• Editorial,  Music

    My Best Gig Experiences

    As a music journalism student, and as a fan of music in general, I have attended many many gigs in my lifetime. But certain artists have provided experiences which have left me feeling a different way compared to other gigs. This article will go through my top five gig experiences. Eminem – Leeds Festival 27/8/17 Where else to start. Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, “The King of Rap.” Eminem is arguably the biggest artist who I have seen perform live and seeing him live was something that I’ve wanted to tick off my bucket list for a long time. My view wasn’t great as the crowd stretched so far back, but…

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    Live At Leeds Preview: Venue Guide

    It’s back! Saturday 30th April 2016 welcomes Live at Leeds as it returns to West Yorkshire bringing with it over 73 fresh acts. Headliners include a woman who has recently dominated the charts with her new album I Cry When Laugh and scored 5 UK number one hits since 2014; Jess Glynne. This year it is more than just amazing talent being celebrated, as the annual event has reached its tenth anniversary. Bringing the biggest pop sensations and the freshest talent to the beautiful city of Leeds, the event makes great use of the outstanding venues throughout the city. Approximately 22 of Leeds’ venues will be used as platforms for…

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    Wolf Alice: Manchester Academy, 10/03/16

    After six NME award nominations, one Grammy and a Brit nomination in 2016 so far, indie-folk rockers Wolf Alice embarked on their UK tour just last week playing to sold out venues across the country. Initially forming as an acoustic duo back in 2010, consisting of sullen and sultry lead singer Ellie Roswell and guitarist Joff Oddie, the band soon realised they needed a fuller sound, and recruited bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey. Their debut album, My Love is Cool, went to number two in the UK album charts; the four-piece are bringing back 90s grunge with a sense of delicacy to a totally new audience. As the…

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    Rudimental: O2 Apollo, 08/03/16

    Although outside the popular Manchester venue it feels like the middle of winter, once the doors open and the venue starts filling up, the atmosphere inside is like something of a festival. Excited fans run to the front to get a good view of the band, young girls are scantily dressed as though the sun is beating down on them and people are sitting high above the crowd on each others shoulders, ready for the sold-out final night of Rudimental’s UK tour. The three-and-a-half thousand capacity venue is a small crowd for the drum and bass group, who hail from Hackney, especially compared to the size of audiences they’ve faced…

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    Enter Shikari: Victoria Warehouse, 25/02/16

    by Chloe Ross St Albans-based four-piece Enter Shikari brought their astounding live show to Manchester as part of their biggest headline tour to date and it’s safe to say they brought the house down. The night begins with The King Blues, who have recently made a comeback after almost four years out of the limelight. The London boys offer a delightful mix of reggae and ska influences, with a bit of angsty punk thrown in for good measure. They put on a fantastic show playing with a massive amount of energy and passion. The band are a perfect opener for Enter Shikari, with a political rant from frontman Itch against…

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    The Milk: Band On The Wall, 28/10/15

    When the doors open at 7pm at Band on the Wall, Manchester – NME’s ‘Best Small Venue’ of the North West – there are no fans queuing outside. Considering that three years ago, The Milk headlined London’s Shepherds Bush Empire to a packed-out audience of fans, this seems unusual, but as opening act Sample Answer finishes his set – a thirty minute showcase of emotive lyrics sung by a powerful yet raw voice – the crowd begins to grow in number. The small, darkened room begins to take shape; full of young and old fans alike, the audience awaits the highly anticipated tour from The Milk and their second album…

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    Kimberly Anne at Trinity Street Church

    Refreshing: is the word that comes to mind when you watch the South-London artist Kimberly Anne perform. In Leeds Trinity Street Church (a beautiful location may I add) the new upcoming artist performed with passion. Her talents oozed out of her. She stood with her guitar, foot pedal and a xylophone – plus the help of a very good gentleman drummer – and simply let the music speak for itself. Kimberly has a few songs out called ‘Bury It There’ and ‘Liar’- two acoustically driven songs with a small hint of a classic indie sound. I had gone into the event thinking that Kimberly Anne would not be my cup…

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    Slaves Review – Friday 7th November

    As I lingered inside Manchester Academy, still slightly buzzing after being on the band’s guest list, I watched the room gradually fill up with a peculiar assortment of hipsters, chavs, punks and girlie-girls alike. A good sign at a music venue and pretty much what I had expected as Jamie T was headlining, and who doesn’t love a bit of Jamie T? Half an hour later the lights were dimmed, I had secured a spot in a prime location and my iPhone was out, ready to capture the mystery of the supporting band: Slaves. “WHERE’S YOUR CAR DEBBIE? DEBBIE WHERE’S YOUR CAR?!” A garage punk duo from Kent, they strode…

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    The 1975 Review

    Its Friday the 27th of September, and quite a crowd has gathered at Manchester Apollo Arena; a queue of scruffy men and women in skinny ripped jeans and floaty shirts wrap around the building (myself included) waiting for the new(ish) band on the scene – The 1975. Who? Personally, myself and Carys, are big fans so we know quite a bit about the band – here’s a few facts for those who have no idea who they are: They are a four piece ‘synth pop’ boy band who have been together for 10 years and emerged from the shadows of Manchester when they released their debut album September last year…

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    Review – AlunaGeorge @ Leeds Cockpit, 17/10/2013

    Having gone through a bit of a dry spell gigwise this summer, getting its nutrients only from the odd splash of pop punk or reformed laps of honour from 80’s pub bands, it’s good to see Leeds cockpit back on form. Marked as the venue most bands hit on their way up, it often acts as the last chance saloon before the big time, which bodes well for AlunaGeorge, having released their promising debut album this year in a wave of Disclosure-affiliated hysteria. Before we can test whether tonight’s hispterlicious crowd indeed know the words to anything other than ‘White Noise’, we are treated to the Danish stylings of MØ,…