Parklife Festival 2018 | Skiddle

‘Parklife – Manchester’s finest excuse to embark on 48 hours of booming beats-induced liberation. With retro football tops and Spice World-esque attire in formation, the festival’s 9th edition boasts an ambitious bill – if electronica is your thing, from the chart dominating to the boundary-pushing leftfield, then you’d be hard pressed to find a stronger 2018…

Dot To Dot Festival (Nottingham) | Skiddle

‘It’s unfortunately not uncommon for an inner-city festival to eventually sever ties with independent venues after becoming established, in a commercially driven move towards larger and more open spaces. But after nearly a decade and a half, the annual D2D festival has managed to retain its soul in staying loyal to a diverse roster of grass roots…

Everything Everything – Essential Listening Feature | Ticket Arena

‘ Kemosabe The best things come to those who wait. That’s the case with the slow-burning robo-pop of Kemosabe anyway, a song which blossoms with perseverance. Once acclimatised to those jagged rhythms and sharp vocal registers, you’ll be ‘genuflecting in a penitent way’ before you know it. This represents the band’s most measured and atmospheric…

Substance Festival – Preview | Hull UK City of Culture 2017

‘Hull, Portrait of a City – possibly the only place you can find a 12-year-old Elvis impersonator, a girl practising ballet and chip-shop patties side-by-side. “It’s about the characters and personalities in the portraits that I’ve done” explained co-curator Martin Parr in a recent interview with Hull 2017; Hull, Portrait Of A City captures individual stories and micro-cultures from a…

Everything Everything – A Fever Dream | The Line Of Best Fit

‘Back in 2010 the band’s “NASA Is On Your Side” tale of “children climbing over fridges in a rush to see the death of the sun” was sensationally fictitious – but now Everything Everything’s apocalyptic fever dream feels ever closer to reality.’ Everything Everything – A Fever Dream / The Line Of Best Fit

Metronomy – Interview (cover feature) | Exposed Magazine

‘His lack of ego is what makes Mount one of the most likeable in the game; he couldn’t be further from the jumped-up rockstar archetype. But whilst he’s no closer to destroying guitars and stage diving during sets, he’s managed to break free from the shackles of insecurity. “I think I’ve just made my peace…

Citadel Festival | Skiddle

‘ Sub-headliners Bonobo, with an on-stage setup that could’ve been mistaken for Caribou’s, begin an eclectic electronic journey throughout their lustrous back-catalogue. HD visuals, similar to those featured on recent full-length Migration, ebb and flow in tandem with their melting pot of synth work.’ Citadel Festival / Skiddle

London Grammar – Interview | The Skinny

“But in the heyday of streaming, where playlists dominate records, Reid claims that “the album has started to become less important. ‘The album’ as a piece of artwork has started to lose its value slightly because of streaming and because the way people consume music is different.” Luckily, for the lovers of conceptual records, Truth…

Live At Leeds Festival | Dork Magazine

  ‘Some bands make music to escape the world around them, some cloak philosophy in riddles and twisted semantics, whilst others challenge politics head-on in the most conspicuous form – this quartet do the latter. There’s a blistering punk-shaped volcano bubbling away in 2017; but whilst you’ll find genre-spearheads such as Slaves erupting into the…

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines | The Line Of Best Fit

“Whilst Hot Chip’s (still Goddard’s main focus) killer-blow hooks are punched home with welterweight strength, Electric Lines’ feel faint and lightweight. That’s not to say it’s disappointing enough to knock Goddard from his lofty plateaux between the underground and the mainstream – it’s just that his array of past triumphs should leave us expecting a…