Live Review: Barn on the Farm Festival 2019

IMG_20190704_143638-01 (2)A lot can happen in ten years. People change, trends come and go, and a small gathering of music fans in a wooden barn in Gloucester can become the best festival in the world. After building up a reputation over the past decade for championing new music, breaking down barriers, and being the most warm and welcoming festival family around, Over Farm found itself at the centre of a very special birthday. With Barn on the Farm celebrating it’s tenth anniversary (and Belwood returning for a fifth year), expectations were high that they would pull something special out of the bag. And, in spite of a few big names pulling out last minute, they did all that and more.  Continue reading

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Top Tracks: The Howl & The Hum – Hall of Fame

It is a rare delight when a band that you have high expectations for manage to go above and beyond with a new release, and Belwood favourites The Howl & The Hum have really outdone themselves on their latest single. ‘Hall of Fame’ just launches itself at you right from the blocks with its machine gun percussion and robust post punk riffs, before softening into a vibrant whirl of nostalgic synth tones and bright melodies. It gets your blood pumping with the initial change before immersing you a kaleidoscopic torrent of positive energy. Songwriting has always been the band’s greatest strength, and while it boasts brilliant festival-ready hooks, the lyricism in the verses is ‘Hall of Fame’s greatest triumph. It’s so hard to play favourites; you could sit and argue with yourself all afternoon over what line bowls you over the most. It’s the first major contender for song of the year, and it’s gonna take some beating!

Live Review: Humber Street Sesh 2018

DSCN0713-01When Hull was named the UK’s city of culture for 2017, I’m sure there were more than a few raised eyebrows, but even as someone on the outside looking in the city’s rejuvenation was staggering. Whether Hull pulled off a miraculous reinvention in the space of a year, or whether it was always a cultural hub somewhere beneath the surface and is just now sharing it with the world remains to be seen. I sadly missed last year’s Humber Street Sesh, which I’m told was one of the highlights of the summer, so I was interested to see how that passion for art and culture carried on into 2018… and of course see some great bands and artists too!  Continue reading

Live Review: Barn on the Farm Festival 2018

botfEven in the midst of the most unbearable heatwave I’ve ever experienced, the best weekend of the year didn’t disappoint. While most festivals would have had people literally fighting over the rare patches of shade, or disappearing to watch the England match and causing havoc on their return, this is Barn on the Farm we’re talking about. Everyone that’s been to this little patch of paradise can attest to the indescribable sense of community, and for whatever reason that feeling was stronger than ever this year. On the year where the festival returns to its roots in breaking new artists, I was lucky enough to occupy Over Farm for the full four days and catch all the action.  Continue reading