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Single Review – The Jackobins – Nightfire

Single Review - The Jackobins - Nightfire

We have been long time followers of The Jackobins and with airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 6 and Radio X in the past and a flurry of big festival dates booked, we are obviously not the only ones who have discovered this great band.

The band are set to play Liverpool at Sound City later this month and again in August at Hope & Glory Festival and have released their new single, ‘Nightfire‘.

Although not their usual rock sound, Nightfire still has the strength to create a euphoric feeling on listening. It’s smooth sound and chimes counteract the searing guitars nicely and in building the track steadily to a crescendo, it allows frontman, Dominic Bassnett,  to use his wide vocal range to the best of its abilities and compliments them gorgeously.

Thr track is driven throughout, wit...

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Threshold Festival Liverpool 2017 – Saturday Review

Threshold Festival Liverpool 2017 - Saturday Review

It’s festival season again and as always, one of our favourite festivals is back. Threshold 2017

Our first dip into the waters with this years festival was Def Neon at Constellations. The duo fuse elements of rock, electro, synthpop and bass music to form a very unique and interesting take on electronic music. Although the band weren’t playing to a huge crowd at this time of day, they were not deterred, and played with the enthusiasm of a band playing Wembley stadium which won over the crowd. They finished their set on possibly the most unique version of Rage against the Machines’ “Killing in the name of” I have ever heard. A great start to the festival.

We hung about in Constellations to watch Goteki. A British electro band who refer to their style as ‘death electro’...

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She Drew The Gun: Central Library, Liverpool – Review

She Drew The Gun: Central Library, Liverpool - Review

Over the last 9 years the Get It Loud In Libraries have brought music to the masses within beautiful locations and they have now added Liverpool’s Central library to that list.

The latest addition to their line up came in the shape of She Drew the Gun. The winners of last years Glastonbury‘s Emerging Talent Competition took to the stage and dived straight into a rousing poem informing us we were the guinea pigs to their tour. And welcome guinea pigs we were, as they began their set.

The first half of their set took on an almost psychedelic approach. Matched with mesmerizing visuals behind them, and interspersed with poetry from lead singer Louise Roach, the band drew you and held you firmly in place as they steadily raised the musical intensity.

The second part of their set took on mo...

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REVIEW: The Master of Horror, John Carpenter, Liverpool Music Week 2016

REVIEW: THE MASTER OF HORROR, JOHN CARPENTER, LIVERPOOL MUSIC WEEK 2016

When someone, the magnitude of John Carpenter comes to town, you can expect horror and music fans alike to come out in their masses. And come out they did, with queues around the Olympia in Liverpool.

The Olympia was jam packed by the time the man himself took to the stage. With his 4 piece band behind him and the director’s movies projected on a large screen, which itself was framed and mirrored by four smaller screens, the stage was set.

And he wasted no time to get things going. Kicking off with the music from “Escape to New York” the lively crowd cheered and hollered as the opening credits came up and Snake Plissken appeared.

This was a journey through Me Carpenters celluloid past and the crowd were with him all the way...

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REVIEW: Clean Cut Kid, The Arts Club ,Liverpool Music Week 2016

REVIEW: Clean Cut Kid, The Arts Club ,Liverpool Music Week 2016

Liverpool locals Clean Cut Kid are enjoying a meteoric rise to success following their recent signing to Babe Magnet Records/Polydor and a summer spent playing a colossal 29 festivals.

With obviously a busy schedule and the support of some great bands in the form of Lumen, Man & The Echo and Zuzu, the band took to the stage of the very packed Arts Club for Liverpool Music Week and seemed pretty relieved to be back in their home town. Lead vocalist, Mike Halls, taking to the mic to relay that relief.

Jumping straight into “Runaway” the audience screamed, leapt and sang along loudly as the band matched them in the jumping around stakes. Bassist Saul Goodman particularly active in his movements.

They played a few surprise never-before-heard tracks...

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Review: The 4tunes @ The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Review: The 4tunes @ The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

In a departure from our usual musical ventures we were lucky enough to go along to the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool to watch the superb 4Tunes.

The boys from North Wales, Bournemouth, Ireland and Sunderland treated us to an evening of musical theatre, swing, pop, acapella and so much more.

This is the second time this year, the group have graced the Epstein and from the amount of people in attendance that had returned for a second outing of the boys this is obviously very popular show and it didn’t take long to find out why.

The guys are likable, entertaining and very talented. Singing songs from famous west end musicals and movies alike, they capture the audiences attention within a few seconds of entering the stage

The rapport with the audience is second to none and they embrace the o...

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The Travelling Band – The Magnet, Liverpool – Live review

The Travelling Band Celebrate 10 year Anniversary with UK tour this October

The Travelling Band did not fail to deliver when they arrived at the Magnet, Liverpool  last night. A diverse crowd of older generation, hipsters and folk enthusiasts were in a great mood to welcome this versatile group of folk musicians. With Adam Gorman and Jo Dudderidge regularly switching between lead and backing vocals throughout the set they manage to bring a whole new feel to each song played.

The Travelling Band manage to make each song different. They swing effortlessly from a similar sound to ‘Mumford and Sons’ through to blue grass and then onto more contemporary songs, so much so there will be something for everyone within their set.

Playing a mix of old and new material from the new E.P...

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Fusion Festival 2016, Liverpool – Saturday Review

Fusion Festival Saturday Review

Fusion Festival

This year the UK’s favourite pop festival, Fusion, moved to Otterspool Promenade in Liverpool celebrating the city’s status as a UNESCO city of music and with a plethora of acts from both sides of the pond it promised to be the ultimate summer pop party.

The big problem with planning anything outdoors in our green and pleasant land is the unpredictable weather and the start of  Day 1 saw rain rain and more rain. Wellies and plastic ponchos were donned and off we headed to Otterspool.

The first act we saw was the effervescent Fleur East who lifted the crowds dampened spirits with her energy and infectious smiling, her powerful voice seem to envelop the festival goers  and her set was full of crowd pleasers culminating in Sax which saw the crowd erupt.

The eagerly awaited m...

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Faithless @ Ibiza Rocks 2016 – Review

Faithless @ Ibiza Rocks 2016 - Review

Faithless

Faithless @ Ibiza Rocks 2016 – Review

Faithless playing Ibiza Rocks was one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of this summer and, trust us, they didn’t let us down.

The crowd were buzzing pretty nicely after DJ Doorly had warmed them up, but when Faithless appeared the nice calm audience went absolutely ballistic!!

Svelt frontman, Maxi Jazz, took to the stage after a frenetic warm up of guitars, drums and synths and was clearly enjoying himself as much as the audience, frequently thanking everyone for being there.

God is a DJ” had everyone with their hands in the air early into the show and the tempo didn’t let up throughout the whole set with other classics such as “Mass Destruction” and everybody’s favourite “Insomnia” which inevitably had the entire venue decla...

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Liverpool Sound City 2016 review: Day One

Sound City 2016 Circa Waves, Sleaford Mods and The Dandy Warhols

Sound City 2016

Its May bank holiday weekend and Bramley-Moore dock once more plays host to  Liverpool Soundcity and with one of the strongest line-ups yet, it promises to be quite an event.

Arriving on site to queues and delays only shows the popularity of the event but any delays are dealt with swiftly and effectively and as the sun is shining brightly, most people aren’t too bothered anyway.

First up on the Atlantic stage for us was Kyko. Touted as an “Indie Whizzkid” for the fact that he writes and plays almost any instrument he puts his hand to and admittedly he does impress. His music is ideal for a gorgeous sunny day such as this. Light, upbeat and chilled with seductively smooth vocals to accompany the music. He was the ideal way to ease yourself into the festival.

Following on...

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