Author: John W. King

Madness on the Downs – Review

Madness on the Downs Stoke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS6 5RR Madness on the Downs took place at the same location as The Downs festival the day before.  In a way it was like a 2 day festival, though today the 2nd stage was closed and this was very much Madness’s day. Before we got near to the site we saw lots of people with red fez, who were clearly looking fwd to Madness. This tour celebrates their 40th year and this was the last date on the tour. Whilst there had been threats of rain the day before, which...

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The Downs Bristol 2019 – Review

The Downs Bristol Stoke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS6 5RR The Downs is a 1 day festival held on the beautiful Downs in the Clifton area of Bristol, which is now in it’s 3rd year. It’s one of the best family-friendly festivals we’ve been to, and our 5 year old made full use of the crazy golf, soft play, fun fair rides, lego, and even bread making over an open fire, as well as shows for the kids with plenty jokes to keep the adults amused.  The only thing I couldn’t persuade him to try was the Aardman Animations model...

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Tacocat + Twen – Gullivers NQ, Manchester – Review

There must be something in the water in America at the moment, because some of the best new bands I’ve seen in the past year or so have been American. The Coathangers, The Nude Party, Pinky Pinky, Vera Sola, Dan Mangan (ok, he’s Canadian), Laura Gibson, the list goes on, have all been superb, and yet some have played to relatively small crowds, which is disappointing when they’ve traveled all that way to entertain us, especially when you consider some of the mediocre bands who can sell out arenas and stadiums. So it was nice to see that Tacocat’s...

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The Cure – Glasgow Summer Sessions: Review

The Cure – Glasgow Summer Sessions Bellahouston Park, Glasgow It’s fair to say that judging by my facebook newsfeed at least, most of the bands on the BBC Glastonbury coverage this year went down like a lead balloon with fellow music fans.  Much as I love Glastonbury, there isn’t that much on the 5 biggest stages which are televised that takes my interest, with most of the more interesting stuff on the other 74 stages.  However, there was one band who stood out like a bright beacon in a sea of mediocrity right at the end of the Sunday...

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