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Will Varley @ The Buyers Club, Liverpool – Review

Will Varley @ The Buyers Club, Liverpool - Review

Will Varley

Will Varley is a honoury scouser. With his grandfather being from Liverpool and his mother going to school here, he is well equipped to deal with the Liverpool gig at the Buyers Club. And he does it with aplomb. Will seems relaxed and jovial in his set and that transcends through the audience made up of the young, the old and the odd glamorous blonde. Will is one of the old school guard. A guitar, a drink and some wonderfully emotive songs.

Now, hot off the back of warming up European arenas for Frank Turner, he manages to engage the crowd from the offset. encouraging them to sing along to the difficult “la la la la’s” and to embrace life and a drink.

Varley even treats us to some of his new stuff but tends to stick mainly to the old favourites of the poignant ‘The Man Who Fel...

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The Jackobins, One More Chance – Single Review

The Jackobins, One More Chance - Single Review

The Jackobins, One More Chance

The Jackobins start 2016 with their new single, One More Chance and once again don’t fail to deliver the goods. This single has already been played several times on BBC RADIO 6 on numerous occasions and on listening to it you can see why.

Building from a single drum beat onto a mesmerising guitar riff that made me instinctively think of The Mission. This anthem single is what you come to expect from The Jackobins as Dominic Bassnetts’ glorious vocals kick in.  Though the songs lyrics them self speak of  quite low point in the protagonists life the song itself is uplifting. Telling the listeners that there is hope at the end of the tunnel of any situation.

Crescendoing into a chanting of  the words “One more chance”, this is what this single is telling you...

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State Champs – Liverpool o2 Academy – Review

State Champs - Liverpool o2 Academy - Review

State Champs Review

American Punk band, State Champs, have already played Belfast and Dublin and next on their list was the Liverpool o2 Academy. I must admit to not knowing much about the band but on listening to some of their tracks online I was hopeful that the sound produced on there would work live on stage. I was not about to be disappointed.   From the first moments on stage their enthusiasm and spirit shone through. There is something very accessible about the band which you don’t find in some other groups of this genre. And with the release of their new album, ‘Around the World and back’ and obviously their 2013 album ‘Finer Things’ , they have plenty of material to play with...

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Steve Thompson and the Incidents – Monster Single Review

Steve Thompson and the Incidents - Monster Single Review

Steve Thompson and the Incidents

Indie pop rock trio from Merseyside , Steve Thompson and the Incidents recently signed to c-side music publishing , debut album “Rainbows & Arrows

We recently reviewed the album Rainbows & Arrows and due out on the 9th of October is their new single “Monster

Monster starts with a slow, uneasy, child’s music-box intro, Monster automatically puts you on your guard. It also lulls you into a false sense of what is to come as 20 seconds in the track shows its true colours.

With and incessant bass bringing  in a screeching guitar the track kicks into life. Steve Thompson’s vocals are dark and low. When he says “we created a monster” he is talking about numerous things and allowing the listener to decide. Fame, fortune, celebrity statues. You make your choice...

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Steve Thompson & The Incidents, Rainbows & Arrows. Album Review

Steve Thompson & The Incidents, Rainbows & Arrows. Album Review

Steve Thompson & The Incidents

I first witnessed Steve Thompson and the Incidents at this years’ Threshold Festival and I was highly impressed by their attitude and music so reviewing their album “Rainbows & Arrows” was something I had long intended to do.

Listening to the album, two things struck me. The first was that this a well thought out album. Lyrically striking and musically tight with an obvious amount of passion put in. The second thing I had noticed was that their use of nostalgic musical genres together with the modern day lyrics works a treat. You automatically get a feel for the nineties brit-pop era alongside a harking back to a 60s hippy, trippy vibe. Both which work wonderfully.

Tracks such as  Turn your back on me and Love in the city give you that up-beat feeling of ...

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Steve Thompson & The Incidents, Rainbows & Arrows. Album Review

Steve Thompson & The Incidents, Rainbows & Arrows. Album Review

Steve Thompson & The Incidents

I first witnessed Steve Thompson and the Incidents at this years’ Threshold Festival and I was highly impressed by their attitude and music so reviewing their album “Rainbows & Arrows” was something I had long intended to do.

Listening to the album, two things struck me. The first was that this a well thought out album. Lyrically striking and musically tight with an obvious amount of passion put in. The second thing I had noticed was that their use of nostalgic musical genres together with the modern day lyrics works a treat. You automatically get a feel for the nineties brit-pop era alongside a harking back to a 60s hippy, trippy vibe. Both which work wonderfully.

Tracks such as  Turn your back on me and Love in the city give you that up-beat feeling of ...

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Grace Jones Closes Festival No 6 2015 – Gallery

Grace Jones Closes Festival No.6

Grace Jones festival No.6

This evening (Sunday September 6) saw singer, songwriter, model, actor, enigma and legend Grace Jones close the sold out Festival No.6. As the fourth Portmeirion event drew to a close, festival founder Gareth Cooper said: “It’s been another incredible festival with show stopping performances across the board. Our wonderful guests were as ever amazing, generating an unparalleled atmosphere, but the star of the show yet again was Portmeirion itself – with the sun shining there truly isn’t a more beautiful setting on earth. Be seeing you all next time.” 
Grace Jones Closes Festival No 6 2015 - Gallery

Grace Jones Festival No 6 2015

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Festival No. 6 – Saturday Images

Belle and Sebastian play to a huge crowd during their headline performance on the Main Stage at Festival No. 6

Belle and Sebastian Festival No. 6

Saturday Images

Catfish and the Bottlemen perform at sunset on the second day of Festival No.6

Catfish and the Bottlemen Festival No.6

Caught in the bubble, Festival No. 6

Caught in the bubble, Festival No. 6

Crowds enjoy the sunshine around the Estuary Stage at Festival No. 6

Crowds enjoy the sunshine around the Estuary Stage at Festival No. 6

James Bay delivers a powerful performance on the Main Stage at Festival No. 6

James Bay Festival No. 6

Steve Coogan speaks to a packed piazza on Saturday afternoon at Festival No. 6

Steve Coogan Festival No. 6

Sparks drummers festival number 6

Sparks drummers festival number 6

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Reading & Leeds Roundup And 2016 Tickets On Sale

Reading & Leeds Roundup And 2016 Tickets On Sale

Reading & Leeds review

Reading and Leeds 2015 saw over 150,000 festival fans revel in an unforgettable weekend of music, including headline acts Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, plus hundreds of performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs. Weekend and Instalment tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2016 will be on sale Tuesday 1st September at 9am for a limited time at this year’s price of £205.00. Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com andwww.ticketmaster.co.uk. The dual site event will take place on 26th, 27th, 28th August 2016.

Metallica provided a metal masterclass with the biggest production in the history of Reading and Leeds, cementing themselves as worthy headliners alongside their 150 onstage fans. Mumford & Sons debut headline slot didn’t disappoint...

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Reading & Leeds Roundup And 2016 Tickets On Sale

Reading & Leeds Roundup And 2016 Tickets On Sale

Reading & Leeds review

Reading and Leeds 2015 saw over 150,000 festival fans revel in an unforgettable weekend of music, including headline acts Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, plus hundreds of performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs. Weekend and Instalment tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2016 will be on sale Tuesday 1st September at 9am for a limited time at this year’s price of £205.00. Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com andwww.ticketmaster.co.uk. The dual site event will take place on 26th, 27th, 28th August 2016.

Metallica provided a metal masterclass with the biggest production in the history of Reading and Leeds, cementing themselves as worthy headliners alongside their 150 onstage fans. Mumford & Sons debut headline slot didn’t disappoint...

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