Howie Payne’s Q&A ahead of his Bodega gig

Lok Yee Liu/ October 14, 2017

Mr Howie Payne of The Stands gave us a quick rundown of his biggest influences and favourite song to play live before his gig at the Bodega!   Q: How did your latest album ‘Mountain’ come about?   I’d written a lot of songs and was really vibed up to get in and record them. I got in touch with Dom

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An Interview with Reverend and the Makers

Lok Yee Liu/ October 13, 2017

Q: How did the band form? Guitarist Ed and myself and been in bands for years so I had a bit of a studio project just making tunes with my mates, Ed being one of them. Then when we needed to play it live we put a band round it. Although apart from Laura and Ed we’ve had more members

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An Interview with Roddy Woomble

Lok Yee Liu/ October 11, 2017

We spoke to Roddy Woomble (of Idlewild) to get to know him ahead of his solo gig at Rescue Rooms on the 18th October. Q: How did your current band come together? A: We met and became friends Q: Who would you say have been your biggest influences? A: Poetry from the 1950’s and punk Rock from the late 80’s Q:

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Flyte dazzle at The Bodega

Lok Yee Liu/ October 10, 2017

Following the release of the long-awaited debut album, The Loved Ones, Flyte are finally able to properly tour the UK. The band played the Bodega to a packed crowd, with fans making requests and chatting with the band throughout the night, it was an intimate affair. As a smaller venue, the Bodgea perfectly accentuated the intensity of the gig and produced

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Flyte come to Nottingham

Lok Yee Liu/ October 4, 2017

In a world, so full of repetitive pop and songs that race through their catchy choruses, it is often refreshing when a band takes it slow. Flyte relish the sweet enjoyment of their choral voices and soft acoustic tones. With their new debut album The Loved Ones being recently released, the band are ready to show that a little indulgence

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Farewell to The Maccabees

Lok Yee Liu/ June 29, 2017

It’s been 14 years since The Maccabees formed and they are accompanying their departure with a farewell tour, which ends in three nights at Alexandra Palace. I join them at their final Manchester show, where the atmosphere is rife with emotion. 14 years and four amazing albums have culminated in a richly diverse and loyal fan-base who have come out

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The xx are Back!

Lok Yee Liu/ March 5, 2017

The xx made their triumphant return to the UK at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night. After years of building anticipation and battling personal issues, they have reformed stronger than ever with a fresh sound. With their new album, I See You, the band have expanded their horizons and moved out of the introspective tone of the first two albums. Their concept

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Skinny Lister Spring Tour

Lok Yee Liu/ February 26, 2017

Hot off the heels of their sold-out Bodega show last year and the release of their third album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, Skinny Lister are back with a headline show at Rescue Rooms in April. The London band’s feisty and exciting blend of folk and punk has seen them support the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and label-mate

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Interview with Amber Run

Lok Yee Liu/ February 12, 2017

So how did the band first start and where did the name Amber Run come from? Tom, Will and I went to school together. Then we met Henry and started a band. We all fancied a girl called Amber that worked in a bar that we all drank at. Apparently you only played 6 gigs before you were signed to

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Unplugged: The Mic’s First Live Event

Lok Yee Liu/ November 22, 2016

Last night we hosted our first live event, showcasing four acts in UoN’s Studio Live. From acoustic indie to spacey experimental, the crowd had a brilliant taste of the variety of talent in our city. Will Rhys Richards opened up the show, performing acoustic covers of our favourite indie songs. He opened with The 1975‘s ‘Chocolate’ to the crowd who responded with

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