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April 2016

After the intensity of March. April was a much more relaxed fare. This month’s bands New bands are in italics Bands I …

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DIY Popfest

Another great Bank Holiday weekend of music at the Shacklewell Arms. It seems to be my go-to place at Bank Holidays. This …

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Meilyr Jones

Great performance from Meilyr Jones playing his new album with band. Support was from Girl Ray

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FISH

Finally caught up with FISH. No not that FISH, but a London indie band friends had been recommending for a few months. …

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The Magic Gang

Brighton’s Magic Gang made the short trip to the other end of the Thameslink to play the Horn, bringing in an enthusiastic …

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My Baby

My Baby were one of the highlights of Rhythms of the World. They play an infectious style of blues mixed with a …

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Basia Bulat

I’ve seen Basia a few times. I’ve always liked the simplicity when she plays on her own with just an autoharp. I …

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Farao

After the Black Mountain gig I headed to the Lexington to grab some random bands. I arrived as Throws were midway through …

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Dream Wife

A new location for me, Tooting Tram and Social. It’s a nice, but very noisy place. Not idea for tonight’s first act, …

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M.Ward at Rough Trade

I arrived late for the M.Ward gig at Rough Trade. Unfortunately, he played a very short set from M.Ward but what I …

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Aldous Harding

I really loved Aldous Harding’s first album. It was one of my top albums of 2014 and I was fortunate enough to …

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March 2016

Well what a busy and exciting month. Although SXSW didn’t quite live up to my expectation. It was still a great experience …

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Wolf Alice

A last minute decision to go to the last evening of the Wolf Alice residency at the Forum. Unfortunately there was only …

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Saint Agnes

Decent day’s music at the Shacklewell with another excellent set by Saint Agnes.

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Daylight Music – Piano Day

Leaving the best session to last, Piano day at Daylight music was pretty sublime with sets from from Ivan Ilić, Haiku Salut, …

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Bo Ningen

A new venue (the 229 Club) and a bit of a weird lineup. The evening seemed to have a 60s inspired theme …

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James MacMillan at the Barbican

An interesting afternoon of Easter music at the Barbican with James MacMillan’s ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’. It’s an interesting piece …

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SXSW2016

I love Austin. It’s a relaxed city with a great love of music. This was my third visit to SXSW and this …