The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent…

Review: Field Music @ Exeter Phoenix

How many cowbells are too many cowbells? The limit does not exist. Or so was the case for Field Music’s recent gig at Exeter Phoenix. Both Field Music, fronted by Sunderland-hailing brothers Peter and David Brewis, and their warm up act, Mary Epworth, certainly delivered on that front, treating the audience to a celebration of…

Review: May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews

Country singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews became something of an overnight success in America after her critically-acclaimed breakthrough album Honest Life was released last year. Prior to that, she’d spent over ten years trying to break into the business as a solo artist, ever since she left her home state of Arizona at the age of…

Review & Interview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

Tom Walker is an upcoming artist from Manchester, who started his UK tour last Sunday right here in Exeter. Before the actual performance, I had the opportunity to interview him myself. For a man with such a huge voice and talent, he was actually an extremely humble and genuine guy and was very happy to…

Review: Semi-Toned @ Exeter Northcott

The day after the release of their third EP “Strike Three”, Semi-Toned take to the stage of the sold-out Northcott Theatre, where major national productions have run: not a bad venue for the 12-man student led a cappella group. The show is powerful, dramatic and showcases a highly impressive range of musical styles, vocals, and…

Preview: Tom Walker @ Exeter Cavern

If you like listening to new and upcoming artists and want to expand your playlists, then grab a ticket to see Tom Walker at Cavern, on Sunday 18th March at 19:30. Tom Walker, a singer/songwriter from Manchester, is an up and coming artist in Indie folk, pop and rock. His immalgamation of genres make his…

Preview: Exeter University Concert Band’s ‘Spring Concert’ @ St Davids Church

Following the success of their Christmas concert in St Margaret’s Church, Topsham, Exeter University Concert Band will be performing a new program of music at their Spring Concert, this Saturday, 17th March, at St David’s Church, Exeter. Regularly performing across Exeter and the South West, the band, Exeter’s largest ensemble with over 115 members, also…

EJ Plays: Oscar Noms

LISTEN HERE It’s awards season! And whether you think they’re relevant or not, around 1.08 million people in the UK tune in to watch the Academy Awards (according to very dependable The Hollywood Reporter), with upward of 65.346 million keeping up with the Oscar winners worldwide. This EJ Plays: Oscar Noms playlist is a compilation…

Review: BSO’s ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ @ Exeter Northcott

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have once again succeeded in transforming the University Great Hall, if only for an evening, into the Carnegie, Wigmore, or Royal Albert Hall. Playing to the busiest crowd of the season, and sporting some jazzy red music folders, the BSO brought an ambitious set list to life with poignant sensitivity and…

Review: Franz Ferdinand + Albert Hammond Jr @ Bristol O2 Academy

Waltzing on stage with his American charm and slick, rock attitude – donned in a silver blazer, a guitar thrown carelessly across his soldier, charismatically greeting the audience – Albert Hammond Jr is clearly in his element. The indie-rock sensation is known by most as the lead guitarist of The Strokes, yet this concert proved…

Review: Spotlights A Night at the Musicals II

Spotlights’ latest all singing all dancing production was a knock-out at Exeter Phoenix this Monday and Tuesday. A talented bunch of musical lovers took to the stage to wow us with A Night at the Musicals. With hits from all decades, including classics from Les Miserables, to new fan-favourites Hamilton and Matilda, and some newer…

Preview: Franz Ferdinand ft. Albert Hammond Jr. @ Bristol O2 Academy

Indie rock legends, Franz Ferdinand have emerged back into relevance, and are touring the globe with their new album Always Ascending. Best known for their noughties hits such as Take Me Out, The Matinee and Do You Want To, frontman Alex Kaprano asserted the band’s desire to create something “very different” to anything they’d made…