What Can We Learn From the Circus?

Emily Morgan | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Morgan

Rooted in gypsy community, there is more than just a thing or two that circus can teach us about the way we live and work. Yes, my experiences with circus may have been with an award-winning contemporary circus company, but behind the veil of cutting edge aesthetics and performance, exists a parallel universe imbedded with the cultures of traditional circus. A world that operates on a completely different set of rules.

Greyhound Dreams: An Interview With Sam Russo

Clara Cullen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Specialist Subject Records Sam Russo is a songwriter I have often returned to. His songs have soundtracked my journeys running to catch the last tube...

Fink: A Team Prepares

Tim Thornton | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Fink are going on tour again soon, and the 30 or so people who make up Team Fink are in a flurry of activity. Preparing for a trip like this - almost 40 days on the road, 16 countries and some whopping great venues (Berlin's Tempodrom, London's Forum, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw) - is no joke.

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere: The Good,The Bad And The Bubbly... Pt 4

Noel Gallagher | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Gallagher

Paris in the spring is quite frankly... well just beautiful. The sun was out. It was warm... all I'm missing is my girl. The gig was great too. Bit of a come down from all the razzmatazz of the big shows in the UK. Great crowd... Some people actually flew in from The Lebanon especially for it, which was nice.

Paloma Faith Interview - Exclusive Footage From the Barbican, and Details About the Special Edition of 'A Perfect Contradiction'

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Eggleton

I am really spoiling you today. To coincide with the release of the stunning footage from her performance at The Barbican, and news of the November release of a special edition of her platinum selling album, I've had a chat with the charming riddle that is Paloma Faith.

Interview - Jungle Talk About Bucking the Social Media Trend

Carly Wilford | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

With artists from across the world descending on Austin's SXSW festival in Texas, Jungle's performances represented a movement towards bucking the egotistical media trend. Not appearing in any of their videos, pictures or artwork and boycotting twitter, their live performance speaks louder than any social media timeline.

Gareth Dunlop: A Songwriter on the Rise

Clara Cullen | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Gareth Dunlop is a songwriter of uncanny ability. Listening to his records you wouldn't be able to tell that he's still only in his twenties. He has a gravelly voice and songs that shine with a confidence disguising his youth. In 2011 Gareth won the prestigious Young Songwriter of the Year award at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Nashville beckoned.

Jason Isbell: A Man's Second Chance

Clara Cullen | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

atching Jason Isbell play London's Electric Ballroom is a far cry from the pews of St Pancras Old Church where I saw him play to 100 people less than a year ago. A lot has changed for Isbell in the last 12 months...

Adventures on the Road

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

It seems wherever I perform people want to know about how this mysterious thing on top of their necks works; after all, it's who they are. I think people are becoming more curious as to why they do what they do and why they live the way they live.

Introducing: The Smith Street Band

Clara Cullen | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

I met lead singer Wil Wagner and drummer Chris Cowburn before their set outside The Fighting Cocks in Kingston. It's a mainstay on the punk circuit, a dingy pub and basement live room that's taken its fair share of beatings.

Hey Mate, Would You Like a Drink?

Xavier Toby | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

So I'm not drinking for February. Since the start of February I've been offered alcohol 237 times, but who's counting? Not me, I made that up.

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.

A Day is a Long Time in Politics a Week is Quick in Rock'n'Roll

Dave Sanders | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dave Sanders

Has it really been a week since the first show of this tour? The time has just flown by... And it's been as amazing as we hoped - no, scratch that - it's been better. Great gigs, great crowds, great responses, oh and the odd comedy moment!

Rock and Indeed Roll

Dave Sanders | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dave Sanders

Every small unsigned, unsupported band is out for their big break and we're no exception. But whenever and however that break arises, with excitement and elation also comes a lot of hard work. That has certainly been true for us, getting confirmed as the support to Steel Panther.

What Goes on Tour, Stays on Tour - Theatrical Affairs and Gareth Gates

Daniella Gibb | Posted 09.12.2012 | Home
Daniella Gibb

Oh dear Gareth! It must have been a slow news day, despite more pressing headlines such as the murder charges against Mark Bridger the celeb gossip section exploded with another alleged affair between the married Gareth Gates and an on-stage co-star.

Life on the Road

Gavin Roach | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Gavin Roach

How is it that I find myself in this situation I hear you ask? Well my ever faithful readers I am on tour again. I have been on tour with my one-man show, Confessions of a Grindr Addict, for the better part of six months. Sounds like an exciting and adventurous life right? Well it can be, honestly, but there are some days, every so often, that you wonder why you do it.

Greetings From an American Songwriter, Lost in London

Joseph King | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Joseph King

In essence, we are an American rock band throwing our hats into the UK music scene. The experience up to now has been ecstatically exciting, but not void of some eye-opening lessons. The most painful? In order to taste a cocktail in a typical British bar you have to order a double.

Behind the Smoke and Mirrors...

Labrinth | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home

I'm playing KOKO as one of the last dates of my tour... and needless to say my first big solo gig in my hometown is extremely nerve wracking. I need to pull out all the stops and deliver - and make everyone proud!

Indie Hip-Hop Tour Essentials

MC Lars | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
MC Lars

The past five months of my life have been spent living in a tour bus, van and hotel rooms across the world. Touring is an essential part of the business model for today's indie artists. Here are some tips and tricks I've picked up what to have with you on your journey.

Touring With The Kooks and Learning to Speak My Mind

Steve Sparrow | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Steve Sparrow

I urge anybody who reads this to exercise this same tactic in life; don't be afraid to be yourself, not everyone will like you; but a few will and they're really the only ones that will matter in the end.