Sam Griffiths

Belle and Sebastian @ Newcastle City Hall this May

Belle and Sebastian @ Newcastle City Hall this May

Have you ever noticed the listings board of your local music venues empty during the month of May? A severe absence of touring bands and artists taking to the stage as they prepare for the summer festival season? Well this time, you shall have no fear, May is set to be jam packed in the […]

 Sam Griffiths

Interview: The Wombats: “Hitting golf balls on the moon with large pink wigs on”

Not many people can say that their job focuses on “rooms and fields filled with people singing along and maybe even dancing and sweating a little,” and even less can say that their aspirations look to “hitting golf balls on the moon with large pink wigs on” within the next eight years. Joking aside, this […]

 Sam Griffiths

The Wombats to play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on April 19

The Wombats to play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on April 19

Liverpudlian trio The Wombats are set to perform at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on April 19. Playing their last date of a UK tour before they fly out to the US via Canada, the band will surely be looking to put in a tempestuous finish matched only by Lightning McQueen at the Los Angeles International Speedway. Featuring hooks that could […]

 Sam Griffiths

Cake: "Billed as darkly comedic, it ends as darkly average"

Cake: "Billed as darkly comedic, it ends as darkly average"

Jennifer Aniston’s performance in Cake is undoubtedly the best of her career, but congratulating her would be akin to praising Arthur after he blew more than “the bloody doors off.” Known almost uniquely for comedic roles, Aniston has looked to Cake as a breakout from the jail cell that is romantic comedies. And, as far […]

 Sam Griffiths

Michael Bay's latest film Project Almanac hits UK cinemas today

Michael Bay's latest film Project Almanac hits UK cinemas today

After finally deciding on a name, Project Almanac has its release date, today (February 16). The film formerly known as Cinema One, Almanac and Welcome To Yesterday, features a present day narrative, depicting the moments a group of teenagers find secret plans instructing the creation of a time machine. After assembling the device, they realise […]

 Sam Griffiths

Review: Ex Machina – "It is a seemingly hollow thriller, which suggests more about artificial intelligence than any film has ever done before"

Review: Ex Machina – "It is a seemingly hollow thriller, which suggests more about artificial intelligence than any film has ever done before"

In a recent interview, actress Alicia Vikander stated: “It’s quite rare to pick up a script and get so sucked into it, that you read it the same way you would read a book.” Yet what she says is inherent to Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Similar to his work as a novelist, the film never […]

 Sam Griffiths

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – A good feature, but not a good film

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – A good feature, but not a good film

Taking advantage of a viewing audience is very easy in this day and age. Very easy. We’ve seen it done for Harry Potter, Twilight and now The Hunger Games. Needlessly stretching out the source material to create an extra money-spinning trip to the pictures for a franchise (The Hobbit can be left out due to […]

 Sam Griffiths

Wonder Woman, The Flash, and … Cyborg? – We examine the DC franchise 6 year plan

Wonder Woman, The Flash, and … Cyborg? – We examine the DC franchise 6 year plan

Superheroes. Can’t live without them. Obviously not literally. But DC and Marvel have a plan. Their plan, between them, is to release every single film to be made from now until 2020. They are starting with a modest two each a year, which is only four superheros each year, with Marvel booked up until 2017, […]

 Sam Griffiths

Evolution Emerging: The Venue Guide And Stage Times

Evolution Emerging: The Venue Guide And Stage Times

Evolution Emerging 2014 has a stellar line-up and here is the ultimate guide to who is where and why you should care. So pick your stage and set yourself for a night of pretty much whatever you like! The Cluny The Lake Poets are, as always, a must see and will be taking the stage […]

 Sam Griffiths

Magnum Hit Newcastle In Support Of Latest Album

Magnum Hit Newcastle In Support Of Latest Album

  Progressive rockers Magnum will play O2 Academy Newcastle in support of their latest album ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’. The gig takes place less than a week after the album is released, so will be a great chance to hear the new tracks live. Well known throughout the 70s and 80s, the Birmingham band reformed […]