Australian singer-songwriter Ruby Boots

“It’s like putting a bowling ball in your stomach…” – Meet singer-songwriter Ruby Boots

“So, you have one section of the farm there, one section of the farm there, one here and one here and one here…and then there’s ropes that are over-hanging on the water that are buoyed down and they go on forever…bangbangbangbangbang…” The Australian-born Ruby Boots has just finished her set at the Oxford O2 Academy […]

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Varsity Ski Trip announce headliners for opening and closing nights

Image Credit: © pitpony.photography / CC-BY-SA-3.0 The organisers of the Varsity Ski trip have announced the acts headlining their opening and closing night parties. These include Example and Rudimental, who join a host of acts to have performed at the Varsity Ski trip including Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah, Sigma and Sigala. Example, the stage name of […]

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Revolt after the Judgement of Sock – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 3

Featuring: Sock, Stella Donnelly, Hayley Heynderikx, Kevin Morby, Sacred Paws, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Grizzly Bear Warning: Sexual assault, colourful language and content I’ll confess, readers, that I need a little cry after watching Sock. Not that they’re instrumental Mac Demarco jauntiness, which our ultra-hip Yorkshire camping neighbours had switched us on to, is particularly […]

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The Gizzard Ecstasy and fall-out – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 2

Starring: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mount Kimbie, HMLTD, Boy Azooga, Bo Ningen, Baxter Dury, Goat Girl, Teleman, John Grant, Teenage Fanclub, Fleet Foxes, 9Bach Warning: Contains colourful language and content Friday Night has one more challenge for us: Aussie rock-warlocks King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The game: Survival. I’ve dropped half a […]

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Exorcism by Jonestown and other levitations – Green Man Festival 2018 – Part 1

The Exorcism. Rebuilding After the War. Starring: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Public Service Broadcasting, Park Motive, The Lovely Eggs, Amber Arcades, Omni, Snail Mail, Black Midi [pictured] Warning: Contains colourful language and content There are many things that I am hungry for.  A decent meal.  A good night’s sleep. An escape from this sweaty fag-butt […]

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Feeling So Real: An Ode to Moby

Richard Melville Hall is a man of modest means. Even when he gained a huge amount of critical acclaim for Play, his fifth studio album, the New Yorker remained grounded. In a personally memorable episode of the MTV series ‘Cribs’ around 15 years ago, his humble personality and modest abode provided a remarkably refreshing view […]

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From Jurassic Park to Gladiator – this year’s must-see films in concert

For those unfamiliar with the concept, concert films are film screenings with live orchestral accompaniment. Though the popularity of concert film has rocketed in recent years, they are by no means a recent development. The earliest known concert film was Concert Magic which premiered at the Charlie Chaplin Studios in 1947. Featuring the renowned violinist […]

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A contemplative album requiring an attentive ear: Courtney Barnett delivers a slow burner

The first moments of Courtney Barnett’s latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, sound reminiscent of those of ‘Kim’s Caravan’ from her 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. However, unlike the earlier track, which sees the brooding opening guitars become a howling penultimate song, ‘Hopefulessness’ slowly assembles itself […]

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