrow’s headliners. Read on for the five main acts from this year’s festival we’re tipping as future headliners.

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Live Review :: Becky Hill @ Scala {05.04.17}

Becky Hill’s second headline solo gig is less polished than her first. After a false start and an intro built from 2016’s singles Warm and Back To My Love, the 23-year-old goes straight into Afterglow — from her favourite genre.

Moving on, Becky debuts plenty of new material across the evening, including Unpredictable, an upbeat dance number likely to be the next single she puts out on her own label Eko Records.

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Live Review :: Temples @ Electric Brixton {30.03.2017}

As the band many claim are at the very forefront of Britain’s psychedelic-rock revival, Temples certainly have big shoes to fill. Early comparisons to the likes of Flaming Lips and The Beatles may have been somewhat premature, but returning with a new album and a meatier, more visceral sound, the Kettering quartet show no signs of slowing down as they blast through a spellbinding set in front of a sold out crowd at Electric Brixton.

Tousle-haired lead singer James Bagshaw cuts a dashing figure as the band stroll leisurely onto the stage. Dressed in a figure hugging attire, the frontman wastes little time with pleasantries, delving straight into the kaleidoscopic All Join In from the band’s latest release, Volcano.

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LIVE REVIEW :: Glass Animals @ O2 Academy Brixton {16.03.17}

When graffiti neon pineapples sprayed on Brixton’s sidewalk pave your way to the O2 Academy, you know Glass Animals are in town. With a set list split fairly evenly between their two albums, the Oxford band pull out all the stops for their biggest show to date.

Though the project started while they were still at university five years ago, Glass Animals have toured extensively — using these tales as inspiration for How To Be A Human Being. On stage Glass Animals are theatrical performers, embodying the life of each song.

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LIVE REVIEW :: Will Heard @ The Courtyard Theatre, London {08.03.17}

“I once saw Will Heard at The Courtyard Theatre”, is going to become a very cool thing to say in a couple of years. The charismatic multi-instrumentalist showed fans more of what to expect from him as a solo artist.

A set composed mainly of tracks from Will Heard’s debut EP Trust, highlights included brand new single I Better Love You, along with the smooth and groovy Beep Me.

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LIVE REVIEW :: The Orwells @ Scala {07.03.17}

The last night of The Orwells UK tour was marred by controversy, with lead singer Mario Cuomo involved in several alterations with the bouncers at London’s Scala.

Famous for their rambunctious and boisterous live performances, the Chicago garage-rock band severely tested the patience of the King’s Cross venue’s security on several occasions during a frenetic and occasionally electrifying set.

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LIVE REVIEW :: Milky Chance + Témé Tan @ Omeara, LDN {13.02.17}

Milky Chance set the bar in London, on the opening night of their international tour. An interesting choice in venue, Omeara — owned by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett — served as an extravagant sweat-box.

Warm-up duties belonged in the capable hands of Congo native Témé Tan. Language barriers to one side, Témé is quick to connect with the crowd using his tribal, afro-pop beats. Songs about romance, tigers and swimming in Lake Mai-Ndombe — Témé brings colours of the Congo to London’s damp underground.

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LIVE REVIEW :: The Orwells @ Tuffnell Park Dome

Every so often a band comes along that just force you to sit up and pay attention. A performance so electrifying that you simply have no choice but to acknowledge it. On Wednesday night, Chicago garage-rock band The Orwells did just that, with a blistering show in front of a sold out Tufnell Park Dome.

Playing their first gig in the capital for two years, Mario Cuomo and co. sledgehammered through an hour-long set, playing hits from their Remember When and Disgraceland LPs, as well as a smattering of tracks from their new album Terrible Human Beings, due to be released in February of next year.

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LIVE REVIEW :: White Lies @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

“Keep on running, keep, keep on running, there’s no place like home,” crows White Lies frontman Harry McVeigh, hands cupped to his ears, urging the crowd to join in the words to ‘Farewell to the Fairground’. For the Ealing-based five piece, London is where home is, and there is no place like it on Tuesday night, as the band complete a jubilant homecoming gig in front of a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Kick-starting their UK tour, White Lies are in a buoyant mood as they fire off ‘Take It Out On Me’ – the first single from new album Friends ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ and ‘To Lose My Life’ in quick succession. “It’s so good to be back in our home town,” McVeigh says with a smile, before joking with the audience that they “might even share the bus home” together after the show.

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