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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 [...]

A CHAT WITH: LINDSEY STIRLING

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Latitude 2014 – Live Review + Photos

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Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th July, Suffolk Latitude is much more than simply a music festival; it’s a feast of the arts in which you can indulge yourself whatever your age. There is a seemingly endless supply of magnificent entertainment on show, no matter what you’re hoping to fill your senses with. For me, it [...]

A CHAT WITH: KIM SHATTUCK (THE MUFFS)

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The Muffs’ front-woman Kim Shattuck has been part of the US alt-rock scene since the ’80s, initially achieving underground fame via the all-female rock group The Pandoras. Those not familiar with The Muffs or The Pandoras might recognise Kim Shattuck’s name regardless, from her controversially short-lived time with Pixies – she replaced Kim Deal on [...]

Chance The Rapper – Live @ The Forum

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Tuesday 15th July, London Chance The Rapper, aka Chancelor Bennett, concluded his 2014 European tour at The Forum in Kentish Town. He and his four-piece band had sufficient talent to enchant the 2000 strong, sold-out venue. Only the second time Chance The Rapper has blessed London with a solo show, I can honestly say he was extraordinary. [...]

Black Sabbath – Live @ BST Hyde Park

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Friday 4th July, London Hyde Park, as a venue for live music, has suffered a bit of an unfair hammering in the music press these past few years. It’s had to juggle relentless anti-concert campaigning from local residents with complaints from music fans of poor sound, early curfews and, more recently, unimaginative lineups and dwindling [...]

Calling Festival 2014 – Live Review

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Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th June, London One of the many things I had on my bucket list was to see Aerosmith play live. Call me a cynic, but (given their age) I had mostly given up on being able to fulfill that wish. However, when the chance came about for me to review a [...]