Elly goes Club Fandango ft. China Bears and October Drift.

Elly goes Club Fandango ft. China Bears and October Drift.

The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington was packed, with barely enough space to walk down the stairs and into the venue itself. Jazzy beats of indie band Shrimp Eyes could be heard drifting out the room. Finishing their set with a smile and a thank you, they were met with huge appreciation from the audience and after a short break were followed by ambient-indie rocks China Bears. Taking to the stage, the beautiful vocals of lead singer and guitarist Ivan, along with backing vocalists Frazer (guitar), James (bass), and Dean (drums) silenced the room. Their ethereal sounding music and raw lyrics left goose bumps on watching crowd members, as they created an enchanted like atmosphere, delicate and tantalising, but with rockier elements, as the sound dipped and dived in pace and rhythm. With the announcement that new music was to be released…
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Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak ft. Miley Cyrus, Annie Mac and Jamie xx

Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak ft. Miley Cyrus, Annie Mac and Jamie xx

Club Heartbreak, the love child of Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, took place in Soho on Friday 7th December in a bid to promote the two musicians' new song, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”. Mark Ronson had said on Instagram that he would be DJ-ing at The Borderline at an event dubbed, ‘Club Heartbreak’ with tickets being won only through Dice. Teasing comments from Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson’s collaborator on his newest hit, had been posted hinting that she would be putting in a surprise performance at the 300 capacity venue alongside Mark. Doors opened at 9:30pm with hard-core Miley Cyrus fans who had been queuing for hours immediately taking the space around the stage, but somehow we managed to claim a spot.  On the small stage stood a DJ booth with a huge broken heart shaped disco ball, the…
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The Surrenders Tell It Like It Is…

The Surrenders Tell It Like It Is…

"If you’re going to be fucked you might as well have a party on the way." Cheeky, fun and playing a guitar wherever they went, The Surrenders, made up of Connor, James, Rich and Scott, are a bundle of energy. These four guys are loving life and enjoying every moment and every opportunity that comes their way. Elly : "How’s this year been for you?" Connor : (laughing): "It’s been absolutely awful, from start to finish…" Rich: "...The start of the year I had no bags under my eyes, now I have baggage..." James: "...Nah, it’s been good man." Elly: "What's been your highlight?" Connor: "Personally for me it was Y Not festival, but I know you guys will say differently." Scott: "It was grim. Well it was a good festival but we had about thirty people…
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Lacuna Bloome find their way on tour.

Lacuna Bloome find their way on tour.

The #AliveTour2018 is exploding! Photojournalist, Elly Bailey, grabbed an interview from one of the tour star turns, Lacuna Bloome, before they headed off and prior to the release of their new single, 'Find Your Way'. The youngsters on the scene, Lacuna Bloome are a Brighton based indie pop band, made up of Noah (drums), Molly (bass), Sam (guitar), and Niall (guitar and singer).  About to embark on the This Feeling Alive tour, this for them is the biggest and only proper tour they’ve ever played. While sitting down with the band, it just so happened to be guitarist, Sam’s 21st birthday, who later on was presented with a cake by the This Feeling team. Elly : "GigSlutz describe you guys as: ‘beautiful, lo-fi indie pop’ – is this an accurate description of your sound?" Noah: "Yeah it’s pretty close." Sam: "Not so much lo-fi, but…
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Trampolene are ALIVE! (and candid!) – TheZineUK interview

Trampolene are ALIVE! (and candid!) – TheZineUK interview

The Alive Tour press day for This Feeling was a unique and unforgettable day, full of laughter, music and even a This Feeling bus that took everyone from The Monarch in Camden to The Boogaloo in Highgate. Ever the cool kids, The Surrenders, took straight to the back of the bus, singing a variety of '70s hits, with Rich playing the guitar they’d been carrying around all day, while at the same time Trampolene singer Jack Jones got a hold of the bus's microphone, rapping Eminem lyrics (who knew he was a fan?), and coming out with random lines, the most remarkable being, “my nans 62, her name is Sheila, she’s always on the phone to her mother fucking dealer!” “Yeah we have to live with this…” says Trampolene drummer, Rob, with a laugh and an eye roll. Prior to…
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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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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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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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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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Review: False Heads Less is Better EP

Review: False Heads Less is Better EP

False Heads have been the name on everyone’s lips in the past few months. An enigmatic, fast-paced rock and roll band, who’s music oozes contagious energy, there was no doubt that their latest EP Less Is Better was going to follow suit. Released digitally on 21st September (vinyl’s and CDs are on sale 5th October), the four-track EP demonstrates lead singer and guitarist Luke Griffiths, bassist Jake Elliot and drummer Barney Nash’s extreme talent, and why they have gained support from the likes of Iggy Pop and Danny Fields.  While Retina was released back in February 2018 and has become one of the boys most known songs, more recently the single Yellow was released, on August 24th.  The first track on the EP, Yellow sets the tone for the rest of the…
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In Depth: Blaenavon Interview

In Depth: Blaenavon Interview

Indie rock story tellers, Blaenavon, are hectic! They headline small venues and previously un-played towns, on tour in October, with sneak previews of new music. There is a bold follow up to their 2017 debut album, 'That's Your Lot'., in the wings. They start 2019 at major venues with The Wombats. Before all that, they took time for an interview for TheZineUK at one of their festival appearances. Interviewing Ben, Harris and Frank, who make up the band Blaenvaon was an interesting experience, very polite and rather shy, you wouldn’t believe it was the same three lads who appeared on stage later to deliver a fierce, rock and roll performance. Here’s what they had to say in a sit down interview with Elly Bailey and Juicebox lead singer, Thomas Muckian.Elly: "You guys just got here, are there any bands playing today that you want to…
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In Depth: Circa Waves Interview

In Depth: Circa Waves Interview

Indie rockers, Circa Waves, are fresh from yet another year's amazing  Summer festival season.  In November, lead singer, Kieran Shudal is one of the Artist Speakers at this year's BBC Music Introducing Live event in London. In February 2019, the band are special guests of The Wombats on their European tour dates. Elly Bailey had the chance to interview Kieran, and bass player Sam Rourke, before their main stage set at Y Not Festival. Cheeky, sarcastic and full of humour, here’s what they had to say; Photography by Elly Bailey Elly : "How are you guys?" Kieran : (laughing): "Just both really great, both so good, we both look really attractive, we’re great." Elly : "Your first album ‘Young Chasers’ was more of a good vibes, fun, summer album and your second ‘Different Creatures’ was more heavy and even politically…
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In depth: Elly Meets Anteros

In depth: Elly Meets Anteros

we want to be doing this forever if we can" Anteros are living up to being tipped for 2018, and then some, in their own, highly colourful, compelling and creative way.  To round off an incredible 2018, these fresh festival favourites have a new single and video plus more tour dates in Autumn.  Watch this space/band - Anteros are rising.  They were also in conversation with Elly Bailey, recently. Summer 2018 was already hot enough! Laura Hayden, Joshua Rumble, Jackson Couzens and Harry Balazs found themselves in the Moroccan desert making the short film accompanying dream pop (driving bass-lined) new single, 'Call Your Mother'. The single was streamed 100,000 times in it's first ten days of being public. The video (heading for 17,000 views in just over a week) is Part One of a trilogy. It's  a tale within a tale (of  sassy…
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In Depth: Elly Meets Harry Koisser (Peace)

In Depth: Elly Meets Harry Koisser (Peace)

In 2012, Peace, released their first single, 'Follow Baby' then, a tribe of fans followed.  2018's 'Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll' is their third and most fearless album. NME called it; "a reminder of the necessity of trying to enact change in your own world, whatever its size". The title and artwork should be a way of life. The band's lyrics are already many a tattoo. This November, Peace will explode with energetic engagement  live on stage in Birmingham (24th) and Manchester (25th). Sandwiched between their Spring LP tour and these dates, the multi talented Elly Bailey had a diverse and frank conversation this summer... Walking from the artist dressing rooms down to the media tent with Peace lead singer, Harry Koisser, was an interesting experience. Kids noticed him left right and centre and were eager to yell words of praise and admiration at…
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Y Not Festival – Elly Bailey Reports

Y Not Festival – Elly Bailey Reports

A classic UK festival, a weekend of your favourite bands, your favourite people, way too much drinking and a little bit of rain. Here is Elly Bailey’s roundup of Y Not Festival 2018, stay tuned for her artist interviews that will be coming out over the next few days. Best Performance: SHEAFS. 2pm on a Saturday afternoon, (e.g. when most people were recovering from their Friday night hangover), and Sheffield’s finest, Sheafs, managed to packed out The Quarry Stage tent and put on a hell of a performance SHEAFS Image; courtesy of Lewis Evans Photography Four members took to the stage playing a long-winded intro to the set, literally warming up the audience who had been soaked through from the weather. And then band member number five, appeared. Sheafs’ lead singer Lawrence, swaggered…
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In Depth: Elly Bailey Meets Luke Griffiths (False Heads)

In Depth: Elly Bailey Meets Luke Griffiths (False Heads)

 Photo: Elly Bailey.   Luke Griffiths, the lead singer of East London rock band False Heads, strolled into the Cross Keys Wetherspoons in Bank looking as a lead singer should, bleached hair shining, sunglasses in place, and some various scars on his forehead which he later told me was from hitting his head into his guitar, (“It makes a cool noise!”). I sat watching him survey the room, looking over to where I said I was sitting, and started to wonder why he hadn’t seen me yet. (If you know me you will know that my hair, in particular, is pretty hard to miss!) Eventually spotting me he ambled over, immediately pulling me in for a hug explaining with a shy smile that his eyesight wasn’t great but was too worried about…
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Elly takes Camden Rocks…

Elly takes Camden Rocks…

Camden Rocks. A day of music, mates and surprisingly some great weather! It was also a day that was so successful, that the festival next year shall be over two days (1st-2nd June) instead of just one.  During the day, punters walked far and wide through Camden, discovering hidden gems of venues and bands that were soon to become their new favourites. As there were over 200 bands playing on a variety of stages throughout London's NW1 postcode, a very useful schedule with stage times was provided prior to the festival.  On the day, a free program could be picked up that contained a ‘clash finder timetable’ and a map, meaning that any fears of not being able to figure out where to go were demolished .Although for the majority…
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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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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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Live at Leeds 2018!

Live at Leeds 2018!

On the 5th May 2018, Live at Leeds Festival will be back, a one day festival, taking over the city, allowing fans to explore the area and see their favourite artists in all sized venues. And of course it’s likely that the incredible headliners are what may be drawing you to the event but Live at Leeds is a festival that focuses on the up and coming  acts, the next big thing in the music industry, the bands that in 5 years you’ll be able to say you were there first. So here are three acts that you won’t want to miss at Live at Leeds!... 1. Vistas These Scottish lads are the perfect band to brighten up a dreary day. Charming and talented with upbeat, indie pop songs, are guaranteed to put a smile on your…
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