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Unmissable: Reading + Leeds 2019

Reading + Leeds is always one of the biggest festivals of the Summer and an amazing way of spending your bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately, we will not be there this year, but for those of you lucky enough to attend we have chosen 8 bands that we feel are truly unmissable. Pip Blom 22-year old […]

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Review: The Big Moon – ‘It’s Easy Then’

It’s 2017, The Big Moon have just released Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ and I have just seen them for the 5th time in a year. Now after two years of working on a second album, and Celia and Soph working with their other bands (Gently Tender and Our Girl respectively), […]

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Review: Emerson Snowe Is Back Recording Music

After releasing his incredible debut EP ‘That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’ only 2 months ago, it is a big surprise to find that Emerson Snowe is back recording music and has recorded an abundance of new tunes already. This time from his own bedroom. The latest two singles ‘When Mary Comes To Take Me Home’ and […]

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Unmissable: Truck Festival 2019

Truck festival might have one of the best lineups of the Summer and for anyone lucky enough to have a ticket (yes, that does include us) then this might be the best weekend of 2019! We have picked 8 bands over the weekend that we think you need to go and see! Thursday Lady Bird […]

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Review: Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan

For a band who had not released any music on mainstream streaming sites, they have played some impressive support slots and been included on some massive festival line ups like Latitude Festival 2019. But, we finally have their first release an a debut EP announcement and you can see exactly why Dry Cleaning have got […]

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Unmissable: 2000 Trees Festival

Unmissable is our feature where we take a look at some festival lineups and highlight some of the bands that we think are unmissable! Our second edition of ‘Unmissable’ features 2000 Trees Festival. YONAKA Having just released their absolutely incredible debut album ‘Don’t Wait TIl Tomorrow’, YONAKA are not a band you want to miss. […]

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Albums of 2019 So Far…

We are now into July and into the second half of 2019. We thought we would take a look at some of our favourite albums of the year so far. Written by Henry Groves (HG), Zach Spencer (ZS), Ben Norris (BN), George Smale (GS) and Harry Fortuna (HF) Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs […]

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Unmissable: Isle of Wight Festival 2019

Unmissable is our new feature where we scour festival lineups and give you a selection of bands you need to see. Our first festival of the 2019 summer is Isle of Wight Festival.

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Live Review: YONAKA @ Heaven, London (30/5/19)

The first time I saw YONAKA play live was when I booked it on a whim after finishing my university exams for the year. Ever since then Theresa Jarvis and co. have regularly been playing through my headphones or making our weekly guide. This was their biggest show to date, and to sell out Heaven […]

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Review: Spector – I Won’t Wait

Ahead of their London headline show at the Sebright Arms tonight, Spector have released brand new single ‘I Won’t Wait’. Their first release of 2019, and it screams a Spector/Fred Macpherson creation. Intelligently sculptured lyricism with Macpherson’s distinctive vocals and the catchy chorus that makes you feel you have heard it a hundred times before […]

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Unmissable: All Points East – Weekend 2

Squid Ever since they released single ‘Houseplants’, Squid have been one of the biggest up and coming post-punk band playing in the UK right now. Known for energetic and unforgettable live shows, get down and see them! Jagerhaus Stage – Friday @ 16:30pm Lady Bird Lady Bird have been making a name for themselves across […]

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Live Review: The Beths @ Tufnell Park Dome, London (16/5/19)

After releasing one of our favourite albums of 2018, The Beths have been a band that we have been desperate to see. So as you can guess we were so excited when they announced a London date and knew that we had to go. Lazy Day were the main support for this show, bringing their […]

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The Great Escape: Top 5 Performances

The Great Escape festival is one of the best festivals in the country and is by far the leading festival for new music discovery from around the planet. We went along this year and saw a variety of acts over the weekend and have picked our favourite five! Ruby Fields @ The Dive Bar – […]

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Live Review: The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (30/4/19)

Some great bands have played at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells over the years, especially bands who have gone to be much bigger. It was now the turn of Irish punk band The Murder Capital to headline the prestigious venue. Having now seen them a few times we can definitely recommend catching them live, and […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Egyptian Blue

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? There are four of us – Andy Buss, Leith […]

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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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Unmissable: 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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Unmissable: 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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Live Review: Another Sky + Leyendekker @ Komedia, Brighton (26/2/18)

Another Sky were joined by Leyendekker for their Brighton show and both delivered sets full of impressive and distinctive sounds and both came from very different areas of the indie genre.

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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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VANT are back with new track ‘Thank Lucifer’

After a year hiatus in 2018, VANT are back with brand new single ‘Thank Lucifer’. From the more guitar-driven style we are used to from VANT, ‘Thank Lucifer’ shows a completely new direction. A more electronic sound with catchy beats gives a refreshing side to VANT after their absence, and with Mattie changing up his […]

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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 – ‘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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