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Mike Gale – Summer Deluxe

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Mike Gale – Summer Deluxe

Posted on 25 June 2019 by Joe

One of our favourite acts Co-pilgrim are seemingly no more. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the melodic indie act’s chief song writer and lead singer Mike Gale is still going strong in the recording studio, releasing a solo collection of tracks, called Summer Deluxe.

Mike Gale Summer Deluxe

So while we mourn their demise we can rejoice in another strong collection from Mike Gale.

This has a far more electronic feel to it than Co-Pilgrim, with synths taking more of a lead in the mix than guitars.

But Mike Gale’s keen sense of melody is still there and while upbeat in places this is a far more melancholic affair than many of this previous indie-rock inspired releases.

Among the best is the dreamy Beach Boys soundscape of the title track and the fine pop of Jump Start My Heart, which follows within the album’s middle section.

The Waves Are High is another high-point, so to speak. Relaxing and full of summer hazy pop sounds this make this another strong release from Gale. This one has more of a 80s pop feel to it, that will appeal to Talk Talk fans in particular.

9/10

by Joe Lepper

More information about Mike Gale can be found here.

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Splendour in Nottingham 2019 Preview

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Splendour in Nottingham 2019 Preview

Posted on 24 June 2019 by John Haylock

The Specials and the Manic Street Preachers are among the acts playing at this year’s Splendour in Nottingham Festival, which takes place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

The one-day festival also features sets from Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and the Slow Readers Club.

Splendour in Nottingham 2019

All Saints, Ash and former Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift are among others to feature.

Meanwhile, the Comedy Stage features sets from among others Andy Robinson, Sean Haydon, Suzy Bennett and Roger Monkhouse.

Velvet Blush, Esther Van Leuven and 94 Gunships are among those to appear on the event’s Courtyard Stage.

The event takes place on 20 July with tickets available from here.

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Glastonbury Festival 2019 – Top five small stages acts to watch out for

Glastonbury Festival 2019 – Top five small stages acts to watch out for

Posted on 14 June 2019 by Joe

As we so often say, there is so much more to see at the Glastonbury Festival than those that perform on the famous Pyramid Stage, which garners the majority of the event’s TV coverage.

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There is often a wealth of new talent and other treats to be found on the smaller stages. Here we give a run down of the best five acts to watch out for on the festival’s less well-known stages.

Amyl and the Sniffers- Williams Green, Friday 3pm

This Melbourne punk act may have an awful name but their music has been creating a real stir among music reviewers. Signed to Rough Trade Records last year, Amyl and the Sniffers’ debut self-titled album was released in May, 2019 and gained positive reviews from the likes of NME and Pitchfork.

 

Avi Buffalo – Williams Green, Sunday 2pm

US act Avi Buffalo, aka Avigdor Benyamin Zahner-Isenberg and band, wowed critics when he entered the music scene more than a decade ago. Having seen him live twice we can confirm he is an excellent live act. With new songs from his 2018 Panegyric release in tow he is not to be missed. We also hope he finds time to play some of his earlier releases, in particular the excellent single What’s In It For?

 

Fontaines D.C – Williams Green, Saturday 4pm and Leftfield, Sunday 6pm.

Irish band Fontaines DC are another act to impress music critics, in particular for the release of their debut album Dogrel this year, which reached the top ten in the UK and Ireland album charts. They also play at the Williams Green tent and if you miss them you can see them the next day at the Leftfield venue.

 

Low – John Peel, Saturday 6pm

Don’t let the tag ‘slowcore’ put you off this Minnesota three piece. They are fantastic and fun live. At one festival we saw them at, the lead singer successfully arranged a fun run around the site the day after their performance. At the John Peel stage this Sub Pop act are likely to showcase tracks from last year’s album Double Negative and we hope from previous releases such as The Invisible Way.

Shame – Williams Green, Saturday 8pm

South London act Shame have been impressing many since the release of their debut album Songs of Praise. As well as gaining critical acclaim they look like a fun live act too. In addition, they are yet another strong pick for the Glastonbury Festival Williams Green venue.

by Joe Lepper

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