Grammy nominated producer Duke Dumont was joined by an array of special guests last night for his debut live show at Oslo, Hackney. Support came in the form of Blasé Boys Club signee and 'I Got U' co-producer Jax Jones.
Jake Isaac is one of those rare talents whose voice is not only soulful and refined, but also arrestingly honest. Once you’ve had the pleasure of meeting the unassuming singer-songwriter from South London, however, this sense of openness ceases to be a surprise, because Isaac is as humble as he is talented.
On January 28th 2014 Jacob Banks returned to XOYO, London to play his second ever headline gig. The Shoreditch based venue is one Banks has played at once before, as part of an open mic night almost a year ago and his new headline line status reflects just how far the 22 year-old has come in such a short space of time. Support for the headliner came in the form of Dionne Reade and Lizbett Sempa.
On November 16th after 2 months away, predominantly spent touring the US, Disclosure played their first headline gig back in the UK to a sold out crowd at the O2 Academy, Bristol. Support for the sibling duo came in the form of Liverpudlian House producer Friend Within and the enigmatic Australian breakout star of 2012 Flume.
Since bursting into the spolight thanks to his feature on Ed Sheeran's 'Little Lady' back in 2011, Mikill Pane has needed no extra help to create his own unique fan base and a unrivalled take on UK Hip-Hop. The London-based rapper has released a string of EPs over the past two years, all of which touch on his diverse musical influences, but his debut full length LP truly epitomises everything that this guy is about. 'Blame Miss Barclay' isn't just another album - it is a ground-breaking piece of music from an arist who's lyrics and ability to tell a story are quite simply flawless.
Having toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks & Mac Miller, along with plays from some of Radio 1's most loved DJ's, and a first headline tour of his own, it's safe to say that Mikill Pane has had a pretty decent 2012. However, the London-born rapper isn't done just yet, today releasing his major label debut EP 'Dirty Rider', which is a follow up to the free 'You Guest It?' EP from April this year.
Following my first year at Global Gathering in 2011, it was without doubt the first festival down on my list for 2012, and with the first signs of a long overdue UK summer peeping through on Friday morning, it was once again set to be the best weekend of the year. The journey was a bit of a nightmare, as it was last year, with the shuttle buses being the most frustrating part, but before we knew it we had landed on site and the sun was beating down on thousands of festival goers. Some of the biggest names in International Dance music were on the line-up and ready to destroy numerous diverse sounding stages at the iconic Long Marston Airfield site in Stratford upon Avon.
June has arrived, which can only mean one thing, festival season is here! First up was Parklife Weekender (June 9th-10th), which is one of the UK's only city-based festivals and is set in Platt Fields Park, Manchester. With my sister (Emily Coxhead) living in Manchester, she came along with me to take all the photographs used in this review and provided me with a bed for the weekend, due to the event being a non-camping affair. As far as UK festivals go, Parklife boasts one of the best line-ups of 2012, with legendary headline acts Chic & De La Soul blessing the main stage - I was hoping it wouldn't let me down, and it didn't, not one bit.
Coldplay were in town for one of two sell out shows at the Etihad stadium in Manchester on Saturday, and the 50,000 strong audience were not disappointed. They were not only treated to a flawless live performance from one of the world’s greatest bands, they witnessed a spectacular show of lights, fireworks and gigantic confetti-filled balloons that were fired out into the crowd during the set.