Chvrches @ Rock City

Tristan Phipps/ February 13, 2019

Glaswegian trio ‘Chvrches’ going out on tour again was something I was very much looking forward to. Not only was this a band I’d witnessed put on lively, fun, buoyant sets at both Reading and Citadel – but for the first time in my history of gig-going, I would be attending two dates on the same tour.  So, on Thursday,

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Danny Howard brings the energy to Stealth

Tristan Phipps/ November 28, 2018

Last Saturday, British DJ, radio presenter, and producer ‘Danny Howard’ brought his vigour and energy to Nottingham’s ‘Stealth’. For two hours, the self-proclaimed ‘musical mecca’ would host one of the world’s most respected dance broadcasters and tastemakers. Aside from his reputation of putting on upbeat, ‘full-on club vibe’ DJ sets, Howard has also helped unearth talents such as ‘Martin Garrix’

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Slaves bring the chaos to Rock City

Tristan Phipps/ November 16, 2018

Having attended the launch event ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’, an expressive yet seriously punchy record, at Nottingham’s Rough Trade in summer, I was eager to hear Slaves’ third studio album on the bigger stage. From my chat with Laurie in August, I sensed he was itching to test the album out on the country’s biggest and best venues –

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Sea Girls @ The Bodega – 4/10/18

Tristan Phipps/ October 6, 2018

Sea Girls have had a whirlwind 2018. With new releases earning the attention of some of the BBC’s hottest DJs, and performing at some of the country’s biggest and best festivals, 2018 certainly won’t be a year to forget for the four-piece. Having taken to the stages at Reading and Leeds merely weeks beforehand, it was now the turn of

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Interview with Sea Girls

Tristan Phipps/ September 30, 2018

Fresh from a jam-packed festival season boasting Reading and Leeds, Citadel, and Neighbourhood Weekender, we caught up with the lead singer of Sea Girls, Henry, ahead of their October headline tour to talk festivals, favourite bands, and Frank Sinatra.   So, how did the band form?   Well we all knew each other from school, and we all were in

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Jimothy Lacoste brings the party to Nottingham’s Bodega

Tristan Phipps/ September 29, 2018

Fresh from releasing the glimmering synth track “Fashion”, Camden’s Jimothy Lacoste (real name Timothy Gonzales) brought his eclectic mixture of hook-filled pop, impressive dancing and outrageous glasses to Nottingham’s Bodega. Having sold out the 220-capacity venue in impressive time, a good night was always on the cards. As the clock struck 9, the big screen behind the stage began to

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DMA’s take on Rock City

Tristan Phipps/ May 6, 2018

There’s something special about the opening night of a tour. There’s also a certain excitement when a band releases their second album – to great anticipation. Put the two together in England’s finest live music venue, and you have one hell of a show.There is no more cliché a phrase than saying there was an electric atmosphere, but in a

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Tristan’s Review of Tom Misch’s Geography

Tristan Phipps/ April 2, 2018

For those of you who are familiar with Tom Misch, he needs no introduction. For those who aren’t, he could easily become your latest obsession. As a dazzlingly talented multi-instrumentalist – more than competent on guitar, piano and violin – it’s easy to forget Misch is only 22 years old. Where his previous projects have showcased his talents as a

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Fickle Friends at Rough Trade

Tristan Phipps/ March 25, 2018

On the landmark day of their album release, we welcomed the talented Brighton quintet, ‘Fickle Friends’, to Nottingham’s very own Rough Trade for a small, stripped back showcase. Unlike their extravagant, palm tree ridden setup at their Rescue Rooms performance in October, the Rough Trade stage was simple and compact. Stepping out, the band were a picture of happiness, relief

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Blaenavon at Rescue Rooms

Tristan Phipps/ November 29, 2017

After superb support slots for Sundara Karma and Mystery Jets, Blaenavon, the three lads from Hampshire burst into the limelight with their fantastic debut album, ‘That’s Your Lot’, which garnered a great reception from fans and critics alike. Having seen the boys in action this summer at Reading festival, I was expecting quite the performance from a band renowned for

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