Spector @ The Fleece, Bristol (May 16th 2012)

"How much did you pay for this gig? Nine pounds... No wonder I'm so rich"

East London indie rock and roll five piece Spector dropped in at The Fleece last night to play a set alongside support acts Violet & Gabriel Bruce as part of the Bristol leg of their current and originally named UK headline tour 'Spectour III'. Despite the venue not quite managing to sell out the band came at the show with all the passion and vigour we've come to expect from the young indie set up, with front man Fred Macpherson making the crowd his own with his trademark killer combination of impressive vocals, witty banter and commanding stage presence. With added input from a few die hard Bristolian Spectorites at the front of the crowd the band played a selection of tracks across the hour, most notably hit singles 'Celestine', 'Chevy Thunder' and show closer 'Never Fade Away'. Every track performed flawlessly, I have to commend the band on their rare ability to sound as good live as they do on record and MacPherson's articulate or otherwise interactions with the crowd throughout the night gifted an extra element of comedy to a potentially stoic audience.  

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David Stewart - Late Night Viewing

Over the past three years David Stewart has been known by most as the guitarist and vocalist for Example's live band, but over the past 12 months he has been hard at work on his own material, and is now set to release his first ever solo project. 'Late Night Viewing' contains 10 tracks, so in theory is too long to be an EP, and the quality is too high to be a mixtape, so it's probably best to describe it as a free album - either way, it's a collection of songs about David's experiences on tour, mainly to do with his late night activities.

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Mikill Pane - You Guest It EP

Although Mikill Pane has been around for quite some time, it was only January 2011 that saw the 26-year old rapper get his break, with his hard-hitting storytelling ability on 'Little Lady' with Ed Sheeran capturing the hearts of countless music fans across the country. Since then he has gone onto release two extremely unique EPs on iTunes ('The Morris Dancer' & 'The Guiness & Blackcurrant'), performed a brilliant Live Lounge for Huw Stephens/Radio 1, continued work on his forthcoming debut album ('Blame Miss Barclay') and is now ready to release this, the 'You Guest It EP'.

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Welcome to The Warehouse Project 2012

After many months of speculation and anticipation, Easter weekend saw The Warehouse Project open the doors to their brand new Trafford Park venue, for two nights of the very best in House music. Friday welcomed a stellar Progressive line-up, including Eriz Prydz, Axwell, John Digweed & Joris Voorn, with Sunday playing host to Loco Dice, Claude Von Stroke, Julio Bashmore, Heidi, Maya Jane Coles & many more. Store Street has been an iconic place in Manchester's history over the past 5 years, meaning the new venue had a lot to live up to, but thankfully it did, in emphatic fashion.

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Nina Nesbitt - The Apple Tree EP

8 months ago Nina Nesbitt was a 17 year-old singer/songwriter from Scotland who was uploading videos to YouTube and basically going through the motions - now in April 2012, she has just finished supporting Ed Sheeran on his first European tour, will be supporting Example on his first UK arena tour and is set to release her full debut EP 'The Apple Tree' in two weeks time. Although it was her covers of the aforementioned Sheeran & Gleave that shot her into the spotlight, Nina is a fabulous songwriter in her own right, and that is what that shines through more than anything on this wonderful body of work.

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KOF - An Alternative Soul EP

After receiving relative radio support with 'Looking At Me' & 'Be Like You' last year and tonnes of support across the board for 'Child Of The Ghetto' this year, Liverpool-born KOF is now set to release his debut 7-track EP 'An Alternative Soul' on April 6th. The EPs title refers to the music on the EP and KOF as a person; it is a diverse and completely fresh take on soul music, merging the genre with many of his other musical backgrounds such as Drum & Bass, Reggae, Garage & Folk - one of the most impressive things is that 5 of the seven tracks are produced by the singer/songwriter himself.

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Maverick Sabre - Anson Rooms, Bristol (March 9th 2012)

Maverick Sabre stopped off in Bristol last night to perform at the University Student Union as part of his current UK tour. The singer songwriter from Ireland performed a stripped back set with little more than his 4 man band and one backing vocalist joining him on stage. It made a refreshing change too, to see, not just an artist I have harboured such an affection for over the last few years live again, but also to see him perform without so many of the gimmicks that clutter many artists' tour stages today.

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Gregory Porter - Be Good

Frank Sinatra and John Legend's lovechild. That’s who I would compare Grammy nominated Gregory Porter to if I absolutely had to. That said, comparisons don’t do him justice. Having shot to fame with his debut album 'Water' in 2010, expectations for the follow up are high. But fans need not have worried.

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Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events 

Having written tracks for the likes of Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah, Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis - prompting Simon Cowell to name her his “favourite songwriter at the minute,” as well as singing hooks for the likes of Wiley and Chipmunk - Scottish born Adele Emeli Sandé has finally emerged as a (phenomenal) singer in her own right. Turning heads and catching the attention of the world with an old school voice coupled with an immensely new school vibe, (and hair-do to boot), Emeli Sandé has continued to win over hearts on her journey to the top of our most played lists.

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Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf - Slumdon Bridge

Although he has sold over 900,000 copies of his debut album '+' and is currently nominated for 4 BRIT Awards, Ed Sheeran still has some critics who believe he is a very 'safe' artist, but it's safe to say (excuse the pun) that there is absolutely nothing safe about his new project with Shady Records signee Yelawolf. The 20-year old singer/songwriter has been a huge fan of the Alabama-born rapper for quite some time now, but it was only towards the end of last year that they got the chance to hook up for a studio session, and even then they were only given a mere 48 hours. However, both men worked tirelessly alongside their producers across the space of two days and have cooked up something rather special, proving why they are seen by many as two of the most exciting artists on the planet.

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