Author Archives: Tom Dibb

Kendal Calling announces 2019 line-up

The Lake District’s own Kendal Calling has announced its four-day line-up, in what is a stellar weekend of music for all tastes. The Courteeners will grace the main stage, and will be joined in the headline slot by the newly re-formed Doves…

EP: Johanna Glaza – ‘Albion’

Lithuanian born singer-songwriter Johanna Glaza follows the release of her debut album with her newest EP Albion. A cold and frightening exploration into the psyche of the writer. Opening with titular ‘Albion’, it is an eight-minute epic driven by the…

EP: Equador ‘Tribal War’

Rating: Power-pop duo Equador (Bo Bruce and Henry Binns) follow up their debut album Bones of Man with their newest EP Tribal War. Combining alternative-pop tones with dark and ambient synth, it creates a unique blend of styles throughout the…

ALBUM: J.R. Harbidge – ‘The First Ray Of Light’

Rating: Releasing an acoustic album in 2018 is something of a brave choice.  Despite being involved in a field dominated almost exclusively with dance tracks and pop-rock groups, J.R Harbidge, and his debut record First Ray of Light, sets out to prove this…

ALBUM: Suede – ‘The Blue Hour’

Rating: Suede delivers the third instalment in their string of comeback records The Blue Hour, transporting the listener into a place Brett Anderson has called “suedeworld” – a place in which lyricism is key.  Suede has never been afraid to manipulate conventional genres…

NEWS: Ash release video for single ‘Confessions In The Pool’

Ash release the surreal video for their newest single ‘Confessions In The Pool’. Ash have unveiled the video for the third single taken from their newest hit album, Islands. The visuals feature the surrealist slant on the idea of confession, even taking time to make reference to the much beloved…

LIVE: Ash, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Yorkshire, 13.08.18

Rating: With support from the brilliant Brand New Friend, fresh off the release of their debut album Seatbelts for Aeroplanes, Ash at Hebden Trades Club was a riotous occasion. A cacophony of loud guitars, screaming fans and sweat-drenched t-shirts. Symbolically…

LIVE: Deershed Festival, Baldersby Park, Yorkshire, 20-22.07.18

Rating: Deershed Festival is the king-pin of the family-friendly festival circuit, at least in Britain, attracting thousands through its unique blend of bands, comics and, most notably, the yearly themed workshops (this year revolving around “making waves”). On the music front, this year…

EP: Bad Sidekick – ‘Bad Sidekick’

Not since the post-Britpop heyday of British guitar music has the door been so widely open for new guitar bands to break through. With their eponymous debut EP, up and coming garage-rock Bad Sidekick have shown that they firmly have one foot in that door….