Category Festivals

A retrospective festival circuit

“John Peel to have new music festival named in his honour,” spouts Guardian Music today as yet another temple is erected to the hallowed memory of music’s saviour. Worship this time takes the form of a shiny new festival (because it’s not like the music festival market is so saturated that several large events have […]

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1234: New kids on the scene, Shoreditch Park, 9 July 2011

SLE’s round-up of the newer bands at 1234 At 1pm Shoreditch Park is mostly populated by press and photographers (the least enthusiastic section of the live music audience). But over in the tiny Rough Trade Shops & Beat Magazine tent the sound of Rayographs is gradually attracting a crowd. Their melodic, yet occasionally grungy and […]

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1234, Shoreditch Park, 9 July 2011

Everyone knows you’re not truly cool unless you never leave East London, ever. Not even for a music festival. So thankfully for the cool, Shoreditch Park played host to the 1234 Festival last Saturday attracting hundreds of hipsters, a couple of freaks and plenty of those annoying people who wear ‘funny’ t-shirts and presumably work […]

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iTunes Festival: Beady Eye, Roundhouse, 5 July 2011

iTunes Festival has an amazing lineup this year, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Friendly Fires. On the lower end of the bill, however, is Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis rock band with remaining members Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. With one album under their belt, they took to the […]

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Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Beirut, The Vaccines & Owen Pallett, Hyde Park, 30 June 2011

There’s a constant sense of magic surrounding Arcade Fire, as if they came from another world. A better one, where each member is capable of playing any possible instrument, where epic and dramatic songs make your blood speed through your veins and pure talent overcomes glossy appearance. A band whose musical quality is beyond comparison, […]

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Hard Rock Calling: The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, James, Wolf Gang & Michael Kiwanuka, Hyde Park, 24 June 2011

Predictably, it started to rain in Hyde Park after six o’clock, which meant the long-awaited performances of Kaiser Chiefs and The Killers were wet through, but by no means ruined. Not even the rain refrained the two bands from delivering two memorable performances. You can always read something critical and sarcastic about The Killers. For […]

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Stag and Dagger Festival, Shoreditch, 19 May 2011

The Stag and Dagger festival is Shoreditch’s showcase of new and upcoming British talent: a taste of what you’ll be listening to in a few months’ time. The Old Blue Last’s tiny upstairs stage was host to a roaring set from Mammal Club, who managed to entertain the small group of festival-goers and kicked off […]

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