Thoughts: Calling Musicians to Stand With Refugees

The Bristol Refugee Festival, of which I’m Artistic Director, runs throughout June and plays host to music from around the world, at events across the city.

Record Store Day: Bubble Or Boom

Last Record Store Day, 22% of releases came from Universal, Sony and Warner — despite the fact that it’s the smaller labels who push vinyl sales for the other 364 days of the year.

Taking Risks | Lauren Down @ End of The Road Festival

If you’re not a risk-taker, you probably shouldn’t be in business at all. But, to be in the business of running an outdoor festival...

How Do I Get a Radio Station to Take a Risk...

The mainstream music industry has changed and is changing. BBC Introducing's Sam Bonham delivers some interesting tips on how to get a radio station to take a risk on your music.

Thoughts – October With: Cassette Store Day

Christian Northwood explains how cassettes have slowly become the lifeblood of many DIY labels

Back From The Dead

I’m sure the majority of music aficionados have known the heartbreak that comes when your favourite artists decide to call it a day. LCD Soundsystem, R.E.M., Vivian Girls, The Mars Volta, WU LYF: all heartbreakers. There will be no new music, no live shows, and no hope – to be blunt. Or so you would think.

Why LCD Soundsystem are back for the right reasons

Unsure of the LCD Soundsystem reunion? Ben Hickey explains why he'll believe in them when they take to the stage.

Thoughts: Support The Supports

Support the support. Our writer Jon covers the impact of encouraging support acts at live shows.

Visibility: Keeping the Door Open For Women in Music

The music industry has duly been asking itself some questions of late, from festival lineups left glaringly stark once stripped of their male only acts...

How Nightmares on Wax Calmed My Anxiety

Nightmares on Wax have paid me a great service I will always be grateful for

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