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Live Music Venue Borderline Set to Close

13th May 2019: With ever increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho, we’ve taken the decision to close the venue by 31 August 2019. We will reinvest into the other areas of its venue portfolio with £1 million earmarked for work on the Thekla in Bristol; the upcoming 40th anniversary for the iconic Rock City in Nottingham and work underway to open its first Birmingham venue while… Keep Reading

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Sleeping With Sirens Annouced As Good Charlotte Support For 2019

Good Charlotte Generation Rx Tour will arrive in the UK at London’s Alexandra Palace, on February 20th 2018. Sleeping With Sirens and Boston Manor will support. The tour is in support of Good Charlotte‘s latest album, Generation Rx, which was released in September 2018. This was the first release of the new global partnership between the band’s MDDN label and BMG. Generation Rx represents both a new chapter and full… Keep Reading

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Camden Rocks Kicks Arse

Saturday: Camden Rocks is London’s premier rock festival in London’s premier rock location. On Friday I photographed Blossoms, a band so vanilla that prolonged exposure carries risk of poisoning. Quite why yesterday’s All Points East Festival audience of young people were going crazy over a band whose most exciting crowd interaction was: “Hello, we’re Blossoms from Stockport” was, and is, beyond me. Today however, I’m at Camden Rocks – over… Keep Reading

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DeWolff Release Disturbing Music Video For ‘Big Talk’ From Upcoming Album ‘Thrust’, Out May 4th

Psychedelic trio DeWolff are delighted to reveal their new dark and horrifying video for Big Talk. The track is taken from their upcoming album Thrust, out May 4th via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.  To celebrate the release of Thrust the band will be playing a special show at The Black Heart, London on Tuesday 15th May. Speaking about the track the band said “Every second you live there is a fork in the river where you can just follow the… Keep Reading

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Steel Panther, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

The mighty Steel Panther are on the prowl in the UK once again…. So off we trogg down to the big smoke to check out this rock and roll phenomenon. It’s a great bill tonight .. Wayward Sons, and Inglorious are more than worthy support acts so the anticipation in the Shepherds Bush empire can clearly be felt. What surprised me from the get go was how full the the… Keep Reading

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Metallica Launch London Pop Up Shop Ahead of UK Tour

Ahead of their sold out UK tour Metallica have announced they will be opening a pop up store in London. It will open on October 18th through to October 23rd from 12 pm – 8 pm, except for the 23rd when it will be open from 12 pm – 6 pm. It is located in the pop-up hot spot of Shoreditch at 45 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD A tradition… Keep Reading

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The Psychedelic Furs & Lene Lovich, O2 Forum, London

The Psychedelic Furs and Lene Lovich Band ride a wave of 80’s nostalgia in North London. The passing of time seemed irrelevant as the O2 Forum, Kentish Town hosted a sell-out crowd that lapped up every minute of what these iconic artists had to offer. The early 80s New Wave era successfully bridged the gap between punks gobbing on audiences and new romantics blinding them with sparkling diamante jackets. One… Keep Reading

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

X Ambassadors were full of surprises at The Venue (the recently refurbed venue at the University of London), as part of their current VHS tour. The US four-piece played an energetic set of old songs and new to a packed room of adoring fans on 29 August 2017. My mate Mike first alerted me to X Ambassadors. We have a thing where we recommend new music to each other, which… Keep Reading

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The Rifles Unplugged, Islington Assembly Hall, London

While the Gunners were pleasing their fans at Wembley, The Rifles were pleasing theirs at Highbury, or Islington to be more precise. The London band finished the England leg of their unplugged tour with a hometown concert at Islington Assembly Hall on 27 May 2017. With increased security and a football match on, there were very few people in the venue to see opening act Frankie Forman, perform a selection of… Keep Reading

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Tom Chaplin, The Palladium, London

Tom Chaplin delights the capital with songs old and new. The ex-Keane frontman confronted his recent demons during an emotional performance at The London Palladium. It’s a cliché that bleak emotional turmoil can be a stimulating force for creativity. You have to reach rock-bottom to climb your way back into the light. If ever the cliché held good, it does so in the case of Tom Chaplin. Since he last… Keep Reading

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Hey Violet, The Garage, London,

Californian power-pop band Hey Violet played to a packed The Garage in London on 8 May 2017. It was the first UK date on their European tour to promote their debut album From The Outside. Despite being a fully fledged, card-carrying introvert, I feel at home at gigs. OK, the first time I went to an arena concert (Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour at Wembley), and saw the packed stand doing Mexican waves… Keep Reading

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Mallory Knox, KOKO, Camden Town

Mallory Knox bring ‘Wired’ to the road. Cambridgeshire five-piece Mallory Knox blew the plaster from the walls of Camden’s KOKO on the first of their two-night headline residency promoting new album ‘Wired’. I’ve been listening to the latest Mallory Knox album in the car. As a result, my journey times have been reduced by an average of 17%. I’m not condoning or advocating speeding as a means of getting from… Keep Reading

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Israel Nash, The Islington, London

Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash at The Islington, London on 22 February 2017 Israel Nash played an intimate, stripped-down acoustic set for his London fans, while on tour supporting Band of Horses. When people talk about intimate gigs it is usually code for “no one showed up”, but occasionally well-known artists will do a small, sometimes secret, show in the middle of a major tour. Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash, and his… Keep Reading

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Johnossi, Oslo, London

Scandi-rock duo Johnossi played at Oslo Hackney, London on 15 February 2017. Crowd-pleasing anthemic songs were the order of the day for the Swedish pop-rockers – singer-guitarist John Englebert and drummer Oskar “Ossi” Bonde. For better or worse, Abba put Sweden on the musical map. The country’s musicians have been trying to get from under that shadow ever since. On the upside, as with most of the other nordic/Scandinavian countries, there is… Keep Reading

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‘As Lions’ Announce Headline Show in London

As Lions announce headline show at London’s Boston Arms Music Rooms on Wednesday 22nd March! Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut album Selfish Age via Better Noise Records last month, UK band As Lions have announced a London headline show at the Boston Arms Music Rooms on March 22nd. This special date in the capital serves as the perfect warm-up for the band’s 10-date US tour with Shinedown that kicks off in April. Check out the… Keep Reading

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Matt Boroff, The Old Blue Last, London

Matt Boroff and the Mirrors impressed an intimate audience at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The Austria-based American guitarist and singer, and his band played a set of superb musicianship deserving of a much larger audience. The London live music scene is a strange one. There’s no doubt that it’s in rude health at the moment, with no shortage of gigs every night of the week. Everyone still wants to… Keep Reading

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, London.

On the 2nd February 2017, Dan Campbell from The Wonder Years performed a one-off, full band show with his side project ‘Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties’ at The Dome in London. For those unfamiliar to Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Aaron West is a fictional character that Campbell made up for this project, stating on his Facebook page that it is a “character study conducted through music”. Campbell… Keep Reading

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Richard Ashcroft, O2 Arena, London

The former Verve frontman thrills under the Docklands big top with material new and old. An awful lot of bad things have happened this year. Richard Ashcroft’s ‘These People’ album and the subsequent tour promoting it were not either of those things. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t own a single recorded work by Richard Ashcroft; either as a solo artist or from when he was fronting The… Keep Reading

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Black Grape, The Electric Ballroom, Camden

Black Grape descend on iconic Camden venue to continue the 21st anniversary celebration of ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’. The Electric Ballroom swung to memorable beats as Shaun Ryder, Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge and the 2015 reboot of Black Grape re-ignited the flame that shone all-too briefly in the mid-nineties. One thing’s for sure; Black Grape fans might like their music, but they obviously like the pub in at least… Keep Reading

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Van Morrison & Jeff Beck, The O2 Arena, London

Two iconic heavyweights of popular music close out BluesFest 2016 in London’s docklands. Jeff Beck and Van Morrison shared the limelight in the capacious environment of the O2 Arena on Sunday night and basked in the sound of rapturous applause and sight of standing ovations as they did so. This was the closing act to a three-day festival that for the past couple of years has been held under the… Keep Reading

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