Best Albums of the 2010s (#25-1)

albums2As we move into the second half of our deep dive into the finest records of the past ten years, things certainly haven’t gotten any easier. At many times this list became a real battle between head and heart; between the records with a profound personal connection and those that hold great influence and importance in the wider scheme of things. After much soul searching we’ve struck upon the right balance between the two for our final look at the best albums of the decade. (If you missed part one, you can check it out here) Continue reading

Reading and Leeds 2015

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The UK’s biggest twin festivals, held at Little John’s Farm and Bramham Park respectively. have come to a close for another year. The world’s oldest surviving music festival has added another stellar year to it’s long and illustrious history. The weather may have been rubbish but the music certainly wasn’t! Thanks to the magic that is BBC iplayer you can enjoy the highlights from warmth and comfort. Continue reading

Live Review: The Gaslight Anthem, Alexandra Palace, 19th Nov 2014

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Generally when you experience any sort of live music, it falls into two categories. You have the small, intimate gigs that have a friendly sociable atmosphere, which feel like a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s moments like these where it would hardly be surprising if the act bought a round of drinks at the end of the set and spent hours hanging out with their fans. At the other end of the scale you have massive stadium tours and festival crowds. You are but a tiny speck in a galaxy of faces staring with adoration at some larger than life music idol. As I stood in the magnificent Alexandra Palace that fateful autumn evening it struck me that I was experiencing a bizarre mix of the two. Continue reading