This Is Sh!ts!ck

This Is Sh!ts!ck

This Is Sh!ts!ck at Camden People’s Theatre "You’ve done too much, you’re much too young..." sings Quartina Blue, the opening verse of the Specials’ classic single, "...You’re married with a kid, when you could be having fun with me" - she stops. "Hang on, just because I’ve got a kid doesn’t mean I can’t have fun!" Her two band mates agree and launch into their own soon to be classic ska anthem ‘Punk Mums’. Dressed in tartan and PVC, all three sporting fake baby bumps, they dance around the stage and the audience cheer, welcome to ‘This is Sh!ts!ck’ . The band are here at the Camden People’s Theatre for a unique performance as part of the ‘Calm Down, Dear’ feminist festival. Combining their songs with a personal and political…
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This is My Truth… A Manics Love Letter.

This is My Truth… A Manics Love Letter.

28 years ago, I fell in love with 4 beautiful boys from South Wales. All white skinny jeans, spray painted frilly shirts and eyeliner, they sang about Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair, had an opinion on just about everything and to me, they were utterly fabulous. As a shy and awkward teenager, they spoke to me in a way no-one had ever done before. The fact I had never met them, and our relationship existed through the pages of the weekly music press made no difference, I hung on their every word. Their influence affected almost everything I did, the books I read, the films I watched, my conversation and even the clothes I wore. They were the Manic Street Preachers and they would forever be ‘My Band’. We’ve had…
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Bang Bang Romeo Rock the Hanwell Hootie!

Bang Bang Romeo Rock the Hanwell Hootie!

The Hanwell Hootie Festival gets bigger every year, with thousands of music fans descending on the West London suburb hoping to see just some of over 100 bands performing. Why Hanwell? Back in 1962, a certain Jim Marshall opened a shop on Hanwell High Street to sell his guitar amplifiers. The Marshall amp quickly became an icon of rock and pop music. When a plaque was unveiled to honour Jim ‘The Father of Loud’ in 2013, the Hanwell Hootie was born. By the time I arrive the streets of Hanwell are packed with revellers, spilling out from some of the 17 pubs and venues hosting today’s festivities. I make my way to the outdoor Sandy Park stage, in search of headliners and Zine UK favourites, Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster…
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Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Absolute Radio are celebrating 10 fabulous years on the airwaves in the best way possible, with a huge birthday party gig at the o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, and with 3 great acts performing it’s going to be a party to remember. Hosts for the evening are Absolute Radio DJs Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, and they take to the stage to introduce the first band, Blossoms.  The 5-piece indie rock band from Stockport, led by singer/guitarist Tom Ogden, play a cool, late 60’s style rock and have a Woodstock era #stagestyle to match. Sadly, it’s only a short set tonight, but includes the extremely catchy single ‘I Can’t Stand It’. Their performance is well received and kudos to the lighting technicians, who create a varied and atmospheric…
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Lorna Reports: Suede at Rough Trade East

Lorna Reports: Suede at Rough Trade East

‘Here I am, talking to my shadow’. ‘Here I am’ sings Brett Anderson, the Suede frontman stands on the lip of the stage, almost touching the outstretched hands of the girls in the front row. ‘Here I am, talking to my shadow’. This very special gig at Rough Trade East begins with ‘As One’ which is also the opening track of Suede’s stunning new album ‘The Blue Hour’. Described as the third and final part of a trio of albums released since 2013, tonight’s hour long set also features cherry-picked songs from their other most recent works ‘Blood Sports’ and ‘Night Thoughts’. The next song is the glorious ‘Wastelands’, another new but trademark Suede track, with Richard Oakes’ chiming guitar and epic choruses which the sell-out crowd obviously love. It’s amazing to be one of the first…
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Lorna Reports:  Pale Waves at Rough Trade East

Lorna Reports: Pale Waves at Rough Trade East

Pale Waves are certainly riding high this year. The Manchester band have travelled the globe, taking their goth-tinged jangle pop to audiences far and wide. Support slots with The 1975 and CHVRCHES as well as many festival appearances over the Summer have helped the band grow a loyal and enthusiastic fanbase. Most of them appear to have descended on the Rough Trade East shop this evening, the famous East London record store is packed for tonight’s acoustic performance and signing event. The band are here to promote the release of their much-anticipated debut album, ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ and singer guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie takes to the stage for a stripped back solo performance of singles and new songs from the album. Pale Waves make no secret of their 1980’s musical…
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Louder Girls! Nova Twins, Sh!ts!ck and I,Doris rock the Loud Women Party

Louder Girls! Nova Twins, Sh!ts!ck and I,Doris rock the Loud Women Party

Gearing up for Loud Women Fest (15 September) in fine style, TheZineUK's Lorna Cort catches Nova Twins, Sh!ts!ck and I, Doris totally smashing it live, at the Loud Women Summer Party What a line-up! Loud Women know how to put on a show, The Lexington in Angel (London) is the venue for the Loud Women Summer Party, and it’s already packed down the front when the festivities begin with the kitsch and feisty I, Doris. Dressed in a uniform of red, dinner lady style tabards with added sparkle, the band – all named Doris – start the evening with the ‘I, Doris Pledge’. A promise to be kind to our fellow Dorises, and to help a Doris in need, the crowd duly raise a hand and repeat ‘I, Doris’ in unison, so tonight, we are all Doris. The…
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House Festival (aka attending ‘The Poshest Festival in Britain’.)

House Festival (aka attending ‘The Poshest Festival in Britain’.)

Well, this is all very civilised, I’m on the barrier waiting for my favourite band and the people next to meare sharing a cheese board, complete with a selection of cheeses, crackers and grapes. Others are drinking from brightly coloured metal water flasks we collected at the entrance, at any other festival theywould be confiscated as a potential weapon! But this is no ordinary festival, this is House Festival organised by members club Soho House and todayheld in the grounds of the beautiful stately home Kenwood in Hampstead. Billed as the ‘poshest festival in Britain’ tickets are a whopping £250 each! A large percentage of the proceeds are going to charity, so Unicef and English Heritage are set to benefit from the sale of all 10,000 tickets. The 11 acts…
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The Anchoress and Manic Street Preachers at Meltdown 2018

The Anchoress and Manic Street Preachers at Meltdown 2018

Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall is always a much-anticipated event, with past luminaries such as David Bowie and Yoko Ono curating the ten day festival of music on London’s South Bank.  This year is no exception, the legendary Robert Smith of The Cure is at the helm and has created a series of sell-out gigs, including Placebo, My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails. Tonight’s show will see the Manic Street Preachers take to the stage, but first, the incredibly talented Catherine AD – The Anchoress – and her band play their first gig of 2018 to an appreciative crowd. Catherine has become a familiar face to Manics fans, a fabulous rendition of Little Baby Nothing at the Eden Project in 2016 (as reported in the Zine UK) led to…
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Kristin Hersh at Meltdown 2018

Kristin Hersh at Meltdown 2018

"‘This is a lullaby," Kristin Hersh tells the sold-out audience at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, ‘It’s about a guy who gets drunk and kills his girlfriend’, she pauses, smiles, ‘You’re welcome’. She strums the opening chords to her version of the traditional folk song 'Cuckoo', one of the tracks from her timeless debut solo album 'Hips and Makers' which was released way back in 1994.  The sound builds as she is joined by cellist Martin McCarrick, and the rich tones fill the newly-refurbished concert hall. Kristin’s voice has a folky purity and sweetness one moment, with a gritty and dramatic twist the next, drawing us in to the stories her lyrics tell.  Writing songs since the 80’s with her bands Throwing Muses and 50foot Wave, as well as her solo albums, Kristin has a huge back…
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Boy Azooga live at Rough Trade

Boy Azooga live at Rough Trade

Rough Trade East, Friday 8th June 2018 ‘This is the coolest place we’ve ever played’ says a grinning Davey Newington, singer, guitarist, songwriter and driving force of Boy Azooga, ‘And it’s making US look cool ‘. Well, the Rough Trade East shop definitely IS a cool venue, and tonight the aisles between the CDs and vinyl are packed with fans keen to see the Cardiff band, and pick up a copy of their much-anticipated debut album; ‘1, 2 Kung Fu!' (Heavenly Records) which was also released this day. Boy Azooga’s sound is an eclectic mix, with references and influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Beastie Boys.  Songwriter Davey played almost all of the instruments on the album and has said he wanted to create a kind of ‘mix tape’ with each song contrasting but complimenting the others. Davey is joined…
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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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