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Within Temptation at Wembley Arena

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Well, you may have already read my thoughts on the support, to sum it up they were bloody fantastic, but what about the main attraction? Upon seeing the Dutch symphonic metal giants for the third time it is safe to say that they are as good as ever. While Hydra isn’t their best album to date it’s still a strong offering and it hasn’t impacted on their live performance at all. (more…)

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Song of the Day: Not Enough by Delain

I went to see Within Temptation at Wembley Arena on Saturday, completely forgetting to even find out who the support was. When I got there it turned out to be a band called Delain. Strangely I recognised the name but wasn’t entirely sure if I had listened to their music before. Upon listening to April Rain later on I think I had come across them before in my musical travels.

Anyway, this was the third time I had seen Within Temptation and I can’t remember the support for the first two times and hadn’t expected much this go around. Turns out it was third time lucky. (more…)


Siouxsie at the Royal Festival Hall 17/6/13

Siouxsie at the Southbank - taken by Stephen Carter

Siouxsie at the Southbank – taken by Stephen Carter

Yes, that’s right! This weekend the queen of goth returned for two nights in London and she was truly spectacular.

She’s been away on a five-year break, much speculation about her never returning, yet she came back for Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall in the South Bank Centre. She was originally billed for one night but due to popular demand another one was added.
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Laura Marling at the Grand Eagle Hotel 15/6/13

The Grand Eagle Hotel is a temporary attraction in Hackney, London. It was created purely for a run of live shows concocted by Laura Marling and Secret Cinema and has been fabulously adorned.

That first step into the hotel, surrounded by swathes of guests dressed in 1920’s style clothing. Such an effort was made to fit into the era and it was all the more incredible for the short notice that was given. The tickets went on sale towards the end of May, and just over a week ago the details of the even were revealed, launching Secret Music.
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Queen of Goth Returns

Yes, she’s back and she’ll leave you Spellbound.

She’ll be returning in pure Rhapsody at the Southbank Centre in London, not Israel, during the Yoko Ono Meltdown Festival. Her songs will most likely turn the Southbank Centre into a Happy House on the 15 and 17 of June. No, her name isn’t Christine, it’s Siouxsie Sioux. (more…)


Song of the Day: Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Because tonight is the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and this song is awesome.

Firstly I would just like to comment on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been an amazing summer of sport and I love that the ceremonies have been a celebration of music. It has been completely inspiring and I do hope the legacy set by these games continues, and I look forward to Rio in 2016. (more…)


Official Single of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Apocalypse Please (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, the Olympics will soon be upon us and just like with every other major event that happens ever, an official single has been released. Thankfully this time it’s not some sappy piece of rubbish by a boy band that could be accused of being just as sappy, nor is it a massive collaboration of the big artists of the moment. It’ not some has-been trying to force themselves back onto the public conscience. It’s simply Muse…. (more…)