Derbyshire Pride 2018

derbypride4Crowds gathered in their masses on Saturday the 8th September for the annual Derbyshire Pride event and it was an occasion that just wasn’t to be missed. Hundreds of people gathered on Curzon Street for an all-day party which wasn’t just about celebrating the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, it was about the people of Derby and Derbyshire celebrating differences. As was also traditional was the Great British weather, cos let’s face it the weather doesn’t know what it’s doing from one moment to the next.

Many organisations came together to help celebrate the day, the LGBT+ community and its allies and reminded everyone that the special day was about inclusivity to everyone, from all walks of life. The message couldn’t be any clearer; it doesn’t matter who you are be it your sexuality, gender, disability, race or ethnicity we are one big community and that’s what should be celebrated.

Hosting duties were taken by Galaxy Radio’s Soraya Vivian and Derby’s own Trudy Knight and Miss Davinia

Several performers helped put on an amazing show, drag Queens, DJ’s, singers and even tribute acts including Mizz Pink, Livin Joy, Danny Beard and Kirby Frost. Also making an appearance were Ross Alexander, members of Studio Storm Fitness, Sweet Female Attitude. Also making an appearance were stars of Channel 4’s Gogglebox and The Property Boyz derbypride14derbypride6  Derbyshire Police, ambulance crew and the local fire services came down to offer their support along with other organisations such as The Samaritans and members of the Derbyshire LGBT+ Network and many more. Even special hair and make-up treatments were available.

The event stared with the annual parade which began on St Peter’s Churchyard which began at 11:15 am and went on till 12pm and ended at Curzon Street which is where the celebrations continued. The party went on till 3am at The Crown Inn, which isn’t just an LGBT+ venue, but also one of Derbyshire Pride’s sponsors as well.    derbypride11  Looking forward to Derbyshire Pride 2019.

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Steve Page live@ the Rescue Rooms Gig review

A review piece I did for MusicNotts on the recent Steven Page gig at the Rescue Rooms on Saturday last week (18/8/18), have a read and enjoy 🙂

http://musicnotts.com/review-steve-page-live-the-rescue-rooms-18-8-2018/

Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend: Coventry

It’s the last day of the Biggest Weekend, and certainly the biggest one that the Beeb have pulled off and what a musical extravaganza. What’s definitely been great about it, especially in Swansea, was the number of female artists performing and not long after the 50/50 Gender Pledge was promised. The female artists taking part was no exception; Rita Ora, Stefflon Don, Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato who was joined by Puerto Rican star Louis Fonsi who is equally as incredible and definitely has the voice to match. The day continued with Hailee Steinfield, Camila Cabello, formerly of Fifth Harmony who managed to win over the crowds and prove herself as a solo artist. Other ladies to storm the stage were Jessie Ware, Anne Marie, Jax Jones who was joined by another sensational female artists Raye and our very one Jess Glynne.

What’s great about this is that at a time when the lack of female artist on band bills has been mentioned on the news earlier this year is that having several female artists can actually work can that it’s capable of pulling big crowds. After todays’ band lists in Swansea there’s very little excuse for a lack of female representation at any major festival.

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Over in Coventry there were some incredible performers by Snow Patrol and veteran rockers The Selector who still know how to put on a show, even now.

Liam Gallagher, the other half of the Gallagher brothers closed the night with his new band Beady Eye mixture but still did performed songs from his Oasis days. Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, Greedy Soul, Wall of Glass, Bold, Some Might Say, D’ Ya Know What I Mean, Come Back to Me and You Better Run. No matter you might think of him, and admittedly he might not be your cup of tea, Liam has proved himself to be a worthy musician, singer and songwriter and that he can survive post Oasis (and Noel). Even now he still has his loyal fanbase and can still knows how to attract a new generation. Now I openly admit that I’m not actually in the Liam Gallagher fanbase but even I have to admit that he knows how to get a crowd going, and he definitely breathes rock ‘n’ roll and the crowds like him.

Live links courtesy of Greg James, Alice Levine, Clara Amfo and Jo Whiley

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Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend: Perth

Over in Swansea on the second day of Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend Wales saw its enormous share of festival madness, oh you lucky people. Ed Sheeran opened up the day with Don’t, A-Team, Blood Stream, Happier and Perfect but to name several. Now what’s very likeable about Ed is his very down-to-earth nature when he performs as it’s just him and the fans, no manic in your faceness. This man is literally a one-man-band as he’s armed with just a guitar and a loop-station. Though he did take a few moments to explain what that actually was. All that I can say is the he’s got a soothing voice that just pierces straight through the music and if anyone can come second to Sam Smith in the vocal department it’s this guy.

There were other performances throughout the day by Sigrid. Seriously for a woman who’s not been around the music scene that long she’s definitely making a huge name for herself. Swedish duo First Aid Kit were an incredible breath of fresh air and were simply incredible. At this rate you’d have to give Sweden some serious credit for the artists they’ve produced over the past 5 years.

Over in the 6Music Recommends Stage new artist Hollie Cooke put on an incredible set and is someone to keep a look out for in the very near future. I detect great things from her. Towards the end of the afternoon and going into the evening our very own Emilie Sande performed in Swansea and reminded everyone of the powerhouse of a performer she is. Whenever she’s on stage remember to never underestimate her. Sam Smith, the only male artist I can think of who can equal her vocal talents ended the night and reminded us why one of the best performers we’ve got today. Sam performed his amazing hits including Money on my Mind, Lay Me Down, Too Good at Goodbyes, I’m Not the Only One. Seriously, this guy got the best vocals in town and that’s not something you can say everyday.

Up in Perth Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds headlined the night, and my god what a performance. This man’s a musical genius and he came from one of the biggest bands of the 90’s. The former Oasis front-man, and as some might argue the better half of the Gallagher brothers (some might say, pardon the pun) treated the Scottish crowds and fans alike to some amazing songs. It’s a Beautiful World, Holy Mountain, Fort Knox, In the Heat of The Movement, Dream On, Little by Little, The Importance of Being Idle, She Taught me How to Fly, Half the World Away, Wonderwall and my own favourite ever, AKA… What a Life. That’s the one song that would be hard to tire of. Noel Gallagher is quite arguably one of the musical/song writing geniuses of both our time and generation and tonight’s performance proves just that.

Live links courtesy of Greg James

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Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend: Belfast

It’s day 1 of Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend and what a day it’s been so far, and all the way from Belfast. The day was a music-packed extravaganza filled with some of the hottest acts from both the British music scene and beyond. Public Service Broadcasting, a band who need no singer and always seem to pull off a great show had the crowd in their hand were just incredible. They’re were some lively performances courtesy of 6Music Recommends that look set to provide a breath of fresh air this year. They’re were amazing to watch, the crowds were just loving it.

Now this is one performance you couldn’t miss, the indie legends that can’t to do wrong, Manic Street Preachers, just stole the show and sang several of their classics including International Blue, Stole The Sun, Tolerate, You Love Us and treated both the fans and crowd to their new single Hold Me Like a Heaven. Just awesome viewing pleasure to say the least. They did however pay tribute to band-member Nicky Wire who had to pull-out due to family reasons. The Manics bring back many memories of the Brit Pop era.

Whilst the Manics owned the stage it was legendary duo it was the DJ duo, Orbital, who owned the night. Phil and Paul Hartnoll effortlessly manage to create an ever-changing musical landscape which just gets the crowds energized and pumping with adrenaline. The brotherly duo treated the crowd to hits such as Lush, Impact, P.H.U.K, Wonky, Tiny Foldable Cities, Satan and even treated the audience to a special track named after the city, Belfast. They did do a special number for the audience, The End is Nigh. It makes seriously additive listening after just a few seconds. Now, there’s only a small handful of DJ/Dance duos who can create an energetic, hypnotic, musical landscape with sheer magnetism using very few words in-between, Orbital is that group and long may they rule.

Live links courtesy of Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray.

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Nile Rogers & Chic @ Big Ben

Just finished watching disco legends Nile Rogers and Chic perform at the Big Ben concert on BBC1 right now and what a party, what a way to see out 2017 and welcome 2018. Well if you’re going to see out the year, better see it out in style. As you’d expect the musical legends performed their classic tracks Le-Chic, Good Times to name but a few, they even did a Madonna cover Like A Virgin which I was impressed with. The crowds are/were loving it, and I hope that you guys did to. Anyway all that’s left to say now is Happy New Year to you all and

GOODBYE 2017

HELLO 2018

Sounds Like Friday Night

Coming this Friday is a new music show called Sounds Like Friday Night, and it will be hosted by @BBCR1 Radio 1’s @GregJames and @1Xtra 1Xtra’s A.Dot @AmplifyDot It’s been 11 years since the BBC had a primetime music show since the axing of Top Of The Pops back in 2006. I for one am looking forward to this as it’s about time that we had something that wasn’t X-Factor or The Voice UK (though I openly admitting to watching the latter). Sounds Like Friday Night offers live music, interviews and comedy sketches which’ll be interesting to see, normally you just get a bit of to-and-through banter with the presenters. What’s interesting about this is that each week there’ll be a guest co-presenter from the music industry presenting the show and this weeks’ episode starts off with Jason Derulo. Lastly though before you get too excited by this being a new permanent viewing fixture it’s only on for 6 weeks, yes…. 6 WEEKS!!! but who know it could go on to be a regular thing depending on how things go. Anyways, don’t forget, 19:30 this Friday on BBC1

Bananarama on The Graham Norton Show

After a very looooooooonng absence our favourite Irish cheeky chappie is back, and not before time on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. It’s the first episode and he’s joined by one of the most infamous girl-groups of the 80’s Sarah Dalin, Siobahn Fahey and Keren Woodward aka Bananarama. They did a reworking of their hit song Cruel Summer which all I can say still sounds as great to listen to as ever, even after a revamp. Bananarama haven’t lost their touch. Also joining on the sofa are Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling to discuss their new film Blade Runner 2049, also Margot Robbie was tasked with tattooing a member of the audience. It was a smiley face on his toe, all I can say is rather him than me.

MacMillan Fest 2017: online review

My article for the recent MacMillan Fest 2017 gig I went to earlier this month, courtesy of Nottingham Post, read and enjoy (and share)

http://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/music-nightlife/macmillan-fest-2017-rock-city-420133

MacMillan Fest 2017, Rock City, Rescue Rooms and more …
http://www.nottinghampost.com
Once again both the Rescue Rooms and Rock City’s Basement, plus another Stealth, Spanky’s and the Tap N Tumbler pub, played host to the ever-popular MacMillan Fest …

Stop-Stop + supports @The Maze 2/7/2017

Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.