Top Ten Songs of 2016

best-songsTo coincide with this year’s Belwood Awards we’re introducing a new annual list of the top songs of the year. Apologies for the terrible oversight of not starting one sooner! After re-exploring numerous albums and playlists from January onwards, this list eventually formed after countless shuffle rounds and rethinks. Most of this year’s biggest tunes were from up-and-coming artists which needless to say is a very good sign of a thriving music scene. So without further ado, let’s get down to it:  Continue reading

Live Review: Barn on the Farm Festival 2016

001.JPGFor 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

Spotlight!: Rag’n’Bone Man

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Though at first glance he might not look like it, Brighton based bluesman Rory Graham, better known as Rag’N’Bone Man, is a force to be reckoned with. He has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices around, and can equally excel with deep gritty delta blues and tender soulful ballads. With such unparalleled vocals at his disposal, he’s well equipped to dabble with any genre that takes his fancy. He has a fling with hard rock on ‘Hard Came The Rain’ and plays around with his earlier hip hop influences on tracks such as ‘Wolves’. Personally I think his talent captured best in the massive singles ‘Bitter End’ and ‘Lay My Body Down’; he truly has the kind of voice that only comes around once in a generation.

With such a varied repertoire he’s sure to tick boxes for many people, and following his appearance at Glastonbury last year he’s set to emerge from the underground and take the world by storm.

Live Review: Barn on the Farm Festival 2015

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Eager for my first summer festival experience I decided to start small. To be honest I don’t think I could’ve picked a better place to start. This welcoming little gathering has an astonishing record for discovering new talent and it’s hardly surprising that it has won awards for best independent festival. With a line-up that for me was beaten only by Glastonbury, I set out under the glorious summer sun to see some old favourites and discover some new incredible music. Continue reading