Archive | August, 2010

FEATURE: The festival effect, what happens when the crowds come to town

Since the 1960’s the music festival phenomenon has been taking over UK summers. From Glastonbury to The Secret Garden, promoters battle it out across an increasingly competitive market, convincing thousands of punters to pay the price of a holiday for a few days in a field. But what of the people next door? The small […]

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INTERVIEW: Lissie

Many things happen at the back of a bus. Today it’s where the Birmingham Observer caught up with Lissie, Sony’s new US import, bang in the middle of promoting her debut album, Catching A Tiger. “I usually know what’s going on a bit more,” jokes Lissie, “but we just flew into England from America.” Lissie […]

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NEWS: Major music project shelved as AWM collapses

One of the region’s most ambitious music initiatives has been halted in the wake of AWM’s demise. Music Central, a development programme for music professionals in the West Midlands, was due to start in September this year. The two year scheme planned to establish an industry support network ranging from mentor programmes to operational infrastructure. […]

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Nerm is a BBC broadcaster, DJ and underground muso

OPINION: The problem with ‘Asian’ music – Nerm

I’m in a bar or club and get introduced to someone. Sometimes in the paranoid gulf that is the entertainment industry, sometimes not. Wherever, whenever, the conversation often goes like this: “What do you do?” “I present shows for the BBC, mainly music ones. I also run a record label.” “Oh yeah, what station are […]

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INTERVIEW: Fyfe Dangerfield

Synonymous with ‘avant guarde’ Indie Rock ensemble Guillemots, lead singer Fyfe Dangerfield “had a bit of free time” after the band’s second album, Red. Two years later and his debut solo album Fly Yellow River got released into the musical wild alongside a smattering of ‘intimate’ UK gigs. Subsequent interest spawned more dates this September, […]

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