Cambridge Folk Festival

Festival preview: Cambridge Folk (25-28 July)

June 25, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Bellowhead, The Mavericks, KT Tunstall and Levellers headline an eclectic Friday and Saturday line-up at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival…

Latitude Festival

Festival preview: Latitude (18-21 July)

June 18, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Kraftwerk, Bloc Party and Foals will headline this winner of the ‘Best Family Festival’ award, but Latitude offers much more…

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

Festival preview: Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul (5-7 July)

June 5, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Does exactly what it says on the tin! This 3-day event in Birmingham celebrates the best in jazzy, funky soulfulness…

Hop Farm

Festival preview: Hop Farm (5-6 July)

June 5, 2013 in Events, Festivals

In 400 acres of unspoilt Kent countryside, this back-to-basics weekender will have no VIP area, no sponsorship and no branding…

INmusic Festival

Festival preview: INmusic (24-26 June)

April 24, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Croatia’s largest open-air festival with an eclectic line-up including Arctic Monkeys, Iggy And The Stooges, NOFX and numerous European acts…

Isle Of Wight Festival

Festival preview: Isle Of Wight (13-16 June)

April 15, 2013 in Events, Festivals

No Jimi Hendrix this year but another star-studded line-up nonetheless – this legendary 55 year-old event is still going strong…

Wychwood Festival

Festival preview: Wychwood (31 May – 2 Jun)

March 31, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Blasts from past, Soul II Soul, The Human League and Toploader, headline this very family-friendly fest at the Cheltenham Racecourse…

Evolution Festival

Festival preview: Evolution Festival (26-27 May)

March 26, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Two days of music in the North East over the May Bank Holiday weekend, including Paloma Faith and The Vaccines…

The Great Escape Festival

Festival preview: The Great Escape (16-18 May)

March 16, 2013 in Events, Festivals

Brighton’s TGE has a reputation for showcasing emerging talent on the verge of universal acclaim. Who’ll be discovered this year?…

Micachu & The Shapes

Live review: Micachu And The Shapes

October 24, 2012 in Events

Songwriting checks out a live show in Bristol by the Matthew Herbert-tipped experimental pop trio, and comes away suitably impressed…

Nina Nesbitt at Thekla, Bristol

Live review: Nina Nesbitt

October 13, 2012 in Events

The angelic Scandi-Scot embarks on her first headline tour after supporting Sheeran. We join Nina and her ‘Nesbians’ in Bristol…

Boomtown Opener

Live review: Boomtown festival

September 15, 2012 in Events

Electronic music is the main draw to ‘the UK’s maddest city’ but ska, punk and reggae get a look-in too…

Shambala 2012

Live review: Shambala 2012

August 31, 2012 in Events, Features

One of the best-kept secrets on the festival calendar, Shambala’s stunningly diverse musical line-up offers something for just about everyone…

Camp Bestival hands

Live review: Camp Bestival 2012

August 4, 2012 in Events, Features

Set in the grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Camp Bestival is Bestival’s family-friendly little sister. Songwriting went along to investigate……

Abigail Washburn

Live Review: Abigail Washburn

June 26, 2012 in Events

Singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn brings her unique brand of China-influenced folk to London’s The Lexington…


International music festivals in 2012

June 18, 2012 in Events, Features

Songwriting’s guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in Europe and beyond this summer…

Camp Bestival

Best of British festivals in 2012

June 5, 2012 in Events, Features

The Songwriting guide to some of the best music-based fun and frolics to be had in British fields this summer…

Hooded Fang

Live Review: Howler, Hooded Fang, Fin

May 16, 2012 in Events

I feel as though I picked up the wrong glasses this morning. Everything is almost the same, except I feel…