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Constraint is Good News…

It’s quite possibly the best news I’ve heard so far this year. An album from Plaitum is forthcoming. Constraint will arrive on 7 April. If last year’s single releases are anything to go by, this will be a beast of a record. Jagwa, LMHY and new single Ovation will all …

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Best Live Guests…

We’re only a few weeks into 2017, but I’m confident we’ve already had one of the best live guests we’ll have this year. Booda French was in fine form as he performed four tracks from his superb EP, Awesome is Everyday. It’s been great to see the EP being so …

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Ones To Watch: 2017

There is plenty to be excited about in 2017 as far as the music scene in Suffolk is concerned. It appears that a fair few acts locally are on the edge of some kind of breakthrough nationally and maybe even internationally. With this is mind, it’s hard not to mention …

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SXSW, Aldeburgh, Ipswich

Here are some things that have happened since I last wrote this column a couple of months ago: Superglu are going to SXSW!  If I was a more animated person this would have had me jumping up and down and dancing in the streets, so happy was I on hearing …

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Plenty To Discover

If you enjoy discovering new live music, there will be plenty to discover at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds this autumn and winter. The wonderful Washing Machine nights are into their 5th year, and to date around 200 bands have played them. ‘I got a bit emotional when …

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Leftfield Indie Pop

It’s been an honour to host four gigs at the John Peel Centre this year, and we continue to pinch ourselves this month as we take up an invitation to co-host an event with Aldeburgh Music. The venue is known around the world for being at the forefront of the …

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Capturing Energy & Urgency…

Marc Newby sings and plays guitar in a band from Ipswich called War Waves. His lyrics are brutally honest. They are mostly autobiographical, and often address ‘desperately difficult times, self loathing, sex and lost opportunities.’ Marc says he tends to talk continuously and adds that his filter isn’t always what …

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Welcome back, Daisy

Welcome back, Daisy Victoria. It was a welcome surprise to see a post on her Facebook page recently, saying she was out of her “recording hibernation” and had a new song to share. I was only disappointed for a short while that this track, Animal Lover, was not a cover …

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Programmed Percussion…

A Latitude update first of all. Richard ended last month by waxing lyrical (correctly) about the talents of both SuperGlu and Dingus Khan, and I’m happy to report that not one but both acts will perform at Henham Park this month. You might know this already. You might not know …

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Boxford’s biggest export…

Woo hoo! Latitude Festival is around the corner, and thanks to the generosity of Huw Stephens we shall once again be there – handpicking three acts to perform on the Lake Stage. We love to be involved, and getting to phone three of the acts we’ve been championing and ask …

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