Author: Will Orchard

Bestival - 2010

Bestival - 2010

With the rise of the 'boutique' festival in recent years - think the vegan and marijuana corners of Glastonbury - it was inevitable one would grow to corner the market, swallowing all those in its...

Review posted on 23rd September 2010

Women - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 2/09/2010

Women - The Deaf Institute, Manchester 2/09/2010

You'd be forgiven for thinking the key to blog attention is terrible sounding material. After all, it got Sleigh Bells a tour supporting MIA, and Wavves a lucrative Mountain Dew sponsorship. But with the latter...

Review posted on 6th September 2010

Bestival - 2010

Bestival - 2010

September's second weekend sees the unofficial end of the festival season, with the Rob Da Bank-curated Bestival taking over the Isle of Wight for four days and nights. Roxy Music, The Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal...

Review posted on 2nd September 2010

LCD Soundsystem - Manchester Academy, 1st May 2010

LCD Soundsystem - Manchester Academy, 1st May 2010

After spearheading a new generation's take on punk and penning the default floorfiller ('Daft Punk.') and, arguably, the single best track ('All My Friends') of the last ten years, the news that LCD Soundsystem's forthcoming...

Review posted on 4th May 2010

Delphic - Islington Mill, February 2nd, 2010

Delphic - Islington Mill, February 2nd, 2010

Review of Delphic live at Islington Mill on February 2 2010At the turn of the decade, and with the flicker of the post-Oasis fallout finally dimming, Mancunian music finds itself at a curious crossroads, torn...

Review posted on 3rd February 2010

Arctic Monkeys, MEN Arena, Saturday 21st November Live Review

Arctic Monkeys, MEN Arena, Saturday 21st November Live Review

Review of Arctic Monkeys live at the MEN Arena on Saturday 21st November.How to tackle the issue of becoming a household name? Milk your early efforts to keep the fans interested, at the expense of...

Review posted on 26th November 2009

Longcut - Moho, Manchester

Longcut - Moho, Manchester

Review of The Longcut live at Moho in Manchester on November 6th.It's little surprise that The Longcut find themselves performing to a half-empty Moho tonight - less than a month since their last gig in...

Review posted on 9th November 2009

Cold Cave - The Corner, Manchester

Cold Cave - The Corner, Manchester

Review of Cold Cave live at The Corner in Manchester. On record, Cold Cave are a confusing prospect; equal parts early Depeche Mode and New Order, smothered in an often disorientating pulp of Mary Chain-meets-Telepathe...

Review posted on 9th November 2009

Fleetwood Mac - Sheffield Arena, 2nd November 09

Fleetwood Mac - Sheffield Arena, 2nd November 09

Review of Fleetwood Mac live at Sheffield Arena on 2nd November 2009 As the first tour in their forty-year career without new material to offer, Fleetwood Mac's return to European shores is far from the...

Review posted on 4th November 2009

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Sports Team: 'Bus Trip All-Dayer' live at Dreamland in Margate

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Live music returned to Dreamland in Margate in spectacular fashion as Sports Team brought their 'Bus Trip All-Dayer' back to the seaside town for the...

Mercury Prize 2021: With a shortlist like this, it’s truly anybody’s game

Mercury Prize 2021: With a shortlist like this, it’s truly anybody’s game

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Album Of The Week: The 19th Anniversary of 'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love' by My Chemical Romance

Album Of The Week: The 19th Anniversary of 'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love' by My Chemical Romance

Well before they enjoyed meteoric success with 'The Black Parade', My Chemical Romance started their musical journey with another concept album, 'I...

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‘Whip My Hair’ Off: How shaving their heads empowered these women in music

‘Whip My Hair’ Off: How shaving their heads empowered these women in music

Willow Smith and more rocked a buzzcut for so many reasons.

Normani - Wild Side ft. Cardi B Video

Normani - Wild Side ft. Cardi B Video

Normani and Cardi B dispense with the need to maintain any resemblance of social distancing as they get up-close and personal in the video their...

Album Of The Week: The 37th Anniversary Of 'Diamond Life' by Sade

Album Of The Week: The 37th Anniversary Of 'Diamond Life' by Sade

'Diamond Life', released on the 16th July 1984, is not only a significant album in it's own right, it's a cultural touchstone and a near perfect...

From Amyl and the Sniffers to The Jacklights: Six upcoming punk albums you must not miss

From Amyl and the Sniffers to The Jacklights: Six upcoming punk albums you must not miss

The resurrection of punk presents an exciting year for music.

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