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Last year’s inaugural Together the People, curated by those good people at One Inch Badge, was a mixture of established acts Super Furry Animals, Roots Manuva, Levellers, Billy Bragg and Brakes playing alongside up and coming musicians such as Lucy Rose, Public Service Broadcast, Ghostpoet, Normanton Street and the Neon Satins Brass Band. Together the People wasn’t just about music though, there were local interest events going on too. From Beach Hut Writers, Sea Shepherd UK, Brighton Housing Trust, Future Brighton Debate all giving the local community something to engage with while they were waiting for their next musical fix.



This year’s festival is following a similar path. The Saturday Night headliner is music legend Brian Wilson performing the Beach Boy’s best known album Pet Sounds live. This alone looks set to be the highlight of the weekend, but it’s the acts below Wilson that look the most appealing.



Suede are joining Wilson as Co-Headliners. Since 1992 Suede have released forward thinking music, and have a back catalogue that will definitely offer something for everyone!



The Horrors also feature on the bill. Their infectious mixing of garage rock, shoegazing and indie-prog should be enough to win over another crowd. Last year Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiyote’s breakthrough album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ won over music fans and critics alike. Their brand of prog, heavy rock and psych neo-soul got them a Grammy nomination too. Hiatus Kaiyote are predominately a live band though and their set looks too good to miss!



Hip-Hop is your thing, don’t worry as there is plenty on offer, most notably US rapper Sage Francis. Francis has teamed up be B. Dolan to present Strange Speech, Famous Development. Let’s hope other members of Strange Famous and Speech Development roster are added as special guests, most notably Scroobius Pip, Buck 65 and even the illusive Jackamo Brown! If you want something on a free style tip, then Poets Vs. MC’s is for you. This Brighton intuition. Basically a team of rappers takes on a team of poets in a word-play street battle. Expect it to be pithy, barbed and epigrammatic!



If you like things a bit more soulful then Max Jury on Saturday and Stevie Parker on Sunday should be right up your steet. Jury’s self-titled debut album puts him somewhere between George Harrison and Gram Parsons. Parker on the other hand uses electronic influences to get her stories of love, loss, rejection and redemption across. You might need some tissues ready after these sets.



Together the People isn’t just about established bands. Oh no. Brighton is the owner of one of the best music scenes in the country today, and this is also on display. Egyptian Blue, Fur and Post Heather, who all played incendiary sets at The Great Escape in May, look set to make a claim on ‘Best Band in Town’ with sets throughout Saturday.




But if you want to sit and enjoy some familiar musical friends in a slightly unfamiliar surrounding then Turin Brakes and Gaz Coombes might be more up your alley. Last year saw Coombes’ second solo album, Matador, receive a platitude of praise and awards. Turin Breaks’ blend of laid-back acoustic indie folk makes them a great addition to any festival line up.



One Inch Badge will have us salivating like Pavlovian dogs until September every-time they make an announcement relation to the festival!



Together the People is taking place September 3rd & 4th in Brighton’s Preston Park.












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So it’s been 1 year, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds since thisyearinmusic’s last New Year’s (Dis)Honour list. The whole point of end-of-year-lists is to showcase things that the writer(s) have enjoyed and you, my dear reader, might have missed all the while showing themselves to be much more knowledgably and interesting than you are.



We would like to think that thisyearinmusic is different and we generally try and showcase things that have touched us and defined what 2015 was about, but sadly we’re just as bad as all the others, and this post is just an example of that. Last year’s list was ungainly and bloated, so we’ve tried to cut it down to the bare bones. We won’t be handing out prizes for art direction, production and such, but instead we’ll give you Album and Song of the year, and people to watch out for this year. We aren’t even going to waffle on for ages about why these songs are good and better than millions of over songs released this year, but we will say that each captured the feeling and mood of the year perfectly.


Song of the Year



10. Big Dope P-Still Hood



9. The Bug Zim Version



8. Django Django-Giant



7. Hunck-I’ll Wait




6. The Garden-HaHa



5. Courtney Barnett-Elevator Operator



4. The Death of Pop-Rayban Party



3. Ricky Eats Acid-Carnival of Souls



2. E B U-Dead of Night



  1. Loyle Carner- Tierney Terrace



Album of the Year



10. Warm Brain-Big Wow





9. Grubs-It Must Be Grubs





8. Sasha Siem-Most of the Boys





7. MXLX-^___^





6. Death Grips-Fashion Week





5. Miguel Baptista Benedict-bedsores (regurgitations and loops)



4. Dave Cloud and the Gospel of Power-Today is the Day that they Take me Away



3. Kamasi Washington-The Epic



2. Binker and Moses-Dem Ones




  1. Fairhorns-FUCKUP Rush




One’s to Watch



Activia Benz



Du Bellows



Applewood Road



Oliver Wilde



Baishe Kings


Where the hell has this year gone? Last time I checked it was March, and now we’re coming into the final straight. As with the previous ten months, November has been pretty good. Here are the highlights:




Club Kuru


Trust Fund

Mercury Prize

Warm Brains





Album Leaf

Me and My Drummer



But the real highlight was the Mutations festival. For two days we were pulled pillar to post across Brighton so we wouldn’t miss anything. High lights included:



Willis Earl Beal

Nature Channel


Chelsea Wolf

Neko Case

Abi Wade

Josh T. Pearson

Christopher Owens


Merlin Tonto

Best Friends


Blank Mass



Foreign Skin

Mount Bank

Jane Weaver

Lightning Bolt




So, again as usual, December the gauntlet has been thrown down. Will you accept…







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So another month draws to a close, and with it the year’s end gets that little bit closer too. It’s safe to say that Autumn is fully here, so it’s that time of year to wrap up warm and listen to of Arrowe Hill and R.E.M. while walking briskly through local parks.


October has been another quality month for new music. Pure Bathing Culture released an absolute gem with Palest Pearl.


Coco showed that the Steel City is still the place for forward thinking Grime.


Simbiosi released unrelenting music that pummelled us into submission with their debut album Elements.


Larry Gus released and album the let the world see that DFA could release skewed pop with the best of them.


Iglooghost got his call up to the big leads with the announcement that his new EP would be released on Flyng Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Expect more from this exciting, day-glo, sugar rushing teenager!


Loyle Carner showed again that he’s the real deal with his latest single Ain’t Nothing Changed. When his album finally comes out it’ll redefine what UK Hip-Hop can and should be!


Wovoka Gentle’s latest single shows that Folktronica is alive and well in 2015.


Victories at Sea channelled New Order and Duarn Duran on latest single Up.


Savages returned with the musical equlivant of being punched repeatedly in the face! Their second album, released in January, looks set to be as XXX exquisite as their debut.


Activia Benz had a great month, not just with their never ending, but also with the release of Sega Bodega’s new EP Sportswear. If you have the cash get the limited edition tracksuit because it’s fit!


Art is Hard also followed on the excellent work of their Hand Cut Record Club by releasing one of the strongest releases to date with Rodents’ beautifually skewed and bombastic Calm Down.


Levantis released an album that challenged as well entertainted. More of the same goinging forward, yeah?







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Oh September, why did you have to go… It was another month of quality music. Some new bands burst onto the scene, and some returning favourites reminded us why we liked them in the first place.


First up Kevin Martin, AKA The Bug released his final instalment of the Angels and Devils saga. Zim Zim Zim featured Burro Banton on vocals. Gold Celeste released a single that oozed pop perfection, it made listen to other music a chore. Mike Krol returned with his third album Turkey. Don’t like the title and cover put you off, this is a serious album! The Garden started to titillate us about their new album, with title track Haha. It was short, sweet and insanely catchy and inventive. This is an album to definitely watch out for.


Alif showed what world music could be in 2015. Seamlessly mixing Arabian folk traditions with western production techniques, it’s an album that cries out to he played. Fresh Snow released their new EP and it back up their original mandate of creating forward thinking post-rock meets pop ethos. Kevin Martin returned under the guise of his King Midas Sound project, and teamed up with Fennesz to create an album that was the musical equivalent mist. Christian Scott released one of the best jazz albums of the year, in a year of great jazz this stand outs! Rival Consoles announced their return with an ethereal low tempo single Howl. And finally Bristol’s Jesuits gave us hope that a new swath of bands will take up the mantle and not sit on their peers laurels.



So October, think you can better that…?








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So just like the summer, August has come and gone. So what have we learnt?



Mr. David Viner’s welcome return shows that despite he’s aged, his ability to write thought provoking music hasn’t gone

Dave Cloud’s last album is an absolute masterpiece and a fitting way to end such an adhoc and inspiring career

The Zephyr Bones are another in a list of Spanish bands to release forward thinking indie

Rat Columns’ blend of droney rock isn’t just a joy to listen to, but a pleasure to get obsessed by

Trigga, Chimpo and Sam Binga, combined is possible one of the greatest combinations in Grime and UK Hip-Hop

Slim Twig’s slightly skewed eclectic pop music sets him apart from the rest of the pack

Fly Golden Eagle channel 1970’s glam with psych leanings to create one of the most interesting and playable albums of the year

Tom DeMac’s blend of future house is setting dance floors and headphones on fire

Slime’s brand of murky electronica Hip-Hop shows that the UK scene is alive and well

Wholewheat’s new EP pushes lo-fi in new directions



In live news Du Bellows, Two Hands and The Chairs continue to show that the West London music scene is just warming up and the best is yet to come, as all three start to plot their next slew of releases







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Let’s face it July has been an amazing month for music!



The Parrots released their debut EP. I’ve been playing this constantly all month and am showing no signs of being bored of it.

N.Lannon showed that the singer songwriter genre isn’t dead with his achingy brilliant album.

Gnarwhal proved that Math can be combined with any genre and it still sounds great.

Outblinker’s debut 10” has barley left my spindle, or psyche all month.

Ninja Tune offshoot Girls Music is slowly piling up the stake with each release. Stay tuned for their next instalment on the 03/08…

London based Zooz announced their new single on Superfan 99. Sadly they’ve all sold out, so better check ebay and Discogs for a copy.

Gene Serene released her debut album that shows Space Pop is an actual genre. More of the same please!

Nap Eyes gave me faith in guys getting drunk and jamming. Who said scientists don’t have soul?

Instrumental music is live and well thanks to Nashville’s Steelism.

In 2012 Offshore passed away, but finally his second album is being released thanks to his family and his labels Big Dad and Ninja Tune.

Hyde and Beast channel 1970’s groove rock on new EP. Cheers guys, but this is so addictive.

London indiekids Telegram returned with another slab of glam infused indie pop.
NY’s Sunflower Bean show that it’s not just British bands spearheading the Neo-Psychedelic scene.







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It’s safe to say that June has been one of the most enjoyable musical months I can remember. It was so good I didn’t want it to end!



Girlpool released an album that I don’t think we’ll get to the bottom of anytime soon.

Nozinja put out a slice of African day-glo house that is impossible to ignore with its massive basslines and tribal rhythms!

SOAK showed us that even in 2015 there is place to some tender ballads!

Malka unleashed her take on pop showing that the X-Factor brigade don’t really have a clue about pop at all!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra returned with an album that pushed their sound further than expected.

Kid Wave blew the dust outta our collective ears with their impressive debut.

Institute made us dust off our boots for moshing, despite the rising heat.

Brooklyn’s Ancient Sky got locked into the groove for their third album Mosaic.

Thisyearinmusic’s favourite bass music pioneer Ras G returned with the final instalment of the Raw Fruit saga.

Jenny Hval pushed not just musical boundaries on her career best Apocalypse Girl.

A Copy For Collapse showcased their brand of postpop with an ethereal and mesmermising album.

The Death of Pop released the call to arms against torpidity in the shame of Rayban Party

Killin Moon Records shoved New Moons 4 into a unexpected world. Yet again it was crammed full of the kind of songs that you can easily get obsessed about.

Loop returned form the perveribal dead with their first of the trio of releases.

On the live front Du Bellows returned after a few hectic months to prove they can still do it as a quartet.

London pop producer Sinah gave us a glimpse of their debut album. Excitement levels have been raised…

Piney Gir showed us that all you really need is fuzzed out guitars and sugary sweet vocals to have an amazing album. Nothing more, nothing else!



SO there you have it, June in all its glory.



What does July have to offer? If past years are anything to go by lots of jazz and blues! I for one cannot wait!






Another month has come and gone, leaving us only with fond memories and excellent music! May was a month like this. Here are the highlights:



Avalanche Party teased their new EP by releasing the video for title track Revolution. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from these North East guitar worriers!



Django Django retrun with easy second album. While it’s not as ground breaking and inventive as their debut, it is a hell of a lot of fun!



Andreya Triana also returned with second album. Her debut was a classic slice of UK soul, Giants has more of an electro pop twist. Defintley worth checking out!



Electro classical artist Digitonal released first album in seven years. It’s just as good as their previous and makes you wish Andrew Dobson had got his act together sooner! Only joking Andy, this was definitely worth the wait.



May was great month for jazz. Kamsai Washington released his 172 minute debut. It’s mad as fuck, but insanely listenable. Binker and Moses released their debut and show that 2015 definitely needs a few jazz album!



Art is Hard Records continued their Hand Cut Record Club with releases by Dignan Porch and Sulky Boy. Both have not sold out, but check out the soundcloud for a listen though. They also found time to team up with Reeks of Effort for another King of Cats album. On top of that they put out the lo-fi as shit debut album by Flout.



Wiley released Chasing the Art. This is everything we’ve come to expect from E3’s grime legend.



Joanna Gruesome showed that less is more with easy second album. It’s loud, fast and amazing.



Sasha Siem played a blistering set at the Great Escape in Brighton.



Matt Loveridge finally out out the new Gnar Hest album. It’s the best soundtrack to a video game that doesn’t exist.



West London’s Boys have the perfect soundtrack to you summer.



Those excellent people at Killing Moon have released the new EP by Brighton’s Fickle Friends.



Experimental London trio Yak showed they’re worth all the hype with new EP Plastic People. It’s bloody wicked!



Odd Rival announced that their debut EP will be out in July. Literally counting down the days…



June is right round the corner, and you’ve got to be bloody good to try and better May! The gauntlet has been thrown down…








September 4th – 6th. Myrtle Park. Bingley. Bradford. West Yorkshire. These dates ones you should book off work, as the Bingley Music Festival is back! This years festival is shaping up to be an unmissable weekend or music and entertainment. The line-up is one of the strongest of this year’s festivals. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss West Yorkshire’s hidden festival secret!



Deaf School



Appearing on the Discovery Stage are Liverpool’s art rock pioneers Deaf School. Since the mid 1970s Deaf School have been mixing cabaret, Punk, vaudeville and New Wave, and challenging and winning over audience’s wherever they’ve played. This is one band that you will definitely not want to miss seeing live!








Psychedelic, broody, heavy, atmospheric and loud are four words to describe Leeds based Weirds. Their brand of raucous psych should win over any festival go-er. At the end of their blistering live set, a new group of fans will emerge and help spread the word of this exciting four piece.





Tom Prior



No every musician has the ability to write engaging thought provoking lyrics while delivering flawless music. This is exactly what Tom Prior does. Even at this early stage in his career he is being compared to the Streets for his honest lyrical portrayal of Britain in 2015. Musically however he’s more akin to Alex Turner and Jamie T’s brand of heavy melodic stomping indie anthems. Remember his name, as he looks set to be around for a while!







Mattie Vant writes the kind of indie pop songs that only come out of turmoil. Originally from the North East of England, Vant moved to Brighton and then finally to London where his plans for World domination are being orchestrated. Ripping up venues across the UK this year already, VANT looks set to blow Bingley apart in September. Remember you heard them here first!





Super Furry Animals



Super Furry Animals. SFA. Super Blewog Anifeiliaid or however you want to call them needs no introduction. SFA have returned after a five year hiatus with a fire in their heart and belly to reclaim their spot at the top of the UK’s live scene. If their recent comeback shows are anything to go by, this will be a hit and run, pack full of hits and fan favourites. If you miss this band at Bingley you will rue it until the day you die!





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