Author: John W. King

The Divine Comedy – Albert Hall, Manchester – Review

The Divine Comedy Albert Hall, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR Friday 19th October 2019 Tonight was practically a religious experience – The Divine Comedy, in a building that looks suspiciously like a church with stained glass windows with crosses, and a church organ behind the stage, Neil Hannon preaching to the faithful from on high, and the faithful hanging on to every word.  There was even a bit of a choir going on for “Stranger Here”. From my vantage point I was able to watch the audience as well as the band, and it was clear from the...

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The Great British Alternative Music Festival – Butlins, Skegness – 2019 Photo Review

The Great British Alternative Music Festival Butlins Skegness Resort, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ Friday 4th October – Monday 7th October 2019 The initial attraction to any festival is always the lineup.  Whether or not you return the following year comes down to the vibe, the people and when it boils down to it, whether or not you had a bloody good time. I had a brilliant time in 2018 and couldn’t wait to get back for more of the same in 2019. It’s a real oasis away from the outside world.  The people in the chalet above/below/next to you...

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Skating Polly + She Makes War – Gullivers – Review

Skating Polly and She Makes War is a match made in heaven – an incredible night of superb music.

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Poliça – New Single, Album and UK Tour on the way

Poliça are a band who’ve thus far slipped under my radar, but upon hearing the new single “Driving” my interest was immediately piqued! Poliça return with their new album ‘When We Stay Alive’, which is set for release January 31st via Memphis Industries. Today the band are sharing the first single & video from the album, “Driving“. When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, ‘When We Stay Alive’, is not...

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The White Ribbons – Interview

One of my favourite stages at Butlins Great British Alternative Music Festival is the “Introducing Stage” where typically lesser known bands play. The standard is always very high and I always discover great new (to me) bands. The band who most grabbed my attention last weekend was The White Ribbons.  Indeed they were one of my top highlights of the entire weekend, not just the introducing stage.  Not only are they musically ace, but they champion worthwhile causes, and so I was keen to find out more about them, and lead singer Brian Mitchell kindly agreed to give me...

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