Exclusive Film New release Tribute

Sparklehorse tribute night at Hot Box

A celebration of the life and music of the dearly missed maverick musician, Mark Linkous, of the hugely influential alt-rockers Sparklehorse, is upcoming. Even Butterflies Make A Sound and Ben Stanbury are delighted and honoured to host the event at Hot Box on Wednesday, 27 August 2023. On this special night, fans will have the […]

Exclusive Jazz Upcoming live music

Blacks’ Myths: forging new sounds

Washington DC duo Blacks’ Myths, comprising Luke Stewart on bass guitar and electronics and Warren G. ‘Trae’ Crudup III on drums, bring their pulsing, hypnotic jazz-punk to Chelmsford’s Hot Box as part of the monthly Jazz Sunday events. As a token of appreciation to this blog’s valued readers, a number of tickets for a mere […]

Americana and Country Folk Upcoming live music

Hot Box Folk & Country Festival

The first-ever Hot Box Folk & Country Festival arrives at Writtle Green, near Chelmsford, on Saturday, 5 August 2023. Clear a space in your diary and click here for tickets. This festival is an addition to the long-running jazz extravaganza, which takes place on the Sunday of the same weekend at the same site. Hot […]


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.


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. […]

Folk News

Sairie: one of the best folk acts these days

It’s not everyday that your music is wholeheartedly endorsed by the 41st best stand-up ever! But, as we know, these days aren’t ordinary days anymore. These days. But … Brighton-based psyche-folk Sairie received a nod from none other than the great Stewart Lee. Some context. In a seemingly light-hearted departure from their “Original and traditional […]

Drone Electronica

“Erasers remind us there is no faultless human”

Drone-pop duo Erasers embark on a short European tour in August. They kindly stopped suitcase packing to answer some questions.

Folk News Soundtracks

Even Butterflies Make A Sound presents Alison Cotton at Hot Box

Even Butterflies Make A Sound presents a live show by Alison Cotton as part of her tour of England.