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Interview: Saint Raymond – “I want everyone to be smelling and looking crap and drinking warm cider. That’s a festival to me.”

Callum Burrows, better known as Saint Raymond, is a down-to-earth 20-year-old with a talent that’s given him a life of excitement others his age could only dream of. Today, he sits in front of a huge Live At Leeds banner, cautiously sipping his coffee and greeting me warmly as I arrive. He’s playing one of […]

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Interview: Lucy Rose talks new material, Bombay Bicycle Club and being female in the music industry

Interview: Lucy Rose talks new material, Bombay Bicycle Club and being female in the music industry
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Review: Live At Leeds 2015

Review: Live At Leeds 2015

This year marks the tenth annual Live At Leeds, and with a Festival Award for the UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival under its belt, I held my expectations pretty high. Having a line-up studded with incredible acts such as Palma Violets, Slaves, Lucy Rose and Swim Deep, there was a buzz about the city from the […]

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Interview: Smoke Fairies on touring with Public Service Broadcasting and working with Jack White

Just ahead of their tour with Public Service Broadcasting stopping off at Newcastle’s Riverside, we caught up with one half of dream pop duo Smoke Fairies, Katherine Blamire, to find out a bit more about the band and their journey so far. “We grew up in Chichester in West Sussex and around those areas it’s […]

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UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival, Live At Leeds, returns next weekend

UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival, Live At Leeds, returns next weekend

Each year since 2007, various Leeds city centre venues have been rocked by some of the country’s most exciting musicians for the colossal event that is Live At Leeds. Last year, it was crowned the UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards and next weekend it’s back with an irresistible line-up. With acts such as […]

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Review: Drenge at The Sage, Gateshead

Review: Drenge at The Sage, Gateshead

In the midst of their second album Undertow slowly climbing the UK album charts, brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless brought their fierce whirlwind of grizzly grunge-rock to one of the region’s most intricately beautiful buildings, The Sage. With thunderous new bassist Rob Graham thickening up their already colossal sound, it was possibly one of the […]

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Interview: Wolf Alice on Glastonbury, touring and their love of Newcastle

Interview: Wolf Alice on Glastonbury, touring and their love of Newcastle

It was in 2010 when Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie started making wistful acoustic music together in their North London bedrooms and thus Wolf Alice was born. Ellie chose the name from a children’s story by Angela Carter, in which she noticed a likeness in “my big teeth and Joff’s innocent curiosity – he was […]

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Young Rebel Set: “We wouldn’t release music for music’s sake. It’s got to be right.”

Young Rebel Set: “We wouldn’t release music for music’s sake. It’s got to be right.”

Stockton-on-Tees favourites Young Rebel Set have been off the scene for a little while, but last week they were back doing what they do best with a headline show at Think Tank. The last time the band played in the North East was back in December and despite doing little preparation, their return brought an impressive […]

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Northern Lights Sessions: Kosoti – Gone Too Far

Northern Lights Sessions: Kosoti – Gone Too Far

Bright and early on March 17, we headed over to The Town Wall pub in Newcastle to meet folk-pop quintet Kosoti and record the latest acoustic session exclusive to Northern Lights. The quaint cellar bar adorned with tasselled lampshades and worn leather sofas proved a perfect setting to host the gentle guitars and entwining harmonies […]

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Review: Circa Waves @ Riverside

Review: Circa Waves @ Riverside

Just nine days after releasing their sunny debut album Young Chasers, Circa Waves kicked off their UK tour with an electrifying night of soaring choruses and rowdy mosh pits at one of Newcastle’s most thriving venues, Riverside. A sea of teenagers were gathered eagerly at the barrier early enough to catch support firstly from fresh-faced, […]

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