Now That’s What I Call 175: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 175th Anniversary

Now That’s What I Call 175: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 175th Anniversary

As a part of the ‘That’s What I Call 175’ events being held in commemoration of Birmingham City University’s 175th anniversary, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire hosted a celebratory concert to showcase the finest music to have been created in and linked to the country’s second city. The event was hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet and featured performances by students, staff and alumni from the Conservatoire. The audience were treated to an impressive programme of…

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Review: Sigrid’s Amazing Run At Manchester’s Albert Hall

Review: Sigrid’s Amazing Run At Manchester’s Albert Hall

Sigrid is no stranger to Manchester, she’s been here time and time again, for festivals and for her own shows alike, and everytime she sells out, brings a huge crowd and ensures that everyone has a damn good time dancing to some of the finest pop music around. This week, as part of her almost-entirely, sold out UK tour, Sigrid stopped for two packed nights at Manchester’s Albert Hall, a small venue oft overlooked by…

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Parcels ‘Funk’ Leeds Up

Parcels ‘Funk’ Leeds Up

If Disco and Funk had a baby, it’d be called Parcels. The lights were out. The room dark. The audience silent. A beam of golden light pierces the gloom. The Parcels logo illuminates the sky. People cheer. People laugh. People cry. I think I even saw a guy in a wheelchair stand up. Okay, those last two may have been a stretch, but it was still a cracking entrance. Rocking a look that I can…

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Review: Creeper split onstage at Koko Show

Review: Creeper split onstage at Koko Show

Last Thursday we took a trip to see Southampton punk rockers, Creeper, at their headline show at Koko, London. Supported by Delaire, The Liar and Puppy, Creeper put on an incredible performance. Frontman, Will Gould, had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as the band played their way through their hits, including ‘Hiding With Boys’ and ‘Suzanne’, with their usual flamboyance and energy. However, proceedings took an unexpected twist when before…

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Lord Huron At The Junction Cambridge

Lord Huron At The Junction Cambridge

There are just those artists that intrinsically move you because they come from a place of such creative depth that they win you over without hesitation and wholly from the first.  Lord Huron, for me, are those artists.  As they humbly took to the stage on Thursday at the Junction in Cambridge, (on tour of for their new album, Vide Noir), I was already impressed having listened to their music, but it was about to…

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Ancient Shapes present new album in London

Ancient Shapes present new album in London

Daniel Romano’s side project played their first ever gig in London at The Waiting Room, presenting the songs of their latest album ‘Silent Rave’. The band played for a short half hour, meeting the standards of an old-school punk rock band: two and a half minute tunes, fast strummed guitars and no rests for the drummer between songs. Starting a minute before their scheduled show time, the band also played songs from their debut and…

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Baywaves fill up The Waiting Room in London

Baywaves fill up The Waiting Room in London

The Madrilenians paid a visit to East London to present their latest EP, ‘It’s Been Like’, getting under their belts yet another great gig out of their home country. The band, which has been dubbed as a mash-up of the The Avalanches and The Stone Roses, used the gig as a warm-up ahead of another London show with Liverpool-based Her’s and a headline gig in Dublin. Baywaves played new track ‘Over Time’, just released outside…

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Mew at the Barbican Hall, London

Mew at the Barbican Hall, London

2018 is increasingly becoming the year of the album anniversary show with the likes of Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins and Los Campesinos performing iconic albums in full recently. Mew have joined this list by celebrating the 15th anniversary of their iconic album ‘Frengers’ with a double header of performances at the Barbican in London, along with accompaniment by a string quartet. As their first major label release, Frengers was the band’s first commercial success outside…

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Tom Odell at The Cambridge Corn Exchange

Tom Odell at The Cambridge Corn Exchange

Tom Odell is indeed an accomplished singer-songwriter but beyond that, he is not the retiring performer one would expect from a pianoman.  Far from it.  The elegance of the stage setting, framed in targeted lighting at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday night, set your mind to think that potentially this was just an eloquent platform to deliver his thoughtful, soulful songs.  But, Odell couldn’t and did not refrain from pouring out completely. With songs…

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The Blinders at The New Adelphi Club, Hull

The Blinders at The New Adelphi Club, Hull

The Blinders continue to storm through 2018 with an exciting brand of proto-punk influenced alternative rock and a growing reputation that places them alongside contemporaries IDLES, Fizzy Blood and Cabbage. Based on their recent achievements, an appearance at a tiny venue in Hull may appear to be an odd choice for The Blinders. However, The New Adelphi Club has a reputation for showcasing bands that sit on the brink of international success, with bands such…

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