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Y Not Festival, a UK festival on the rise

There’s a small festival in the heart of rural Derbyshire, England that is growing into something truly special. Y Not is said festival, a weekender that celebrates its 10th birthday this year and promises to be deliver diverse, exhilarating performances. The line-up has always been fairly eclectic in Matlock, with past headliners including British grime...

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The 7 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

We’re already a quarter of the way through the year, where does the time go really?! More and more of the new material that has been promised by a bunch of musicians, some established, some fresh on the scene, is dropping. We’ve already had albums from the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips...

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Top 7 Songs of 2015 So Far

As a three months for music, 2015 has contributed lots to the zeitgeist; between Kanye ‘jokingly’ attempting to take Beck’s Grammy from him, to Kanye’s Brit Awards performance being heavily censored and Kanye’s…you get the picture. While the infamous rapper might just feature on this mini-countdown (I’ll keep you in suspense for just a little...

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6 Hottest Acts of Reading & Leeds Festival 2014

Renowned for its alternative picks and styles, the Reading & Leeds Festival has allowed thousands of young people to celebrate the end of their summers for decades now. But as the festival becomes increasingly diverse with its rap and dance stages, such does its variety of acts on offer; but just who were 2014’s stars?...

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Brazilian vibes on show for all to see at this summer’s World Cup

With the 20th edition of the Football World Cup (or Soccer to you pesky Americans!), kicking off in just under a month’s time in Brazil, aside from all the sporting goodness that will take place for a whole 31 days, what state are the musical prospects of the prosperous South American country in? Well, if...

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Scroobius Pip & Dan le Sac rock and roll in one of their last-ever gigs (3/5/14)

Marketed as the penultimate-ever venue gig between the two artists, a throng of a few hundred Scroobius Pip and Dan le Sac fans packed the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham to see their heroes bring the house down. And they certainly matched expectations! Dan and Scroob have always been a mysterious, yet perfect pairing, a strong compliment...

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Handmade Festival 2014 headliners rule the roost

For its second year, the burgeoning Handmade Festival, situated in a number of venues across the inner-city landscape of Leicester, brought in a diverse range of acts once again. Headliners for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday amounted to Irish experimentalists And So I Watch You From Afar, Japanese pop-rock girl-band Shonen Knife and the rousing acoustics of Dry the...

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Public Service Broadcasting rock Leicester O2 Academy (16/4/14)

Public Service Broadcasting are a hard duo to describe; one part electro, one part rock, one part old-timey samples, the Brits are a unique act that’s for sure. Having not been massively into their recorded material to-date, I went over to Leicester’s O2 Academy full of skepticism, not sure whether I’d be disappointed or very...

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6 bands that are about to put Indie & Rock music back on the map

After years of being on the decline and deemed to ‘never return’, both indie and rock music are having a bit of a revival at the moment. It’s down to the work of a realm of, mainly newcomers, that are determined to bring the brash, hard side of rock n roll back. Let’s see what...

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Bombay Bicycle Club stun fans with new album and live tour double

UK indie-folk band Bombay Bicycle Club returned with their fourth album at the beginning of February to great critical acclaim, as they expanded their intriguing, folky sound to encompass new electronic instruments into the mixture, and the general result is that they are more popular and great than ever. The electronic and rough and tumble...

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Skrillex; YAY or NAY?

It feels like the artist known as Skrillex, a.k.a Sonny Moore, has been around for AGES. The oft-hated, maligned dubstep pioneer has been on the scene for a good four years or so, without a solid, traditional LP release to boot. Instead the American put out lots and lots of EPs to the world, that...

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7 of the Best Bands at Reading & Leeds 2014

Probably the most favoured festivals of the UK’s youth; Reading and Leeds 2014 have just announced a sizeable chunk of the bands on offer for this summer’s shindig. Here’s a look at a select few of those bands and artists… 1. Metronomy Their fourth album, ‘Love Letters’, has just been released to critical acclaim, and with...

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