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A Travelling Heartbeat – Experiencing Music

Music is a reflection of a people. The means of looking past any surface concerns to see the beautiful, ethereal soul of a culture, if only for an all too brief moment. The brevity is breathtaking, both for the melancholic knowledge that the moment must end, and the triumphant recognition of the transient now. Words by Bryce Deller I cannot ...

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Let me tell you about….Chris Farren

In this new monthly feature our writers will tell you all about an artist that they feel more people should know about. This month Tom Bull is here to tell you about Chris Farren… Chris Farren is something of an enigma to me. Despite perhaps being know as being a part of several bands, and also having released a few solo ...

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Mercury Prize: Surprising Nominees of the Past

It’s that time of year again. One of the most prestigious music awards in the UK, the Mercury Prize, is being handed out this week. Despite a strong field, it’s hard to see another album beating David Bowie’s final album (and what an album it is) Blackstar. However, stranger things have happened in the past. M People’s surprise win in ...

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Raising awareness – Octopuses release new video with support from Caroline Lucas

Brighton’s favourite psych-indie band Octopuses are releasing their latest single which is not only aiming to get people dancing, but is also working towards effecting positive change. The video for new single ‘Not The Bees’ highlights the serious issues relating to bees and pollination decline and has received support and backing from BBC’s Chris Packham, The Soil Association and the ...

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Predicting the 2017 Reading and Leeds headliners

The dust is now settling on this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, and already talk has turned to who will be topping the bill next year. Festival bosses have backed two of this year’s performers as potential headliners in the form of The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club, but there are a number of potential names that could easily ...

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Let me tell you about… Smith Westerns

In this new monthly feature our writers will tell you all about an artist that they feel more people should know about. In the first instalment new contributor Chris Mason talks about Chicago’s Smith Westerns… Bands change from album to album. Get over it. I never understand those stroppy people who comment on a band’s new YouTube video, saying something ...

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Sing for the people – Finding out about Brexit at Glastonbury

I could hear the familiar dramatic voice of news person filtering into my dreams, it was 5:12am, what was the commotion? We’d left the EU, what the….? We’d voted to leave, the baddies had won. As I tried to explain to my seven year old, the death eaters had taken over Hogwarts and Harry had actually died. This news came ...

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In the know: Industry experts speak about getting signed to a record label

Let’s say you’ve just put together a fantastic album of catchy and intelligent pop songs, and you’ve got another 20 ready to record, and you’ve got a great set of musicians ready to help you do it. But you don’t know record-label people; you’re not connected. How do you get their attention? Are you supposed to find out the personal ...

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Girl Put Your Records On

I got a record player for my birthday, my 36th birthday, it was a pale blue record player disguised as a briefcase, blue like the sky and vintagey. It’s an all-round perfect package of goodness. So here I was with a beautiful record player and no records. Zilch vinyl. If only I’d kept my Belinda Carlisle album from 1980 something, ...

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10 Years On And Guitar Music Is Dead

It has been ten years since the Arctic Monkey’s exploded onto the radio with their forty-one minute debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not. Ten whole years. In those ten years we have seen four more Arctic Monkey’s albums, none of which have quite reached the level of excitement that their magnum opus achieved. The ...

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