There hasn’t been a good track record this year for small festivals. After the abject failure of Liverpool’s Hope & Glory Festival, the news of another new city festival surely must have set off a few alarm bells. I am delighted to report however that Lincoln’s inaugural 2Q Festival broke the downward trend, and provided a jam-packed day of entertainment for music fans from across the county and beyond. The event really brought out the best of this picturesque city and set the foundations for yet greater festivals further down the line. Continue reading
Billie Marten – Writing of Blues and Yellows
For one brief golden weekend this gorgeous little patch of English countryside undoubtedly holds the title of the happiest place on Earth. As well as having built a reputation as one of the keenest eyes for new rising talent, Barn on the Farm above all else boasts an inescapable atmosphere of joy and togetherness. With so much in it’s favour it’s little wonder that I, along with the rest of the ever-growing Farm family, eagerly made my way back to my spiritual home for another year of incredible music and priceless memories. Continue reading
Rising singer/songwriter Billie Marten may only be fifteen, but she has talent beyond her years. The stunning sparse arrangements on songs like ‘Bird’ and ‘Ribbons’ put her angelic voice at the forefront. Growing up listening to Nick Drake it should come as no surprise that she can craft a lyrically driven song with a blissful melody. Her talents don’t end there however, the melancholy ‘As Long As’ features some intricate acoustic fingerpicking and her unplugged cover of Royal Blood’s ‘Out of the Black’ is one of the best and most surprising cover versions I have heard in a long while.
Her latest EP ‘As Long As’ is out now and is sure to impress fans of Laura Marling, Birdy and Gabrielle Aplin.