UK Bands

The State of the Music Industry

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

So alright, we're clearly not spending as much money on music as we used to. Maybe it's not that big of an interest or concern for some people, but it certainly is for me. To phrase it briefly, music (and other art forms) is a form of emotional expression, which can unite people across the world.

Start It Up

Johnny Madden | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Johnny Madden

We started recording our debut album at the start of 2014, we are recording it with Thomas McNeice in Glasgow and we're over half way through it, it sounds just as I imagined it would.

Stepping Out From the Shadows

Fiona Bevan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Fiona Bevan

Some incredible opportunities have opened up for me since I wrote One Direction's number one song Little Things with Ed Sheeran... But it's also highlighted to me the importance of articulating certain things that I need to say to the world, right now, and in an individual way that's musically faithful to myself.

Watch: The Incredible New Video From We Cut Corners

Peter McGuire | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter McGuire

All those guitars and keys. Who needs the fuss? We Cut Corners, a two-piece from Dublin consisting of drummer/ vocalist Conall Ó Breacháin and guitarist/ vocalist John Duignan, have got rid.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Neil Cossar | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

The essential story is not pop's greatest enigma: a man confesses a murder to his mother, vainly pleads poverty in a trial and ends up resigned to his fate. But questions remain: who did he kill and why?

Sound and Vision

Craig Wellington | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Craig Wellington

Our music video making journey with Dave Aspinall began in 2007. After having made a few well-budgeted videos for early singles from our debut Raise The Alarm, we were asked to produce a modestly-budgeted accompaniment to a b-side of our next release by our label.

Miss The Midnight Barbers at Your Peril

Robyn Strachan | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Strachan

Two-piece The Midnight Barbers are loud. Self-assuredly, gleefully loud; the kind of sonic expansiveness that can bring a room of people to shocked attention.

Live Review - Bastille at Koko for Virgin 40

Carly Wilford | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

Playing the last date of their recent tour before hot stepping to Europe and America next, Bastille have grown and so has their music. It's crazy that in just nine months since first meeting them that things have come so far.

Bournemouth, Folkestone Exeter & Out.

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Peter was a little worse for wear by the end of the show that night. His favourite drink is a cocktail called 'The Brucie Special'. Throughout the set he seemed bent on downing as many as he could. There's a certain slapstick quality to watching poor old Brucie double tasking between drum teching and being Pete's bartender.

Molly Naylor and the Cambridgeshire Crime Wave

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

A day or two later we read in the paper that £25,000 worth of mobile phones are stolen during the performance. That explains the crowd chant of "where's my f*cking phone gone" that goes up towards the end of the set - not surprisingly it utterly mystifies us at the time.

Loveless and the Leicester Lurch

Drew McConnell | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Leicester. This town instantly makes me think of two things. The first is a patented dance manoeuvre, known only within limited circles as The Leicester Lurch©. Invented onstage during a Babyshambles gig in Leicester circa 2006.

Barbarians of Birmingham

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

During soundcheck Adam is keen to run any tunes I think Peter could surprise us with -this has happened a few times already on the tour- so we fire through A'Rebours and French Dog Blues. The Birmingham Academy is a cavernous old room, and soundchecks here are notoriously unhelpful.

Meet Jai, the Merchandise Guy

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Today is Jai's birthday. Who is Jai, you ask? Well, if you've been to one of the shows this tour, you may remember the handsome devil behind the merch stall. What you didn't realise as you perused the fine selection of quality products on offer, is that Jai is one of Peter's oldest and best pals.

The Hatfield Bop

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

This was the one everybody was curious about. Reading down the list of dates on the tour, every show was in a well-trodden town except this one. No one I spoke to had played here either, indeed few had even heard of it. Turns out it's a newish venue, built on the University of Hertfordshire campus.

Sheffield

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

We played pretty well, a touch rusty perhaps after a short gap since Paris. It didn't matter though; the crowd were determined to make it an incredible evening. Every so often an audience shocks you with their reaction- Sheffield were just such an audience this first night back on the road, they went berserk from start to finish. The Steel City embracing some London Troublemakers, what?

Promo: "Can You Go On a Cookery Show?"

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

The first bit of promo was pretty surreal. We actually have a really great team in Parlophone France, and we trust them to book us for promotional performances appropriately. On this occasion however we arrived at the TV studio to discover we had been booked to play a cookery show. Ok, why not?

Plumbing Conundrums and Rhododendrons

Drew McConnell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

The show tonight was ace. A game of two halves; the main set was solid, but we really came to life during the encore. After a good run of consecutive shows, we can now follow Peter's wilder 'band direction' with ease.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 7 Oct - 13 Oct 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We're fairly confident that we've ticked all the new music boxes in this week's round-up of unmissable gigs.

How Bastille Went From Smuggling Themselves Into Festivals to Headlining Them

Freya Bromley | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

I interviewed Bastille as they headlined Redfest on how they got their break and what advice they would give to bands trying to make it.

You Need To Hear This: Featuring Emerging Icons Longfellow, The Dark Lights, Mr. Smith and Neotropics

Kat Jackman | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet. A wise man once noted how it made him want to move his dancing feet- so we've taken it upon ourselves to put together a bunch of brilliant new artists for you to have a summery groove to this week.

Local Music Talent Coming To The City Of Southampton

Paige Hiley | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

There is always that moment when you listen to a band and you can't think for the life of you what their name is.... Ohhh, it's um... Ahh, I know this?!?! Well for these lucky bands, hopefully after this article and after you take a listen, you'll know their names due to the pure talent that they dish out.

Notable Bands from Northern Ireland: How Many Can You Name?

Michael Macaroon | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Anyone who’s had a night on the town in Belfast will be struck by the energy of the live music scene. Every night of the week, week in week out, cou...

You Need To Hear This Featuring Emerging Icons The Flight, Lizo, Tiger Bite Fever, Familiar Creatures and Bela Takes Chase

Kat Jackman | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This week we've got some electronic genius, a few old faces in new guises, some quirky folk and the latest contender to take the pop kingdom by storm. Sound good? You wait til you hear the tunes...

Little Big Adventure - The Adventure Begins...

John Carlon | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

FRESH on the scene and raring to go - Little Big Adventure are five musicians from Oslo and Bergen who are setting out to show the Norwegian scene just what they can do.

The Fears of a Support Act

Tom Hickox | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Hickox

Most musicians are notoriously nervous of playing support gigs, as how the crowd will respond is such a huge unknown. It's pretty important that the headliner and support are matched musically in a way that at least suggests that they might have listened to one or two of the same records.