Music / 22/09/2020 Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’: Six months on

Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters was released in April 2020, seven months earlier than expected, allowing listeners to use it during lockdown. I say ‘use’ because I believe this album is a toolkit for difficult times. Grounded in themes of injustice and power, and recorded within the walls of her home, the album that’s...

Music / 22/09/2020 The environmental impact of live music

Without question, the live music industry is facing a time of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty due to Covid-19. However, even before the pandemic took hold, there were issues within the sector, notably its role within the global climate crisis. Recent research suggests the live music industry releases approximately 405,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year,...

Music / 22/09/2020 Eighties revival: the rise of nostalgic music in lockdown

Nostalgia plays a significant part in music being a source of escapism. During this pandemic, nostalgic music has played a significant part in many people’s coping mechanisms. While you can’t see certain people and places, you can still turn to music which has an association to the things you might be missing.   This notion of...

Music / 22/09/2020 How lockdown made me find my love of music again

Though most things in life came to a halt when lockdown hit, music didn’t. It is one of the only things that continued throughout this scary time and it not only brightened my lockdown but made me fall in love with it again. Between uni and work, I rarely found time to play through an...

Music / 22/09/2020 Favourite song covers

‘The Star Spangled Banner’ by Jimi Hendrix Nothing captures the dying spirit of America quite like Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Introduced at Woodstock as the “song that we was all brainwashed with,” it is as much of a protest statement now as it was in 1969. Hendrix described it as “representing the...

Music, Venue / 16/09/2020 Wild Fields 2020: Highlights from Sunday 13th of September

Full of jazz, funk, and fun, the second day of the Wild Fields festival got attendees singing, smiling, dancing and up on their feet. The main stage was full of energetic and beautiful performances including, Gali performing some earthy melodies with lots of beautiful harmonising, Maya Law’s performance that was full of powerful lyrics and...

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Preview: Wild Fields, Norfolk’s first socially distanced festival

This weekend, the Norfolk Showground will be hosting Wild Fields, this year’s incarnation of 2019’s Wild Paths. It’s described as the region’s first ‘socially distanced’ festival, with help from Summertime Social, the Showground, and Norwich City Council to ensure safety. Guests are assigned a 3m by 3m ‘pod’ for the festival which can contain a…

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A sign of the ages: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 timeless debut album, Pieces of a Man, is a staple of powerful genius, a commentary that still proves as relevant almost fifty years on from its release. Scott-Heron’s statement of well-crafted intellect was built on a recipe of jazz, soul, funk and spoken-word that ultimately gave him the alias ‘The Godfather of…

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Iconic voices in music

A voice in music is not always vocal. For centuries, musicians with intimate understandings of their instruments have used it to express emotion like you would a voice. As many jazz musicians have said, what they play, is their voice.  While John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, or Mary Lou Williams demonstrate technical ability and a distinguishable…


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