May 2015

Humble Scoundrel, The Face, Thinktank and Castro at Verve, Leeds

  The basement bar at Verve is only tiny, but, when it’s full, it really has a cracking atmosphere. This was entirely true for another four excellent bands playing for Double Denim Live on a Friday night: Castro, with their superb jangly guitar sounds; Thinktank, with smooth, melodic vocals; The Face, with standout bass and […]

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Portraits, Dominican Republic

In April 2015, I was lucky enough to be part of a charity team working in the Dominican Republic, helping to build homes for those trapped in poverty, giving hope to families much less fortunate than ourselves and spending time with some of the local children. Amongst other things, I had the opportunity to take a […]

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Benson at The Primrose, Leeds

I’d never been to the Primrose, a locals’ drinking hole at the bottom of Meanwood Road in Leeds. I rocked up on a sunny evening, got out of a taxi and joined the lads from local band Benson in the packed beer garden on the roadside. It was a great atmosphere outside and a bit […]

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October Drift at Oporto, Leeds

  Yet another serving of incredible live music from Double Denim Live: four superb bands displaying energy in abundance. From the lineup, I was familiar with all but one of the bands, having seen Pin Stripe Tuesday, Where Fires Are and October Drift all more than once. Doldrums, however, were unknown to me, and I’m very […]

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Live at Leeds 2015

  In a complete reversal from last year’s blazing sunshine, Leeds was shrouded in a chilly drizzle for much of Saturday. Although it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the thousands of music fans who’s come to the city centre, it did make the distances between some of the venues much more noticeable. The […]

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