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For those in lockdown who are currently experiencing March 276th 2020, the painful withdrawals for live music are behind us and we are now firmly into the numb lifelessness of live-less music. However, Kerrang have saved the day with their K! Pit live sessions and this performance from Salem felt like the real thing. Their […]

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The Mono Jacks strolled onto the stage, basking in the glow of the setting April sun, and stunned me with a set full of sparkling rock and emotive post-punk. This is a band that know about rise and fall, with melodic crystalline moments melting into pumping melancholic rock. Andrei Zamfir’s guitars trickle echoing counter melodies […]

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Having taken the South By South West festival by storm as part of their most recent assault towards world domination, Southampton heroes Dlugokecki made a more than welcome return to home shores with a relaxed acoustic set at The Railway Inn. Mod upstarts The Queue got the evening off to a raucous start with an […]

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There’s a lot of respect for the Open Room lads, not least for landing the job of opening for Delays but for doing it justice. Sounding out electronic beats immersed in indie, they’re not unlike the headliners, but could be easily patched as a smartly dressed Enter Shikari. They’re a youthful group but boast some […]

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Mes Memoires had already been hard at work tapping up the crowd for their set, so they had a big audience to impress when they stepped on stage at Camden’s Barfly. Two acoustic guitars and two voices combine to great effect and with songs that added some cocky artyness to Billy Bragg style social commentary. […]

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Kunk landed on stage at Hamptons in Southampton mid-way through a tour promoting their new single, ‘We Are Not Who You Think We Are’. With a set consisting of a variety of original rock-a-la-punk material as well as some well-placed covers, Kunk’s three-vocal attack kept things right on the edge throughout their set. Whether it […]

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The perfect choice for a festive night, youthful Jonny Dare filled the stage with tinkling electro-indie and funky trumpets. Slow starting, but quickly shaking off any dreariness with their Pogues style xylophone. Six members, and a collection of instruments including a mandolin and accordion, left them pretty rigid and lacking enough on stage energy and […]

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When you attend a live performance several hundred feet above the ground in a glass fronted tower, you can’t help but feel that this type of gig doesn’t happen very often. On this occasion though, the Spinnaker Tower show follows on from performances on the Mersey ferry, Blackpool Tower and Stonehenge and the next gig […]

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With no shortlist, nominations, or judges’ decisions, The Mag Awards’ winners were a truly public selection. The Talking Heads in Southampton was the host for live performances from three of the winners as well as some on-the-knuckle comedy from Toupe front-man Grant Sharkey. Both Kat Vipers (London) and Mary (Denmark) made the trip to Southampton […]

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During 2006 I have seen hundreds of bands, some very good, others not so, but very few that seem daring enough to create something truly unique. Anon, however, offers something refreshingly different. This is not music to sit back and play in the background; these are tunes that demand the attention of all who listen. […]