British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, jazzman, Michael Bublé this past Friday, the 13th of July.


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James Bay As one of my favourite solo artists and a big fan his debut album, ‘Chaos & the Calm’ PLUS having waited over three years for a new release and a tour, I was elated (and apprehensive) about covering the James Bay Roundhouse gig on Tuesday. James released this very highly anticipated new album, ‘Electric Light’ on Friday, 18 May and is currently on tour supporting it.


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Greta Van Fleet It’s not every day you get to go see a band boldly dubbed “The Future of Rock ‘n Roll”. That’s quite a heavy load to bear for a foursome from Frankenmuth, Michigan, that are all under 21! Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to see Greta Van Fleet on Wednesday evening as they packed out the O2 Islington to over-capacity. The band has an immense hype build around them at the moment and getting a ticket to one of the two London shows were a hot commodity. The band consists of three brothers, lead singer, Josh Kiszka; his twin brother, Jake Kiszka on guitar; younger brother, Sam on bass and then Danny Wagner behind the drums.


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Turbowolf Turbowolf put on an absolute scorcher of a show at Scala in London on Wednesday night last week. They released their third album, 'The Free Life' the prior Friday and is currently on tour in support of it. Fans flocked to the 800 pax venue in high anticipation of seeing this new offering live on stage. On tour with them is Puppy, another band I was looking forward to seeing.


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Turbowolf It’s been almost three years since the Bristol rockers, Turbowolf released their last album and is due to release their third studio album, The Free Life on the 9th of March 2018. Was it worth the wait…? Most definitely! It might be their third, but could easily be mistaken for a debut album - that special one where the band puts everything they have into it and you couldn’t have anticipated what’s to come.


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Pale Waves Teenagers packed out The Garage in London on a Wednesday night in anticipation of seeing Manchester, indie-pop band, Pale Waves. Formed back in 2014, it’s been an exciting ride for the four-piece and they’re currently making ripples on the indie scene. In January 2018 Pale Waves were 5th on the annual ‘BBC Sound of 2018’ and recently, in February 2018, the band won the 'NME Under the Radar' award at the NME Awards 2018. The band was founded by the lead singer and guitarist, Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran.


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IAMX There was no better place to be than Electric Ballroom, Camden on Saturday. Those lucky enough to have got a ticket caught IAMX on stage in support of the release of his latest LP, ‘Alive in New Light’, released earlier this month. What made this an extra special one, is that legendary tattoo artist, Kat von D would join him on stage. She makes an appearance on four tracks on the new album and this was the first time she would perform live music. Electro artist, IAMX began back in 2004 in London as a solo project by now LA based, Chris Corner, formerly of Sneaker Pimps.


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HIM When HIM announced earlier this year they would disband after a final tour, their decision wasn’t exactly met with surprise. It’s been 26 fruitful years, which saw the band go from a Finnish underground favourite to a global success.


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Nothing More Until two weeks ago I’ve never heard of a band called Nothing More and to quote a recent article by TeamRock, “Who the f*ck are…Nothing More?” Fast-forward two weeks to last night, I knew exactly who they are and I’ve been listening to their fourth and the latest studio album, 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' on repeat. The world has taken note of this American prog-rock band from Texas and Nothing More recently received 3 Grammy nominations for “Best Rock Album” for their mentioned latest release, “Best Rock Performance” for their song, 'Go To War' and “Best Rock Song”, also for 'Go To War'.


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Album Review: Avalon British-born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin has an impressive track record with a discography consisting of two studio albums, now six EP’s, three live albums and nine singles. Her most recent EP, ‘Avalon’ was released on the 6th of October after releasing her first single from the album, ‘Waking Up Slow’ in August this year.


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Coheed and Cambria This power-house American prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria performed their 2005 smash-album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” in its entirety at KOKO, London on an absolutely sweltering Monday night as part of their “The NEVERENDER GAIBSIV” tour. To see a band, play an entire album from start to finish is a unique experience and a first for me. The second night of two London dates was attended by a lot of clearly obsessively dedicated fans which nearly packed out the 1500 capacity venue.


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PVRIS A friend describes PVRIS (pronounced as Paris) as "... pretty much the hottest band out now and the world is going bonkers for them..."


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Bush If, like me, you are a 30-something who grew up in South Africa, you almost certainly owned a copy of Bush’s ’94 album ‘Sixteen Stone’. You were also most likely a teenage girl with a crush on frontman Gavin Rossdale, or a teenage boy who had to lie about owning said album because you could NEVER listen to both Nirvana AND Bush. So, with Bush tracks dominating the soundtrack of my rebellious and tortured youth (my youth was neither rebellious nor tortured, but it makes me sound cooler than I am), it was with much excitement, and slight trepidation, that I made my way to o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday evening, to see the band return to the stage after a couple of year’s absence from touring, with a headline UK show, and a new album to boot.


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