Author: lilyhbee

Cher – Dancing Queen | Album Review

In what may be the most unexpected release of the year, the queen of pop, Cher, has made yet another comeback, this time covering songs by the beloved band, ABBA. After her standout role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the singer has released a 10-track album full of the Swedish band’s classics, and while nobody may have asked for it, the upbeat, cheesy and surprising poignant album can almost be considered a necessity. The album starts out strong, with two of the bands biggest classics, ‘Dancing Queen’ and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’. With this...

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Jorja Smith @ Albert Hall | Gig Preview

Described as ‘the smoky new voice in UK soul,’ Jorja Smith is set to take to the stage in October, following the announcement of her UK tour. Having taken home the BRITs Critics’ Choice award earlier this year, the young singer has announced a string of performances in cities throughout the country, including a stop in Manchester, where she will perform at Albert Hall on the 10th and 11th October. The 21-year-old artist, who has worked with household names such as Drake and Stormzy, is set to start the tour in Norwich and end in London, before travelling to America in...

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Gentleman’s Dub Club | Interview

With their engaging sound, and unmatchable energy, Gentleman’s Dub Club is a band like no other. Founded while studying in Leeds, the nine-member group’s unusual blend of ska, reggae and dub is truly unique. The band is renowned for their infectious performances, and I was lucky enough to catch up with members Toby and Jonathan, and ask a few questions while they prepare for their upcoming UK tour: You’ve have performed in so many amazing cities, how do you find Liverpool and its crowds? It’s always a unique experience playing in Liverpool, we have performed all over the city...

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Ariana Grande – ‘Sweetener’ | Album Review

The princess of pop is back, and this time, with a mission to make “the weirdest thing we can.” Ariana Grande’s new album ‘Sweetener’, is bold attempt from the young artist to to stray away from her beloved pop roots and instead present something that is upbeat, uplifting, and ultimately odd. Produced by Pharrell Williams, this album offers Grande as we’ve never heard her before, with the young singer exploring fresh sounds, new genres, and overall, a much more sincere message. The album is quite minimalistic, with clean, clever, beats scattered within the album, and simple yet poignant lyrics....

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EverythingEverything @ Manchester Apollo | Gig Review

  Decked out in their signature blue and orange apparel, indie-rock band EverythingEverything returned to their roots a few weeks ago when they took to the stage of the Manchester Apollo, in the city the band originated. Starting with their recently debuted single ‘Fever Dream’, it was interesting to see how instantaneously the mood of the venue changed. From the first note the room became something of a celebration. The venue was electric, with all manner of people becoming ecstatic and even elevated by the music of the band, who seemed at ease delivering their songs to a crowd so fanatic. Lead singer and frontman Johnathan Higgs commanded the stage beautifully, frequently showing off his impressive vocal range and interacting with the audience, while the other members Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw providing an almost hypnotic backing, sucking the crowd in with every moment. The night continued in full swing, with the band bringing out old favourites such as ‘Cough Cough’, from their first album, as well as more recent hits like their single ‘Desire’. The music took hold on the audience. The melodies seem fresh and unique, with the lyrics shocking and multi-layered, churning a mixture of response, from sheer absurdity to gut-wrenching dread. They also gave the listener a lot to contemplate, with many of their songs taking a political stand, which in the midst...

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