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Supersonic Festival 2023

I went to Supersonic and I had a really great time. You know I did, of course I did, because it’s a brilliant festival with a packed bill of excellent bands. “It’s not an accident, it’s a choice.” 

ArcTanGent 2023

Rather than give a play-by-play review of ArcTanGent, I want to write about a few of my personal highlights of the festival. The beauty of the setup is that you can dip in and out of sets; nothing is more than a few minutes’ walk away. . .

Pixies & Modest Mouse – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

The night offered a chance to cast off the weight of the contemporary world and revel in the sounds of the 90s and early 2000s, a time when life was perhaps less stressful, hectic, and alienating.

Festival Review: Core.

So was the first instalment of Core. Festival a success? In almost every respect, yes.

Festival Preview – ArcTanGent 2023

ArcTanGent, the Bristol-based, independent festival starts tomorrow, with a variety of over 50 acts. Jody Dunstan steers carefully through the clash-finder and picks out his personal favourites.

Steve Von Till • Innerwoud – Le Petit Bain, Paris

With anchors lifted, Von Till’s ensemble led Le Petit Bain deep into the shoreless distance, where one’s faced with the anechoic chambers within our mind.

Preview: Supersonic Festival 2023

Rejoice friends! If the endless rain doesn’t wash us all into the filthy sea then Supersonic festival will be upon us in less than a month’s time. An undoubted pinnacle of underground music’s calendar, this year it will be celebrating its twentieth birthday. . . It’s going to be quite a party, come ready. If you’re still dithering about that now is the time to commit.    

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 3

Day number three. The wild ride was nearing its conclusion, having lined up some its heaviest hitters for a real knockout of a grand finale.

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 2

Day number two at Pointu Festival held promise of a slightly heavier-hitting set of performances. I resurrected in a puddle of drool and crumpled notes scattered across the apartment floor, feeling sore but ready to face the last ten hours of a sunny festive Saturday in the south.

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 1

With its killer line-up and heavenly setting at the far end of France, Pointu Festival’s seventh edition seemed a fitting destination to question my life choices.

Kakihara • Row of Ashes • Johanna Rey – 13th Note, Glasgow

£10, five bands, one of Glasgow’s best smallest venues. The line up did not disappoint on a memorable night of hardcore, sludge and banjo punk!

GWAR – O2 Academy Islington, London

A GWAR show is indeed a hugely fun metal party, in the most ridiculous, theatrical manner. But it would fall seriously flat if they couldn’t smash through new tracks like ‘Berserker Mode’, cementing their creds as a bone fide 80’s thrash band.

Peter Gabriel – O2 Arena, London.

The underlying characteristics of Gabriel’s tour 2023 are courage, humility and trust. . . in an individualised, alienated, competitive political economy it was an evening that subtly pointed to other, better models of society.

Death Pill • TsuShiMaMiRe and more – The Lexington, London

Ukrainian feminist fortitude and fury delivered in a righteous, riotous punk gig in baking London.

Rose City Band – Scala, London

Ripley Johnson is a superb, unflashy but technically gifted lead player – quicksilver runs and bucolic plucking is all accomplished with seemingly no effort whatsoever, that beatific grin, scarcely leaving his face.

Festival Preview: core.

A new exciting underground heavy music festival in Glasgow.


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