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Review: FLOWVERS – Nosebleed

After 2 exceptional singles in ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘Long Way Home’, we have been waiting for another release from Portsmouth-quartet FLOWVERS, with it seeming an age ago since they announced they had hit the studio. After several months we finally have new single ‘Nosebleed’ and it was absolutely worth the wait. From the moment the […]

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Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll EP (10th May)

Emerson Snowe is the solo project for Brisbane musician Jarrod Mahon, famous for being a member of Australian band The Creases. Over the past two years, Emerson Snowe has been releasing solo music and has been receiving praise from the likes of DIY magazine and So Young magazine for both his music and live performances […]

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12 Bands You Need To See at The Great Escape 2019

The Great Escape might just be the best multi-venue festival in the world. With over 450 bands/artists playing the three days including TWO spotlight shows and an Alternative Escape to go with it. There is music from all corners of the world, showcasing a broad range of genres and styles. This is not an event you want to miss, and we have selected 12 acts that you should not miss once you are there!

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Live Review: Indoor Pets + Gender Roles @ Scala, London (17/4/19)

After releasing a contender for album of the year already in 2019, Indoor Pets have been gaining popularity at an alarming rate. Their fans had turned out and were queuing to get in, with many wearing the classic big of Indoor Pets/Get Inuit merch, the ‘I’m wasting my life’ t-shirt.

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Washed Out Festival: Top Five Performances of the Weekend

Festival season is starting to get closer and closer, but we found ourselves at another multi-venue festival. This time we were in Brighton for Washed Out Festival, their up and coming punk, emo and indie DIY music festival. We saw loads of bands over the two days but we have picked our top 5 performances of the weekend below, so check out who we picked and feel free to comment your favourites!

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Live Review: Amyl and the Sniffers @ The Haunt, Brighton (7/4/19)

Australian bands have definitely started to make a name for themselves in the UK over the past few years. This is especially true in Brighton with Australia becoming a lead country partner with The Great Escape Festival and the likes of Dune Rats, Skegss and The Chats playing here on their tours. Amyl and the […]

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Live Review: Orchards + Sœur @ Camden Assembly, London (3/4/19)

Math pop is not the most talked about music genres, but Orchards are becoming one of the most talked about up and coming bands, especially since the release of their Losers/Lovers EP in 2018.

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Live Review: Submariner @ Green Door Store (27/3/19)

Submariner have been on the music scene for a number of years now and have been making a name for themselves along the South Coast having played festivals such as Victorious, The Great Escape, and Common People Southampton.

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Live Review: Sports Team + Walt Disco @ Joiners, Southampton (24/3/19)

Finding a front man/woman in a band that truly keeps your attention and makes you go wow is a rare find but Sports Team and Walt Disco have two of the strongest frontmen currently in the indie-music scene and their performance on stage only adds to their bands incredible sounds. This was the third time […]

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Who Should You See? Washed Out Festival 2019

Washed Out Festival is less than a month away and we are so excited for our first time at the festival. Taking place in the city centre, it has grown from Brighton’s DIY music community and now shows off some of the best art/punk culture from Brighton as well as from further afield.

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Live Review: Sea Girls + APRE @ Wedgewood Rooms (7/3/19)

Sea Girls and APRE are two bands that I have wanted to see live for a while and the fact they were both playing the same show was quite unbelievable. You could tell APRE had fans at the show as the band had already filled way over half of Wedgewood Rooms by the time the […]

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Live Review: Feet @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (28/2/19)

Feet have been a band around the scene for a couple of years now, but ever since the release of latest single ‘English Weather’ they have been getting the attention they deserve. With their debut album set to come out later this year, it was no surprise their set was full of songs that have […]

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Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town (EP)

Getting praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders before even releasing an EP shows that Liily are definitely a band worth checking out. The EP begins with their debut single ‘Toro’, which is full of rock guitar riffs and roaring vocals. It is an intense, lively and determined start to an EP and […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #38

Have they released a contender for album of the year? We certainly think so! That is why Indoor Pets have topped Weekly Guide #38! They are joined by Little Comets, Sports Team + more amazing new releases

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Review: Indoor Pets – Be Content

Getting the right balance of old EP tracks, new releases and unheard tunes is a tough ask for any band releasing a debut album. This becomes an incredibly difficult task when you have so many good releases as Indoor Pets have. Regardless of this, Indoor Pets have sparked an almost perfect balance to their 14 […]

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Live Review: Hippo Campus + Lauran Hibberd @ Concorde 2, Brighton (24/2/19)

Hippo Campus were back in the UK having not toured since early 2017. This time they were joined by Isle of Wight indie-rock artist Lauran Hibberd. This was their biggest UK tour to date and they were playing the final night at the Concorde 2 in Brighton.

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Arcade Hearts @ The Joiners, Southampton (23/2/19)

Having not released any new music since September 2018, Arcade Hearts were surprisingly starting a string of live dates. We saw them at a sold out Joiners in Southampton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #37

Some incredible new albums this week from the likes of Sundara Karma, The Japanese House and Self Esteem, so they are all included on Weekly Guide #37! It also includes songs from Submariner and Squid

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Live Review: The Paper Kites @ Dingwalls, Camden (19/2/19)

I have to throw this out there from the start, The Paper Kites are a band that I had absolutely no knowledge about before going to this show. I always like to try new music so when my girlfriend Beth asked me whether I wanted to along with her I, of course, said yes.

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Review: Ten Eighty Trees – Lip Service

Newcastle-based alternative-rock group Ten Eighty Trees are back with brand new single ‘Lip Service’, their first release of 2019.

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Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

Oakland-quartet SWMRS are back with their sophomore album ‘Berkeley’s on Fire’, three years after the release of their debut ‘Drive North’.

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Review: FUR – FUR (EP)

There is a sense of romance that comes with any FUR release. So it is almost fitting that the Brighton-quartet released their debut EP on Valentines day.

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Live Review: The Vaccines + Supports @ G Live, Guildford (7/2/19)

The Vaccines need absolutely no introduction. Having formed in the early 2000s, they might be one of the most famous UK indie bands at the moment after their incredible debut album in 2011.  For their UK tour they had brought along 2 supports, Jesse Jo Stark, who we saw support Sunflower Bean, and Hatchie from […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #35

Finally, Working Men’s Club have finally released the physical copies and a B-side to Bad Blood. So we have decided to put Bad Blood at the top of Weekly Guide #35! It also includes FUR, Rex Orange County and Gloo

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Live Review: Valeras + The Keep Cats @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (5/2/19)

Having supported the likes of YONAKA, King Nun and The Wombats, Valeras were finally out on their first UK headline tour. We caught them on the very first night at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #34

Being one of the most exciting bands at the moment, Fontaines D.C. have released new single ‘Big’ and announced their debut album! They top Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #34! Also included is Treeboy & Arc, Honeyblood + more

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Live Review: Dilly Dally + Hotel Lux @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton (31/1/19)

After the release of their sophomore album ‘Heaven’, Toronto rockers Dilly Dally were on their UK/European tour.

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Live Review: Jerry Williams + Support @ Camden Assembly (30/1/19)

Jerry Williams has certainly gained a lot of recognition recently, after being signed in both USA and Canada. She was now out on her UK headline tour, and playing the prestigious Camden Assembly.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #33

I don’t know how they manage it but Sports Team have released another absolute banger! They top Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #33 and are joined by Lauran Hibberd, JAWS and more

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Live Review: Icebreaker Festival – Our Top 3 Performances

Another new year and another Icebreaker Festival on the Albert Road and Elm Grove of Southsea. One of the best festivals for unsigned music with over 150 bands playing, it is impossible to see everyone, but we managed to see over 10 bands on the Saturday and have picked our top three!

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Who do we want an album from in 2019?

With so many amazing releases set for 2019, it is looking like it is going to be another excellent year for music. However, many of our favourite artists have not yet announced any releases for 2019, and after having no album from them in 2018, we are really hoping 2019 will be a different story and bring […]

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Live Review: Chappaqua Wrestling + Supports @ Rialto Theatre, Brighton (19/1/19)

After being included in Radio X “Great X-pectations of 2019”, Chappaqua Wrestling were playing their first headline show at the Rialto Theatre in their hometown Brighton.

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Review: Freya Beer is back with brand new single ‘Six Months’

Southampton based Freya Beer is back with her second release, brand new single ‘Six Months’. Taking her influences from many art forms, ‘Six Months’ is inspired by the painting “Proserpine” by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Rossetti, and the greek mythology behind its creation. Freya is also a big fan of poetry, and you can see this […]

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Live Review: Mom Jeans + Just Friends @ The Haunt, Brighton (16/1/19)

After the release of their second album ‘Puppy Love’, Mom Jeans were touring at the UK. After originally booking The Prince Albert pub (which now seems ridiculous), the event was upgraded to The Haunt, which they ended up selling out.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #31

Dark Side’s Weekly Guide is back, and #31 is looking great! With The Seamonsters, Freya Beer and Bang Bang Romeo all back with absolute bops, you are going to want to have this on repeat for the rest of the week.

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Icebreaker Festival: 5 Bands You Need To See

With Icebreaker Festival only a week away, we thought we would take a look at five bands we think you need to go and see over the two day festival on the Albert Road in Southsea, Portsmouth.

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Live Review: Sad Girls Club + Supports @ The Pipeline, Brighton (11/1/19)

Our first gig of 2019, and we went over to The Pipeline in Brighton for the release show of Sad Girls Club EP ’97. The EP comes THREE years after their first release ’96, so there was a lot of excitement for the show, from both the band and the onlooking crowd.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #30

Already this year, the amount of incredible new music released has been extraordinary! Weekly Guide #30 has been cut down from over 20 songs to our final 10 favourites, including songs by Whenyoung, Jerry Williams and King No-One!

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Interview: The Family Chain

We went down and interviewed Brighton band The Family Chain. We learnt about how they started as a band, what the band are currently working on and about the time they almost nearly kind of supported Liam Gallagher! Listen below

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Dark Side Music’s Festival Guide 2019: Multi Venue Festivals

It may only be January, but we are looking at some of the best indoor multi-venue festivals that you can go to this year, so you do not have to wait for summer for festival season.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide: Big in 2019

The first edition of Dark Side’s Weekly Guide of 2019! This week we have a special edition where we look at who we think are going to be Big in 2019! It includes our 3 tips for 2019: Sports Team, Ugly and Indoor Pets as well as many more

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Live Review: DMA’s + Supports @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (17/8/18)

After releasing their second album earlier this year, DMA’s were back in the UK and were on tour. This was the last of their 11 sold out UK shows and an excellent way for them to bring their tour to an end.

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Dark Side Music’s Tips for 2019

With 2019 approaching, we have picked three bands that we think are going to have memorable 2019’s for all the right reasons.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide: Best of 2018

2018 is coming to a close, so we have looked back over the year and picked our favourite 20 songs for the last Dark Side’s Weekly Guide of the year.

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Albums of the Year: Dark Side’s Picks

What a year 2018 has been! We have gone back over the past year and picked our favourite 20 albums.
Which albums have made the list and which album has been crowned Dark Side Music’s Album of the Year 2018?

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #29

It’s the weekend before Christmas and our second to last Weekly Guide of the Year is out now! Jack White is back with The Raconteurs who top Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #29. It also includes songs from beabadoobee, PineWalls and more!

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Live Review: DIY Class of 2019 Launch @ House of Vans, London (7/12/18)

DIY magazine were having their end of year event, containing a few members of their Class of 2019. Out of their great selection of artists, tonight’s lineup consisted of Lady Bird, Anteros and Sports Team, with Wild Front as support.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #28

When Big Scary Monster’s new artist Martha announced a brand new single we knew we had to have a listen, and we absolutely loved it! Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #28, is topped by Martha and also includes new music from Baby Strange, Sundara Karma and more Heart is Healing – Martha Job In The City […]

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Live Review: Shame @ O2 Kentish Town Forum (30/11/18)

If 2018 has been anyone’s year, it has to be Shame’s! After having their album recently crowned “Album of the Year” by Rough Trade, Shame were coming to the end of their worldwide tour and were back in their hometown London. When their tour was announced you knew this was going to sell out, but […]

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Live Review: Submariner + Supports @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (26/11/18)

Submariner were back at the Hope and Ruin thanks to Scruff of the Neck promotions, headlining an event packed full of quality all the way down the billing.  First on was Tommy, who quietly shuffled onto the stage, and it was not until he started playing that people realised he was actually one of the […]

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