LIVE REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten, Newcastle

Sharon Van Etten Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle, 20th August 2019 Words & Photography: Sammy Sadler From the first track I listened to by Sharon Van Etten, I was hooked. I was first introduced to the Brooklyn-based musician and actress whilst listening to copious amounts of The National and it was Van Etten’s silky … Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Hit The North 2019

Hit The North Various Venues, Newcastle, 5th May 2019 Words: Sammy Sadler & Lauren Mellor Photos: Elena Katrina & Lauren Mellor Sammy’s Words I’ve said it so many times before and I’ll say it again – festival season is my favourite time of the year. Whether it’s shuffling between packed venues in a city or … Continue reading

Live Review: Sundara Karma – Newcastle

Sundara Karma 3rd May 2019,  o2 Academy,  Newcastle Words: Sammy Sadler Photos: Callum Robinson It’s been a good while since I last saw Sundara Karma and a lot has changed. I’m not just referring to just the change of my hair colour, I’m talking about the musical progression of the Reading outfit. They’ve ditched the … Continue reading

JUST LISTEN: Ten Eighty Trees – Casual Habits

Ten Eighty Trees – Casual Habits Words: Sammy Sadler It’s no secret that I love Ten Eighty Trees and I’ve adored their anthemic rock tunes since I first listened to them back in 2018. Bordering slightly on the emo elements that I first attracted me to bands like 30STM, Ten Eighty Trees have me reminiscing back to the … Continue reading

Interview: Marsicans

Marsicans Words: Sammy Sadler Photography: Callum Robinson There are three things I’ve learned about catching up with Marsicans. One is that it’s certain to be absolutely hilarious, two is that there is no way an iPhone app can automatically transcribe both my Cumbrian accent and their Yorkshire twang and three, don’t get them started on … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Hit The North 2019

Hit The North 2019 Sunday 5th May, Newcastle, Various Venues Words: Sammy Sadler  PRICE INFO: TICKETS FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WEEKENDER ARE ON SALE NOW HERE Keep Updated: Website// Facebook//Twitter May is easily shaping up to be THE month for music fans. With an abundance of music festivals happening across the UK, it’s difficult to choose which to … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Marsicans, Newcastle

Marsicans, LUCIA and Llovers Think Tank, Newcastle, 19 April 2019 Words: Sammy Sadler Photography: Callum Robinson  I’ve been a pretty big Marsicans fan for what feels like forever now so you can imagine my excitement when they announced they were heading out on tour again. For me, it’s been incredible to watch these guys attract … Continue reading

Just Listen: Callum Pitt – Forgotten Kids

Callum Pitt – Forgotten Kids Words: Sammy Sadler Alternative indie-folk soloist Callum Pitt is one of the latest bundles of talent to fall out of the Toon and just from listening to his latest release Forgotten Kids (which is out today!), I can already call myself a fan. With serious Foster The People elements from the get-go, Forgotten Kids is … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Retro Video Club, Newcastle

Retro Video Club O2 Academy, Newcastle, 4th April 2019 Words and Photography: Lauren Mellor If like me, you’ve ever been to a gig at any O2 venue then you’ll know they are one of the best spots to see your favourite bands. Sure the sound isn’t always perfect, but it’s more about the people that … Continue reading

Just Listen: Little Comets – American Tuna

Little Comets – American Tuna Words: Sammy Sadler Little Comets are fantastic aren’t they? With each track they release you know it’s going to be the right amount of indie-pop to get you dancing and lyrics that you’ll have stuck in your head for days. Latest single ‘American Tuna’ sees the band’s sound echo the style of earlier … Continue reading

Just Listen: Fever Days – I See Through It

Fever Days – I See Through It Words: Sammy Sadler  Winter is well and truly behind us, well as much as can be possible up here in the North East, so naturally it’s time for me to start blasting the feel-good funky tunes ahead of festival season. Luckily, the North East bands are ready and … Continue reading

Just Listen: FEVA – Undone

FEVA – Undone Words: Sammy Sadler  When I received the email on FEVA’s brand new ‘scorching track’, I was naturally super excited. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the North East four-piece and with good reason – their energetic live performances and high-octane indie-rock has been entertaining us music lovers in the … Continue reading

Live Review: Talos & Editors – Newcastle

Talos & Editors Northumbria University, 11th October 2018 Words: Sammy Sadler I’m ashamed to admit that although I have been a fan of Editors from afar for a long time, I never really paid much attention to the British indie-rock outfit. There always seemed to be some other band that I was obsessing about at … Continue reading

Just Listen: Cape Cub – Searchlight

Cape Cub Words: Elena Katrina Cape Cub has a wonderful way with words, something he just doesn’t ever seem to fall short on. What he also has, in new track Searchlight, is something quite dark and haunting in his vocal. This track feels more laid bare than some of his other singles such as All … Continue reading

Track by Track Exclusive: Natalie McCool – Cover Combat

Natalie McCool Track by Track Exclusive Words: Elena Katrina Liverpool based singer songwriter Natalie McCool has been a firm favourite here at Popped Music HQ and it’s not just us who has been won over with her sparkling clear vocal and spectacular ability to create intelligent pop-lead stories, there’s a whole army of fans growing … Continue reading

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