Festival Review: Stockton Calling 2019

Festival Review: Stockton Calling 2019 April 2019 – various venues – Stockton Upon Tees Words: Daniel Burton  Photos: Elena Katrina  Having never visited this festival before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Were the venues going to be small? Would they have high ceilings where the sound would reflect off? Or basements with low … Continue reading

Festival Review: Cro Cro Land 2019

Cro Cro Land Urban Exchange Hub, Croydon, 6th April 2019 Words: Nick Jacques Photography: Jon Mo & Jamie MacMillan Cro Cro Land festival is the creation of Bugeye’s Angela Martin and the Croydonist’s Julia Woollams (dedicated online cultural magazine about all things offbeat in Croydon). They pointed out in previous interviews that they wanted to … Continue reading

Festival Review: SXSW 2019

SXSW 2019 8 – 17 March 2019 Words and Photos: Elena Katrina I didn’t think that I would ever go to SXSW. It seemed far away and I’m not just talking about geography. I have the bug though – in both ways – the way in which I don’t want to ever miss it ever … Continue reading

Live Review: Freak Scene 2, Liverpool

Freak Scene 2 EBGBs, Liverpool, 4 April 2019 Words and Photographs by Gary Lambert Regardless of the morality, The Grand National is a massive event on Merseyside and is watched all over the world. For the geeks and noiseniks there was a much more important event going on in the city centre about six miles … Continue reading

Live Review: INmusic Festival Slot Final

INmusic Festival, The Cavern, Liverpool 24 March 2019 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert “How can someone win when winning means that someone loses” Scatman’s World by Scatman John 1995. It was an honour for Popped Music to be invited along to judge the six finalists to win a slot on the main stage at … Continue reading

Live Review: Year’s End Festival

Year’s End Festival Various venues, Manchester, 15th December 2018 Words and photography: Gary Lambert In the modern age, there are all kinds of Christmas traditions that are invented in the blink of an eye. December 1st presents, Elf on a Shelf, and treating Christmas markets as a stag/hen do all come under that heading. All … Continue reading

Live Review: Off The Record, Manchester 15-16 November 2018

Off The Record Various Venues, Manchester, 15th-16th November 2018 Words: Gary Lambert & Daniel Burton Photography: Gary Lambert The third edition of Off The Record saw the same format as previous years, with the focus of the event being equally across the two distinct elements of the festival. The conference is primarily for those who … Continue reading

Festival Review: 2Q Festival – Lincoln

2Q Festival Various venues, Lincoln, 3rd November 2018 Words and photos: Gary Lambert Lincoln, a relatively sleepy town famed for a cathedral, a castle and being in pretty much the middle of nowhere would not normally be the place you would head to early on a Saturday morning. Unless you lived somewhere in that particular … Continue reading

Live Review: The Smithdown Crawl – Liverpool

Smithdown Road Various venues, Liverpool, 13th October 2018 Words and Photos: Gary Lambert Back in May, Popped Music were proud to be a part of the community-centric Smithdown Festival looking to enrich the lives of the people of the Smithdown Road area. For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of Liverpool, Smithdown Road is … Continue reading

Festival Review: Kendal Calling 2018

Kendal Calling 2018 Words: Samantha Sadler Back again for the 13th year running, Kendal Calling once again totally smashed it out of the park for festival goers. The four-day music festival in the Lake District has been steadily growing year-on-year and as the crowds get bigger, the atmosphere gets better. I try to go to … Continue reading

Festival Review: Bluedot 2018

Bluedot 2018 Words & Photos: Elena Katrina 2017 was our first visit and experience of Bluedot Festival and Jodrell Bank and it was a magical one. I’ve just read up last year’s review and looked through all the photos with fond memories and wondered…. how can I possibly write up this year’s any difference. Sure, … Continue reading

Festival Review: Liverpool Calling 2018

Liverpool Calling 2018 22nd -23rd June 2018 Words: Jenni Kickhefer Photos: Graham Smilie  A warm summers evening welcomed the first  day of Liverpool Calling, taking place around Liverpool’s patron area, Seel St and Parr St, with  the venues being The Jacaranda Phase One, The Jacaranda, Parr St and Maguire’s Pizza Bar on Renshaw St.   Starting … Continue reading

Festival Review: Barn On The Farm 2018

Barn On The Farm 2018 Words & Photos: Elena Katrina  I’ve been quite vocal in the past and will continue to be vocal about how much I love this festival called Barn On The Farm. A festival that’s like going home every year. A festival whose organisers seem to always be on the same wavelength … Continue reading

Festival Review: Bushstock 2018

Bushstock 2018 Words & Photos: Elena Katrina The thing about Bushstock Festival is that, as with many multi-venue city/town festivals, it has a major flaw. What?! What a way to open a review, I hear you cry. No, no, no…. you’re getting me all wrong. The flaw is too many top notch bands to see … Continue reading

Festival Review: All Points East – Catfish & The Bottlemen

All Points East – Catfish & The Bottlemen Words: Luke Pettican After a triumphant first weekend featuring the likes of The XX, Lorde and LCD Sound System, expectations were high for the return to music at Victoria Park after five days of community events. As the doors opened at 2PM, a surprisingly beautiful orchestral remix … Continue reading

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