How to make a music biopic that people actually want to see

Friday 11th August 2017

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A piece I wrote for Dazed Digital discussing the classics and cock-ups in the vast filmography of the music biopic.

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Blissfields 2017 Review

Monday 10th July 2017

Headliners Metronomy and The Cinematic Orchestra stepped triumphantly up to the mark, but the smaller acts deserved far greater recognition than they got at this year’s Blissfields Festival

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Photo: Niall Green

The attendance at Blissfields has increased continually since its conception in 2001, a fact due in no small part to its consistently eclectic, if not entirely discerning, musical line-ups. Vanguards of modern British music like Tricky and Super Furry Animals have played here, as did Wolf Alice and Laura Marling in their formative years, but an unfortunate preponderance of Radio Friendly Unit Shifters have also been invited to perform at the Hampshire festival, ensuring that it always attracts both music fans and veritable non-fans alike.

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The Orielles Live Review, DM’s Boot Room, Camden

Friday 30th June 2017

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Photo: Press

By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes – a guitar band is playing a gig in the back of a shoe store in Camden. Is someone, somewhere, trying to exhume the tired corpse of an old music scene? No, curb your cynicism – ‘cos the guitar band is called The Orielles, and they’re one of the best new groups to emerge from England’s dreaming this year.

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Touts and the enduring spirit of Northern Irish punk

Monday 3rd April 2017

An interview with the up and coming young punk band from Londonderry

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Photo: Press

They hail themselves as, “A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.” But what this three-piece from Derry can do is knock out a punk record with a furiously contemporary political bite, and a sound that could have been transported straight from the hallowed arena of The Casbah.

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Neon Waltz Live Review, Omeara, London Bridge

Sunday 26th February 2017

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You might be excused for thinking that London’s railways have changed a lot since Paul Weller immortalised the capital’s “Cold and uninviting, partially naked” tube stations in 1978. For after leaving the refurbished and repolished London Bridge terminus, around the corner you might just find a new music venue tucked into a hole in the wall beneath the railway line.

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