Saturday 29 November 2014

WATCH: Sivu 'Better Man Than He' for Leefest

Check out this video of Sivu performing his track Better Man Than He for backstage at Leefest earlier this year. Beautiful! Sivu plays alongside Peace supporting Bombay Bicycle Club on their UK tour kicking off on 3rd December in Leicester!

Monday 17 November 2014

TOUR NEWS: The Wombats (March/April 2015)

Really excited about this one.. following the announcement of a few UK and US warm-up shows, The Wombats have today announced a full UK/Europe tour. The tour in the UK will see them starting at Bristol on April 8th, and visiting Manchester, London, Oxford, Liverpool and more before finishing up at Newcastle on the 19th.

Tickets go on general sale this Friday from, or you can access the pre-sale by signing up to the mailing list using the same link.

Saturday 15 November 2014

WATCH: The Sea & I - 'Broken'

Incredibly excited to finally see The Sea & I live next month, as I've been desperate to see them live since they first started releasing music. Co-founded by Irwin Sparkes of The Hoosiers fame, they make glorious music, with beautiful harmonies, lyrics, strings, and using anything and anyone they have to hand. Collaboration is a major factor of their music, and at their headline London show in December they'll be joined by London Contemporary Voices and London Chamber Brass. This video shows a performance of Broken, a track from their self-titled debut EP.

Tickets for the band's London headline show on 3rd December at The Islington can be found here.

WATCH: Ben Howard - 'Small Things'

I (sadly) haven't been able to grab Ben Howard's new record yet, but I went against my beliefs and downloaded Spotify (probably best not to start me ranting about it) to take a listen. And it's utterly superb. Sharing this video of one of my favourite tracks from the album, Small Things.

When I first started listening to Ben following the release of Keep Your Head Up and its consequential play on MTV Rocks, I just missed out on seeing him play a small venue for something ridiculous like £6, and I regret this completely! Sadly won't be seeing him on next year's tour, but have just got to see him live at some point soon. Really chuffed for him that the record is doing so well, and for the widespread recognition he's getting - incredibly deserving!

Tour dates and ticket info is here.

Friday 14 November 2014

WATCH: Nick Mulvey - 'I Don't Want To Go Home'

Choosing to see Nick Mulvey last month on his UK tour as Sivu was supporting was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Nick and his band were remarkable live, and delivered an incredibly atmospheric and compelling set, and his record First Mind is completely worthy of the Mercury Prize nomination it received. Check out this beautiful video filmed in Australia for the track I Don't Want To Go Home, a track co-produced by Johnny Flynn.

Thursday 13 November 2014

LISTEN: Sam Beeton demo

Bringing this video of Sam Beeton back as I completely adore this demo! Incredibly excited for new music to emerge and to see the fruits of Sam's labour, feels like he's been working hard on this record for a long time!

WATCH: Amber Run 'I Found' for Mahogany

Amber Run performing their track I Found with London Contemporary Voices for The Mahogany Sessions. These guys are superb - played a cracking set at the Art Bar in Oxford last week on the Communion New Faces Tour, and they just announced their biggest headline show to date at London's Dingwalls, tickets here.

LISTEN: Sivu - 'Sleep'

It's been over a month since Sivu released his debut album, Something On High, and I'm still listening to little else. The sound is intense, with dark, though often catchy lyrics mixing with beautiful strings to make an impassioned record, and one that I can safely say is one of my favourites of the year, if not of all time!

In honour of this here's an acoustic demo of one of my favourite tracks from the record, Sleep.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

WATCH: Adam Barnes (Wheatus Cover) 'Teenage Dirtbag' for TMRW

Adam Barnes covering Wheatus' Teenage Dirtbag acoustically (and beautifully) for TMRW Magazine.

Loving this guy at the minute since seeing him at Oxjam Oxford. He's currently on a tour which culminates in a hometown full band show at The Cellar in Oxford on December 6th, tickets here.

TOUR NEWS: Fyfe (March/April 2015)

Fyfe has just announced a tour for March/April 2015, including a show at London's Electrowerks. The tour coincides with the release of his debut album Control on 9th March 2015. If you haven't listened to him before, I recommend you start with his latest single, Holding On: 

I was lucky enough to see Fyfe, along with Pixel Fix, Kimberly Anne and Amber Run (who I did not anticipate were loved so much by so many people!) last week on the Communion New Faces tour. Really enjoyed Fyfe's set and found him really compelling, and I'd be interested to see what one of his headline shows is like! Heartwarming once more to see an artist slightly flustered when the audience were requesting, and singing along to his track For You, which features on the record. 

Tickets for the tour can be found here, and you can preorder the album on iTunes here.

Tuesday 4 November 2014

TOUR NEWS: King Charles (Feb 2015)

The news we've all been waiting for.. King Charles is playing a 28 Days, 28 Shows tour in February 2015 - tickets on sale this Friday, 7th November. Perhaps news of new music will come soon! (I live in hope.)