SAARA AALTO – SENATE SQUARE, HELSINKI

On Monday the 5th of December, around ten thousand people descended on Senate Square in Helsinki, the site of the Helsinki cathedral and the ongoing December Christmas market, to welcome home one of their very own, Saara Alto, the Finnish top three finalist in this years English version of the X Factor.  Now, I couldn’t…

TOM ODELL / O2 ACADEMY, LEEDS

A complete “not-what-I-expected” extravaganza of jumping around, mass participation and cheering… no not the US presidential election, an evening with Tom Odell at Leeds O2! As a first album fanboy I walked in to the renovated church building on a cold Tuesday evening expecting a night of lighter-waving (mobile phones for the millennials), blubbing and gentle left-to-right swaying but…

GLASTONBURY 2016 FROM THE SOFA

Glastonbury is over for another year and it’s been another year where we haven’t attended. But, in the warmth and dryness of our own homes, we watched it from the comfort of our own sofa. Here’s what Stuart made of it. DISCLAIMER: BBC have been a little slack with uploading footage so some of the…

STEREOPHONICS / MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM – 2ND JUNE

Stereophonics are one of those bands that you don’t truly appreciate until you’ve seen them live. I saw them before when they performed in Lincoln AGES ago but never really appreciated live music like I do nowadays. Thursday 2nd June would see me have another opportunity of seeing the band again and they didn’t disappoint….

LOST VILLAGE FESTIVAL / A DJ’S REVIEW

So if you’ve been on any of our various social media profiles, which you most certainly should have been, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you’ll have seen that we’ve recently got back from representing the Back to Mono brand at The second annual Lost Village Festival on the outskirts of Lincoln. Here’s what I have…

FOALS / BARCLAYCARD ARENA, BIRMINGHAM – 19TH FEBRUARY

Foals are without doubt one of my favourite bands and I had the pleasure of seeing them perform at Alexandra Palace, London on Valentine’s Day in 2013 which, you can read the review of here. Since then, they’ve released their critically acclaimed album, What Went Down which I was really looking forward to hearing live….

RICHIE RAMONE / THE CLUNY, NEWCASTLE – 9TH FEBRUARY 2016

Whilst away in Newcastle the other night, I checked into my hotel and like I normally tend to do, hit Google up for some advice on what might be going on in the area. I do this pretty much every time I’m holed up somewhere, alone and bored but it’s not only rare I find…

THE KOOKS / ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN – 16TH DECEMBER

Nostalgia is an incredible thing and the mid 2000’s would see my love for indie music become a thing. Helped by the likes of Razorlight, Bloc Party, The Futureheads and The Kooks. I’ve seen the latter at Leeds Festival but Wednesday saw me experience a full gig from them. I was a little naive (great…

THE ORDINARY BOYS / ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN – 18TH NOVEMBER

So if one of my band mates, if we imagine I’m in a band, turned to me and said “I’ve got the best idea in the world, I’m going to raise our profile and expand our fan base by going on Celebrity Big Brother” I’d probably be on board and expect it to pay off…

THE STAVES / ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN – 29TH OCTOBER 2015

Majestic, magnificent and magical. Three words that can appropriately and completely describe the experience of being one of around three hundred people at the Lincoln Engine Shed’s Platform venue on 29th October 2015. As the three sisters from Watford delivered their own brand of folk and those harmonies that boggle the mind, they’re so perfect,…

THE MACCABEES / O2 ACADEMY, LIVERPOOL – 17TH NOVEMBER 2014

They say that 3 is the magic number. After seeing The Maccabees last week for the third time, I’d have to agree with this ‘they’ because it was one of the best gigs I’ve been present at. Those that know me will be aware of the love I have for The Maccabees. Not only because Orlando…