Iconic Music Artefacts Auction ends Sunday

Iconic Music Artefacts Auction ends Sunday

Last chance to own a piece of iconic music history original imagery! David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Debbie Harry, George Michael, Nirvana, Liam Gallagher, Amy Winehouse, Lemmy, Alex Turner, The Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, Kurt Cobain, Bjork, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, john Lennon, Mick Jagger, John Lydon...more. Music Photographers United came out in force to raise money for Pat Pope (as per our previous article on Patstonbury with  his pix of The Bluetones and Thom Yorke). Their charity photography auction ends this Sunday 16th September. Investments at a range of reasonable prices. Tell your music obsessed friends. Legendary photographer, Pat Pope had a stroke this summer and is going to be hospitalised for a long time. His family and friends are trying to raise money for his care. At the aforementioned fundraiser in Tunbridge Wells Forum recently, members of The…
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Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV 7 in Brighton!

Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV 7 in Brighton!

Black Honey, Trampolene, Lacuna Bloome - stars of TFTV episode 7. - Red Stripe presents This Feeling TV starring three rising names in a *Brighton-Swansea-Brighton* bands rock n roll sandwich of goodness. "TFTV" is the popular on line music  show's first recording in Brighton. Free tickets were hotter than, well, July, and were snapped up instantly.  On screen soon, it promises to be a MOMENT. There are always some faces from the guitar blessed new rock scenes in these zones. So far filmed in London venues, This Feeling TV is taking its multi media cult of zone to Brighton. A heady, ready rocking ready community of fans, bands, production team (with opportunies), reporters and down the front party people - as well as a few hand picked celebrities - will land at iconic…
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James. A heritage band for Extraordinary Times

James. A heritage band for Extraordinary Times

Intrepid photo journalist, Paul W. Dixon, is reporting on some of the most happening music and artists of NOW, at all levels. Recently catching Indie Icons, James wowing around six thousand people at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Scroll down for images. The band's brand new (15th) album, 'Living In Extraordinary Times' is being received as their best so far, in some quarters and feedback from their live shows is undeniably impressed across the board.  They play International shows in November before returning to the UK (with special guests, The Charlatans), in December, Struggling musicians, please Do NOT give up if you can keep yourself fed/housed, because James really are an extraordinary band, perfect for the surreality of modern life.  As this is a tale we're telling, here is true inspiration. Key components of the north's…
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Hands Off Gretel ‘Kiss Me Girl’ Single, Video, Tour

Hands Off Gretel ‘Kiss Me Girl’ Single, Video, Tour

In these days of bland baddies as world mis-leaders you can never have too many glamtastic punx. Hell yeah, then for Hands Off Gretel and their spanking new single 'Kiss Me Girl'. It probably won't get them many invitations to play children's parties, if the video is anything to go by, but it's femme powered, noisy-sex rock to scream along to on tour (scroll down) this Autumn. A sparky taster of an even busier 2019. The freshly uploaded, 'Kiss Me Girl' video. Fronted by scream-queen, Lauren Tate, Hands Off Gretel strut a cheeky, sugar-coated mix of heavy garage rock, grunge, and noise pop influenced by No Doubt, Nirvana and PJ Harvey. Lauren, Sean Bon (guitar) Sam Hobbins (drums) and Becky Baldwin (bass) formed the South Yorkshire band in 2015. Pulsing new wave songs for our times, powerfully and colourfully. it's not taken long for them to gain attention. In 2016, tracks from…
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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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Reviewing…The 90’s

Reviewing…The 90’s

It’s pretty fair – and easy – to say that music has a profound effect on all of us, especially going back the last 500 or so years to the Renaissance period. Music in each decade of the 20th century, represented a rebellion and a refusal to stay stuck in the past, and bravely take a step into the unknown. This also involved new fashion trends and ideals that came along, such as wanting global peace in the '60s, to wanting sexual liberation and anarchy in the '70s and '80s. However, the final ten years of the 20th century, had a phenomenal impact. It was a culmination of the all the previous decades, an effect that is shaping (primarily) guitar music right now, and even seeing some familiar faces return to…
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NEW! In The Club – MY BABY

NEW! In The Club – MY BABY

Psychedelic Dutch-Kiwi trio MY BABY have returned triumphant from a blistering set at Boomtown and we are delighted to unveil the video for their track ‘In The Club’. It is the first single from the sonic sorcerer’s upcoming fourth album, due for release this autumn – a lysergic mashup of Bluegrass, Disco, Funk and Trance, as if sung by Dolly Parton on mescaline. The kaleidoscopic video is inspired by the 1920s flapper girl aesthetic, merged through frontwoman Cato van Dyck’s hypnotic vocal control: “The club is a place where you escape to, a sort of purgatory”, explains lead guitarist Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston, “it symbolises a faltered version of an ideal”.  Watch the video here: MY BABY’s sound uses live guitars, drums and vocals without the aid of computers or samples, fusing aspects of Shamanic Chants, Blues, ancient Folk, 70s…
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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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Trashed TV Live (the North’s music world is smashing it)

Trashed TV Live (the North’s music world is smashing it)

Trashed TV Live launches with a select launch line up that feels like a celebration of no ordinary music city's heritage. Denise Johnson,  Liines, The Vryll Society and Saytr Play make up the all acclaimed guests for the show which is hosted by Meredith Peterson (Off The Record, Kendal Calling) and Gary Drury of the rock band, Our Fold. Filmed for Trashed TV Live YouTube. 7pm doors on Thursday 6th September. The Bread Shed, 126 Grosvenor Street., Manchester M1 7HL.  You can be there. Click here for Tickets/Info Facebook EventSupported  by Brewdog Manchester, Trashed TV Live promises a fresh take on the local entertainment scene with a mix of TV-show-performances, guest features, interviews and audience involvement with artists. With excellent view points for the audience of both the live stage and interview stage, it's all about enjoyment. WHAT a statement of intent first bill - all deserving of focused attention:…
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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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Track Not Found, essential new band on tour.

Track Not Found, essential new band on tour.

A new band that pricked up our ears in February, Track Not Found are three girls from the quaint isle of Guernsey who make distinctly un-quaint music. Emma Thomas (drummer and vocalist), Grace Tayler (guitarist and vocalist) and Maisie Bisson (bassist and vocalist) united in early 2016 and started gigging at the end of June. Fast forward a year to Summer 2018, and they are about to hit the road. (My, how this tapestry weaves. The band's 10th August London show has been moved to cool Camden venue, The Unicorn where the fab DecoloniseFest fund raiser happened) Heavy sounds with fuzzy riffs, driving drums and eclectic vocals, Tom Girard of BBC Introducing described them as combining "elements of grunge, riot grrrl and the kind of power-blues Jack White has made his name with." After nearly 20 gigs in 2017 (a lot, when you're from a small island with…
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A landmark Truck Festival for new stars…

A landmark Truck Festival for new stars…

SHEAFS, Bang Bang Romeo, The RPMs, Alex Ohm, Jordan Allen, No Hot Ashes, Rozelle and many more join Courteeners, Peace, Editors, Friendly Fires and George Ezra to create a massive music weekend in a landmark year.  Truck, "The Godfather Of Small Music Festivals" (The Guardian) just upgraded to one of this year's most sussed events with the addition of the now legendary rock n roll "zone" added to this year's affair - This Feeling / Pirate Studios stage (full line up, day splits and stage times below) at The Barn. When Britain's best buzz bands bash promoter and the nation's favourite creative music studios unite with some of the fastest rising future festival stars you know Oxfordshire's in for an unforgettable treat. The entire line up of their stage are already word of mouth, mouse and…
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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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Tom Grennan; ‘Lighting Matches’ on This Feeling TV

Tom Grennan; ‘Lighting Matches’ on This Feeling TV

Man of the people, Tom Grennan, is Top 5 in the charts with his debut album 'Lighting Matches' (Insanity Records), and on fire.  Interviewed recently on This Feeling TV he admits “I’m not too sure what's going to happen, now. What’s come out already isn’t anything that’s like on the new album – it takes a dip into a whole different world. It’s exciting for people to hear what I’ve had up my sleeve.”  It's worked wonders as Tom is, additionally, both Number 1 in independent record stores the bestselling vinyl LP this week! Also in the Irish Top 30. 'Lighting Matches' is a British classic, a very modern take on bluesy soul pop that sounds so much like ambition that this is obviously just the start of so much more. Tom Grennan has the engaging character…
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BlackWaters Backyard Shindig:  “People Street” EP Release House Show Party!

BlackWaters Backyard Shindig: “People Street” EP Release House Show Party!

For the highly anticipated release of their latest EP “People Street”, BlackWaters transformed their quiet Sheffield home into the North of England’s one-stop-punk-show for the evening.  Greeted by the low hum of ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath, the walk down to the house was preparation in itself. The insatiable atmosphere of chaos oozed out of the garden and into the street, where individuals were already wandering about, cigarettes and tinnies in hand.  Through a narrow alley and into the garden, the set up was nothing short of comically impressive. Every decorative piece had been “borrowed” from local skips, from ice-cream signs to a bike with a scarecrow impaled onto it. A trashy BlackWaters branded bed sheet was draped over a psychedelic backdrop, .....and would it even be DIY without fairy…
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“Kill Your Darlings” Children Of The State debut with a killer EP

“Kill Your Darlings” Children Of The State debut with a killer EP

'Kill Your Darlings' is a trip. It's way out there. An aural magical mystery tour. As introductions go, this EP instantly tune laden and accessible, but definitely alternative and laced with lysergic notes and tones.  The musicians, Children Of The State,  are a peyote punk outfit from the shires.  Derbyshire and Yorkshire to be precise. John McCullagh - Vocals/rhythm guitar, Nathan Keeble - Backing Vocals/lead guitar, Conor O'Reilly - Drums, Corey Clifton - Bass guitar. Image by Duncan Sandelind Stafford Their ominous name is derived from both what Kim Jong Un calls the people of North Korea and what the FBI dubbed the Manson Family in 1960's Hollywood. Aptly named, their music provides a pulsing back beat to the stark dystopian reality of modern British life. Children Of The State were were seeking suitable…
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#Hotpicks video: ‘Shame On You’ by Bang Bang Romeo

#Hotpicks video: ‘Shame On You’ by Bang Bang Romeo

Easily one of July's tunes of the month; 'Shame On You' 'Shame On You' newly released by BANG BANG ROMEO (Five Seven) is a perfect slice of rocking, pop anthem power that sexily transcends dance floors, parties and festival fields alike. The band (photographed, above, by Ellie Mitchell) have developed organically, especially in the last few years. The seeds of their talent and dedication are starting to blossom in these firm foundations via a growing series of landmark moments which include launches for Pirate Studios, NME and Music Venue Trust, and even a nod from NASA! 2018 is THE year though; world wide record deal, L.A. adventures, even an appearance on News At Ten. The Yorkshire outfit are definitely in the vanguard of the newer wave future heritage ones to watch.  BBR go beyond being glamourously…
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19th July will be pure GOLD in London

19th July will be pure GOLD in London

Ripple Red Presents… GOLD Celebrating a year like no other with Goldsmiths at Amersham Arms (opposite New Cross Station).  Ripple Red have partnered up with Goldsmiths’ Music to host a huge graduation party.  WHAT a way to round off an incredible year. There's (recommended) live MUSIC from Little Grim, The Paisley Daze, Mathilde Bataille and Funeral For Bird, as well as a host of art exhibitors and DJs.  Thursday 19th July is  a chance to celebrate a variety show of new talent. Tickets are just £2 in advance or £4 on the door.  Psst! It's £2 O.T.D. with Goldsmith's Music Society I.D! Entry includes the above mentioned live shows, access to the upstairs ART exhibition curated by James Etherington plus DANCING to DJ sets from Goldsmiths' own Nick Babić and Ashley Sebastian, at the after party til 3am #MusicTourism: 24 hr buses stop outside and…
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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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#Patstonbury, 17 August in Tunbridge Wells

#Patstonbury, 17 August in Tunbridge Wells

#Patstonbury A night of music and frivolity TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM Friday 17 August in support of our friend, Pat Pope.  Tickets are £10 each, and on sale now via http://bit.ly/patstonbury Known for his amazing photography work (and sense of humour), Pat Pope had a massive stroke recently. He  was saved by an immediate operation, and is coming on well, but it’s going to be a long recovery.  His family have started a Go Fund Me campaign https://www.gofundme.com/patpope This is to raise money for his care going forward.  There is a lot of love, fondness and respect for Pat in the British music industry, and beyond, so there had to be a convention of like minded care. There will also  be the above mentioned fund raising event. You don't need to have known Pat personally to attend. I…
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