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Brecon Jazz 2014 – Live Review: Highlights

Brecon Jazz 2014 - Highlights

Thursday 7th August – Sunday 10th August, Wales Friday Michael Wollny Trio Gifted pianist and composer Michael Wollny, from Frankfurt in Germany, is a highly regarded and critically acclaimed artist. He’s influenced by musician Björk, film-maker David Lynch, and painter Charlotte McGowan-Griffin. With an unrestricted and unorthodox approach to jazz, he was named Most Promising [...]

Beacons Festival 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August, Skipton Only in its second year, Beacons Festival - which ran from the 8th to the 10th of August and on a farm in the town of Skipton – has a different vibe compared to other festivals, or the usual idea people have of a festival. With a variety of things [...]

Standon Calling 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August, Hertfordshire Standon Calling is a small-scale family, boutique festival based only a short ride from London, in the beautiful Hertfordshire town of Standon.  It originally started as a private birthday barbeque in 2002 at the 16th century manor house, Standon Lordship. The festival was as eclectic as it comes, with [...]


Nephew - Interview

Danish rock band Nephew are rare guests for European stages outside of their own country. But very soon – on August 17th – a London audience will, for the first time, have a chance to see them live at Bush Hall. Nephew’s music is brave and hesitant at the same time, their dance of energetic and melancholic [...]

WOMAD 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July, Charlton Park After driving around the dark, deserted country lanes of Wiltshire and eventually finding the right gate, I arrived to the quiet, magical buzz of WOMAD and was hit by the wonderful smell of dew-coated grass and tents making their first appearances of 2014. Colourful flags, extravagant new tents [...]

Secret Garden Party 2014 – Live Review

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Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July, Cambridgeshire Secret Garden Party has morphed into an odd beast of an independently run boutique festival – no matter what way you look at it, these days it’s a mainstream festival. Since its inception in the early noughties as an alternative to mainstream music festivals – allegedly amounting to [...]



Lindsey Stirling, the ‘dancing violinist’, is a composer and violinist who performs outstanding choreographed performances, both live and in music videos. Her styles embrace classical, hip-hop and electronic dance music and on YouTube she’s had an extraordinary 675 million views.  Access All Areas Music interviewer Anthony Weightman chatted to her in Kensington ahead of her [...]

Folk By The Oak 2014 – Live Review

Folk By The Oak - By Elly Lucas

Sunday 20th July, Hertfordshire Set in the attractive grounds of Hatfield House, Folk By The Oak  is a one day festival with a  personality of its own. The large festival field, known as ‘The Queen Elizabeth Oak Field’, is where Elizabeth I was told that she had become Queen whilst sitting under an oak tree [...]

No Devotion – Live @ O2 Academy Islington


Friday 25th July, London Despite the dispirited moniker, there was a dogged determination about No Devotion at the O2 Academy in Islington on Friday (July 25) that would put some of the more tenacious rock bands out there to shame. Watching the brief but blistering 50 minute set unfold in this intimate venue was a [...]

Blissfields 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Friday 4th – Saturday 5th July, Hampshire  “I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere… in a field in Hampshire” Blissfields 2014 – elevator to funzville; going down…It’s summer time, it’s on a farm (ish), the sun is out (for a while anyway) and we got tons of awesomeness, nice folks [...]