Gracing the Crossroads Stage in the tender hours of Sunday morning, Si Cranstoun’s set at the Secret Garden Party will go down as one of the highlights of the weekend. Cranstoun’s vintage rock ‘n’ roll sound immediately captured the crowd’s attention and had the tent bouncing for the duration.
Alongside their first official single release - superb single 'Warriors' - Canterbury folk group Coco & The Butterfields are just setting out on a huge UK Tour.
Last night New Romantic founders returned to the stage as Visage performed their new music as well as some their classics for the first time at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in East London.
Having previously given a glowing review to Dawes for their album 'North Hills', we were very much looking forward to seeing their live offering when we rocked up to see them in Birmingham. Touring the UK with Mumford & Sons, they US four piece were here to win new fans and take the opportunity to play some huge arenas. Would they rise to the occasion? Damn right they would.
Review by Rebecca Macindoe
King Tut’s was very busy from doors opening for this gig, which is quite unusual for this intimate venue. It seemed many people were there to see the first support act, Make Sparks. They filled the room with their catchy rock songs, quite reminiscent of recent Biffy Clyro, and succeeded in getting the crowd moving. Their three-part harmonies and astounding stage presence proved the band are already an accomplished live act.
Review by Steve Boniface
Disclaimer: If you don't have a sense of humour, you will not enjoy The Lancashire Hotpots. Their 15 track parody concept album is as tongue in cheek as they get, taking the listener through a messy night on the town with the North West five piece.
Feature by Helen Tytherleigh
Over the weekend of the 8 – 10 June the 10th anniversary of Download festival (or should I say 'Brownload' festival?) took place at the legendary Donington Park. It wasn't the best weather, to say the least, and the festival didn't exactly get off to a great start. There was wind, there was rain and combined with thousands of rock and metal fans there was a hell of a lot of mud (hence the revised name: 'Brownload').
Live review by Madeleine O'Shea
With the Islington 02 Academy steadily filling up with a, let's say, mature crowd, for the evening's headliners Gun, Brighton natives and London based power pop princes Dollface immediately received a good reception.