Author: John W. King

Year in Review – 2019

I’ve had a genuinely amazing 2019 having attended some of the best gigs of my life. It’s not that there are suddenly lots of new bands around, most of my best gigs were bands that have been around for a while. The difference is that I’ve made more effort to go to gigs, even when they are in Manchester. The Liverpool to Manchester railway was the first inter-city passenger railway in the world, opened back in 1830. Unfortunately it’s not been upgraded much since then 😉 Many a post-gig glow has been dented by my train home being up...

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Emika + Grisly Faye @ Hare and Hounds, Birmingham – Review

Emika is an artist who should definitely be on your radar if you like electronic music.

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24 essential Skating Polly videos you must check out.

What is it about Skating Polly that makes them so addictive? You watch a couple of their videos and you’re hooked! Is it the song-writing, the tunes, the ideas or a bit of everything? Whatever it is, they are the band I listen to most, and live they were truly amazing. Here are 24 of my favourite official videos by them, I’ll be posting them up one a day in December, elaborating on what I like about them, but for now here they are in all their glory. Let us know what you think in the comments on the...

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The Woodentops + The New Chapter @ Live Rooms, Chester – Review

I haven’t been to Chester for a gig in about a decade, and tonight was the first time I’ve been to The Live Rooms. It’s located literally 2 minutes walk from the train station – which is useful when you’ve got to catch the train back to Liverpool after the gig.  The 11pm train gets into Lime St at 11:45, but the next train, the 11:22pm gets in about 3am! I got down there for doors opening, and the bands were still sound-checking so I thought I’d get myself a pint.  It’s a really decent venue. First up were...

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Kælan Mikla (Icelandic DarkWave) coming to Studio 2 Liverpool

Fans of Darkwave may be interested to know that Icelandic Synth-punk / darkwave band Kælan Mikla are coming to Studio 2, Parr St, Liverpool next Wednesday, 13th November 2019. If you haven’t heard of them yet, just check out this absolute stormer of a tune: and if that’s not enough to tempt you, there is support from Body of Light: Double Echo: and Rongorongo Event details here and tickets...

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