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Single Review: Sam Smith- Nirvana

Nirvana- Sam Smith

Sam Smith has come to the musical forefront since he featured on the 2012 Disclosure single, Latch. Since then his unusually high male vocals have made him well known and not only has he appeared on Naughty Boy’s massive single La La La but he has well and truly embarked on his solo career. His new single Nirvana is part of a debut E.P and is simply stunning.» >

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Single Review: Connor Maynard- R U Crazy

R U Crazy- Connor Maynard

Connor Maynard hasn’t been on the music scene for a while, and his return with R U Crazy is quite a good one. Produced by Labrinth it is clear to hear where and who the song comes from. The song opens with a strong base, instantly roping you in. The song develops in various ways blending through deep and lighter vocals and melody and this works.» >

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Album Review: Haim- Days Are Gone

It’s fair to say that Haim, three sisters from California, have shot themselves in the foot.  Following a series of high profile festival appearances including singing backing vocals for Primal Scream at Glastonbury, a critically acclaimed first EP and reaching number four in NME’s top tracks of 2012 as practically unknown artists, their eagerly anticipated debut album was going to have to come up with the goods. Luckily for them and us, they did.» >

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Gig Review: James Blake

Concerts are, I feel, often an amalgamation of paradoxes. You feel every moment and yet the time flies by. You feel so fully part of a congregation of people and yet you could so easily be alone with the artist. The music carries you almost in a state of trance and yet it’s so real and authentic.

James Blake’s music and live set can also be said to be an amalgamation of paradoxes; a glorious 90 minute performance of entrancing, uplifting and moving set of paradoxes.» >

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Feeder preparing for Summer Ball 2013

Prior to this years summer ball we caught up with Feeder. The band have played at Reading Students’ Union once before, back in’09. We found out what its like for them to be back!

Are you looking forward to coming back to Reading? Do you remember what it was like last time you played (June, 2009)?

It’s our first show for 7 months so it should be fun . Reading holds great memories for us.

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Mercury Prize Nominees 2013

 

It’s that time of year again and the prestigious Mercury Award has announced its nominees. The award celebrates new and established artists, and the annual ceremony will be held on 30th October 2013. This year the shortlist is somewhat male-centric as of the twelve artists chosen, only two are females. Laura Marling is being commended for her album ‘Once I was an Eagle’ and is a front runner for the award, which she could add to her wealth of successes if she were to win.» >

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Wireless 2013

Wireless 2013 had its biggest line up yet with its headlining acts being Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. If that was not enough other massive artists were performing at Stratford’s Olympic Park across the Friday to Sunday weekend including, Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah, Calvin Harris and Macklemore. The atmosphere was infectious and the huge site was crowded with festival goers. There was so much to do with five stages all hosting different artists from different musical genres.» >

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Glastonbury Festival 2013

What makes Glastonbury so different to the UK’s other muddy music festivals is its myriad variety of cultures, genres, acts and events.  The sheer size of the festival is extraordinary; you have to look down upon the 1,000 acre site by walking up to the edge of the valley, under Glastonbury’s answer to the Hollywood sign, to fully appreciate this. There are flags everywhere. There are bridges and archways and tunnels that lead to relatively undiscovered art and architecture.  » >

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