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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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Review :: Standon Calling 2017

There’s a lot to like about Standon Calling. The sweeping fields surrounding the boutique festival add a picturesque quality as you arrive deep within the centre of Hertfordshire. Well-directed and easily accessible, campers immediately feel at ease as they approach the site and unpack, with the festival itself only a stones throw away with access to showers and fully functioning toilets that are secure and routinely checked.

Priding itself on its family friendly attitude, Standon offers an experience that caters for all ages. Perhaps also being one of the most dog-friendly festivals in the UK, it was pleasing to see a number of four-legged canines parading around the fields. Though maybe limiting certain areas would have been advisable as festival goers run the risk of accidentally treading on a few paws whilst shuffling through the crowds.

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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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