The Rise of Pop Music at Glastonbury

There’s always much debate about the headliners at Worthy Farm, but has the heavy pop influence in recent years had a worrying knock-on effect further down the bill? 

As another outdoor music season draws to a close, it’s fair to say that the festival industry in the UK is at a pivotal position. The last decade has seen an incredible rise in the number of smaller festivals popping up, but this year the tide is turning.


Skinny Lister

The Haunt, Brighton – May 10th, 2017

If you are a regular gig and festival goer you will undoubtley have seen the name Skinny Lister on a line-up somewhere over the last few years.

Their ‘always on tour’ motto is probably only surpassed by Xtra Mile label-mate Frank Turner, who they’ve supported many times, and whose influence is easy to see. With tours alongside US heavyweights Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy’s also under their belt, it’s not hard to see how they’ve perfectly honed the sound of self-proclaimed ‘trad-folk-punk’.


Beans on Toast

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton – January 27th, 2017

Anyone who’s seen Beans On Toast before will know his act isn’t one for corporate arenas, making him the perfect champion for Independent Venue Week, which he’s supporting with seven days of gigs across Southern England and Wales.

That’s not to say the Braintree singer-sonwriter can’t hold his own on the big stage. He’s a regular at festivals all over the country and over the past few years has supported Frank Turner many times during his friend’s rise to fame, culminating at Wembley Arena in 2012.


Will Varley

Komedia, Brighton – November 17th, 2016

Following the release of his fourth album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’, the Kent singer-songwriter hits Brighton on the penultimate night of his biggest UK tour to date.

The first thing on most people’s lips on entering Brighton’s Komedia – one of the most popular comedy venues outside of London – is: “Why is everyone sat down?”

Sure, tomorrow folk singer Will Varley will play the idyllic Union Chapel, Islington where seated pews are very much the order of things, but in this basement comedy club that, as you might expect, has cabaret-style inward-facing tables, it’s a quite peculiar arrangement for regular gig goers.


Glastonbury 2016: Review

After much criticism of the line-up in the media, and hundreds of complaints about the conditions and endless queues just to get on site, could Glastonbury live up to its status of Britain’s best festival, or is the magic starting to wear off?

There’s a certain degree of poignancy going into this year’s Glastonbury, not least with the death of two musical icons associated with the festival. It’s no surprise to see Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ lightning flash adorning the Pyramid Stage, while Prince’s legacy – forever rumoured to be playing, but seemingly the one that got away – felt everywhere.