Mission Green: Boomtown 2019 will be more ecologically aware than ever. Did you know Boomtown is one of the only UK festivals to be held in a national park? This year the No.1 focus is to minimise its carbon footprint. Ways to achieve this will include: The Drastic on Plastic Pledge to which will eliminate … Continue reading Boomtown Fair 19: MISSION GREEN & The Zero Waste Goal
Mansion of Snakes are up first; an 12 piece extravaganza born in Leeds to a deep love of jazz and afrobeat. They melt these influences to produce a unique, devil-funk inspired cosmic jazz that far exceeds their disclaimer: “our shows tend to get a bit sweaty”. The opening track, On a Scale of One to … Continue reading Review: Tantz & Mansion of Snakes
“Can we get some New Orleans brothel lights in here?” asks co-lead singer Conrad Bird as Holy Moly & The Crackers prepare to charm their audience with a unique layering of rasping vocals over a wooden agogo block, trumpet, strings, guitars, “squeezebox” accordion and set of drums. The band modestly describe their sound as “gypsy folk … Continue reading Review: Holy Moly & The Crackers @ The Greystones
With the festival expanding by the year, what deserves a ring around it in the programme for 2018? These 5 acts are a good place to start...
“I'm pretty sure 95% of the population don't know this kind of thing exists” said one audience member to me at the opening of Space Cassette, the Manchester born event which beamed itself over to Sheffield's historic Abbeydale Picture House for a unique night of infinity inspired musings. Advice to Earthlings: Wear something shiny; open … Continue reading Space Cassette @ Abbeydale Picture House: Bringing The Space Skank with Henge + Age of Glass
Wild Beasts play a penultimate final show at Manchester's O2 Apollo as part of their UK farewell tour before separating for good. “We just need to get off the treadmill” says lead vocalist Tom Fleming on the band's decision to split following 10 years of touring and 16 years together. “We were always from day … Continue reading Wild Beasts Farewell Gig @ Manchester Apollo
On Saturday 11th November The London African Gospel Choir graced Plug, one of Sheffield’s most established venues that has hosted the likes of The Arctic Monkeys (no surprises!), Patti Smith and Lily Allen since it opened its doors over a decade ago. For any Sheffield student, past or present, this will be a venue close to their heart, forever linked … Continue reading Review: London African Gospel Choir perform Paul Simon’s “Graceland” @ Plug Sheffield