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Live review: Squid, Falmouth, May 18th: who finer to bring us back to the live experience?

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LIVE: The Clashed at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (Tribute band)

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Live: EWAH and the Vision of Paradise, Altar, Hobart 14 March 2019

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It’s a difficult one to objectively review Belle and Sebastian’s performance at York’s Grand Opera House. You see, me and Belle and Sebastian have missed each other constantly over the last twenty years (to be fair, I think its possibly quite a one sided thing, but bear with me) and the level of excitement when …

It was an altogether strange atmosphere in the bar prior to Gwenno’s appearance in the Community Room of Leeds’ fine Brudenell Social Club. Due, in no small part to the differing clientele. Fans of the Welsh chanteuse (I’m taking the lead here and referring to her as such) fell broadly into the 6Music target crowd …

  Revered British Jazz Saxophonist Courtney Pine arrived for the Leeds leg of his short tour with two things with him – a crack band behind him, and a bag full of brand new tunes – as he told us with a smile  “….this is only the second time of gigging these tunes”. It was …

Alvvays on stage at O2 ABC Glasgow on 18 February 2018

Alvvays continue to exceed unreasonably high expectations with another captivating set – this time at a sold-out ABC. The Toronto-based five-piece – Molly Rankin (vocals, guitars) Kerri MacLellan (keyboards, vocals) Alec O’Hanley (guitars), Brian Murphy (bass) and Sheridan Riley (drums) – gave us an exciting contender for album of the year when ‘Antisocialites’ was released …

Siobhan Wilson on stage at The Mackintosh Church for Celtic Connections on 3 February 2018

Siobhan Wilson sends spirits soaring in Glasgow with a heavenly set at a sold-out Mackintosh Church as part of the Celtic Connections festival. It’s official – audience figures for the 25th anniversary of Celtic Connections were the highest recorded for the festival. Over the 18 days, there were 130,000 attendances at 350 concerts, workshops and …

Marnie on stage at The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, for Celtic Connections on 27 January 2018

Marnie performs ethereal and enthralling electro-pop that connects at her intimate Glasgow show. When the programme for the 25th anniversary of Celtic Connections festival was announced there were a few shows that instantly jumped out at me. Marnie playing the snug surrounds of Glasgow’s west end gig-goers institution – The Hug and Pint – was …

Tonight’s support To The Rats And Wolves are a German six piece electronic metalcore band from Essen. Their individual brand of futuristic tinged heaviness gets the crowd moving early on. Blvckout is a particular highlight that translates perfectly to a live setting. Suburban Romance showcases the band’s infectious energy, which is hard to deny from …

It’s Sunday night, but down in Manchester’s Club Academy, it does not feel like the end of the weekend. Although their newer material may be slightly on the tamer side, their set tonight is as impassioned and relentless as ever. Opening with setlist staple and all-round leviathan track This War Is Ours, things get off …

If you’re a fan of bands that have dedication and passion for their art then tonight’s diverse line up is most definitely for you. Packed into the Leeds University Stylus are three American bands who all in their own right are turning heads and making waves in the rock scene. Up first are Ice Nine …

Creeper are very much a concept band- their dramatic style and aesthetic a joy to watch. Their 2017 has been nothing short of a whirlwind of greatness; having released their debut album, played the Download Festival main stage and then a full stint on the world famous Warped tour in the US their year is …