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Loscil & Lawrence English – Le Petit Bain, Paris

As Valentine’s day casts its enchanting spell upon the city of love, what better way could one celebrate love’s ineffable essence than by immersing oneself in the ethereal realms of ambient soundscapes.

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.

Focus Wales 2023 – 10 Things I Love About You!

With the sun now settled on another edition of the ever excellent Focus Wales festival, held every year in the North Wales town (oops…now a city) of Wrexham, its maybe time for a some reflection on another wonderful three days of music and networking

Therapy? – Rough Trade, Nottingham

Tonight proves without doubt that Therapy? are back and still a formidable force as a live act. All the songs on Hard Cold Fire sound simply immense, and the thought of hearing them again live when they tour later in the year is definitely an exciting prospect.

Desertfest London 2023 – Sunday

Acid Mammoth, Bloodswamp, WALL and Warren Schoenbright: just four of the highlights of Chris Keith-Wright’s mnorable final day at Desert Fest.

Festival Review: Roadburn Festival 2023

Sander van den Driesche went to Roadburn Festival 2023 to witness the next step in the festival’s evolutionary journey.

Desertfest London, 2023 – Saturday.

I grab a coffee then head over to catch Corrosion of Conformity, at the Ballroom. . . there’s a celebratory air in the room, people swaying, grinning and grooving in a way I haven’t seen elsewhere all day. Yee, and indeed, Haw! See you next year DesertFest!

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