Author: Caitlin Bowring

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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Laura Marling – Semper Femina | Album Review

English singer-songwriter Laura Marling’s latest offering to British folk is Semper Femina (translates from Latin to Always A Woman), her 6th album since 2008 and a quietly bold ode to womanhood. “I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman…And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me” was the heavily requoted tagline from Marling preceding the album’s release, explaining the near-exclusive female subjects and perspectives in every song. Semper Femina makes both delightful and thought-provoking listening. ‘Soothing’ is the perfect album kick-starter; the sound of fast-approaching subsonic footsteps on a bass drum...

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Stormzy UK Headline Tour 2017 Announces April Date at Liverpool O2 Academy

Set to be one of the most highly-anticipated tours of 2017, grime sensation Stormzy has announced an array of headline tour dates across the UK this coming Spring, stopping off in Liverpool on 2nd of April. The sixteen-date run will see him play the UK’s major cities, kicking things off in Dublin, concluding in London, and totalling a number of 40,000 ticket sales. Stormzy’s shows will see him return to London for two nights on May 2nd and 3rd, marking his first headline shows in the capital since 2015. Purchase tickets for Liverpool O2 Academy 02/04/17 here. The 23-year-old’s debut...

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Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Brahms Live at the Phil | A Review

Christian Mandeal conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of Romantic pieces, including Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 featuring pianist Ian Fountain. Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun) is quietly pretty, the piece opening with the undulating oriental ‘faun’ theme in the flute. The sprinkling of the harp arpeggios with orchestral swells conjure up the feeling of a heady summer garden, complete with buzzing bees from tremolo strings. Under Mandeal’s hand, beautifully serene violins rise up from the long-sustained chords of the rest of their section and the oboe’s teasing...

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University Band Society Collaborate with Threshold Festival 2017 in Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands winner will win a slot to perform at the festival, which takes place between 31st March and 2nd April. This exciting opportunity with Threshold Festival – a multi-arts event in venues across the Baltic Triangle – is in addition to BandSoc’s eagerly-awaited BotB final in March 2017. Threshold’s involvement in the BotB jury will be a great opportunity for society members to add a professional perspective to their music, and to become involved with Liverpool’s wider music scene. Threshold on their side will be launching a discounted student ticket for the festival as well as...

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