The Island Club release new single 'Paper Kiss'

Brighton indie quintet, The Island Club have dropped their latest single 'Paper Kiss'.

Following up their 2016 debut, 'Let Go', the new cut comes complete with shimmering melodies, soaring vocals and strokes of brilliance. 

'Paper Kiss' is a confident, riff-roaring beast that sees their dance-infused style of pop reach seismic levels. 

The five-piece have been gigging relentlessly making a name for themselves recently, as well as curating their own club night, 'Island Club Presents' in Brighton. 

The inaugural show at The Prince Albert in February was a major success, selling out in less than a week. 

The next club night has been set for 17 May at The Haunt, which will see the group tackle their biggest headline performance to date. 

Tickets are available here

Take a listen to 'Paper Kiss' below

Words Lauren Wade

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Fickle Friends, Blood Red Shoes and Rat Boy added to The Great Escape 2017

The Great Escape Festival has added a further 150 artists to its unmissable summer bash in Brighton, including Fickle Friends, Blood Red Shoes and Rat Boy

The new names will join previously announced acts, The Magic Gang, Slaves, Marika Hackman and many more. 

Other notable acts in the festival's new wave include: Tigercub, Her's, Pixx, Inheaven and Anteros

The Great Escape is annual celebration of new music in Brighton that always proves to be one of the best weekends of the year. This year the festival will take place from 18-20 May.

Tickets are selling fast, get them here now and view the full list of additions below.

Afriquoi / Ailbhe Reddy / Aldous Harding / Alice Jemima / Ama Lou / Anteros / Artificial Pleasure / Astroid Boys / Ayanna Witter-Johnson / Ayia / Azusena / Baby Queens / Beauty Sleep / Becky & The Birds / Bert Miller and the Animal folk / Bess Atwell / Betti / Bite The Buffalo / Blood Red Shoes / Blue Lab Beats / Callum Beattie / Callum Stewart / Cassels / Champs / Charlotte Day Wilson / Chelou / Coco / Communions / Cosmic Strip / Cosmo Pyke / Cupids / Cut_ / Dan Bettridge / Dan Caplen / Darlia / Dean Lewis / Delaney Davidson / Denai Moore / Dodie / Elder Island / Elizabete Balcus / Emme Woods / Ephmerals / Fickle Friends / Fishbach / Flamingods / Gabrielle Aplin / George Maple / Giant Rooks / Girl Ray / Glassmaps / Goose / Hannah Grace / Happy Accidents / Hejira / Her's / Honey Hahs / Howl / Hungry Joe / Hyperculte / Inheaven / Isabella Cross / Isobel Anderson / Jacko Hooper / Jade Bird / Jagara / Jnthn Stein / Joe Hertz / John Adams / John Joseph Brill / Julien Gasc / Kamikaze Girls / Kim Janssen / Kojey Radical / Lakuta / Little Cub / Liv Dawson / Low Island / Madame Gandhi / Matt Woods / Me + Marie / Mellow Gang / Michael Baker / Mikko Joensuu / Miya Folick / Mome / Monster Florence / Napoleon Gold / Nathan Ball / Orla Gartland / Papooz / Park Hotel / Pixx / Pom Poko / Puma Blue / Raheem Bakare / Raketkanon / Rat Boy / Redfaces / Rejjie Snow / Rhys Lewis / Robocobra Quartet / Ronya / Rory Wynne / Rosie Carney / Ryan De La Cruz / Sabella / Salute / Shit Girlfriend / Shock Machine / Shout Out Louds / Slang / Soleima / Sonia Stein / Sonny / Spinning Coin / Steaming Satellites / Strandels / Strong Asian Mothers / Teme Tan / Ten Fe / The Daniel Wakeford Experience / The Fedz / The Gift / The Kolin / The Lightening Year / The Masks / The Turbans / The Wooden Sky / This is the Kit / Tigercub / Tom Adams / Tom Hickox / Tomaga / Tuys / Tvam / Violets / Weirds / Welshly Arms / White Kite / Wildwood Kin / Wrabel / Wyvern Lingo / Yoke Lore / Young T & Bugsey / Yungblud / Zipper Club

Words Lauren Wade

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HMLTD, Goat Girl and Dead Pretties join Handmade Festival bill

Leicester's Handmade Festival has announced a whole host of new additions with their final line-up announcement. 

HMLTD, Goat Girl and Dead Pretties will play the boutique multi-venue music and arts festival, which is set to take place from April 28-30.

The recent additions are in good company and will perform alongside the likes of Twin Atlantic, Honeyblood, Superfood, Pulled Apart By Horses.

Other artists previously confirmed to play the event includes: Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Cabbage, JAWS and Get Inuit - what a line-up and that's not even half of it. 

For more information visit the website, tickets are available now

Words Lauren Wade

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Watch: London Grammar perform new song 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' for Comic Relief

London Grammar performed their new song 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' for Comic Relief on Friday (March 24).

The new cut is the title track from the band's recently announced second album, which is due to be released on June 9.

Produced by Paul Epworth (Florence + The Machine), Greg Kurstin (Sia), Tim Bran, Roy Kerr and Jon Hopkins - the new record will follow up London Grammar's 2013 acclaimed 'If You Wait'. 

The album will also feature previously released singles, 'Rooting For You' and 'Big Picture'. 

The trio have also announced a small run of shows set to take place in April. Tickets are now on sale and are available here. 

London Grammar will play:

Glasgow, Oran Mor (April 3)
Birmingham, Town Hall (April 4)
London, Hackney Round Chapel (April 6)

Watch London Grammar perform 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' for Comic Relief below:

Words Lauren Wade

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'EP Three' is a timely reminder of The Magic Gang's terrific nature

Brighton quartet The Magic Gang have delivered their strongest statement to date on 'EP Three', released via Felix White of The Maccabees' label Yala Records

After drip-feeding fans two frenzied and energetic EP's previously, their third release serves as a melodically adventurous experiment whilst retaining the vintage charm that won a gaggle of fans over in the first place.

'Hotel Apathy' is a throbbing, dreamy cut that has quite clearly been crafted with exuberance and ease. Powered by riffs that remind you why you fell for the band so hard the first time, the EP's opening number is a sharp and emotive assault on the senses that will have you hitting repeat in seconds. 

Lead single 'How Can I Compete' ups the pace and is built upon gripping melodies and big, jubilant choruses. Destined to be chanted back at them at future shows, tracks like these are their making. 

'No One Else' is nothing dramatically different but the heart-stopping beauty of a tune still manages to hit all the right notes. Closing number 'Life Without You' sees the pace slowed considerably down once more as they tunefully depart.

Combining honeyed harmonies and simplistic instrumentation, the track presents a different side to the gang of melody makers and they come off sounding all the better for revealing it to us. 

Shamelessly retro from the off, 'EP Three' is a timely reminder of The Magic Gang's terrific nature and one that will see them head determinedly in the direction of the big time. 

Take a listen to 'EP Three' below

Words Lauren Wade

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Introducing: White Hart - The latest group to emerge out of the musical mecca of Brighton

Seaside dwellers, White Hart are the latest group to emerge out of the musical mecca that is Brighton. The four-piece have got an obvious knack for generating tunes, as evidenced on their debut release 'Friction'. 

Producing a track as bold and catchy as 'Friction' is no mean feat for a band still in its formative stages, but White Hart have pulled it off. 

Armed with addictive hooks and contagious melodies, White Hart's success story is still unfolding but we're excited to see more of them on the scene.

Having previously supported Marsicans and Jerry Williams, the group have already started to charm audiences and future shows will see them continue to build the buzz. 

The indie quartet are set to play The Hope & Ruin in Brighton on April 19th, followed by a show at London's Tooting Tram and Social a few days later on the 22nd - you'd be mad to miss them. 

Listen to White Hart's track 'Friction' below:

Words Lauren Wade

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Top 5 acts to catch at Citadel 2017

Citadel is a relatively new festival for London, combining the city's creativity with a thrilling line-up of artists and they've never disappointed in the two years they've been running.

Taking place in Victoria Park on 16th July, for one day only it becomes a sun-drenched utopia; the ultimate summer Sunday. 

This year, the festival announced Foals as sole headliners and this will be the Oxford group's only UK festival performance in 2017. 

Keeping anticipation levels high, the organisers of the event left it a while before announcing the rest of the line-up but we now have that information and all we can say is roll on July. 

Here's our top 5 picks of who to catch at Citadel Festival 2017. 


This is an obvious selection but you can't rock up to Citadel and not see Foals. The quartet have worked their way up over the years and become indie rock heroes in their own right. 

After headlining Wembley Arena and Reading & Leeds last year, there's no doubt that Foals can conquer anything they set their minds to. They've also got four albums jam-packed with more bangers than a firework factory, which certainly helps out a lot. 

Maggie Rogers

It feels like everyone is in love with American folk-pop artist Maggie Rogers at the moment - and rightly so. After impressing Pharrell Williams at a music masterclass in New York, Rogers' route to stardom has been a swift one and her recently released EP stands out as an instant classic.

Citadel is currently set to be one of her only UK dates, although we're keeping our fingers crossed for more shows to be announced on this side of the Atlantic soon. 

Laura Marling

Having just put out her sixth studio album 'Semper Femina', British singer-songwriter Laura Marling is expected to play the new record to crowds at this summer's Citadel, alongside her much-loved older tracks. 

Marling has previously been nominated for the Mercury Prize and won Best Female at 2011's Brit Awards. Her new album is more of an intimate exploration of femininity and female relationships. 

Some consider it to be her best work to date, but everything Laura Marling does is nothing short of brilliant. Witness her greatness for yourself at Citadel 2017.

Michael Kiwanuka

Nobody's looking forward to playing Citadel this summer more than Michael Kiwanuka. "Playing a hometown show is always very special to me, but to play Citadel in Victoria Park this summer is going to be incredible" the singer recently revealed. 

The soul artist has received backing from the BBC's annual 'Sound of...' poll in the past and has a couple of extraordinary award-winning albums under his belt. 

Prepare yourself for an unmissable performance from the artist who has drawn comparisons to the great Marvin Gaye but is set to go one better this summer. 


Hailing from Australia, but now based in LA - RY X has been on the radar of the music industry for quite some time but only recently has he been pricking all the right ears. 

His debut EP 'Berlin' was a game-changer and the title track is now a definite fan favourite. 2016 saw the release of his debut record 'Dawn', which went on to be acclaimed by critics worldwide. Add RY X to your Citadel itinerary and you won't be disappointed.

Tickets are available now.

Words Lauren Wade

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Festevol Gardens 2017 reveals final additions and full stage layout

Liverpool's Festevol Gardens has announced its final artist additions to the line-up, plus the full stage layout. 

The all-dayer will take place at Invisible Wind Factory on April 30, with local lads Trudy and the Romance and Red Rum Club the final acts to be added to the bill.

With 33 artists confirmed to play across three stages, Festevol Gardens will run from 3pm to 3am and boasts one of the best line-ups of all the smaller UK festivals. 

The organisers of the event have also unveiled the stage splits to help you plan your festival itinerary. Set times are still to be announced. 

Wild Beasts are set to headline the Caladan Stage, which will be located in the grand hall of Invisible Wind Factory. 

Other artists set to take to the same stage include the likes of: Pulled Apart By Horses, All We Are, Cabbage, Black Honey, Dream Wife, The Big Moon and more. 

Over on the outdoor stage, Vermilion Sands, you'll find Wirral band The Sundowners stepping up to the headline slot. Anteros, Pink Kink and White Room will also appear on the stage throughout the duration of the event. 

The excellent Genesis Cave basement stage will be headed up by Madrid garage-rockers, The Parrots. Strange Collective, The Orielles and Her's are among the acts lined up to perform prior to their headline set on the day of the event too. 

Festevol Gardens takes place at Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool on April 30 - Tickets are available now

Words Lauren Wade

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Introducing: Claudia Kate - You heard her here first...

Cambridge based singer-songwriter Claudia Kate has not yet turned 18, but nevertheless is making lasting impressions to those who attend her performances. 

Claudia's debut EP, 'The Streetlight', was released nearly a year ago and since Claudia has taken part in various local competitions, exciting gigs and received endless high praise from industry professionals. 

Describing herself as a folk-pop artist, Claudia is looking forward to beginning her studies at Guildford's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music later this year, where she hopes to spend time recording her second EP and challenge herself by experimenting with different musical styles and genres.

Vocally, think the guts of Kelly Clarkson blended with the youthful purity of fellow self-starter Tori Kelly. Claudia Kate accompanies herself with a variation of both piano and self-taught guitar, a proficiency which grows evident upon listening through the EP. 

'The Streetlight' EP consists of a compilation of stripped-back, raw material varying from impassioned melancholy - Claudia's expertise with trickling minor piano melodies and gutsy vocal intensity stamps 'The Boy Cried Wolf' - and honeyed innocence, with 'Love Her's' gorgeous picked guitar and candid vocals. 

Listen to Claudia Kate's debut EP, 'The Streetlight', below:

Words Alice Mortimer

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6 Record Store Day 2017 releases to get in line for

Record Store Day is a much-loved and well attended annual celebration of independent record stores. 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the event and there are over 500 gems to pick up this year in your local record store from some of music's most sought-after names.

We've got the rundown of 6 releases worth getting up early and in line for; it will save you buying them online a few days later at triple the cost - thank us later.

Blossoms - 'Blossoms' 

The latter half of 2016 belonged to Stockport's Blossoms after they released their eponymous debut album in August. 

The five-piece will be celebrating RSD this year with an unplugged EP pressed on coloured vinyl. Recorded live at Festival No. 6, look out for the undeniable bangers 'Blown Rose' and 'Charlemagne' on the track list. 

The Smiths - 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' 

The Smiths are one of those iconic bands that everyone knows and has an opinion of. If you're a fan it will be worth getting up early to grab a copy of their previously unheard demo recording of 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side'. 

This release is exclusive to RSD 2017 and the limited edition seven inch vinyl will also feature an unreleased version of their original B-side 'Rubber Ring'. How's that for a treat?

Bastille - 'Comfort of Strangers' 

This is a brand new song from Bastille and was recorded during sessions for their last album 'Wild World'. 

The release is also set to feature a B-side in the form of live fan favourite 'Warmth'. Appearing on white vinyl with a holographic sleeve, this is certainly one to add to your collection. 

Kasabian - 'You're In Love With A Psycho' 

The Leicester outfit recently returned with the lead track 'You're In Love With A Psycho' from their new album 'For Crying Out Loud' and Kasabian fans will soon be able to pick it up as a limited edition 10" vinyl. Definitely one to boast to your friends about. 

David Bowie - 'Cracked Actor' 

Wanting a bit more Bowie in your life? Then you're in luck. The legendary singer's vaults are being opened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RSD. 

'Cracked Actor' was recorded live in Los Angeles in 1974 and is a three-album set recorded during his 'Diamond Dogs' tour. This was also the tour that captured the BBC documentary of the same name. 

Five sides of vinyl will allow you to hear material from 'Diamond Dogs', 'Aladdin Sane' and a handful of tracks that were previously meant for 'Young Americans' before being dropped altogether. 

Keep an eye out for the sixth side of the three-album set, which will feature an etching of Bowie - a must for any fan to own. 

Toto - 'Africa'

It's shaped like Africa! Need we say anymore? Probably, seeing as we're writing a guide that should help you navigate your way around the 500+ releases this year. 

Seriously though, get your hands on a copy of Toto's Africa-shaped vinyl of his seminal 1982 release 'Africa' if you can. It's going to sell fast; you've been warned. 

Record Store Day 2017 takes place on 22nd April. 

Words Lauren Wade

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The xx to play Glasgow show in August

London's The xx have just finished off a spectacular Brixton Academy residency and have already made plans for future shows.

Their mammoth run of dates at London's O2 Brixton Academy saw them joined by the likes of Florence Welch, Robyn and Savages' Jehnny Beth - and now they've announced a new show in the UK to keep fans happy. 

The trio will play Glasgow's Glavanizer's Yard on 30th August, which will follow on from their upcoming European and North American dates later in the year.

The xx are also set to play a number of festivals this summer, including NOS Alive, Rock En Seine and Lowlands. 

Tickets for the Glasgow show will go on sale from 10am today (23rd March).

Take a listen to The xx's new track 'Say Something Loving' below

Words Lauren Wade

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Dutch Uncles swell to new heights on fifth album 'Big Balloon'

Eccentric indie-pop collective, Dutch Uncles swell to new heights on their fifth album 'Big Balloon'. 

In many ways, 'Big Balloon' sounds like a reset on their near 10-year career. Whilst not a bad record, their fourth album 'Oh Shudder' was definitely something of a backwards step for the Manchester band who are famed for their use of atypical time signatures and infectious ear-worm melodies. 

The band sounded unsure of themselves, relying more on keeping to a tried and tested formula rather than making something they actually believed in. The results of this unfortunately showed and seemed to put an abrupt halt to the the upwards trajectory that they had been enjoying previously. 

Upon listening to this new album however, any thoughts that Dutch Uncles are destined to tumble for all eternity in the indie abyss are thwarted as soon as the opening bassline of the title track rumbles into life. 

Moving away from the marimba heavy sound of their past two releases, to the more stripped back guitar noise the band showcased in their infancy - 'Big Balloon' sounds like the band are back with a more commutable sound once again. 

With its soaring chorus and shimmering distorted guitar licks, the album's title track is unquestionably one of the best songs released in 2017, so far. Now a regular on BBC 6Music, this is a strutting funk rock track which gallops along with enough urgency to win the Grand National. Dutch Uncles have set their own quality marker for the rest of the album to follow. 

Highlights of the tracks that follow include the slow and vintage sounding 'Streetlight', the frenetic energy of 'Baskin' and the unstable sounding 'Same Plane Dream', which appears as if it may crash out of the speakers at any given moment. 

If there is one criticism of the album though, it is that it somewhat runs out of steam in its last quarter, presenting both slightly less memorable tracks that edge a bit too close to annoyance. 'Oh Yeah' in particular is undoubtedly catchy but does sound like the answer to an entirely unasked question; what would happen if Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' was instead written by Kajagoogoo!

Questionable Prince worship aside, this is a highly enjoyable album and one that looks likely to be amongst 2017's very best. In combining both the aggressive assault of their early material with the more refined songwriting of their latter, Dutch Uncles have come through with their best album yet. 

If they keep on writing albums this confidently, then they look certain to soar high into the upper regions of the mainstream. Let's keep an eye on them and see how they fare. 

Words Jed Grainger

Take a listen to 'Big Balloon' below

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