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Live Review: Marika Hackman @ Thekla, Bristol (21/9/19)

With live performances, there can be a divide between musicians who put their rawest feelings into a set but lack presence and musicians who put in a compelling display but offer little in the way of substance. On the 21st night of September at a newly-refurbished Thekla in Bristol, Marika Hackman demonstrates that it’s still […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Live Review: Press Club + Supports @ The Prince Albert, Brighton (6/9/19)

Live music is a funny thing: you know when you love a band, and you finally get the chance to see them live there is so much pressure. Maybe you heard their music playing at a hugely significant point in your life, and as a result you cherish those songs and those songs will always […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Live Review: Dog of Man @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (16/8/19)

“It’s like a circus gone wrong.” Having struggled for hours to find a way of encapsulating Dog of Man’s sound, I can think of no description more fitting than my friend’s comment halfway through their album launch gig at the Hope and Ruin last Friday. They might possess many of the hallmarks of a regular […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Live Review: Cultdreams – Things That Hurt

Cultdreams, formerly Kamikaze Girls, announced their second album Things That Hurt back in March and have been working hard on their follow-up to 2017’s Seafoam. The finished product is tense and visceral, knotty and undulating. Their sound is big, with an emphasis on pulsing, delay-soaked guitar leads and towering drums. Like most rock duos they’ve […]

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Live Review: Citadel 2019

On July 14th, I made my way to Gunnersbury Park via Acton Town to cover this year’s installment of the Citadel festival. As I was only one person amongst a sea of thousands I couldn’t physically attend every act there, but I tried to catch as many as possible in the time I had. This […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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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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Author: Henry Groves
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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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Author: Henry Groves
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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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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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Author: Henry Groves
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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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Author: Henry Groves
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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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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: Drenge + Support @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (3/4/19)

Unfortunately due to timing issues I was not able to Catch the support on the night. Just my luck that the one time I miss the support it is someone like the wonderful Valeras. Formerly known as Area 52, this five-piece are a band i have had my eye on for a while and although […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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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: Abbatoir Blues + Supports @ Green Door Store (29/3/19)

The first time I ever saw Abattoir Blues play was upstairs at Brighton’s Hope and Ruin in 2013. This was the final show, their departure, they are done!

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Live Review: Lady Bird + Supports @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (27/3/19)

We were lucky enough to catch Lady Bird playback in their home town at Tunbridge Wells Forum 2 weeks ago, on their completely sold out March/April tour.

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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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Author: Henry Groves
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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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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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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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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: The Joy Formidable + Adwaith @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (18/2/19)

Monday the 18th of February saw alt rock, post-punk, shoegaze, (whatever box you want to put this band within) band The Joy Formidable return to the Wedgewood rooms for the first time in six years.

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Author: Henry Groves
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Live Review: DMA’s + Supports @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (17/12/18)

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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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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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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Live Review: Sunflower Bean @ The Old Market, Hove (21/11/18)

Sunflower Bean entered our radar last year when they supported Wolf Alice on their UK tour. Ever since the New York band have released an excellent album and had been making a name for themselves in the UK.  We caught them at the Brighton leg of their UK tour at The Old Market in Hove. […]

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Live Review: BLOXX + Vistas @ Komedia, Brighton (18/11/18)

BLOXX may only be small, but this was one of our most anticipated tours of the year, especially considering they were taking Edinburgh-based Vistas along with them. Vistas may only be the support band but a lot of the crowd had arrived early to see the band and several of them were familiar with the […]

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Live Review: Orchards (Supporting ASIWYFA) @ The Haunt, Brighton (16/11/18)

Since we first saw them perform at Big Scary Monsters’ Big Day Out a few months ago, Orchards have been one of our favourite bands out there at the moment. We went along to see them support And So I Watch You From Afar at The Haunt in Brighton. Frontwoman Lucy Evers was struggling with […]

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Live Review: Bad Sounds + Supports @ The Haunt, Brighton (3/11/18)

After the release of their debut album ‘Get Better’, Bad Sounds were out on tour, promoting the album up and down the country. Having sold out 7 of the first 9 events of the tour, they were now ready to play the 10th and final show, a sold-out show at The Haunt in Brighton. The […]

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Live Review: Third Wheel Tour @ The Hope and Ruin, Brighton (23/10/18)

Co-headline tours are really becoming popular, especially with smaller bands. The third wheel tour featured Redfaces, Blackwaters and Retro Video Club with each band headlining a few nights each. The first band on was Blackwaters, an indie-punk band from Guildford. A band I had never actually seen live, but I was expecting big things as […]

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Live Review: Black Honey + Supports at Concorde 2, Brighton

We have had the release of their highly anticipated debut album, now it was time for their tour. We went and saw them play their hometown show at the Concorde 2. This was their biggest tour to date, and they had got some pretty impressive supports lined up. First to grace the Concorde 2 stage […]

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Review: Whenyoung + Freya Beer at Heartbreakers, Southampton

Having supported the likes of Peace and Dream Wife in the past, Whenyoung were on their biggest UK tour to date. We caught them at the Heartbreakers bar in Southampton. We were already very excited to be seeing Whenyoung but Freya Beer was announced we were absolutely dying for this show. Freya Beer is an […]

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Live Review: The Sherlocks + Trampolene at Concorde 2, Brighton

Since the release of their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’, The Sherlocks have played several tours and festivals as well as supporting Liam Gallagher. So for another tour without releasing any new music I was very worried about the number of people that would buy a ticket. However, with Trampolene on the lineup as […]

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Live Review: Fatherson + Orchards at Scala, London

Fatherson were back on tour after releasing their third album in September. They had brought the amazing Orchards to their Scala date and we were very excited for the evening. Having seen Orchards for the first time this year at Big Scary Monsters Big Day Out, we were looking forward to seeing them bring their […]

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Live Review: Our Top Three Performances From Dials Festival

Last week we went to Dials Festival in Portsmouth. Spread across venues on Albert Road in Southsea, the festival was in aid of Solent Mind, a charity tackling mental health in the south. We have chosen our three favourite performances from the festival. 3) Hotel Lux – Edge of the Wedge (21:30) Hotel Lux have […]

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Live Review: Stereo Honey + Fine Creatures at Green Door Store, Brighton

Stereo Honey were on the first date of their UK tour, at the Green Door Store in Brighton. They were being supported by locals Fine Creatures. I had never come across Fine Creatures before, but their mixture of grungy brit-rock and psychedelia shows why they have had so many excellent reviews in the past and […]

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Live Review: The Night Cafe at Heaven, London

The Night Cafe were about to play their biggest show to date. The venue was almost full and the crowd was in full flow as soon as the first support took to the stage. This was the biggest show to date for The Night Cafe and you could tell they were slightly overwhelmed with the […]

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Live Review: LAUREL + Support at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Opening the night to a fresh crowd is never an easy task but from the get go it was obvious that Tom Millichamp had a calm and collected attitude about him allowing the crowd to seamlessly get into his set. I have seen Tom play a handful of sets now and for a solo artist […]

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