Hope – Sophie Lancaster Foundation

By | May 19th, 2017|Review|

Back in 2010 I reviewed the (then) new compilation album 'Hope', put together to raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. I recently interviewed the founder, Sylvia Lancaster, for a forthcoming ten year anniversary feature for Gothic Beauty and then Facebook, in it's infinite wisdom, showed me this review from years ago. So, in lieu [...]

VNV Nation in Norwich

By | February 26th, 2017|Review|

I reviewed the recent VNV Nation gig in Norwich. Yes. VNV. In Norwich. It was a belter -  “I’ve always wanted to say this…HELLO NORFOLK!!” When most bands say that, it’s debatable whether they’re being genuine or not, but when Ronan Harris from VNV Nation says something, he means it from the bottom of his [...]

London Edge Alternative Fashion Trade Show

By | February 21st, 2017|Event, Review|

London Edge is a bi-annual trade show for alternative fashion brands and stockists. It is intended for shop owners to browse new designs and place wholesale orders for their shops direct from the designer. I've attended the shows numerous times, as a buyer for Kate's Clothing, as a seller for Necessary Evil and as a [...]

Poet Luke Wright

By | January 30th, 2017|Review|

I have been writing for my local listings magazine for ten years now. They pay me in gig tickets and random merch (I scored a set of Die Hard shot glasses once. Yippe ki-yay!) and they are the only people I will write for free for. Mainly because I love promoting my hometown, and Outline [...]

Darkhaus at Islington O2

By | November 10th, 2016|Event, Review|

It seems almost trivial to talk about going to a gig considering the much bigger things going on in the world at the moment, but music has always been my escape and, at times, my solace. So much so that on the train down to London for the Darkhaus gig I listened to Crowded House [...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

By | October 13th, 2016|Review|

Reviewed for Outline Magazine Nick Cave isn’t a man known for his upbeat persona, and the new Bad Seeds album takes his introspective sombre symbolism to another level. Skeleton Tree isn’t a melancholy album, or a depressing album. This is an album made from the sounds of a man’s heart breaking. It’s almost too personal [...]