Music

 Richard Bellis

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

I am a Bowie fan and, like all Bowie fans before and after, I aim to end the age old question of which album is better: 1971’s Hunky Dory or 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Or at least I’ll throw my opinion in the ring. The two back-to-back releases are widely […]

 Lucie Simon

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé MBE, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter, is to become the University of Sunderland’s new Chancellor, following in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who steps down after 11 years in the role.   Emeli will be installed as Chancellor in a ceremony to be held during the University’s summer Academic Awards on […]

 Northern Lights

Single review: Taylor Swift – This Song is Not For ME!

Single review: Taylor Swift – This Song is Not For ME!

By Hannah Smith After watching ‘ME!’, Taylor Swift’s latest release, I was left feeling unsatisfied and disgusted that the pretty pink version of her had returned, having declared her dead in 2017’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. The music video opens with a pastel pink python and the first thing that comes to mind […]

 Northern Lights

Top Ten Tunes for Indie Initiates (Beats & Background)

Top Ten Tunes for Indie Initiates (Beats & Background)

By Sophie Mackel There are hundreds, even thousands of indie songs out there and I know it can be hard to find exactly what you are looking for, so here is a rundown of the top songs to listen to today which will help you discover your inner indie. Chamber of Reflection by Mac DeMarco […]

 Northern Lights

Local Bands: Symbient

Local Bands: Symbient

By Olivia McDonald Simultaneously tuneful and exciting, Symbient are a young alternative band based in Sunderland. Consisting of Daniel Collings (lead singer), Cameron Pugh (lead guitar), Conor Hanson (drums and backing vocals) and Khynan Hanson (bass guitar), the band have been together for over 5 years and are getting better and stronger with each performance. The […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: His ‘n’ Hers 25th Anniversary

Review: His ‘n’ Hers 25th Anniversary

It’s no secret to my friends, family and colleagues that my personal favourite band is Pulp and my favourite style of music is in fact the era of Britpop – or Cool Britannia, as it was so horrendously dubbed. Now, twenty-five years on, His ‘n’ Hers is just as celebrated and lauded as it was upon […]

 Yusei Sasaki

Students and staff of University of Sunderland to go head to head in Battle of the Bands final

Students and staff of University of Sunderland to go head to head in Battle of the Bands final

Students and staff at the University of Sunderland are set to go head to head in a Battle of the Bands final on May 1, 2019.  The winners will have the opportunity to perform in front of 15,000 people on stage 2 of the This Is Tomorrow festival in Newcastle on Friday, May 24. The event, […]

 Lucie Simon

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland is to headline this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead in July. The Hollywood superstar turned singer-songwriter released his debut album in 2016. His second album, Reckless & Me, comes out at the end of the month and has country music at its heart, taking influence from Americana, folk, rock, blues and more. Sutherland is famous for […]

 Richard Bellis

Sabaton reveal their new album title and artwork

Sabaton reveal their new album title and artwork

The Swedish metal band Sabaton, well known for their songs about historical events, battles and people, have announced the title and artwork for their latest album. The album is entitled The Great War and will feature songs dedicated to the period of time from 1914-18.   View this post on Instagram   THIS IS THE GREAT […]

 Richard Bellis

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

The Wall is the 11th studio album by the English Prog-rock band Pink Floyd.  The album, recorded in 1979, is a rock opera telling the story of a boy called Pink.  As of 2018 it has sold 24 million copies and is Pink Floyd’s second-best selling album (the first being 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon). […]

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