COMPETITION: Win a Pair of Tickets To Festival No 6

Festival season is currently in full swing and to celebrate, we've lined up a quick competition that'll transport a lucky pair of music lovers to one of this year's most hyped events. From the 5th to the 7th of September, a host of musical and performing arts acts head to Portmerion, North Wales for Festival No 6, a special weekend of music and creative-culture fun. London Grammar, Beck and The Pet Shop Boys  lead an eclectic line up that boasts performances by Temples, Bonobo, Tune-Yards... Read more »


You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine: A Death From Above 1979 Retrospective

Just like its 90’s forbearer ‘Rap-Rock’, ‘Dance Punk’ was a genre that always seemed too good to be true. The term was bandied around a lot during the first few years of the Noughties, and whilst a lot of artists were grouped together under the term, the genre never really reached its full potential and sounded as good as the platonic ideal you imagine when hearing the phrase ‘Dance Punk’. The gap was just never fully breached on either side of the divide- most rock... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: Southern

Currently based in Liverpool although originally hailing from Belfast, brother-sister duo Southern are poised to make an impact, grafting numerous genres together to generate a unique blend of leftfield pop and bluesy folk that remains distinctly their own.  Although much has been said about the band’s dedicated pursual of industry cred and success over the years, their music itself is demonstrative of the long way Southern has come. The collaborate pair of Thom and Lucy Southern have created a name for themselves via a reasonably small... Read more »

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ON REPEAT: Mazes – Astigmatism

Mazes can be a frustrating band to like at times. Their 2011 debut, A Thousand Heys was a brilliantly frantic slice of lo-fi power pop at a time when so-called “guitar music” was at its most nascent, and served as a big jolt in the arm for Manchester’s Indie scene at the time. Subsequent efforts though, in particular 2013’s pair of albums Ores & Minerals and Better Ghosts have found the band in what we’ll call a ‘transitional’ phase, more full of good ideas than... Read more »


REVIEW: Conor Oberst Manchester Cathedral 08/07/2014

There’s something about gigs in unusual settings that makes them hard to forget. When the artist you’re viewing just so happens to be the perfect fit for that off-the-beaten-track venue, then you know you’re in for something truly special. This anticipatory vibe is buzzing through Manchester Cathedral tonight; its 500 strong congregation stood patiently before a church altar awaiting the arrival of Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst. They’re here for worship but with beer cans in their hands, it’s not the kind you might expect... Read more »