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Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Elbow to headline 2019 Y Not Festival

February 10, 2019

Foals’ Yannis Philippakis performing at Wembley Arena (Photo: Alberto Pezzali for Live4ever Media) Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Wolf Alice are becoming familiar names on the 2019 European festival scene.   All three have been confirmed for this year’s Y Not Festival, with Foals and Two Door Cinema Club due to headline along with Elbow, and Wolf Alice leading the charge of the other main acts that also includes Franz Ferdinand and You Me At Six. “After an amazing 2018 festival we’re so happy to have a 2019 line-up bursting at the seams,” Y Not organisers respond. “We’ve got a huge mix of new and old faces to the Derbyshire Dales, with massive returns from classic bands such as... Continue Reading →

Album Review: The Specials – Encore

February 10, 2019

This shouldn’t be happening. It’s indicative of where Blighty is right now, both musically and socially, that this album has not only been made (the first album from this version of the Specials in forty years) but also that it’s depressingly relevant. A quick recap: The Specials shot to fame in the late 1970s with a string of Top 10 singles. Their ska sound was revivalist, but the content wasn’t. Social commentary was the order of the day against a backdrop of urban decay and violence in the inner cities, most famously detailed on their 1981 UK number one single Ghost Town. From there they became something of a revolving door for members, to an extent that you’d need a... Continue Reading →

Review: The Room In The Wood – The Mars EP

February 04, 2019

There are as many complainants about music wickedly going unseen, unheard or unloved as there are those who talk about the lasting differences between the stuff produced in Liverpool versus almost anywhere else in Britain. Both groups have a point but neither really bottles the essence of The Room In The Wood, a confection of Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson, working together again for the first time since their highly cultish post-punk outfit The Room split back in 1985. Since reuniting they’ve been prolific; in 2018 releasing the EP Magical Thinking and their eponymous debut album – both, whatever accusations of bias you can level, cruelly ignored by the public at large – and now this, three more new songs... Continue Reading →

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