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Ags Connolly – England’s Willie Nelson?

Ian Flavill Ian is lead singer of Three Rivers Band and previously fronted the country bands Alter States and The Southern Generals. He has promoted many different country (and blues) bands, including Ags Connolly and Gringo Star. In the past, he has hosted Turnpike Troubadours, Deadstring Brothers, Joni Harms, and Emily Barker. Ags Connolly is […]


Paul Dupree: man of music

Paul Dupree is a legend of the Chelmsford music scene. He has his own radio show, promotes bands, and much more. His Transmission show recently celebrated hosting its one-thousandth guest. To mark the occasion, Paul kindly took us through his musical life.

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Applefest 30!

George Appleton is throwing a party and y’all are invited. Applefest 30 will take place at Radio City Social in Chelmsford on 1 July. Please see his preview below.

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‘Daffodils’ help Kacey Johansing through heartbreak

“Then my heart with pleasure fills/And dances with the daffodils”—William Wordsworth It was an amazing stroke of fortune. I half thought about simply deleting a PR email without investigating the contents. Well, you know, time is at a premium, especially at the throbbing centre of a sprawling media operation, such as this blog. Talk about […]

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Reasons to look forward to the Appocalypse

Ben Narcis has released a new EP, featuring the savagely satirical ‘Appocalypse’, and will play at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington this Friday (June 16). The band sold out the same venue for their debut performance just a few months ago so book now. Ben Narcis (formerly a midnight barber) For those not in […]

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Tidal Love Numbers unites Andy Bell and Masal in astral jazz

Tidal Love Numbers is the mesmerising new LP by Andy Bell and Masal. While great musicians seem to gravitate towards each other, there certainly was good fortune that led to such a remarkable collaboration. Lucky in the way that Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell and Masal’s Al Johnson and Oz Simsek met each other […]


Save the Hot Box

Hot Box was the venue when, in January 2020, this blog* took the plunge into gig promotion and set up a headline show for Giant Drag. This was back in the day when COVID-19 was mostly in the news as a problem in other countries. Just a few weeks later the UK was in lockdown. […]

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London Ko is a knockout

The third album by Fatoumata Diawara, the legendary Malian musician, is out today. She co-produced London Ko with Daniel Florestano and Damon Albarn and includes a galaxy of guest musicians, including Albarn, Angie Stone, Roberto Fonseca, M.anifest, and Yemi Alade.  Fatoumata Diawara: a vibrant musical trailblazer Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Diawara’s music remains […]

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Plastic Dreams

So, I was invited to DJ for the first time and provide a psyche set. At least that’s what I think my brief was. I ran with that anyway. After a couple of lessons on the ones and twos with the event organiser, and feeling a bit nervous, I took the plunge at Voodoo Keller, […]

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Helicon’s Good Intentions?

It’s said the road to ruin is paved with good intentions. Glasgow’s psychedelic travellers Helicon disagree … we should be wary of God Intentions.