Kick Out The Jams is winning and one!

Kick Out The Jams is winning and one!

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Congratulations to live music promoter and new music industrious mover shaker, Roger Kent of Kent and his merry gang of music essential community. Since October 2017 Kick Out The Jams has staged some of the buzziest gigs for new music. In it's first year, this was an official highlight of The Great Escape Festival. Many music lovers with official #TGE18 wristbands hung out at KOTJ's (co-promoted with various other influencers) free entry Alt Escapestages. Every showcase was packed from start to finish. Along with fellow scouting, connecting and promoting peers -  End Of The Trail and Modern Age - it felt like the Newer Wave stepped up for more recognition. Ding ding! Year two kicks off on 2nd November with an intimate Friday night where it all started; Tunbridge Wells. Under radar rebels…
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FREAKOUTS – Downers: Review

FREAKOUTS – Downers: Review

Downers, the latest single from Guildford punk rockers FREAKOUTS, is everything you want from this band and more. Lead singer, Charlie’s vocals rip through the mash of heavy guitar riffs and pounding drums, creating a frenzy of musical chaos paying tribute to the punk bands that have come before them.  Made up of Charlie - lead vocals, Otto - bass, Kyle - guitar and Jack on drums, FREAKOUTS have been making their mark across London, and can be found screaming into microphones and frequently throwing themselves into drum kits. They are a leading voice in the underground punk scene and have gone onto support rock legends, The Damned. Downers is just another example of their ambition and their desire not to fit in, to go against ‘the norm’ and to do it all without…
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October Drift, a cult on the rise.

October Drift, a cult on the rise.

Amongst much else, this band have toured as special guests of Editors, scorched festivals with their intense showy presence, Summer single 'All Broken Down' received BBC Radio 6 play and they're about to hit the mighty Reading and Leeds Festival's BBC Introducing Stage over the Bank Holiday. Photojournalist, Gareth Burroughs, got beneath the surface just before their Tramlines Festival show in July, with this revealing interview (and also took all the photographs); October Drift, if you’ve somehow missed them, are a four piece band with Dan, Alex, Chris and Kiran. They are going from strength to strength with their lively performances (they are a bugger to photograph as they don’t stand still for long). The amount of energy they have on stage will blow you away, and along with that, their music is…
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The Fertile Environment – Music’s newer wave!

The Fertile Environment – Music’s newer wave!

Newer Wave; the no nonsense, non scene. Key photographers, Keira Cullinane, Sandy K. Moz, Tarquin Clark and Lorna Cort portray rock's renaissance in 2017 Part 2. With around 100,000 reads/views of our picture story, so far, groups and individuals develop in front of your ears and eyes. Diary snapshots by Caffy, as the tapestry weaves. Under radar activism has "already created a 2020 vision".  As fascism becomes normalised in propaganda's "media", our game changing soundtracks of rebellious unity grow mightier. The "News" can feel like mental abuse, but there is a light side, The Music. Essential medicine for a nation with diverse entertainment in its eccentric DNA. Music - venues, music lessons, libraries - being shut down like they are a plague. Even when education is obviously so necessary. We have a multiverse where our stars twinkle harder without fame. Humans need arts for balance, and civilisation -…
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In Depth: Elly Bailey meets Avalanche Party’s Jordan Bell

In Depth: Elly Bailey meets Avalanche Party’s Jordan Bell

Avalanche Party The Victoria in Dalston, was in full Saturday night swing, filled to the brim with people laughing, drinking and socialising, the perfect venue for garage punks Avalanche Party and Canshaker Pi’s joint headline tour.  As I sat at the bar, waiting to meet Jordan Bell, Avalanche Party’s enigmatic lead singer, blasts of the band’s hit Porcelain started drifting into the pub, signalling that the boys were still in sound check, but eventually, they each, in turn, came out, greeting me like an old friend, chatting about drinks orders and if they should order food.  “Jordan’s just putting a shirt on!” guitarist Jared told me, making me wonder if he soundchecks shirtless, as well as playing the shows shirtless.  (This was something I never found out…).  A few minutes later there appeared Jordan, greeting me with a friendly smile, pulling me in for a…
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M O S E S making (and parting) waves.

M O S E S making (and parting) waves.

Anthem loaded foursome, M O S E S, are viralling as music fans hear one of the best new bands, courtesy of their brilliant single, 'Cause You Got Me', produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies).  As for their live presence... WHAT A SHOW! The future looks bright. Left to right; Rory (guitar), James  (bass)  Victor (vocalist) and Matthew (drums) photographed by Mike Rădulescu. They have nothing in common with the saviour prophet, other than great performance. Well, part the waves music world, MOSES are coming through. When a virtually unknown band are such an uplifting live experience that people message them to please play again, then they are potentially unstoppable. That happened this summer. Above image from the show is by Chris Patmore. On July 7th, responding to those requests, MOSES started a new journey. TheZineUK were in the crowd at the first step (Water Rats Theatre for This Feeling Club)…
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Berries – Discreetly (Review)

Berries – Discreetly (Review)

When I think of the bands that are rising up the ranks with consistency, BERRIES is most definitely one that comes to mind. Everywhere they play, they pack out the room and dazzle everyone new and old and they have been dazzling far and wide this year, playing in Brighton at the Alt Great Escape festival. On October 3rd, Holly, Lucie and Lauren released their latest single “Discreetly”. Their signature sound is so confident, and in this track with their pulsating rhythm and precision. It carries an incorporated flavour of punk and grunge, but also carrying the spirit of the defiant distinction that emerged in the late 80s/early 90s. The vocals are in perfect harmony, setting the foundation for the story, while the syncopated rhythm from the drums sets the tone to deliver sweet aural pleasure. The message in this song is clear:…
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Elly’s Mum Reviews… Joan Armatrading.

Elly’s Mum Reviews… Joan Armatrading.

It all starts in the pub... Open the door to The Grapes on George St in Oxford on a Friday night, take a look at the crowd and work out who’s playing in the New Theatre opposite. They don’t miss a trick in The Grapes. They are on it with the music. We were being spun ‘right round, right round, like a record’ and we were ‘burning down the house’ with classic 80s hits but a collective sigh went up when they played ‘Love and Affection’ because, of course, we were all here to go hear Joan Armatrading, who in her 46th year in the music industry is still out there touring 33 venues around the UK. Armatrading – uncompromising in a black suit, comfortable shoes and jaunty red cuffs – with just two guitars and a keyboard, filled the stage for two hours, making quite a good joke that she was her own support artist, opening with songs no one had heard off her…
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London Music Conference launches 11-13 October

London Music Conference launches 11-13 October

Educate. Explore. Engage. News on London Music Conference  The city's only conference and showcase festival for electronic music. 11th-13th October launches its very first edition, in various venues across a global capital of music. Plus, an interview with Kathi Longinus, Conference Producer - as well as a 15% discount on 1 or 3 day  All Access tickets, for TheZineUK's readers (and a chance to get involved at ground level). Read on. TheZineUK :  "What was the catalyst for creating the London Music Conference?" Kathi : "The UK is one of the largest and most important markets for music in the world, being the birthplace for numerous great artists and labels in electronic music.  Most labels and music companies have an office in London and it is a must-stop destination for any international artist. Yet, there is no industry event in the…
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Manchester gets LOADED!

Manchester gets LOADED!

Autumn brings many things, changing leaves, colder weather, and in 2018, the launch of Loaded, a new recurring event night for you Manchester music lovers  out there! Hosted by Oddity Events, the night is made up of three bands with DJs after playing your favourite indie tunes 'till 3am. An opportunity to find your new favourite band (and maybe even an opportunity for you musicians to find a gig), Loaded is a night of dancing, fun and celebrating one of the music centres of the world! After their huge launch, yesterday (October 1st) which featured The Slumdogs, Cavana, and The Scrubs, it is clear that this night is going to become a big feature in the Manchester nightlife. It provides something new and a place where people can go to meet like-minded people. And to top it off... entrance is only £6! (e.g. £2 per band)…
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