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The Time Machine: February 26th 1995
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The Time Machine: February 26th 1995

February 26th, 2018 | by Liam Austen
On this day in 1995, the late, great Frank Sinatra made his final live performance, to a select group of around 1,200 people at the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament. Sinatra passed away four years later, at the age of...
Live Review: Cassia at Think Tank
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Live Review: Cassia at Think Tank

February 26th, 2018 | by Liam Austen
Opening with ‘Sink’, frontman Rob Ellis carried the audience from the stifling lull between support acts by playing the song’s opening guitar riff as a solo, which was then supported in unison by the band. Even something as...
Live Review: The Blinders at Think Tank
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Live Review: The Blinders at Think Tank

February 24th, 2018 | by Liam Austen
After hearing a few of The Blinders’ songs on playlists and through social media in recent months, I was excited to see how they measured up on stage, and suffice to say I was not disappointed. The band stepped on stage...
The Time Machine: February 12th 1961
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The Time Machine: February 12th 1961

February 12th, 2018 | by Liam Austen
On this day, the 12th February, in 1961, Detroit group The Miracles’ song ‘Shop Around’ became Motown’s first million-selling single. Not only was this a milestone for popular music, but also an essential event in the...
Supriya Nagarajan’s Bollywood Jazz Ensemble at The Sage Gateshead
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Supriya Nagarajan’s Bollywood Jazz Ensemble at The Sage Gateshead

January 24th, 2018 | by Liam Austen
When I first heard that I would be attending the showcase of Supriya Nagarajan’s ‘Bollywood jazz fusion’ band at the Sage, I was intrigued to say the least. Having read through press releases and online information...
Live Review: The Charlatans at O2 Academy
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Live Review: The Charlatans at O2 Academy

December 15th, 2017 | by Liam Austen
The Charlatans should not be criticised for their ability to still produce quality and inspired music, however perhaps their ability to perform live has not stood the test of time so...
Reality TV vs Real Risers
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Reality TV vs Real Risers

November 20th, 2017 | by Liam Austen
TV talent shows are an almost sacred element of British popular culture to many people, with millions upon millions of Britons tuning in to shows such as The X Factor and The Voice every season. Pop music mogul Simon Cowell’s...
The Rise of Grime in a Competitive UK Market
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The Rise of Grime in a Competitive UK Market

November 13th, 2017 | by Liam Austen
Liam Austen talks about a culture of grime within the UK....