Over recent years the likes of Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, as well as, London have all since some of their smaller music venues lost to time and the lack of an audience, but why? When the underground rock music scene is healthier than it has ever been, with even more great and unique bands coming up the ranks.
A band like iC1s, who sit calmly within the vanguard of the London scene and are rated by the likes of Carl Barat and Alan McGee, possess a lot of the old, natural swagger.
It was like scuba diving, something about being alone in the vastness of nature that makes you feel very small and very alive. Soon, the cloud closed in on us and the beautiful view was replaced with grey, which mirrored the approaching mood.
The world's most influential ambassador for reggae music and the Rastafari movement, Robert Nesta Marley is today more alive than ever, and here in the capital city he grew up in he seems almost to have attained the status of a prophet, this 70th birthday concert a kind of grand ceremonial canonisation or coronation in absentia.
There is a revolution heading towards the Official Album Charts this Spring and it could be just the opening a lot of up and coming bands are looking towards to break through in to the national conscience.
If ever there was a venue which epitomised our approach to music heritage in this country, it is the Ealing Club. Quite simply it's a huge missed opportunity on a number of levels. The council could be attracting visitors from all around the world to explore the music heritage of Ealing.
Here is somebody who can command a room with a single look, who can conjure up harmonious music from a hundred disparate individual musicians with just a twitch of his right hand, yet we found Sir Simon Rattle to be thoughtful, humble and thoroughly grounded in the stuff of everyday life.
Streaming is upon us, it is one of the buzz words of our era - and understandably so. It may remain a minority sport among music fans (around 12% of spending on music in the UK during 2014), but it is growing at a rapid pace.
I called to Dan and Lauren to bring the camera over as the monkey lazily flopped down out of the tree and into the grass to start grazing. I think seeing any animal in it's natural habitat is always unforgettable but this was brilliant. I felt like Dian Fossey.
I wrote a song for all my fellow woman who have to share their man with a team of virtual football players.
Hooray!! Pop cupcake Cheryl is back post January AND she's got a new video! Yes the best hair and dimples on telly and the rest of Mrs Ferdenez- Versini (I spelt that without looking it up) has a new single and it's called Only Human. Chezza really likes saying Only Human as it's also the title of her album, it also means there's less to remember.
West End legend John Owen-Jones is shortly to become a very busy man. February 11th sees hims take to the stage with Katherine Jenkins on the first night of her headline tour of the UK.
The days when people went to a music festival and came back with nothing more than a hangover and an STD are over. Now marketers hope that they can send them home remembering great experiences brought to them by brands who have helped make the event amazing.
Immersion is the word. He knew of nothing else it would seem until music came along. It's the sort of fate to which one cannot attach a value or even adequately describe. Call it the gift, the blue touch paper that leads to the muse.
The flight to Kilimanjaro was an eventful one. On the first flight to Nairobi, Lauren, Dan and I may have consumed a little bit too much alcohol. I won't go into details but it involved sleepwalk mugging of a fellow passenger, six sick bags and a nose bleed.
East London hip-hop duo PBGR are due to have a huge year in the UK, after already establishing a lot of underground buzz. Get to know a bit more about them.