The Blueprints at Melrose Yard

It was great fun spending some time in the recording studio with The Blueprints a couple of weeks ago, watching Stu in his lonely separate glass-fronted room laying down vocals for the rest of them in the main studio next door. It’s weird being an observer to a recording when you haven’t got the headphones […]

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The Grand’s Single Launch, Oporto, Leeds, 27th November

It’s evenings like this that inspire. Three local bands in a full room at Oporto in Leeds city centre – all three of them made up of talented, decent people who can sure make music. The excellent Carnabells were first up; five young guys with braces and loud shirts mixing retro bluesy-rock with jangly indie tones. […]

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Galtres Festival, Helmsley, 2013

What a great festival! I came back from Galtres knowing that music’s in a good place. The energy and happiness from the bands really rubbed off, and I think that sets it aside from the other ‘larger’ festivals; the up-and-coming acts want to show everyone how fun they can be, while the established stalwarts have […]

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