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February 17, 2020

On their third date of their Forever Whatever Tour, October Drift hit the home of indie hard with their fast paced songs, that were equally matched by a bouncing crowd.

Going back to the Pink room in Yes, I was a bit worried about how the bands were going to sound. Every time it seems that the vocals get drowned out by a raging guitar, or there is some other audio fault, and the support acts faced this problem.

However, October...

January 19, 2020

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This generation needs more female pop-punk bands and when I say this, I don’t mean we need more Paramore or Against the Current rip offs.

No, what I bring to you this time is none other than ‘Don’t Open Love Letters’ or ‘DOLL’ for short. The female pop punk duo consists of Simone Armstrong and Victoria ‘Toria’ Nathanson and they have just released their new single ‘Dress Code’ which I...

November 28, 2019

At the tender age of 24, the soulful Glaswegian musician Joesef is quietly on his way to be a future household name within the UK music scene and he proved this is the case with his stunning gig at Soup Kitchen in Manchester.

Supporting Joesef was Katie Pham who without her band playing behind her (but two of them supporting her in the crowd) and what she described as a ‘hastily put together’ set, didn’t seem phased at all and...

October 20, 2019

Tinder. If by some miracle you’ve never heard of it before, it's a mobile app which is intended for creating social interactions and forming romantic interests. However, I recently found out it has another potential function - musical taste-making. During one of my hopeless swiping sessions, I noticed a trend. Several users had their anthem set to a song by an artist simply known as ‘JAY1’. As I saw this name pop up more and m...

October 16, 2019

This September, we had the opportunity to interview 'Running With The Wolves' singer, Aurora!

Our Head of Music, Toni discovers Aurora's inspiration behind writing and her love to explore.

Aurora talks about her new album 'A Different Kind Of Human - Step 2' and how it differs from the emotions in 'A Different Kind Of Human - Step 1'.

Watch the full video on our YouTube channel.

'A Different Kind Of Human - Step 2' is available NO...

September 2, 2019

What are you doing tonight?

Nothing? Good.


Bryn Stagg has a new single of course and it slaps harder than Conor McGregor.

22-year-old Bryn from Nafferton has created a hit that echoes the likes of Kasabian meets The Wallows (I know, like everyone these days) but, he’s different. I swear.

Now, although this wouldn’t be in my ‘made for you’ section on Spotify, it’s been on repeat since I first listened.

Bryn has been in several b...

May 17, 2019

We got to interview the Doncaster born trio, The Blinders, who have taken the UK live circuit by storm in 2017. With a blend of proto punk politics and psychedelia laden lyricism the band are a force to be reckoned with.

Here is what went down: 

Where does the name The Blinders come from?

Unfortunately it’s as trivial as deriving from that TV show people really like... Sorry.

Who are your musical influences and how do they influen...

March 3, 2019

Post Malone took to the stage on the 19th of February at a sold-out gig at Manchester Arena, support acts consisted of Roddy Ricch and Tyla Yahweh. Posty had a 20 song setlist with no encore which varied in genres from Hip-Hop, R’n’B, to a heavy metal echo, even with Posty saying in an interview that, “What I’m not into is boxes…There are no genres anymore”.  When Stoney (debut album) erupted onto the music scene I didn’t thin...

February 22, 2019

It seems like an age since I obtained tickets for Bastille but finally the day came, on the 3rd of February, and accompanied by two friends we finally witnessed their show at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse.

Bastille took to the stage with a very personal set ahead of the release of their 3rd album, Dooms Days. Supporting acts included Moss Kena and Lewis Capaldi. Lewis Capaldi is one to watch as he says, “If you like fat gu...

December 3, 2018

On the 23rd November Birmingham’s Genting Arena was crammed packed with exasperated music lovers, ready for the iconic band! With lead singer Marcus Mumford leading the crowd with, “Well, here we are”, left the audience with the sense of anticipation and signified that this night would be a significant night!

Mumford & Sons launched their tour at: The 3Arena Dublin, that kickstarted off an immense tour; however, with numerous c...

December 3, 2018

Lewis Capaldi brought his UK and European Tour to Manchester on Tuesday performing at the beautiful Albert Hall. His two support acts Nina Nesbitt and Billy Locket warmed up the crowd with their own songs along with covers such as Toxic by Britney Spears

Capaldi entered the stage to ‘Mamma Mia’, by ABBA which then faded into his latest single ‘Grace’. Capaldi played a mix of released songs from ‘Mercy’, ‘Rush’ and ‘Lost on You’...

December 3, 2018

Kicking off her two shows at the Albert Hall in Manchester on Thursday night, Sigrid brought the room to life with her up-tempo songs and dance moves.

The Norwegian singer opened with her newest single ‘Sucker Punch’ which immediately got the crowd on a high for the rest of the concert. The singer sung a total of 17 songs including her hits; ‘High five’, ‘plot twist’ and ‘schedules’ which she and the crowd danced their socks of...

November 23, 2018

Mumford & Sons have returned with their fourth album, Delta! The album was released on 16th of November 2018, via Gentleman of the Road and Island Records. Thestandard album consists of 14 tracks; the deluxe edition has three bonus tracks.

After seeing them at Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary) this year in August at which debuted three new songs: 42, Women and Guiding Light from their fourth new album. These tracks were exact...

November 12, 2018

The trio: Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard new album was released on the 9th November 2018, through Warner Bros. and Helium-3. It consists of 11 tracks in standard album, however the deluxe version has five bonus tracks. In the deluxe version the styles that are explored are alternative reality, acoustic and gospel renditions of five tracks.

It is a synth-rock album that exposes themes of simulation and has a...

November 12, 2018

YouTube has produced its fair share of artists and personalities, but none are as equally puzzling and intriguing as That Poppy. Halloween saw the release of Poppy’s new album titled “Am I A Girl?” and the track list immediately took away from the star’s usual tone.

Her first album back in 2016- “Bubblebath” -was a much more upbeat, reggae influenced release full of catchy pop songs disguising a commentary on the issues of bein...

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