Author: Caitlin Bowring

Stormzy, Sold-Out @O2 Academy | Live Review

Grime was birthed in the capital and until recently has remained London-centric with few exceptions, but as Stormzy’s (aka Michael Omari) sold-out UK tour dates show, from Glasgow to Bristol, Brits all over are at last recognising the genre. The tour follows the release of highly-anticipated debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ which more than delivered, setting a British record for the most first-week streams for a number one album in chart history. In Liverpool, every song off ‘GSAP’ is met with ecstatic reception and despite his hard-nosed grime-persona, Omari can hardly hide his grin. Sufficiently hyped by the...

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Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust | Live Review

Adam Lau and Michèle Losier make their debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a spectacular performance of Hector Berlioz’s 1846 masterpiece. Berlioz’s Faust is famously uncategorisable – it’s one part cantata, one part opera and all parts ‘dramatic legend’, a term invented by its creator. Wide-ranging and extremely adventurous in subject matter, the piece is rarely acted out but under the baton of John Nelson the musicians transport us to Faust’s universe as well as any actors would. Faust – the ultimate everyman – meets his demise at the end of the piece in Berlioz’s swirling orchestral...

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Battle of the Bands 2017 Heats 3&4 Finalists: Silhouette Empire and Freeman’s Lock

The most recent finalists of this year’s University Band Society battle of the bands, Freeman’s Lock and Silhouette Empire are headed to the final at the Cavern Club this Thursday, 30th March, along with DECHO and Red Fiction from earlier heats, and runners up NESH and The Salt. The bands will be competing for: £200 towards a recording session a professional photoshoot a slot at Threshold Festival 2017 with CMD Presents their name on the BandSoc Trophy a Headline Slot at next year’s BOTB final There will also be a set from 2016’s winners, Damn Fine. Get to know the Finalists below!   Freeman’s...

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LIPA Alumnus and Country Singer Frankie Davies On Headlining, Writing, and Nashville | Interview

Since the release of her debut EP, singles ‘Superman’, ‘Shivers’ & ‘Dancing All Night’ have received 5 star reviews and national airplay, and she has performance creds to match. 24 year-old Frankie has toured the UK with British Country favourites, The Shires and Nashville singer-songwriter Charlie Worsham. She has also performed at an international showcase at one of the world’s biggest Country festivals, CMA fest. Beginning in Glasgow last Sunday, Frankie’s debut headline tour will stop off at Liverpool this Wednesday – and the Sphinx spoke to her before it all kicked off… After spending her undergraduate years here in...

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Battle of the Bands 2017 Heats 1+2 Finalists: DECHO and Sister Sister Band 

The first two finalists of this year’s University Band Society battle of the bands are headed to the final at the Cavern Club on 30th March and will ultimately compete for: £200 towards a recording session a professional photoshoot a slot at Threshold Festival 2017 with CMD Presents their name on the BandSoc Trophy a Headline Slot at next year’s BOTB final Head on down The Cellar TONIGHT at 7:30pm to catch Heat 3 and vote for your favourite band; with Heat 4 on Wednesday 20th March, the final heat before the final. We managed to seek out DECHO,...

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