More friendly magic eye picture than mind-bending pupil dilation, Temples deliver a gentle trip in Middlesbrough.
A band could get drowned in such a grandiose setting, but the setting of the theatre is only matched by their own majesty.
Often seen as part of the time honoured, old-guard Leeds and Reading Festival have done a lot this year to show they still very much have their finger on the pulse. Emma Smith recounts the, sometimes hazy, details of her weekend up North.
In amongst their “big gun” headliners, Reading and Leeds Festival have carefully curated bills that promise to cater to veterans and new kids alike, so just ignore the #lad banter as much as you can and enjoy the incredible music.
Fistfuls of spirit, unwavering self-belief, tons of talent and some interesting ideas on knitting. Emma Smith gets an introduction to the girls of Deap Vally.
An introspective album, knowingly whimsical without being too cute, and playfully snappy.
Faeces, power ballads and raspberry jam: No stone is left unturned as The Line of Best Fit meets The Hives.
For every outsider, for everyone who wasn’t prom royalty, for everyone who sometimes still wants to kick up a fuss, for everyone who worries their façade of normality is going to slip any second, Garbage are your kind of people.
Is punk dead? Not if Daniel Devine and his band Flats have anything to do with it.
Gedge presents himself as half egoist/half neurotic, singing tales of thwarted love, imagined love, double-crossed love, destroyed love, infidelity, bitter ends and false starts in words which are ever vulnerable, ever-barbed and perfectly timed.
The Dø bring an escapist, immediately engaging dreamscape for the listener, playing with real emotions and fanciful visions; evading labels and refusing to be boxed in. A perfect musical fairytale full of unexpected twists and turns and brilliantly crafted songs.
Emma Smith reports from Leeds on the Constellations Festival and finds a line up to die for despite the odd location.
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