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10 great music venues in Montreal – a taster of what music means to this mighty Canadian city

By: Sara-Louise Bowrey / John Bownas Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Just three of the many musical exports that Montreal is perhaps best known for. Our pilgrimage to this lovely city wasn’t, however, to pay homage to the greats. Rather it was to unearth some of the best new and emerging (or…
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Bands at M for Montreal 2022 and amazing UK festival predictions for 2023

M for Montreal 2022 Words: John Bownas … Pictures: Sara-Louise Bowrey M for Montreal How do you choose your favourite bands from such a strong list of performers playing across four days in the heart of this amazing musical city at ‘M for Montreal’? Well, it’s not easy, but if someone held a really sharp…
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Hastings Bonfire 2022 – photo gallery

Hastings Bonfire is one of the largest events in the localevents calendar – and that’s say A LOT given the number of festivals the town hosts every year! 2022 was a windy affair that had sparks flying…and sadly for spectators and organisers alike meant the traditional firework finale had to be curtailed. But the parade…
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End of the Road Festival 2022 – full review and photo gallery

End of the Road Festival 2022 – a music-lovers paradise End of the Road is definitely a music lovers festival – with a heavy emphasis on the musical road less traveled. Even seasoned festival-goers will find themselves turning to the programme descriptions of bands they have only half heard of previously to inform their decisions…
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Spoon carving

End of the Road 2022 – two days in 12 minutes

A quick-fire video journey through End of the Road 2022 From spoon-carving and wild-stick hunting through to some amazing musical finds, End of the Road 2022 was a brilliant end to the peak festival season in what has been a vintage year as we’ve all got used to being out having fun in the fields…
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Beautiful Days Festival 2022 – in perfect focus…

Back with a bang – Beautiful Days 2022 met every expectation We’ve been at every edition of Beautiful Days since the festival started – almost 20 ears ago – and this was a vintage year if ever we saw one. From the quietly raucous Thursday-night 100% acoustic shenanigans at the back of Dirty Davey’s bar…
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All Points East 2022 (FRIDAY) – our favourite bands in photos

Photos by: Sara-Louise Bowrey All the best photos of All Points East Festival 2022 – in sharp focus… The National – Fleet Foxes – Dreamz – Mogwai – Perfume Genius – Phoebe Hall – Kurt Vile – Jana – Lucy Dacus – Honey Mooncie – Villagers – DEHD – Valerie June – The Deep Blue…
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All Points East 2022 (SUNDAY) – our favourite bands in photos

Photos by: Sara-Louise Bowrey All the best photos of All Points East Festival 2022 – in sharp focus… Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Sleaford Mods – The Smile – Spiritualised – Aldous Harding – Anna Calvi – Jehnny Beth – Tinariwen – Lucy Tunn – Kae Tempest  – Starcrawler – Joan as Policewoman…
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Truck Festival 2022

Truck Festival 2022 – full weekend photo galleries

Dozens of bands, hundreds of fans – we always bring you the largest and best galleries from the front row of festivals

Womad 2022 – in photos

Photos by Simon Partington All the best photos of Womad 2022 in sharp focus… Madame Electrifie – The Future Shape of Sound – ADG7 – Nubian Twist – B.Dance – Angelique Kidjo – Kae Tempest – Barmer Boys – The Selector – Fatoumata Diarwarra Madame Electrifie at Womad 2022 Madame Electrifie – The Future Shape…
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Sunday at Camp Bestival 2022 in high-quality pictures

Wow – what a scorcher Camp Bestival 2022 turned out to be at Lulworth Castle in 2022! Even with Sunday starting out pretty breezy and overcast the temperature soon soared again and the crowds basked in yet another perfect day of festival weather. And of course alongside the regular festival shenanigans there was a small…
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Camp Bestival 2022 – huge gallery of photos from Saturday, as the festival set a new Disco Dance World Record

Did we snap you in the crowd on Saturday at Camp Bestival 2022? Photos by Sara-Louise Bowrey / Festival Flyer Check out these cool photos from around the site and out in the crowds plus sets from some of the great bands and artists who played on Saturday at Camp Bestival 2022. Snapped Ankles –…
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Camp Bestival 2022 – huge gallery of photos from Friday’s fun

Did we snap you in the crowd at Camp Bestival 2022? Photos by Sara-Louise Bowrey / Festival Flyer Check out these cool photos from around the site and out in the crowds plus sets from some of the great bands and artists who played on Friday. Rag’n’Bone Man – Razorlight – Jo Whiley – Cuban…
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Truck Festival 2022

Truck Festival 2022 – Tremendous Sunday photo galleries

Truck Festival 2022 – Band photos (Sunday) Here’s a great selection of shots from a load of the great acts we caught at the Sunday of Truck Festival 2022: Pixey – Enola Gay – The Hara – Grandma’s House – Bleach Lab – Alfie Templeton – Magic Gang – Kid Brunswick – Crawlers – Orla…
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Truck Festival 2022 – Amazing Saturday photo galleries

Truck Festival 2022 – Band photos (Saturday) Here’s a great selection of shots from a load of the great acts we caught at the saturday of Truck Festival 2022: Sam Fender – Shame – Piney Gir – The Kooks – The Office for Personal Development – Kelis – The Murder Capital – Sports Team –…
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Truck Festival crowds 2022

Fabulous photo galleries from Truck Festival 2022 (Friday)

Band and Crowd Photos from Truck Festival 2022 We’ve collated hundreds of fabulous photo galleries of bands and crowds from Truck Festival 2022. Browse below for shots of: Chiika – Beach Riot – Yard Act – Lauren Hibberd – DITZ – Only The Poet – Orchards – Spector – Just Mustard – Sea Girls –…
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3,000 Amazing 2000Trees Festival Photos plus overview

2000Trees gave us almost 3,000 great photos. As well as capturing 2000Trees Festival photos from around the site we snapped around 50 of our favourite acts – although we still managed to miss a few we’d have loved to see as we couldn’t be everywhere at once! Here are some of our favourite 2000Trees Festival…
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Turnstile at 2000Trees – and about 350 crowdsurfers in pictures

If you were one of the 350+ Turnstile crowdsurfers you may well find yourself here…

2000Trees 2022 – Photo and Video Gallery #3

2000trees 2022 Photo and Video Gallery (three of three) Wow! 2000Trees is back, and with a bang! It’s the hard festival with soft edges – and is that ‘Goldilocks size’ … not too big, not too small. And what great weather the laid on for us too… The weekend (Thursday to Saturday – Trees takes…
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2000Trees 2022 – Photo and Video Gallery #2

2000trees 2022 Photo and Video Gallery (two of three) Wow! 2000Trees is back, and with a bang! It’s the hard festival with soft edges – and is that ‘Goldilocks size’ … not too big, not too small. And what great weather the laid on for us too… The weekend (Thursday to Saturday – Trees takes…
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2000Trees 2022 – Photo and Video Gallery

2000trees 2022 Photo and Video Gallery (one of three) Wow! 2000Trees is back, and with a bang! It’s the hard festival with soft edges – and is that ‘Goldilocks size’ … not too big, not too small. And what great weather the laid on for us too… The weekend (Thursday to Saturday – Trees takes…
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Five amazing days, Glastonbury 2022 – words and great pictures

Leaving Glastonbury 2022 was hard to do… Leaving the Glastonbury 2022 site is quite literally a challenge if you have to cart everything back to your car up the infamous ‘hill of death’. So hat’s off to those who made this final push to get back to normality even though the pull of the festival…
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Sunday at Glastonbury, and what a festival 2022 has been!

What a fantastic festival Glastonbury 2022 has turned out to be! (Photos by Sara-Louise Bowrey / Festival Flyer) – links below to previous days. Let’s get some of the common grumbles out of the way first. Those who did bother to take the time to post on social media from the festival over the weekend…
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Saturday at Glastonbury Festival 2022

As Saturday at Glastonbury 2022 draws to an end could we be seeing a festival weekend that has the most perfect weather ever? We have been at every Glastonbury Festival except one since 1993 and have seen every weather varient that the British Summer can throw at a field full of festival goers. And if…
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Glastonbury 2022 – Friday in photos

Glastonbury 2022, Friday: sunshine, showers, crowds and some amazing music From start to finish, the first ‘big band’ day of Glastonbury 2022 brought us truly brilliant sets from bands ranging from the smallest to the biggest on the planet. Over on the Sensation Seekers’ Stage we sat and enjoyed fish and chips in the sun…
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Thursday at Glastonbury Festival 2022 – photos and highlights

Glastonbury Festival 2022, Thursday highlights There’s something really special about Thursdays at Glastonbury. It’s maybe something to do with the fact that main stages don’t fire up for another day. That means it really is the best opportunity for emerging bands to make their mark – so a top tip for agents with new talent…
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Glastonbury 2022 (Wednesday) Photo Gallery and Review

Glastonbury 2022 – sunshine and smiles all around Photos by Sara Bowrey / Festival Flyer As you can see from our photos, today was probably the perfect festival weather. Sunny and warm, but not so scorching that heat became a problem. And when the sun set it was a picture-postcard moment up at the stone…
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Bearded Theory 2022: are festivals back?

Our view on Bearded Theory in these post-Covid times is that it’s still a winner We arrived at Bearded Theory 2022 in what looks like being a crunch-year for many festivals as they teeter between enforced Covid absences and a new world which seems dominated by rising event production costs coupled with squeezed household budgets.…
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BODEGA launch their new album and 70-day world tour from Brighton’s most intimate venue, The Albert

Watching BODEGA launch their new album (‘Broken Equipment’) was a must-see event. I go to a lot of gigs. Maybe not as many gigs as a few people I know of course, but way more than is probably healthy for a 50+ year-old who really ought to know better. That said, on the age thing,…
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Hastings Fat Tuesday: an amazing Mardi Gras-on-sea (best bands)

Words: John Bownas, Pictures: Sara Bowrey What else are you doing at the end of February that is more important than a great five-day party by the seaside – at Hastings Fat Tuesday? And Hastings has this covered…because, in preparation for the solemn start of Lent, the town throws caution to the wind in the…
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Emtombed Festival 2022 – a brutally beautiful earbashing

Review and photos by Sara Bowrey ENTOMBED 2022 Entombed was brought to Hastings by Toxit Wotsit (the team behind Wotsit Called Festival) and local live promoters, Infected Umbrella. It was a festival dedicated to all things heavy, and for fans of noise this was the ideal way to blow away the January/COVID blues. Centred mainly…
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All Points East 2021 CELEBRATES THE BEST OF UK MUSIC AND BEYOND

NED DYLAN reports from the field…with photos by Sara-Louise Bowrey Last weekend All Points East returned to London with a line up that celebrated the best of UK music and beyond. With a capacity of 40,000 All Points East is a well-sized festival in Victoria Park, which makes for a great site. This year the…
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Camp Bestival baby with headphones

Camp Bestival 2021 – the best bits…

We’ve always had a soft spot for Camp Bestival – despite not fitting the target demographic for which the event is most famous. That is to say, we’re not the proud parents of 2.2 five-to-seven year-olds. We are, however, of the right sort of age to appreciate the heavily 90’s-led line-ups. And it’s always great…
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Tramlines stage

Tramlines Festival 2021 hailed as ‘huge success’ by artists and audiences

Early bird tickets on sale 6pm, Monday 26th July Tramlines, Sheffield’s biggest festival of music, art and comedy, has come to a close, marking a landmark moment for the city and the UK live events industry. 40,000 revellers attended the sold-out event at Hillsborough Park each day from 23rd to 25th July as Tramlines became…
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Girl on sholders of man at Latitude 2021

Latitude 2021 – first photos from Friday – and is there any point in COVID trial events?

It’s been a long, long time, but arriving at Latitude Festival 2021 felt like coming home. Despite what is still going on in the outside world some sense of normality appeared to have been achieved. OK, so the event lost a couple of acts due to self-isolation issues (but given that resulted in Sports Team…
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Bigfoot Festival review 2021– the bubbles may have burst…

After so many months without even a sniff of a festival, Bigfoot was a breath of fresh air. A genuine feeling that normality will soon be resumed…as soon as anyone can work out exactly what ‘normal’ is these days. At only 4,000 capacity it was only four-fifths the audience of a sold-out show at Brixton…
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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’ Turnips – In Cider Festival 2020 by John Bownas February 5, 2020 by John Bownas February 5, 2020 Samantics – In Cider Festival 2020 by…
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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… Brighton’s Great Escape Festival jumped the gun and decided to take itself up to London to show the capital how it’s going to be done…
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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 who thrive on the loudest and most raucous sounds around. Born into a town where deprivation is masked by the relative affluence of the ever…
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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, the immersive storyline rolled on, and for those who love to play out the fabled fiction of the ever-changing chapters there was plenty of opportunity…
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