Viola Beach

I woke up on Sunday morning to the devastating news that the members and manager of Warrington-based indie band Viola Beach had died in a car crash in Sweden. I only saw them once, which was in September 2015 at Oporto in Leeds. I’d heard they were ones to look out for, and I remember them […]

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2015: A great year for Leeds music

It’s been a fair while since I last penned a blog here, which is quite sloppy of me, so I thought the start of 2016 could provide a renewed impetus for some enlightening Glossy Onions thoughts. If you know me, you’ll be well aware of my passion for supporting up-and-coming bands and artists. My geographical […]

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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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