Author: Andrew Lockwood

Black Honey - Black Honey Album Review

Black Honey - Black Honey Album Review

Frankenstein's Monster is not the title of this album but it is how the band have described it (you can almost feel the sense of relief that it's finally happening). Black Honey's eponymous debut has...

Review posted on 20th September 2018

Wheels and Fins 2018 - Live Review

Wheels and Fins 2018 - Live Review

On a clifftop above a beautiful sandy beach, a mere stone's throw from where Charles Dickens used to spend his summer holidays, Wheels And Fins Festival sprang into life over the weekend. In the shadow...

Review posted on 12th September 2018

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt Album Review

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt Album Review

Spiritualized's eighth album comes twenty-six years after their first, twenty-eight years since the group's inception and six years since their last, 'Sweet Heart, Sweet Light', and yet sounds as fresh and vibrant as if it...

Review posted on 7th September 2018

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance Album Review

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance Album Review

You wait around for a feral, untethered, vital, challenging and dynamic record to shock your senses and then two come along in the space of eighteen months, and both are by the same band. Idles...

Review posted on 29th August 2018

Roni Size - Dreamland, Margate 25.08.2018 Live Review

Roni Size - Dreamland, Margate 25.08.2018 Live Review

On the back of the twentieth anniversary celebrations for his breakthrough album 'New Forms', Roni Size brought his party to the Scenic Stage of Margate's Dreamland over the weekend. Bristol's very own Drum n' Bass...

Review posted on 28th August 2018

Roni Size's 20th Anniversary Performance of 'New Forms' at Dreamland [Preview]

Roni Size's 20th Anniversary Performance of 'New Forms' at Dreamland [Preview]

This weekend sees another very special performance at Margate's Dreamland amusement park. Supported by none other than LTJ Bukem, Roni Size will take to the Scenic Stage on August 25th 2018 to perform his 1997,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd August 2018

Wye Oak - The Booking Hall, Dover, Kent 14.08.2018 Live Review

Wye Oak - The Booking Hall, Dover, Kent 14.08.2018 Live Review

From one important seaport to another, Wye Oak came across the pond from Baltimore to Dover as they played at The Booking Hall. From the home of the Star Spangled Banner to the home of...

Review posted on 21st August 2018

Neverworld 2018 Live Review

Neverworld 2018 Live Review

Neverworld brought out the bright and the beautiful over a sun-drenched three days on John Darling's Farm in Kent. In now the twelfth year of what was formerly known as LeeFest, Neverworld and its 'three...

Review posted on 8th August 2018

Libertines Release Details Of Their Curated Stage At Wheels & Fins Festival

Libertines Release Details Of Their Curated Stage At Wheels & Fins Festival

The Wheels And Fins Festival, taking place between the 7th-9th September at Joss Bay Beach near Broadstairs in Kent, have just announced a rather special set of additions to their already impressive line-up. The Libertines,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 8th August 2018

Gabe Gurnsey - Physical Album Review

Gabe Gurnsey - Physical Album Review

After thirteen years on the Factory Floor, Gabe Gurnsey has decided it's time he was afforded time away from his post-industrial roots to explore a wider, altogether warmer, musical landscape. Gabe's latest album is a...

Review posted on 1st August 2018

Orbital - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 28.07.2018 Live Review

Orbital - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 28.07.2018 Live Review

Thirty years ago two brothers from Sevenoaks in Kent (neither called Harry) recorded a track in a cupboard under the stairs, starting them on a pioneering course that would serve to help shape the future...

Review posted on 31st July 2018

Soulwax - Essential Album Review

Soulwax - Essential Album Review

Who knew that twenty-five years ago a radio format that was entirely new at the time would turn out to be one of the longest running radio shows in the BBC's illustrious history? When Pete...

Review posted on 22nd June 2018

Field Division - Dark Matter Dreams Album Review

Field Division - Dark Matter Dreams Album Review

From the capital of the Mid-West state of Iowa, via the country music capital of Nashville and through to the mountains of Colorado, Field Division have journeyed far and wide to facilitate the release of...

Review posted on 22nd June 2018

Starcrawler - The Haunt, Brighton 19.06.18 Live Review

Starcrawler - The Haunt, Brighton 19.06.18 Live Review

Thrillseekers chase the dream; the ultimate wave, the sheerest cliff face, the biggest drop, the fastest coaster, the highest this, the longest that. That urge, that drive, that determination or that sheer single-minded and unrelenting...

Review posted on 21st June 2018

The Libertines - Meltdown Festival 2018 Live Review

The Libertines - Meltdown Festival 2018 Live Review

Meltdown Festival is twenty-five this year and to celebrate its silver anniversary it is down to the one and only Robert Smith, of The Cure, to curate this year's event. Smith has hand picked this...

Review posted on 20th June 2018

Paloma Faith - Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent 15.06.18 Live Review

Paloma Faith - Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent 15.06.18 Live Review

The Forestry Commission's Forest Live series of ongoing open air concerts played host to the effervescent and vivacious Paloma Faith on Friday night. In the truly beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury Pinetum, not far from Royal...

Review posted on 20th June 2018

Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light Album Review

Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light Album Review

Whichever way you look at it, you've got to agree that to cover an album that the US Library Of Congress deems culturally and artistically significant, that some say is one of the best albums...

Review posted on 6th June 2018

Ezra Furman - Brighton Dome 26.05.2018 Live Review

Ezra Furman - Brighton Dome 26.05.2018 Live Review

At the end of its near month-long festival, Brighton was lucky enough to play host to two extremely good acts as The Brighton Dome welcomed both Ezra Furman and Du Blonde to the stage. Ezra...

Review posted on 29th May 2018

Ari Roar - Calm Down Album Review

Ari Roar - Calm Down Album Review

Not yet a week since his Great Escape Festival performance in Brighton, Ari Roar is back on the Bella Union radar as he releases his debut album 'Calm Down'. Ari, real name Caleb Campbell, is,...

Review posted on 24th May 2018

Ash - Islands Album Review

Ash - Islands Album Review

After twenty-six years and six previous albums, Ash return with a new, fresh, twelve-track album that fizzes with a vibrancy more readily associated with youthful exuberance. For Tim Wheeler and Mark Hamilton, at least, forty-one...

Review posted on 21st May 2018

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Artificial Pleasure - The Bitter End Album Review

Artificial Pleasure - The Bitter End Album Review

Early adopters need resolve and passion; a certain dogged determination and faith that they're right and that they've made a good decision. When there are no contemporary comparisons to be had and the music of...

Review posted on 21st May 2018

Poppy Ackroyd - Komedia, Brighton 01.05.2018 Live Review

Poppy Ackroyd - Komedia, Brighton 01.05.2018 Live Review

If you live in Brighton I guess there's no finer place to start your current tour than Komedia. For her first solo gig in her adopted town, Poppy Ackroyd chose the venue to kick off...

Review posted on 8th May 2018

Joan As Police Woman - The Old Market, Brighton 23.04.2018 Live Review

Joan As Police Woman - The Old Market, Brighton 23.04.2018 Live Review

Joan Wasser brought her very particular brand of soulful music to a quiet corner of Brighton as she neared the end of the current tour. In support of her latest album release, 'Damned Devotion', earlier...

Review posted on 24th April 2018

Idles - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.04.2018 Live Review

Idles - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.04.2018 Live Review

Touted as an alternative to much that is wrong with the world, the antithesis of reality TV generated celebrity and the turgid, monotonous, boring and fake, Idles want to 'work hard' and give you an...

Review posted on 17th April 2018

The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review

The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review

The Vaccines make a welcome return with their fourth album in seven years, and first in three, with the release of their latest record 'Combat Sports'. After the odd hiccup and wavering trajectory along the...

Review posted on 12th April 2018

Public Service Broadcasting - The Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate 8.4.2018 Live Review

Public Service Broadcasting - The Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate 8.4.2018 Live Review

From the summit of the world to the ominous realities of the war room, through the vastness of space and into the mining shafts of Wales, Public Service Broadcasting have strived to inform, educate and...

Review posted on 10th April 2018

Gwenno - Ramsgate Music Hall 17.03.2018 Live Review

Gwenno - Ramsgate Music Hall 17.03.2018 Live Review

Kent took quite a big hit from the first bout of snow, courtesy of The Beast From The East, so when its mini mate hit this weekend many plans were cancelled or at least disrupted....

Review posted on 21st March 2018

Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama Album Review

Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama Album Review

Belguim's Baloji's stardom is clearly on the rise with the release of his fourth full-length solo album. Fusing a blend of soul, funk, jazz, afro beats, hip-hop and spoken word, Baloji offers up a largely...

Review posted on 15th March 2018

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

'I told myself that I would never dress in black and stand in front of a slightly bored congregation in church', was how Tom McRae described the situation he found himself in as he performed...

Review posted on 13th March 2018

Polica & Stargaze - Music For The Long Emergency Album Review

Polica & Stargaze - Music For The Long Emergency Album Review

Although gleaning some of its initial inspiration from a 2005 book, 'The Long Emergency' by Howard Kunstler, this collaboration feels less like a soundtrack than a concept album. Kunstler is mapping out a future where...

Review posted on 15th February 2018

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