It really is a beguiling place, and somewhere that’s fascinated me for a little while now. I don’t think it’s just down to reading The Godfather, either; Sicily is an island with its own identity, its own landscape and its own culture. Time to relax, recharge and contemplate.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen at the Duchess, York

This was one of the best gigs I’ve been to. Having seen Catfish at Live at Leeds at the start of their May tour, it seemed rather nice to be at the front again for the last show of their tour, and it was great to catch up with a number of friends (old and […]

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Dukes of Bevington at the Cockpit, Leeds

Just 48 hours after I’d been up in the rafters of the Cockpit, I was up there again. This time, it was to see the Dukes of Bevington for their Birthday Gig, with cake to be had downstairs after their set. The first time I saw the Dukes was at the Galtres festival last year, when they […]

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Double Denim Live at the Cockpit, Leeds

It was hot, busy and loud from the outset: Chantel and Mick brought in another four fantastic bands to wow a tightly-packed Cockpit 3 last Friday night. Pin Stripe Tuesday, Young Amphibians (pictured), Where Fires Are and headliners The Darlingtons made for an incredibly intense night, with the latter benefiting from some creative lighting and stage […]

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Electric Eel Shock at the Duchess

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Even when the support bands (Psychobabylon and Modern Day Dukes) played some excellent heavy rock to what I thought was a fairly sparse midweek crowd, I was still oblivious to the fact that Japanese eccentric rock band Electric Eel Shock would be something very, very […]

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