Festivals

Call For Artists: UNHINGED

All artists involved will be featured on our website and be promoted as part of the Unhinged Collective (if they would like to)....

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Loitered Lens: The London Punk Festival

Punk is dead? Well no-one told the mass of sweating, heaving bodies, young, old (some maybe a little too old) who were dancing, sweating, singing and generally having a right old time at...

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Mad Sin: 25 Years ‘Still Mad’

Personally I’d rather see them live or listen to Burn and Rise, but this is an ideal Halloween present for any hardcore fan with a Mad Sin patch sewn onto their sleeveless denim jacket. And it’s...

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Festival de Musique Emergente, Quebec

Held in Rouyn – Noranda and now in its tenth year Festival de Musique Emergente, otherwise known as Emerging Music Festival, itself emerged as an elegant solution to a local problem. Generous,...

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Rupert Stroud [Single]

Putting in the miles, sofabeds and service-station all-day breakfasts, Rupert Stroud has been touring hard in the UK all summer. All grist to the mill, and meaning that when 'Twisted Games' and 'No...

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Listener [Live]

Performing a set covering both old and newer material, Listener create an electric, vacuous atmosphere of mystification and strike the crowd near-dumb. The usual glazed, blank looks at the back of...

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Green Man [Festival]

What with hugging around the Green Man and reading people’s wishes on little mailing labels around the tree, this has been a pleasant valley, bucolic, neo-druidic experience. Thoughts of love, to...

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Bloodstock 2012

Their fist-pumping fusion of brutish guitar and folk-esque synth lines make for a brilliant way to kick off my Bloodstock. They bring a feeling of raw ‘epic-ness’ that, although strived for by...

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Loitered Lens: Public Image Limited

Bowie may have snubbed the closing ceremony, Fatboy Slim may have been caught miming by the second loop of the supposedly live soundtrack, and the faint strains of the Sex Pistols may well have been...

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2012

You could criticise the festival bill for relying on unashamed nostalgia acts as headliners, and especially for the way more forward-looking acts like Maschine, Winter in Eden, Kyrbgrinder or Panic...

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King Krule/Rinse

King Krule -the primary creative vessel for 17-year-old south east London-based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall- is readying its latest release, a double A-side single featuring two...

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Feed the Rhino: Hevy Fest

In an age where (a little sadly) aesthetics are as important to the hardcore scene as musical ability, Feed The Rhino cover all of the bases – as one hipster said to another, “we’ve gotta catch...

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The Mercy House: Interview

The genre obsessions have to stop, I guess something is going right when everyone becomes the great ‘opinionizer’, but I think that’s what can be exciting about music, take something out of the...

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BLOCatastrophe

After what I experienced at Bloc I have to admit that I and thousands of others were completely taken in by the promise of a professionally-run event in an innovative new venue with an incredible...

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Devil Sold His Soul [Live]

Then, coming to the end of a great set, disaster strikes. “This is our last song”, announces Ed. We’re treated to the opening guitar line of what I suspect was ‘Darkness Prevails’, before...

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HEVY Festival

When your guitar feedback section is so long that your guitarist has time to have a crafty check of his iPhone, maybe it's time to just get on with the song already. HEVY Festival is HUGE. This...

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Matmos: Meltdown 2012

Rather than understanding Matmos as a quirky part of the nineties electronica wave, maybe we should actually be interpreting them as a continuation of a much older tradition of musical comedy, albeit...

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The Social Club: Mini Interview

We choose to play happier stuff! You have to hold back your money shot and focus on strong songwriting. At first listen the songs sound simple but they’re much deeper than that – Lew...

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30 shades of WOMAD

Despite the 'small is beautiful' ethical basis of the festival where buying a branded plastic bottle contributes to a distant solution, offering an option to feel good without getting personally...

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Cambridge Folk Festival 2012

As I helped what could only be someone’s Gran onto a chair so she could get a better view and was hugged by a crazed hippy forcing me to eat some one of her love heart sweets, I could only think...

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Hawk Eyes: Mini Interview

We’ve never really tried to craft an image, just evolve organically – differently from ‘desperate’ bands. Modern Bodies was wall-to-wall get fucked, whereas Ideas is a progression from that. ...

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Queer British Paganism: Meltdown 2012

Opening with Derek Jarman's Journey to Avebury the scene was gently set. A super 8 movie. Almost a travel document. A visual diary, a diary which continued throughout the night, for this wasn't a...

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Pig Destroyer Announce Album and Tour

Grindcore misanthropists Pig Destroyer bring back the gnarly. With a new album on Relapse just cut, bearing the title: Book Burner, the band are back after a five-year gap. A huge world tour follows...

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Tickets on Sale for Cambridge Folk Festival 2013

The eternal wheel just keeps turning. For some that may mean the hopes of transcendence to a higher plane of existence once they have parted this brief life. For others less hopeful, it is the grim...

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Win your band a chance to open for Evile

Win your band a chance to open for Evile...

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Preview: Cambridge Folk Festival sets sights high!

Eclectic and expansive, as the Cambridge Folk Festival should be, the list of acts is now immense. Among the ones to look out for ar June Tabor and the Oyster Band, especially if they play that Joy...

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Wave Gotik Treffen [Festival Review (part 2)]

Review of gothic industrial festival Wave Gotik Treffen 2012...

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Wave Gotik Treffen [Festival Review (part 1)]

How do you review an event that takes place over four days in multiple venues, includes numerous styles of dark music and if done properly takes the rest of the month or more to recover from? To...

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Supersonic festival 2012 Lineup

Supersonic festival is the most intensely purifying music event of any year. 2012 brings us a resplendent line-up of discordant wonder that is an absolutely must for any discerning music fan....

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Bloodstock announce mystery headliner

Bloodstock announce mystery headliner...

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