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BBC Music Introducing Hosts Amplify 2017

BBC Music Introducing Hosts Amplify 2017

As we all know BBC Introducing Music is a fantastic programme that helps get the great musicians heard and the opportunity to put their foot in the Music Industry door, helping the likes of The 1975, Catfish And The Bottlemen and Wretch 32 – just […]

Talos Headline The Waiting Room

Talos Headline The Waiting Room

Beneath the bustling and decadent bar that is The Three Crowns lies a home for live music, a hub for the best upcoming bands and a room to take you away from the hustle and bustle of London life, this place is The Waiting Room. […]

Citadel Festival Takes Over London

Citadel Festival Takes Over London

Citadel Festival is one of London’s newest Festivals launching in 2015, though it follows the exciting trend that each London Day Festival does: excitement, a great line-up, day drinking. Citadel proves to be very different and spectacularly unique…

Attending the festival in it’s first year with Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard as headliners, it was very clear that Citadel has a more family friendly vibe but looking closer this year family friendly doesn’t have to mean kids everywhere and limiting your alcohol intake to be “considerate”. Citadel is in fact a peaceful home to the arts, bursting with pride, culture, wellness and of course music. Using Victoria Park to it’s best ability Citadel is an excellent size for a day festival, enough space to feel comfortable if you lose your friends and enough corners to discover something new.

Fantastically designed tents always in your eye line, Citadel oozed peace and tranquillity with punters smiling and dancing, activities filling up the day and catering to all ages. Drunkenly stitching love hearts and nodding positively to a lecture on politics and the support for people of the world today, to blind folded science experiments; Citadel really paid attention to the news and events of the past year and was a perfect escape to feel excited, peaceful and a part of a brilliant event.

Citadel wouldn’t be the awesome Day Festival if it wasn’t for it’s two main attractions, each year two delightful headliners are carefully selected and 2017 was the perfect line-up. First, Bonobo captured the whole of Victoria Park with his full live band performing both old and new songs. The set list was adding more perfection to this already perfect day, completely in awe of Bonobo and his band’s performance I was mesmerised. So intricately amazing, I had only ever seen Bonobo’d DJ sets but to see his full band was absolutely spectacular, a perfect choice Citadel!

The moment everyone had been waiting for, forgetting about the cloudy sky we didn’t need sunshine on this already successful day. Foals were of course on time and after much talk about the set list playing songs we had forgotten about, they sure put on a show! Opening with “Mountain At My Gate” and filling with “Red Socks Pugie”, “My Number”, Foals performed excellently with extended plays of crowd favourites, jamming and just owning it! Finally closing with “Two Steps Twice” confetti and ribbons exploded from the stage as final hurrah. The crowd burst with excitement and smiles filled Victoria Park, cheering to the most perfect day, thanking Citadel for the best one yet, next year will be hard to top!

The Away Days Debut Album “Dreamed At Dawn”

The Away Days Debut Album “Dreamed At Dawn”

Turkish band The Away Days are not shy of London town and have played multiple times, most recently at The Shacklewell Arms but this is no Live review, The Away Days have brought us a fantastic first full album that it’s UK fans are already […]

Glass Caves Live At Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen

Glass Caves Live At Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen

Northern band Glass Caves embark on their Headline UK ‘Swim’ tour with an exciting date in London, headlining Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen. Surprisingly not sold out, though an eager and filling crowd, Glass Caves take to the stage with the charm and confidence they always […]

Centre Excuse Debut New Video “Moon, Sky & Stars”

Centre Excuse Debut New Video “Moon, Sky & Stars”

Centre Excuse are back with a brand new single, video and a damn good makeover; it seems the short time off has proven successful for the band. More Glam Rock and heavy electronics and bass, Centre Excuse bring us “Moon, Sky & Stars”…

The video is extremely high quality and there’s nothing DIY about this band, a correlating theme of Red, White and Black the video is highly pleasing to the eyes and takes you on an epic journey. Opening with wide landscape shots, Centre Excuse open our minds ready to challenge and question. Heavily synth Pop with hints of Electro, Centre Excuse have matured immensely with lead singer Teddy Lewis’ vocals noticeably stronger, the band as a whole have chemistry that is shown highly when live (which of course you have to do, and not just for Lewis’ moves). As the song progresses it becomes heavier and the band reach full potential, the chorus is so catchy I found myself humming the tune when doing my grocery shopping!

Centre Excuse have a great history as friends which conveys their chemistry, Teddy Lewis and Alex Rush (Keyboardist) have been playing together on and off for over 7 years in different variances, which is pretty hard for the band to comprehend. But the CE line-up playing live now is with James, Sam, Alex and Teddy. Lewis states “We’ve been working together for about a year towards this point. We’re all old school friends that ended up somehow coming together in later years through circumstance and I love that part of it. Our team chemistry’s seriously good and I think our individual yet similar backgrounds help in that way”. This is fully shown in the new video for “Music, Sky & Stars” as it proves the commitment of the band and how hard they work together. The video is so impressive for an upcoming band and urge you all to watch now!

 

The Shimmer Band Debut “What Is Mine?”

The Shimmer Band Debut “What Is Mine?”

The Shimmer Band, if you haven’t heard of them then shame on you! Extremely Indie boys hailing from Bristol are pushing boundaries with the “Indie” title and proving themselves more. With a back catalogue of epic singles and amazing stage performances, it’s surprising The Shimmer […]

Average Sex Debut “We’re Done”

Average Sex Debut “We’re Done”

Late on the scene with this song, East London band Average Sex debut single “We’re Done” is badass, cool and slightly intimidating. To be completely honest, this song was discovered by us just a few days ago and we’re kicking ourselves we’ve only just started […]

The Amazons Debut New Single “Junk Food Forever”

The Amazons Debut New Single “Junk Food Forever”

The Amazons, what can we say? Amazing!! Striking the nation with their first single “Black Magic”, an instant hit and attention grabbing piece of music you absolutely will not get sick of. Now The Amazons have produced a second single that is just as awesome and attention grabbing “Junk Food Forever”!

Formed in Reading, The Amazons are initially a Rock n Roll band that certainly look and sound the part, it’s easy to criticise a young and upcoming band who are a hit with a first single; take Blossoms for instance. But I urge you not to criticise The Amazons as they are filling a huge gap in the Rock n Roll genre and it’s what we need! Some say Rock n Roll is dead but these guys are re birthing it.

“Junk Food Forever” follows the band in a living room depicting people from normal lives struggling with day to day tasks and just saying “f**k it” in a somewhat twisted and dramatic manner but life just gets too tough sometimes. The Amazons have created a relateable message matching with a motivating and climatic song, how could you not love them?! With the release of “Black Magic” a heavy and hardcore piece of music that you just want to let loose to, “Junk Food Forever” follows this theme though slower and a little more Indie, nonethless The Amazons are the band we have been waiting for to bring back that Rock n Roll edge but obviously cool and  loveable at the same time.

 

The Districts Debut Video For New Single “Ordinary Day”

The Districts Debut Video For New Single “Ordinary Day”

Formed in Philadelphia, Alt Rock band The Districts have announced a date for album number 3 “Popular Manipulations” set for release August 11th via Fat Possum Records. But if you can’t wait that long to get a taste of the indie goodness, then The Districts […]