In recent years, Brighton has been an absolute hotbed of musical talent and The Magic Gang are the latest in a long line of thrilling young bands to spill out of the coastal stomping ground. They may be yet to unleash a debut album, but they have already hit a hat-trick of superb extended plays since their formation. Now they're back on the road.
As he continues his slow and steady drip-feed of new material, Jamie Lenman is taking his eclectic live show back on the road for the first time since touring 2013's 'Muscle Memory'. That release was an ambitious double album which underpinned Lenman's eclecticism, with one half aggressive metal and the other half jazz folk.
This year has already been jam-packed with bands making the step-up to a debut full-length. So far, none of them have been as astounding as the leap made by The Big Moon. After a lengthy trail of fantastic singles, the quartet have unleashed 'Love in the Fourth Dimension' and it's everything we'd ever dreamed of and then some.
Few of Los Campesinos' contemporaries were successful in reaching a sixth album, but when you fly out of the starters' blocks releasing your first two albums in the same year, you're certainly giving advance warning that you mean business. This year's 'Sick Scenes'may be their most eclectic release to date and that's saying something.
So much of the black metal world can feel like a bludgeoning; a full-force blow to the back of the head. Somehow Deafheaven manage to avoid that brute-force assault. instead they craft the aggression and sculpt it into something much more beautiful. Even Clarke's coarse vocals simply create another layer on a glorious soundscape.
This year marks the eleventh installment of Live at Leeds. Taking place across Leeds city centre, including over twenty venues, on from Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April, we're wading in to offer our highlights of the 100+ artist line-up. Tickets are available now, with Saturday's main event just £32.50, for a solid day of live music.