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OK Button on stage at King Tut's Glasgow on 28 July 2019

OK Button bring their stunning soundscapes to Summer Nights at King Tut’s. OK Button released their debut EP – Sepia Spectres – last week. Despite featuring only one song that hadn’t been previously released, anticipation was high. The synth-pop soundscapes created by Amber Wilson, Nass Donald and Adam Falkner have already earned them a reputation …

The Best Kept Secret festival in Hilvarenbeek is an absolute pearler, and believe me I’ve been to a few. From the life-affirming, (Glastonbury in the ’80s) to the life-threatening, (Treworgy Tree Fayre ’89 – two dead, two hundred arrested and a dead sheep in the water supply). Constructed around a lake in a forest, the …

Two of the strongest and most talented women in music got together to showcase their talents in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall this past Wednesday (November 22nd) in front of an appreciative crowd. The Evening started with Hannah Peel. Described as ‘modest yet mesmerising’, Peel stands over her synths and electronics with an unassuming power. Throughout the …

Be Charlotte on stage at Attic at The Garage in Glasgow, February 2017

Half way through their short tour of Scotland, Be Charlotte enthral a packed Attic with a set of stunningly artistic and irresistibly catchy anthems. As we’re waiting for Be Charlotte to take to the stage, I’m told by a fellow photographer that I should prepare myself for something special and when the band – made …

Belgian organist André Brasseur should be mentioned in the same hushed reverential tones as Giorgio Moroder or Jean Jacques Perrey, but alas such cult status evaded him. Maybe because he invested the proceeds from his 1965 hit ‘Early Bird’ (which sold a staggering six million copies) into two (not one but two!) dance clubs in …

Ladyhawke on stage at The Art School Glasgow in February 2017

Ladyhawke gives Glasgow a huge dose of her addictive electro-pop and leaves it hooked on her hooks. Ladyhawke – aka New Zealand songstress Pip Brown – danced confidently into synth-pop territory with third album ‘Wild Things’, which was released last year. The music was exhilarating, uplifting and reflected her mood as she confessed at the …

Belgium’s Les Ardentes Festival is now over ten years old, so this year it added an extra day, making it a five-day extravaganza. I’ve been to every one, and my role for most of them as onstage announcer has given me fly-on-the-wall access to it and how it operates. Unlike in the U.K., where the …

Long Division 2016 launched itself into the weekend with post-punk outfit Gang of Four. For some reason they’ve been crammed into the smaller hall at Unity Works which makes for a sweaty, intimate start to the weekends shenanigans. As is tradition from previous years, the support for the evening comes from an up and coming local …

Le Hangar gigs are always an enjoyable affair. The Leffe prices are the best in town and there’s a large open fire in the centre of the room full of crackling logs, giving a cosy campfire ambience, (you still have to go outside to smoke though!). Tonight’s show is free, as part of a larger …

Synth-pop trio Prides performed at the Leadmill, Sheffield, on 7th November, with support from their Scottish pals Fatherson. Although restricted to the smaller room of the venue, both bands stood upon its stage with confidence as they played to a receptive crowd who sang every word back to them with a fierce passion. From the very first …