Festival Review: Barn On The Farm 2019

Barn On The Farm 2019 5th-7th July 2019, Gloucester Words & Photos: Elena Katrina  Every year without fail, for the past four years anyway, I have had a weekend in my diary that no one else is allowed to do anything important on – that weekend is Barn On The Farm weekend. It really has … Continue reading

Live Review: The Wombats, Manchester

The Wombats Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, 7 July 2019 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert I truly believe that Castlefield Bowl is the greatest music venue on earth. Seriously! If you can find a venue that combines wonderful sight lines in the amphitheatre, easy access and egress, a remake of a Roman fort, a river, trains, … Continue reading

Just Listen: Amber Run – Affection

Amber Run – Affection Words: Elena Katrina Amber Run return with a cinematic masterpiece in new single Affection. As far as I am concerned this band is so underrated that it drives me crazy. With spectacular song-crafting skills and a delivery that can bring a person to tears. The single is an undulating track with … Continue reading

Just Listen: Larkins – Wallflower

Larkins – Wallflower Words: Elena Katrina With an enticingly haunting lyrical delivery and electronic beats and bleeps that push and pull, this latest single from Larkins is anything like its namesake. Wallflower is a track that pulsates and simmers; its guitar strings puckering and dissipating into the atmosphere while the bass trips the light fantastic … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Community Festival 2019

Community Festival 2019 Finsbury Park, London, 30th June Words: Gary Lambert Every summer there are more and more articles written about how the festival market is saturated and impossible to compete in. So what do you do in that market if you’re in the biggest, most competitive market in the UK? Well for the people … Continue reading

Festival Review: Neighbourhood Weekender 2019

Neighbourhood Weekender 2019 May 25th & 26th, Victoria Park, Warrington Words: Gary Lambert  Photos: Elena Katrina  Neighbourhood Weekender is undoubtedly one of the most divisive events in the summer music calendar.  In fact, there are so many things about it which could turn the blood cold of many a music snob. But that is what … Continue reading

Just Listen: Swimming Girls – Pray In Silence

Swimming Girls – Pray In Silence Words: Gary Lambert Pray in Silence is the most beautiful release from Swimming Girls yet, and that owes a lot to the positioning of the vocals at the top of the mix in order to grant extra emphasis on the heartfelt lyrics.  If I was new to Swimming Girls, … Continue reading

Just Watch: Little Grace – Silence

Little Grace – Silence Words: Elena Katrina OK so Little Grace isn’t quite the act that we would usually write about but there is no denying that their latest offering Silence has something special to its RNB flavouring – with tender moments of piano and a beautiful crackling, Silence strangely calls to me. There’s a … Continue reading

Festival Review: The Brighton Mix Up 2019

The Brighton Mix Up 2019 The Black Lion, Brighton Words: Nick Jacques Photos: Elena Katrina It was great to be back in Brighton again! I had missed its distinctive layout and large community feel, each trip always provided fun memories in this super friendly seaside town and on this occasion, yet again, Brighton delivered the … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Dot To Dot Festival 2019

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Dot To Dot Festival 2019 Various venues Manchester 24 May 2019// Bristol 25 May 2019 // Nottingham 26 May 2019 Tickets Words: Gary Lambert Dot To Dot is not just one of the best metropolitan festivals or one of the best festivals for new bands, it is consistently one of the best festivals on the … Continue reading

Just Listen: LIFE – Moral Fibre

LIFE – Moral Fibre Words: Gary Lambert Do you have asthma? If so, before you listen to Moral Fibre grab your inhaler and have a big blast on it. This track is dangerous for you breathing;  with a breakneck immediacy through the two minutes of sheer pleasure. Whether it is the rapid, fun guitar or … Continue reading

Live Review: Red Rum Club – Manchester

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Red Rum Club 11 May 2019, The Bread Shed, Manchester Words & Photos: Gary Lambert If you have been reading Popped Music lately (and if you haven’t you’re very naughty), you will know that one of our favourite bands is Red Rum Club. The debut album, Matador, is an absolute cracker, but it is their … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Highest Point, Lancaster

Highest Point Festival Williamson Park, Lancaster 17-18 May 2019 Words: Gary Lambert Highest Point Festival is a relatively new addition to the north-west summer taking place in Lancaster at Williamson Park. Obviously, on a far smaller scale, the festival seems to be using Glastonbury as a role model with the event mixing a variety of … Continue reading

Festival Review: When In Manchester 2019

Festival Review: When In Manchester 2019 The Castle Hotel, Gulliver’s, and Night and Day Cafe, Manchester Words: Julia Grantham & Gary Lambert Photos: Gary Lambert   Now in its third year of existence, When In Manchester festival delivered its fifth event last Easter weekend, and despite coinciding with the hottest Easter weekend on record, still managed to … Continue reading

Interview: Clean Cut Kid

Clean Cut Kid Words by Gary Lambert Photos by Gary Lambert Clean Cut Kid are a band who we have been with from the very start, so it was apt that we were able to catch up with them shortly after they had finished their afternoon headliner slot at Liverpool Sound City. With their grown-up … Continue reading

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