Tag : Meg Firth

Black Honey descend on Church | 18/10/18

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On a cold Thursday night, the doors of Church opened to welcome a sensational line-up of RUSSO, PINS and the visionary Black Honey. The beauty that ensued held testament to the roofless talent and flair of each of the bands, and it was certainly a night to be remembered. First … Read More

Body and Soul: The Black Women Who Pioneered Jazz, Blues and Soul

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Their songs are iconic; their voices unforgettable; their influence on music history irrepressible. They are the Black women who pioneered soul, jazz and blues, remaining timeless and a constant source of inspiration, vision and respect. Here are five important women who brought Black music into the spotlight. Gladys Bentley Gladys … Read More

Festival season kicks off in Heaton Park with Parklife 2018

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You’re caught between the heavy bass magnetising you from one stage and intoxicating indie-pop coming from the main stage. You’re four Smirnoff Ices down, with Mancunian spirit sending your serotonin levels off the scale. You’re at Parklife 2018, and there is not a care in the air. 80,000 donned their … Read More

Tom Misch becomes a puppeteer of emotions on new album, Geography

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Geography shimmers with a sincerity and sentimentality that is rare to find elsewhere. Opening track ‘Before Paris’ encapsulates Misch’s ability to become a puppeteer of your emotions. Sensitively gliding over a spoken-word monologue, Misch diffuses any tension in your soul with delicate fretwork. Then the beat steps in, and suddenly … Read More

The Magic Gang: “It all just suddenly hit me and I was crying from happiness.”

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The Magic Gang have been the band on every indie kids’ lips in recent years, quickly becoming a household name with their seminal EPs and sell-out tours. Music editor Meg Firth sits down with bassist Gus Taylor before their sold-out show at Church, in the wake of their debut album … Read More

All-Female DJ Collectives Diversifying Decks Across the World

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In light of International Women’s Day, music editor Meg Firth chronicles the DJ collectives across the world that are bringing women to the forefront of the scene. It’s no secret that dance music is still largely dominated by men. Take one look at most line-ups and it’s clear to see … Read More

NME to cease print production and ‘expand digital platforms’

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NME have announced that this week’s issue (Friday 9 March) will be its final free print edition, in a pursuit to expand its digital audience. After 66 years of print publication, this is a revelation that highlights the sad decline of print journalism. NME has been an essential companion for many UK … Read More

Live At Leeds unveil The Vaccines as headliners

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Every year, anticipation for Live At Leeds builds like bubbles in a soda bottle. This morning, the cap was unleashed and excitement over-brimmed as The Vaccines were announced as headliners. Topping the bill on the brand new Leeds Festival Stage, the guitar kingpins will have everyone belting back lyrics, clambering … Read More

Pale Waves prove they’re more than their comparisons at sold-out Chapel show, 28/2

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“They’re like a female 1975” I hear echoing around the smoking area; the same shallow comparison I’ve heard thrown frequently towards Pale Waves. After signing to Dirty Hit and working closely in the studio with Matty Healy, the Manchester four-piece seem to have become inescapably synonymous with their labelmates and … Read More