Slam Dunk – The Forum, Hatfield – 29/05/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Nowadays it’s sadly rare to see the words “SOLD OUT” plastered across the poster of a UK Rock Music Festival. But take a glance at the Slam Dunk Festival 2017 website and you’ll notice – the whole darn thing was packed out. The reason why less and less festivals manage to sell out is a complicated one, open for debate and already heavily analysed. But the reason why Slam Dunk CAN is pretty obvious. Every year they pull together a[…]

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2000 Trees Festival – Cheltenham – 06/07/2017 – 08/07/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Dear Andy, Brendan, James, Mark, Rob and Si, (Opted for alphabetical order again, so far so good). Last year I came to what is still your shining accomplishment, 2000 Trees Festival, to lend a hand during set up week and blog a bit. Afterwards I struggled to compact everything I felt about my time there into a review and instead opted to write you a letter. Namely, this letter. I incorrectly assumed that nothing would ever beat my week at 2KT 2K16[…]

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Paramore – Colston Hall, Bristol – 21/06/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Paramore. Are. Back. My word they were missed. For too long now fans nationwide have debated what venues would house the inevitably ground-breaking return of Paramore to UK shores. But, as ever, the Nashville now-trio took everybody by surprise. And so it was that we got to see Paramore in Bristol’s Colston Hall. My word that’s a small venue to see a Grammy winning band in. All of the publicity for new album, After Laughter, tells us that it’s been[…]

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Handmade Festival – Leicester – 28/04/2017 – 30/04/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

From finding infamous monarchs underneath car parks to winning the Premier League, the city of Leicester has proved itself to be full of surprises. But in April it scored the hat trick with the most representative music and arts festival the UK has seen all year. Handmade Festival 2017. Over the past few years the nation has begun to appreciate what nearly 40,000 university students have known for quite some time. That Leicester is a truly remarkable city, the heart[…]

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COMMUNITY – 2000 TREES 2017 – BUILDING A FESTIVAL DIARY

DAY THREE: Since 2007 2000 Trees has established itself as a haven for musical creativity. But music isn’t the only art form celebrated across Upcote Form. Every year a group of fervent art students spend set up week creating impressive art installations to be admired across the festival. Thanks to the vision and expert guidance from both Holly and Dan the art group have already created a stunning TREES installation that will greet you all once you’ve grabbed your wristband[…]

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COMMUNITY – You Me At Six – Alexandra Palace – 15/04/2017 – REVIEWING THE REVIEW

On Monday 17th April 2017, The Guardian printed Ian Gittins’ review of the last night of You Me At Six’s Night People  tour at Alexandra Palace. Needless to say, Ian did not enjoy himself at the show.  In a less than pleasant tone Gittins addressed his disdain at what he referred to as “an utterly generic, entirely unremarkable arena-rock band.” What followed was an onslaught of seemingly personal slams decorated with a spattering of critique based largely around his issue[…]

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