Author: lilyhbee

Bad Sounds | Interview and Review

The night of their Liverpool debut, 5-piece band ‘Bad Sounds’ sit in a bustling dressing room pre-performance, seeming completely at ease. Brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett, the duo at the centre of the group, reflect on how their tour has been so far, “Tour’s been wicked!” Ewan grins, “We’ve always got along with our support acts, but we’ve not known them prior, so there’s always been a slight awkwardness at first. But this time we all know each other, so it feels like there’s a big gang of us, instead of small groups which is really nice.” This closeness...

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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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