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In Cider 2020 – In Photos

All photos by Sara-Louise Bowrey Gaz Brookfield and the Company of Thieves – In Cider Festival 2020 by John Bownas February 5, 2020 by John Bownas February 5, 2020 Surfin’…
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The Great Escape 2020 – First 50

The Great Escape 2020 – First 50 PHOTOS BY WWW.SARABOWREYPHOTOS.COM So November 2019 isn’t even half-way through and already we are enjoying the first swathe of festival sets for 2020……
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Wotsit Called Festival 2019

  WOTSIT CALLED FESTIVAL 2019 Three days of grass-roots ‘punken’ delights Deep in the darkest depths of East Sussex, Hastings is home to a crazy world of hardcore music fans…
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Boomtown Fair 2019 – windy but wonderful as ever

With tickets selling out over the weekend, Boomtown 2019 saw some 66,000 guests, performers and crew descend once more on the hills and forests of the Winchester countryside. Yet again,…
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Cornbury 2019 – review

With idyllic settings in the Cotswolds and a history of artists any festival would die for, this festival is one that’s been on the hitlist for us for quite a…
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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…
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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…
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The Funking Barstewards – Hastings Fish and Wine Festival 2018

The Funking Barstewards have been putting smiles on the faces of festival crowds since they first graced a big stage at Phoenix Festival back in 1993. Still funking it up…
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The Sweetchunks Band – your new favourite festival experience

We pride ourselves in knowing a thing or two about what makes a great festival act. And The Sweetchunks Band tick all our boxes. After 25 years of walking the…
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Boomtown – the machine that won’t be stopped (2018 reviewed)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Boomtown – we salute you! [by John Bownas and Ali Ryland] In a day and age where festivals are seemingly popped…
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Sunshine, a heroes return for reverand and the makers, Razorlight and a banging ...

Y-Not 2018 : rocking your socks off…

The sun is shining, there’s plenty of glitter, beer and band T-Shirts and everyone seems suitably excited for four days of indie/rock/alt-action at this years Y-Not Festival in Derby.  …
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Grace Petrie at Latitude 2018

Fired up with every flame that was ever fanned by the power of folk music… Grace Petrie

Gaffa Tape Sandy at Latitude 2018

Hats off to Gaffa Tape Sandy played Latitude 2018 in every possible way. They fly-posted the site before their Alcove set and it paid off with a packed and energised…
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Into the Wild 2018 – a little slice of perfection

If the big festivals are starting to leave you feeling bloated and overwhelmed it might be time to consider something a little lighter – because a little less is sometimes…
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Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival 2018 – retrospective

It’s safe to say that this is one fringe with real benefits… principle amongst which are (1) it’s in Hastings (2) it’s 99% free entry and (3) the quality of…
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Long Division: Warehouse 23, 2018 (review)

Steve White writes… So, after a week of almost constant sunshine Saturday decides to be wet, windy and miserable. Wakefield is damp and grey when we arrive but beginning to…
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The Magic Numbers and Penelope Isles: Brighton Old Market

Opening up for The Magic Numbers at Brighton’s Old Market are a starry-eyed young band called Penelope Isles. Somewhat confusingly none of the band members are called Penelope Isles –…
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Why are Alabama 3 still able to be so good?

On paper a 20-year-old hash-up of country styled techno tunes delivered by nine blokes of a certain age doing occasional choreographed dad-dance routines should be growing tired – some might…
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Bestival 2017 review: mopping up and reflecting

It’s so hard to separate a festival from its weather or any tragedy that happens within its gates. Regardless of anything else, extremes of hot or cold, wet or dry…
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Boardmasters 2017 – REVIEW

Firstly, I’d like to take a moment for the people of Boardmasters who had their makeup and mirrors taken away on entry. We all thought there was some sort of…
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Boomtown 2017 – 97% fun, 86% safe

Once again Boomtown has shown the world how to really ‘produce’ a festival. As Rome announced during the stupendously amazing Sublime with Rome show on Sunday night – “You guys…
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Ghost at Bloodstock 2017 Courtesy of Tim Finch (http://www.timfinch.net/)

Bloodstock Festival 2017 Review

So it’s been a week since Bloodstock and it’s took that long to take in what we saw. It kicked off Thursday with the Sophie Lancaster Stage but it was…
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Nozstock 2017 Reviewed

Hats off to the Nozworthy clan. Herefordshire ought to give the freedom of the county if such a thing exists) to this family of free-thinking hedonists. For, as the creators…
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Zooquarium 2017: reviewed and in photos

Headlining Zooquarium’s first edition on a windswept, but otherwise dry and warm (in sheltered spots), Hastings Pier was Ratboy. The darling of the music press also proved a big hit…
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The Vicar’s Picnic 2017: a proper grown up little festival

Check below for links to all out photo galleries. Rate the festival if you went this year (login securely with Facebook) You can’t go wrong with an audience made up…
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The best festival in Central Europe delivers everything but the killer blow

Not even a bristling and pitch-perfect set from Radiohead could save the sense that the mighty Glastonbury lacked something truly special this year. Maybe I’m smarting from the fact that…
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Village Green Festival 2017: reviewed and pictures

Follow the links to each of our great photosets: The Idea 13 Stage: Village Green Festival 2017 Providing a truly eclectic mix of artists hand-picked by those in the know……
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Download Festival 2017: the Twitter story

As Sunday night draws in we’ve scanned the Twitter-sphere for people’s reactions to Download Festival 2017…and without a shadow of a doubt this year has been a vintage one…if you…
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The Skids – reviewed live, June 2017

The Skids are nine dates in to their 40th anniversary tour when they arrive in Leeds tonight. It’s a gig I’d been looking forward to since the tour was announced.…
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Vintage Trouble – your new bucket list band

¥ If you haven’t yet experienced a Vintage Trouble live show you should add it to your bucket list and get ready for something just a little bit special. What…
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Bearded Theory 2017

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering once again drew crowds and bands from the length and breadth of the country – if you were there here’s a few memories to hang on…
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Hastings Fat Tuesday 2017 – reviewed

Hastings Fat Tuesday (which is actually a five-day Mardi Gras) is a fantastic little festival. Nowhere else in the UK has quite the same grass roots music dynamic at play.…
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