Camden Rocks: Tips & Tricks

Camden Rocks: Tips & Tricks

Camden Rocks 2018! It’s that time of the year again! The indie kids and the rockers are set to take over Camden, for the 1-day festival that is Camden Rocks. A festival that, like a phoenix, rose from the ashes of the Camden Crawl, it’s a day of running around the different venues (including: Koko, Camden Assembly, The Monarch, The Hawley Arms, The Fiddlers Elbow, just to name a few… is anyone else feeling stressed yet?), trying to cram in as many bands as possible (100+ last time I checked… yes the stress is real), and enjoying what is set to be a great day, a huge street party with your friends and some of the most talented people in the music industry. If the recently release list of stage…
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Broken Britain Needs Columbia

Broken Britain Needs Columbia

The Blinders, are about to unleash 'Columbia' - a game changing debut album - on a largely unsuspecting planet.   From the windows of their soul, music  that will go beyond looking you straight in the eye.  (he)ART: Sam Crowston - visualiser, videographer  of Nasty Man Creations exhibits an instantly iconic image, inspired by inventive sonic adventures in dynamism.  Produced by the instinctive skills of Gavin Monaghan at his Magic Garden Studios, the power of three wove their spell - Dark. Fierce. Cosmic. Brave. - with "The Wizard Of Wolverhampton".  Articulated experience pulsing rhythmic prose and gargantuan tunes; 1. Gotta Get Through / 2. L’Etat C’Est Moi / 3. Hate Song / 4. Where No Man Comes / 5. Free The Slave / 6. I Can’t Breathe / 7. Ballad Of Winston Smith / 8. Et Tu / 9. Brutus / 10. Brave New World / 11. Rat In A Cage / 12. Orbit Loosely based…
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The Good Mixer’s Great Return!

The Good Mixer’s Great Return!

Legendary live music boozer returns this Summer at Camden Rocks. New bands event launches in Autumn. The Good Mixer is the iconic Camden boozer where "moments" in music happen. It has been the hang-out of Britpop, Amy Winehouse and the seminal rising newer wave guitar band scenes of the last few years, to name just a few examples of it's musical heritage. Some Music Venue Trust good news, it has been saved from developers!  The Good Mixer is under new management by the team responsible for Magic Roundabout in Shoreditch and, also buzzing in South East London; Near & Far, Peckham Levels. The Camden venue has a new lease of life while keeping it's traditional roots.  This Irish pub (which is rumoured to be the location of the disagreement that started the infamous Blur vs Oasis feud), got its name from the…
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SVENGALI is on Netflix!

SVENGALI is on Netflix!

In 2014, TheZineUK called 'Svengali' "a cult movie before its even released". Graced by our own Heather Minx's informal and insightful interview, our situationism weaves future truths. The film's reputation has swelled from rock and rollcult to public consciousness. It's now on Netflix (along with a movie about another of our own, Bruno Wizard). Fast forward to 2018... Heather Minx (with Playhard Gigs/Gigslutz) had a brilliant chat with the writer, and star of the film,Jonny Owen and co-star legend, Vicky McClure, about the making of the film, embarrassing old music videos and "cwtching’"for the original film launch. Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc4Io_1rar8&feature=youtu.be Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOXH2n8A3lQ#action=share Now you can watch 'Svengali' it all it's glory on Netflix. Click Here. 'Svengali' tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a small town guy with a big dream. He leaves a humble Welsh mining town for the bright lights of…
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Pirate Prodigy 2018 Winners tour 7-9 June

Pirate Prodigy 2018 Winners tour 7-9 June

ALEX OHM, YVES, RED RUM CLUB, and THE SEAMONSTERS are the very first Pirate Prodigy! This highly prized music support competition is off to a strong start with 50,000 public votes and twenty industry experts choosing this year's four winners. “I’m so excited to be a part of this. What Pirate Studios are doing for the music scene is the most supportive/coolest thing I’ve seen in years! Get involved.” says Brit/NME Awards Winner, Kate Nash. The winners had already worked hard to build a genuine grass roots upwards buzz. Six piece teen girl band, Sea Monsters from Sheffield, Swindon new wave trio; YVES, Al Ohm a primary school teacher from Gornal in the West Midlands and Merseyside six piece, Red Rum Club, start a new chapter in their individual tales.  Fair play to all the artists and music fans that participated,…
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Ashfields; ‘We Don’t Talk’ – new video

Ashfields; ‘We Don’t Talk’ – new video

Ashfields reveal emotional new video for 'We Don't Talk'. Nominated as 'Best Rock Act of 2018' by UMA Awards, Ashfields are on a roll. They've also been recommended as "Nottingham's next big thing" by major British promoters, DHP family, and, most importantly have a special relationship with their fans. They even hand delivered tickets for the home town show on their forthcoming headline tour. The hard work is paying off, and with the well received and crafted, 'We Don't Talk', their potential is starting to shine ever brighter.  https://youtu.be/OJa0XaDy8YE Ashfields are a stadium ready, alternative pop prospect, confirmed to appear at some of this year's hottest ticket events including Jimmy's Farm Festival in July with The Happy Mondays, and Mansion On The Moon -September 8th, supporting The Libertines. They'll also appear at Ynot, Dot to Dot, and more festivals. The band have come a long way fast. Formed…
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Album review; ‘Islands’ by Ash

Album review; ‘Islands’ by Ash

'Islands' is the seventh studio album from Ash, who are still telling a story that is relatable and sympathetic to so many of us. The trio from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland have seriously pulled it out of the bag with this album.  It's not just me who agrees, Ash have received extremely positive feedback after their gig at London Hippodrome (17th May). They were supported by 485C, a big favourite of ours here at TheZineUK. It's great to see accomplished artists, giving the emerging ones a leg up. It's a bit like the master and the apprentice kind of thing, that we're seeing more of lately. But isn't that how the creative arts should be?  Following on from our recent review of the single, 'Annabel', This album is a spiritual journey; one that's full of raw beauty,…
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Camden Rocks in an extra rocking year!

Camden Rocks in an extra rocking year!

Camden Rocks Festival is Britain's biggest one-day, multi-venue, rock-n-roll party.  200 Bands, 20 Venues, One Ticket! It's gonna be sick sick SIX this year. Saturday 2nd June will be all day to early hours of freaking fun, fan fever, friendly frolics and fantastic festivity.  Newly announced, Brighton's global alt rocking duo, Blood Red Shoes say; “We’re excited to play Camden Rocks for the first time and share a stage with the legendary Public Image Limited".  Their festival set at The Electric Ballroom is only one from a few handful of shows that they will perform in 2018. Yet again, this year's event contains a healthy dose of TheZineUK team's faves in the mix of Maximo Park, Bugeye,  Lucie Barât,  Sisteray,  Saint Agnes,  Asylums,  Urban Voodoo Machine,  Blackwaters, The Professionals,  False Heads,  British Sea Power,  Sikth,  Towers…
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Cherry Cola Club – Interview

Cherry Cola Club – Interview

Congratulations to one of London's key, established gig and festival promoters, Cherry Cola. Not only the capital's biggest established rock and roll club, widely respected and still going strong, but getting even stronger with a weekly event at one of Camden's venues of legend - Dingwalls. Our musician x writer x promoter, Monefa is the perfect person for an interview with creator, Alan (more of a conversation between the music passionate, really) When some people think of a club night, maybe one of the first names to pop into their head is Ministry of Sound. Overall, their target audience are those people who are into music with a pure electronic touch. But what about other genres, and their club nights?  Go even deeper, and more memorable club nights started or continued in Camden Town; Stay Beautiful, Subverse (it was…
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Goodbye, Good Ship. The kill and burn of Kilburn

Goodbye, Good Ship. The kill and burn of Kilburn

Beloved multi-purpose venue, The Good Ship has closed down, it's another piece of the nation's growing culture and heritage loss jigsaw. Kilburn, London, used to BUZZ. It was a destination.  From the 20th Century's night outs at nearby Cricklewood's Production Village (the capital's secret surreality location) and The National (home of a most memorable Manics gig).  It was The Good Ship that was the 21st Century's treasure.  There was a time when a potential mini-Camden of awesomeness was possible and the vibes of seeing the word "good", in big bold letters on the High Road, sub consciously wafted waves of positive into the ether and made this inclusive and welcoming space a homely hub. Sadly, Brent Council's logic seems to be inspired by 'The Office' character, David Brent. When it comes to killing off the geese that lay the borough's local…
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The Manics take Llandudno!

The Manics take Llandudno!

 “Thank you, Llandudno, you made a Tuesday night feel like a Friday night!” - So says a buoyant James Dean Bradfield, and the crowd roar their approval. The Manics are currently mid-way through a UK stadium tour, promoting their acclaimed new album ‘Resistance is Futile’. Tonight sees them playing a sold-out Venue Cymru, situated on the sea front of the picturesque Llandudno Bay. After a four hour train journey from south London, I’m here too!  Following a strong support set from The Coral, the stage backdrop is illuminated with a quote from artist Edward Hopper – ‘If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint’. The glowing red letters are the beginning of an impressive and thought provoking visual feast by film maker Kieran Evans. The band take to…
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Interview with inimitable Insomnichord

Interview with inimitable Insomnichord

"I really felt that" was just one reaction from a packed out and loudly cheering but obviously stunned dance floor at the famed Water Rats Theatre, recently after Insomnichord played. Something momentous had just happened at a landmark music space. This is where Bob Dylan played his first UK gig in December 1962 and Oasis their first London gig in 1994. This Kings Cross venue has seen debut performances by The Pogues (1982) and cult phsycedelic beats wonders, The Beta Band (1997). A good place to make an impression, then. Not one to hang around when excited, our intrepid music reporter, Monefa was there. As the months go on, it's harder to find a new band that brings something new to the table right? Wrong. April 2018 in The Water Rats, London proved…
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At Wembley with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds.

At Wembley with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds.

On Friday 27th April, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds brought their UK headline tour to Wembley Arena, performing an uplifting and even  enriching show that warmed the hearts of the packed out crowd, and proved that as a solo artist (surrounded by his band of esteemed musicians), Noel could hold his own. Although lesser known for his Twitter attacks or controversial quotes in the papers, Noel’s performance dismissed any thoughts that he was the quieter brother. He swaggered about the stage, demonstrating the famous Gallagher arrogance but also the huge amount of talent that goes with it. Looking very slick with styled hair and a black polo shirt, Noel interacted with the audience, encouraging their positive response, jokingly asking them... “What the fuck are you doing here on a Friday night?”  This question was…
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5 May; BENUMU’s best buzz Band-Holiday Bash!

5 May; BENUMU’s best buzz Band-Holiday Bash!

Pink Cigar, Couples, The Shantics, Chile, James Numbere and a creative audience of music lovers, makers, movers and shakers.  It's an eclectic and ALL acclaimed bill, 21st Century Top Of The Pops style, so come early and miss none of the fun. Saturday 5th May 2018, London Town. What's Not To Love? 6pm to 11pm live music mini fest and networking social in the backstage bar of Amersham Arms. Easy travels, the venue is visible from New Cross Station (5 minutes journey from London Bridge/10 minutes East London Line from  Shoreditch).  388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY theamershamarms.net Entry (free via details at the facebook event) or only £5 on the door, includes admission to the after-party until 3am Sunday morning! 24 hour transport. Buses stop outside the venue, a minute away outside Goldsmiths…
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