Author: John W. King

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering – 2019 – Photo Review

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering Catton Hall & Park, Walton-on-Trent Derbyshire Thursday 23rd May – Sunday 26th May 2019 Part One of my review + some amazing photos from Judie Tingle photography is over at Urbanista Magazine To recap briefly, the organisational side of Bearded Theory and their attention to detail big and small, leaves a lot of other festivals in the dust (or should that be mud? 🙂 ) The Bearded School – an Ofsted approved school that kids can attend on the Friday so that parents don’t get fined, is a perfect example of going the extra mile....

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The Catenary Wires – Amelia Fletcher & Rob Pursey’s New Album and Tour

If you were living in the UK and into Indie in the latter half of the 80s or early 90s, you’d almost certainly be familiar with Amelia Fletcher – both through her own bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly (and later Marine Research and Tender Trap) and for her backing vocals with The Wedding Present, The Brilliant Corners, Hefner and The Pooh Sticks, she was very much the poster girl for the twee Indie movement, a short-lived yet influential movement described by wikipedia as “Characterised by its simplicity and perceived innocence, some of its defining features are boy-girl harmonies, catchy melodies,...

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Butlins Great British Alternative Music Festival – Skegness Preview – Part 1

This will be my 3rd trip to Butlins Great British Alternative Music Festival.  Click the links to read about my experiences at Skegness October 2018 and Minehead March 2019 to give you some idea of why I keep going back! By far, the most common comments I get from people when I mention Butlins are references to a certain 80s sitcom set in the 50s.  At the risk of repeating myself, it no more reflects modern day Butlins than “Are you being served?” reflects today’s John Lewis (shame really, Grace Bros looked a lot more fun than JL!)  In...

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The Divine Comedy – Office Politics – Review

The Divine Comedy – Office Politics – Released Friday 7th June 2019 After the success of 2016s “Foreverland” (which went Top 10) the new album “Office Policics” is hotly anticipated. You know the score by now, Neil Hannon writes witty songs with richly drawn characters and situations drawn from everyday life to insanely catchy melodic tunes. It’s bound to be good, so you might as well just go out and buy it now! Actually, it’s not out until Friday, so whilst you pre-order it, lets take a look… It’s a 16 track double “concept” album loosely tied around office...

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Sub Pop Seattle band TACOCAT release new album + UK tour! (Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, London and Brighton)

After recently releasing their new album ‘This Mess Is a Place’ via Sub Pop, Seattle pop-punk four piece Tacocat have just announced a UK tour for this August with shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London & Brighton. You can see the video for album standout track “New World” above. When Seattle band Tacocat—vocalist Emily Nokes, bassist Bree McKenna, guitarist Eric Randall, and drummer Lelah Maupin—first started in 2007, the world they were responding to was vastly different from the current Seattle scene of diverse voices they’ve helped foster. It was a world of house shows, booking DIY tours on MySpace, and...

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