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Revisiting Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival 2016 has just come to an end, closing out the festival season in a swash of booze, bands and mud. It’s been eight years since we last attended the biggest blow out in the North and the changes are stark. What changes, you ask? Well… Topping The Bill The big pull of any festival is of course the line up and this year’s was a bit of a mixed bag. An overcrowded marketplace and lack of headline-ready acts have caused festivals to struggle somewhat in... Read more »

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NEW NOISE: Fighting Caravans

With Reading and Leeds 2016 just around the corner, the preparations for one of the most popular music festivals the UK has to offer are in full swing and the countdown has finally begun. Reading and Leeds has played host to thousands of top class bands over the years and has also given many the ability to be thrust deservingly into the limelight. Leeds based competition Futuresound has continued to provide local acts with the unbelievable opportunity to compete in a musical talent competition in... Read more »

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LIVE: The Last Shadow Puppets Close Out Castlefield Bowl

The Last Shadow Puppets' eagerly anticipated bowl gig arrived just after the release of their stunning second album Everything You’ve Come To Expect, which gave us rollicking guitar licks and sensual songwriting all wrapped up in a little pretty package delivered personally by 2016’s version of Jackies poster boys. The gloomy Manchester weather was unable to dampen the spirits of a revved-up crowd wigged up in brown curls and TLSP printed baseball shirts, excited for the arrival of the two (now very manly) men who brought... Read more »

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LIVE: The Stone Roses Storm Manchester’s Etihad Stadium

15th June 2016, the day that saw seminal Madchester pop band The Stone Roses kick off their four home dates at the Etihad stadium in their very own special city of Manchester. Waking up that morning, we'd all been automatically been transported back to the era of bucket hats and loose fit jeans. The city was alive with lemon love and citrus sunken sunshine, smiling faces in a sea of Stone Roses T-shirts and Adidas gazelles grooved through the city giving off a surreal buzz.... Read more »



As if the city of Liverpool doesn’t have enough musical talent to boast about, it’s time to introduce SPQR, Merseyside’s answer to Queens of the Stone Age and an obsidian in the rough. In relation to prestigious rock legends like QOTSA, SPQR are practically foetal, with only two official tracks under their belt thus far. This doesn’t directly equate to amateurism though, as this band have a professional, sexy sheen about their music and a charismatic, likeable personality in abundance. In their own words, SPQR perform... Read more »