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Catching up with Dictator following the release of their politically-charged single Anthem For A Doomed Youth [Exclusive]

Catching up with Dictator following the release of their politically-charged single Anthem For A Doomed Youth [Exclusive]

Scottish four-piece Dictator (not Dominators, as some would have you believe) recently dropped their epic new single 'Anthem For A Doomed Youth', and we caught up with them recently to find out more about their...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 1st December 2019

The Frampton Sisters talk taking things slow, having musical parents and growing up in the Orkney Isles [Exclusive]

The Frampton Sisters talk taking things slow, having musical parents and growing up in the Orkney Isles [Exclusive]

Christmas is coming and The Frampton Sisters admit they are keen to get celebrating. We caught up with the indie-folk duo to discuss their future plans following the release of their debut single 'Birds Of...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 30th November 2019

Kamora open up about the importance of social media in finding musical success [Exclusive]

Kamora open up about the importance of social media in finding musical success [Exclusive]

They released their debut single 'Wild Thing' this month, and now four-piece rock band Kamora are planning some exciting live appearances for next year as well as a steady release of yet more epic singles....

News posted in Music / Festivals on 29th November 2019

Mark Sharp and The Bicycle Thieves talk Lewis Capaldi, breaking apples and their dreams for bigger shows [Exclusive]

Mark Sharp and The Bicycle Thieves talk Lewis Capaldi, breaking apples and their dreams for bigger shows [Exclusive]

Indie Scots Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves recently dropped their latest single 'Moonshine' and it certainly shows why they've had sell-out live success already. We caught up with them to talk about their journey...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 27th November 2019

Getting into the festive spirit with Susan Boyle [Christmas Q&A]

Getting into the festive spirit with Susan Boyle [Christmas Q&A]

We love the nostalgia of the Christmas season, whether it's the music, the food or the memories. Who better to give us a wholesome picture of this wonderful of year than operatic pop sweetheart and...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 26th November 2019

tameBERSERK takes us through his sonic inspiration and the pros and cons of creative control [Exclusive]

tameBERSERK takes us through his sonic inspiration and the pros and cons of creative control [Exclusive]

With his debut album 'Super Thinking' out now on Poster Boy Records after a two-year creative process, we had a thoroughly entertaining and illuminating chat with multi-instrumentalist James Pain as part of his new project,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 26th November 2019

IYEARA open up about pro-active music-making, unhappy neighbours and their hopes for going live [Exclusive]

IYEARA open up about pro-active music-making, unhappy neighbours and their hopes for going live [Exclusive]

Electronic trio IYEARA have already dropped their debut EP Consequences this Autumn, and we can expect their very first full-length album early next year. They may not have hit the live circuit yet, but we...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th November 2019

Five luxury headphones for your Christmas list this year

Five luxury headphones for your Christmas list this year

The Christmas shopping season is well underway and if you are tempted to add a new set of headphones to your most-wanted list, the minefield of options could leave you with a festive headache.Here is...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 18th November 2019

Dani Sylvia talks miserable pop, staying true to her art and divulging friends' secrets [Exclusive]

Dani Sylvia talks miserable pop, staying true to her art and divulging friends' secrets [Exclusive]

Ahead of her headline show in London this month, up-and-coming pop songstress Dani Sylvia talks to us about her journey making music so far. She released her latest single Lithium in September, and she's set...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th November 2019

Mipso talk endless touring, amazing wedding moments and their most inspiring artists [Exclusive]

Mipso talk endless touring, amazing wedding moments and their most inspiring artists [Exclusive]

Indie-Americana four-piece Mipso embark on an exciting UK and European tour this month, just weeks after releasing their incredible new single 'People Change' via AntiFragile. If you love the likes of Local Natives, Fleet Foxes...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 15th October 2019

Chloé Caroline on the difficulties of being a female in pop, acting ventures and ideal collaborations [Exclusive]

Chloé Caroline on the difficulties of being a female in pop, acting ventures and ideal collaborations [Exclusive]

Up-and-coming LA popstar Chloé Caroline dropped her latest single Forgive Me earlier this month through AWAL Records, and now she opens up to us about her broad genre-inspiration and the difficulties of making a career...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 24th September 2019

Hein Cooper talks financial troubles, human connections and his problem with aeroplanes [Exclusive]

Hein Cooper talks financial troubles, human connections and his problem with aeroplanes [Exclusive]

Following the release of his new album Underneath It All through AntiFragile Music, Aussie indie-pop artist Hein Cooper talks to us about his emergence into the music industry and his hopes for the future of...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 18th September 2019

Mexican Radio talk making a name for themselves, the power of Berlin and kissing Mark E. Smith [Exclusive]

Mexican Radio talk making a name for themselves, the power of Berlin and kissing Mark E. Smith [Exclusive]

With their second album release 'Destruction/Reconstruction' imminent, we spoke to Dyan Valdes, the vocalist and synth-player of Germany-based punk trio Mexican Radio, about their experience in the music industry and the aesthetic that they have...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 16th September 2019

Mark Butcher explains to ContactMusic how he moved from cricket to music [EXCLUSIVE]

Mark Butcher explains to ContactMusic how he moved from cricket to music [EXCLUSIVE]

He took centre-stage at cricket's historic venues for many years, yet Mark Butcher has always had a dream to perform under a very different spotlight.As an opening batsman in England's Test side between 1997 and...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 11th September 2019

Cafolla talks music from the soul, political influences and his caped exploits [Exclusive]

Cafolla talks music from the soul, political influences and his caped exploits [Exclusive]

As we await the new album from eclectic Scottish artist Cafolla, 'Cowboys and Africans', he speaks to us in an exclusive interview about his creative ventures so far. He released his latest single, '1985', alongside...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 10th September 2019

The Fureys speak to ContactMusic about their love of touring, a scary heart surgery and their special friendship with Billy Connolly [EXCLUSIVE]

The Fureys speak to ContactMusic about their love of touring, a scary heart surgery and their special friendship with Billy Connolly [EXCLUSIVE]

More than half a century has passed since The Fureys began making footprints on Irish music folklore - and the popularity of this pioneering duo is refusing to wane. While many of the mystical names...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 13th August 2019

Seven artists that made me: Bilal Hassani

Seven artists that made me: Bilal Hassani

He represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel where he sang his epic single Roi, from debut album Kingdom. Now the fabulous Bilal Hassani is opening up to us about the artists...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th July 2019

Luke Marshall Black talks soulful pop, music industry pressures and weird party tricks [Exclusive]

Luke Marshall Black talks soulful pop, music industry pressures and weird party tricks [Exclusive]

Glasgow singer-songwriter Luke Marshall Black recently dropped his emotional new single Losing Sleep and has already landed a slot at Glastonbury Festival this year. We caught up with him to talk about what it's like...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 6th June 2019

Kidsmoke talk free gig benefits, being vegetarian and album number two [Exclusive]

Kidsmoke talk free gig benefits, being vegetarian and album number two [Exclusive]

Earlier this year dreamy-pop four-piece Kidsmoke dropped their new single She Takes You Under through Big Indie Records, and now they're set to play at their label's Big Nights event in London this month. We...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 5th June 2019

Seven artists that made me: Badminton [Exclusive]

Seven artists that made me: Badminton [Exclusive]

Having recently unveiled their new single I Was, You Were from their EP Try Getting a Reservation at Dorsia Now, Leeds indie-rock band Badminton - who are Robbie Tooth, Dom Marshall and Tom McAndrew -...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 31st May 2019

Seven artists that made me: Jett Rebel

Seven artists that made me: Jett Rebel

Few people in the world are in love with classic music like Jett Rebel, a Dutch pop-rock musician who's set to release his new single 'Waiting For The Weekend' next month. He unveils his top...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 29th May 2019

DYVR talks new music, queer visibility and karaoke nerves [Exclusive]

DYVR talks new music, queer visibility and karaoke nerves [Exclusive]

Ambient-electro artist DYVR is well on his way to becoming an icon in the LGBTQ+ community as well as an all round rival in the electronic scene with his hypnotic new single 'Rising'. We spoke...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 20th May 2019

Seven artists that made me: Yes We Mystic

Seven artists that made me: Yes We Mystic

The unique Yes We Mystic released their new album 'Ten Seated Figures' recently on Devilduck Records. They are currently on their UK tour with dates in Leeds, Bristol, London and Wales this month. Vocalist and...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 15th May 2019

Danny McMahon talks the UK's country scene, the wonders of phone notes and being a mouse [Exclusive]

Danny McMahon talks the UK's country scene, the wonders of phone notes and being a mouse [Exclusive]

Armed with his charming blend of classic country and accessible pop sounds, Danny McMahon prepares to drop his new EP Boys Cry Too on May 24th through Puzzle Maker Records, featuring critically acclaimed single When...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 15th May 2019

Kev Minney talks the beauty of open-tunings and being mistaken for a Beatles tribute act [Exclusive]

Kev Minney talks the beauty of open-tunings and being mistaken for a Beatles tribute act [Exclusive]

Acoustic guitarist Kev Minney recently dropped his new single God Is An Algorithm, inspired by Yuval Noah Harari's book Homo Deus and taken from his album Modern Stories. He also co-hosted a launch show with...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 13th May 2019

Steph Brown on industry hurdles, the perks of being an indie artist and writing to Harry Potter [Exclusive]

Steph Brown on industry hurdles, the perks of being an indie artist and writing to Harry Potter [Exclusive]

One singer we just can't get enough of right now is ethereal Brighton singer-songwriter Steph Brown, who recently teamed up with Kev Minney on her debut single Feel You Near; the first single from her...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 10th May 2019

The weird and wonderful Vanity Project talk expenses, centaurs and male strippers [Exclusive]

The weird and wonderful Vanity Project talk expenses, centaurs and male strippers [Exclusive]

Occasionally you come across a band and immediately think: "Well, they're absolute weirdos", and it's more often than not a compliment. Indeed, it most certainly is in the case of Manchester band The Vanity Project,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 9th May 2019

Closet Organ talk being Scottish, band name puns and possible world domination [Exclusive]

Closet Organ talk being Scottish, band name puns and possible world domination [Exclusive]

Glasgow quartet Closet Organ dropped their last double a-side single 'Smells Like Lynx Africa / Fat & Die: An Autobiography' last month through Cow Tongue Taco Records, and now they're planning a mini-tour this summer....

News posted in Music / Festivals on 24th April 2019

Seven artists that made me: Juiceboxxx

Seven artists that made me: Juiceboxxx

Two years after the release of his album 'Freaked Out American Loser', US punk-rap artist Juiceboxxx is set to release a new single, Coinstar Song, on May 10 through Dangerbird Records. He sat down with...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 17th April 2019

Seven artists that made me: Slothrust

Seven artists that made me: Slothrust

They're set to drop their new single Peach on May 3rd following a sold-out UK tour earlier this year, and now LA-based Slothrust are set to tour across the US over the next three months....

News posted in Music / Festivals on 12th April 2019

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Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

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Feeder - Rock City, Nottingham 20.11.2019 Live Review

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