Review: ExeFest 2017

Last year, Tristan Gatward’s campaign for the position of VP Activities created a substantial buzz when he promised to organise Exeter’s first campus music festival. After much preparation, the University of Exeter’s inaugural music evening, suitably named ExeFest, certainly did not disappoint. ExeFest had a lot to compete with, taking place a week after Hijacked…

Review: Poltimore Festival 2017

Set in and around the historic Poltimore house, this student run festival was billed as Devon’s own ‘Glastonbury’, and whilst we may not have been kitted out in wellies and living in messy tents, the festival certainly did not fail to deliver in terms of music, art and culture. Early in the day we happily…

Black Honey at Exeter Phoenix – 25/03/17

Still standing in for Exeter music fans’ favourite gig venue Cavern, Phoenix hosted Brighton-based Black Honey last Saturday night. Being a huge live music fan and experiencing fewer gigs in Exeter than I’d ideally like, the thought of seeing the up-and-comers live was too tempting to resist. After impressive warm-up act FREAK delivered a loud,…

Poltimore Headline Announced: Matthew and the Atlas

It’s been slowly dawning on the horizon for a few moths now. Despite the electric Poltimore Launch in January headlined by Private Agenda and the amazing musical line-up announcement just a few weeks ago, featuring artists such as Delmer Darion and The Little Unsaid, there’s been an announcement that we’ve all been waiting for –…

Review: Blossoms at The Lemon Grove 21/03/17

I’ll admit I was surprised to hear that Blossoms, a band I (among many others, critics and fans alike) consider be one of the most talented upcoming bands of the moment, were set to play at the Lemon Grove. A band for whom I had travelled to see multiple times before was playing right on…

Review: Bear’s Den

Bear’s Den came to the Lemon Grove a few nights ago, bringing a faultless 17-song set. During one song they even performed down in the crowd away from their mic’s .

Preview: Bear’s Den at the Lemon Grove (22/3/17)

British folk rock band, Bear’s Den, have unveiled a video for their new single, ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’, which will be released on 7th April. The track is the latest to be taken from their top ten charting second album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’. The video for ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’ captures some of the band’s non-stop touring…

Artists to Watch this Summer

We look at four of the most promising artists (whether solo or group) for this summer. Keep you eyes on these guys over the next few months!

Indulgence or Compulsion? An Afternoon with Laura Marling

Perched upon a bar stool, Laura Marling’s unmistakeably clear, nostalgic voice rings out into the Goldsmith’s Student Union, as she winds her way through ‘Wild Fire’ the second track to be released from her sixth studio album, Semper Femina. The record’s title is drawn from a Virgil line, “varium et mutabile semper femina,” which translates…

Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13/01/2017

I love live music. The energy and anticipation when waiting to see the song that you were listening to in your bedroom actually performed live contribute to your sense of excitement. You share this experience with those around you, all connected by your appreciation of the music. Amber Run’s gig at the Phoenix lived up…

Preview: Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13th February

    Four-piece Amber Run are performing at the Exeter Phoenix on Monday 13th February. Joe, Will, Tom and Henry make up this rock-alternative group who are heading on a 13-date tour following the release of their second album ‘For A Moment, I was Lost’ on February 10th. The group met at school and the University…