Author: Caitlin Bowring

Africa Oyé – Liverpool’s African and Caribbean festival celebrates 25th Anniversary this weekend

  Africa Oyé 2017 – 25th Anniversary Festival Sefton Park, Liverpool Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE. The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Liverpool’s leading world...

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‘Alone’ – MORGAN, Debut Single Released Today

Introducing MORGAN, the London-based singer/songwriter who is ready to emerge from the darkness with her alluring debut single ‘Alone’. (listen here) A follower of astrology, MORGAN releases her debut in the midst of Mercury retrograde’s shadow period – a period that holds significance for the singer as a time of reflection and inner discovery. ‘Alone’ expresses “the poignant truth that we enter and leave this world on our own but during our lives we find comfort in that one unique person”. Produced by Steven Cowley, ‘Alone’ is inflected with elements of 80s style pop, bluesy chords and pulsing bass lines. Stark finger clicks open the track, and MORGAN’s velvety tones echo across the rhythm, the wandering nature of the lyrics and the undulating melody create a feeling of drifting. Drawing influences from the likes of Lana Del Rey and Charlotte OC (two artists with whom producer Steven Cowley has worked), ‘Alone’ leaves us waiting in anticipation for what’s to come this year from newcomer MORGAN.   Follow MORGAN on: Soundcloud Twitter Facebook...

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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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