CUD – life affirming and 100% genuine

If every gig sounded this good the world would be a joyous place. CUD’s return to the Islington Academy some ten years and a handful of months after their triumphant explosion back onto the live scene was a treat for the ears – as well as the eyes. Flamboyant as ever, and basking in the confidence that having a whole set of ‘no filler’ tracks makes fully justified, the CUD band’s sound engineer dialed in his best stadium sound settings and unleashed a pure pop beast… Blasting through their best songs – many as chosen by ‘tens of thousands’ of fans in an online poll – CUD demonstrated once again how important it is for bands to deliver hooks that […]

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Dubioza Kolektiv – Brighton Concorde 2

Dubioza Kolektiv are a true force of nature…   This is a band who start fast and finish faster. If you want to give your festival a shot of adreneline direct to its central nervous system just wheel them on stage and let the energy flow. It’s physically impossible not to be swept up in the wake of their furious onslaught, and Brighton’s Concrde 2 crowd was up in the air within seconds as the Dubioza crew gave it everything they had. Photos by Sara Bowrey

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Ragged Bear 2018 – in photos

When your love of festivals is purely about the music look no further than Ragged Bear. No overpriced food – just pop across the road for a Subway. No overpriced beer – it’s all at that under-£4 price point we love, and they have real ale coming out of their ears. No staggering back to try and find your tent – this is a city centre event in the very epicentre of the UK. Nuneaton. And did we mention the music? The line-up never fails to delight… and here’s our gallery of photos to show what a lovely little festival this really is. Enjoy….   FULL SET OF GALLERY PICS HERE.  

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Hastings Fat Tuesday: festival applications open

Hastings Fat Tuesday is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019 and is now inviting applications from musicians across all genres, as well as from stage managers and potential volunteers, for this special edition of the annual music festival.Hailed as Hastings’ answer to SXSW in Texas, or Brighton’s The Great Escape, Hastings Fat Tuesday is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration and has its own distinctive flavour.Hastings Fat Tuesday, which runs from 1 to 5 March 2019, is now open to applications from solo artists and bands from both Sussex and beyond, to perform at two of the key events, which between them regularly attract audiences well into the thousands:Unplugged Saturday (2 March) – a hugely popular acoustic afternoon in Hastings […]

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Nick Mulvey announced as Cambridge Folk Festival guest curator

Cambridge Folk Festival is excited to announce that local lad, Nick Mulvey will be returning to Cambridge in 2019 as the Festival’s guest curator. Responsible for selecting five of his favourite artists to deliver extraordinary sets for the Cherry Hinton crowd, Mulvey’s curation will proudly sit across the line up in August next year. Beyond his role as guest curator, Mulvey will also take to the main stage for his own performance. He returns to the event that has seen him graduate from emerging talent platform The Den in 2012 through the stages, to sit at the curatorial helm for 2019.   Mulvey says: “As a Cambridge boy born and bred I’m honoured to be the guest curator of next […]

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VENUE CHANGE Brand new amateur competition added to DMC Wolrd Championship Finals 2019

“It’s such an important event for the culture, there have many competitors who have gone on to achieve great things” – DJ Semtex Following a record-breaking year, DMC World are back with their 2018 World DJ Championship Finals. Sponsored by audio specialists Rane, the legendary event will take place on Sunday, 7 October at ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL (note venue change from KOKO) in Camden, London. With years of practice, months of national competitions and hours of back-to-back battles, DJs from around the globe will take part in this historical event to win the coveted title – a huge accolade in the DJ world. With its international status, the competition will see thousands of beat-enthusiasts descend on KOKO to witness the crowning of […]

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Sziget 2019 announces Ed Sheeran as first headline act

Attended by over 565,000 people last year, Europe’s answer to Glastonbury welcomes the biggest male pop star on the planet as its first headliner 7th-13th August 2019 Óbudai-sziget, Budapest, Hungary #sziget szigetfestival.com @szigetofficial Sziget is Europe’s most diverse festival and the fifth biggest in the world. So what better platform for the biggest-selling artist on the planet to take to the stage for a headline performance on Budapest’s historic Óbuda Island? Ed Sheeran‘s infectious singalong tunes and stories of love, loss and youth have earned him countless awards and the title of current king of pop, and are set to be the perfect soundtrack to Sziget’s Love Revolution in August 2019. Szitizen Prime passes for Sziget 2019 are on sale from 1 October. […]

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