Gigging

New to Stand-up Comedy? Here Are Six Beginner's Tips

Samantha Baines | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

You are new, so no matter what your experience beforehand everyone will assume you are utterly crap at telling jokes to people. This can be frustrating when you are trying to assure everyone you are the UK's answer to Sarah Silverman with a bit of Lee Evans thrown in *cough*. The answer? Well, my answer, is to embrace it.

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.

How Music Festivals Have Changed in the Last Twenty Years

Geoff Ellis | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Ellis

Festivals have changed dramatically in this time - when the first T in the Park took place in 1994 the only other UK festivals were Glastonbury, Reading and WOMAD - now there are literally hundreds all over the country and they have gone from just being a place where you watch bands outdoors, to an entire four day experience or a long weekend away.

The Hypnotic Eye: Under Their Spell

Jason Holmes | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The Hypnotic Eye make a photogenic combo, which may explain the evening's presence of several photographers who are eager to capture a band who look as if they've stepped straight out of the London of 1968.

Review: Glen Hansard/The Lost Brothers at the Barbican

Clara Cullen | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

From playing the streets of Dublin to concert halls all over the world, Hansard has certainly come a long way.

Beer Made From Angel's Wings and Unicorn Tears

Xavier Toby | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

My need for alcohol is actually starting to affect my powers of perception, and I now seem to be existing in a reality that is part medieval England, part Narnia. Alternatively, I might be seeing things as they are, and Perth is a few years behind the rest of Australia.

Folly Rae: Brings Good Music Back to the Folks

Bwoywonder | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

If her single is anything to go by then expect even more from this folk friendly female when she releases her EP 'My Enemy' this summer.

The Charity Busk: Son Belly

Lydia Hughes | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

THE BUSK is a music platform. It showcases music videos and profiles fresh, new talent. If you want to listen to sound played from the streets, you've come to the right place.

Interview: George Frakes - London's Own Curbside Prophet

Clara Cullen | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

It's a Wednesday night in early January and as George Frakes takes to the stage of this cosy north London boozer, clad in a mishmash of tweed and velvet, there's an air of the English Gent to him. While the crowd at The Wheelbarrow may be rather thin on the ground, those who have turned out are reverent in their hushed appreciation.

Live Review - Mikill Pane at the Sebright Arms

Carly Wilford | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

Pane is a man's man. He's on a level. A tattooed and bearded dope chef that speaks to guys deeper than any lads mag.

Don't Drink and Jive: Why Alcohol and Performance Do Not Make Cosy Bedfellows

Matthew Phillips | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

I don't feel the need to rid myself of inhibitions prior to a gig because, in all sincerity, the stage is one of the few places that I can be entirely myself, warts and all. If you can't amplify your neuroses and insecurities at a show then, frankly, what's the point?

I Am Kloot

Pete Jobson | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pete Jobson

Signed 500 limited edition seven inchers this morning. I felt very like Muhammad Ali. He used to sign 1000 photos of himself every morning before breakfast and dispatch them forth quipping, "Yeah, I was pretty", safe in the knowledge that the bills were covered for the day.

Songwriting - My Longest Gig

Chris T-T | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK
Chris T-T

I think I just played my longest ever show, at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.