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The last night of the Proms
I confess: I have never even seen the Last Night of the Proms. Those that have seen it, will know that for a Proms rookie I was in for quite the experience. Those that haven’t, I’m torn between recommending you watch it and advising you to steer clear. Before I progress however, I feel I...
Review: Lucy Rose in Newcastle
“Newcastle really is beautiful, isn’t it!” Lucy Rose stated on the stage at Riverside. So much so, she informed us, that she’d just finished filming a video for 'Shiver' on the red and white swing bridge opposite the venue on the river Tyne. This elation for the venue and the event seemed to continue all...
Introducing the new Lucy Rose
I met up with Lucy Rose before her gig at Newcastle’s Riverside; fitted in between droves of other interviewers and the filming for a new music video. Even though I didn’t have much time with her, the 'journey’ she was on was the standout theme of the interview. Almost immediately after asking if her fears had...
Kettle Mag interview Gengahr
Hi guys! You’ve been touring with bands like Alt-J and Wolf Alice - obviously that must be pretty special, but how was the tour in general? Yeah it was amazing. It was at the start of February and it was pretty much an arena tour, so massive massive venues. But it was really good practice for...
An exclusive interview with Coasts
Hi guys! So to kick us off, what happened with your new album? It was due for release in September then it turned into January. Was there a reason for that? Yeah, things were just going really well radio-wise, we were picking up good traction. It was a label decision that we just accepted. At...
Review – Nadine Shah in Newcastle
Returning to Newcastle for her home-town show, Nadine Shah took to the stage in her quirkily awkward way. Openly stating that she was petrified of playing to her friends and family, which she cheekily admitted were about half the crowd, her nerves didn’t show through what was a faultless performance. After playing the initial few songs from...
Latitude Line Up Announced
The line-up for Latitude’s 10th anniversary has now been announced and as expected, it holds some extraordinary talent. Henham Park in Suffolk will once again play host to the unique Latitude festival from the 16th-19th July. Fast becoming one of the giants of the festival game, Latitude has made another substantial step towards the top draw by...
Brit nominees 2015: snubs and surprises
It’s coming up to that time again. The time when the cream of the British music crop is chosen (with a few international extras). The full list of nominees released last week includes an exceptional amount of talent from an excellent year of music, with artists such as George Ezra and Sam Smith leading the...
Social craze: #ICantBreathe Kettle Mag, Alex Smith, #ICantBreathe
This week’s social craze is not funny like the Ice Bucket challenge, nor crazy like #PizzaOnATrain, however it is one that has cut deep in to social media throughout America and provoked a storm of social activity. Many of you no doubt will have heard of Eric Garner, a 43 year old black American man who was choked...
The vinyl revival
I recently attended a vinyl sale, where for one day, you could take away as much vinyl as you could carry for £10 (An absolute steal I know!). So at 9:30am, half an hour before opening, I joined the queue, already behind 30 odd people. By 10:00am the queue was out of sight. This is...
Frank Turner returns with The Third Three Years
Frank Turner returns with his new album following critical acclaim of his latest success, Tape Deck Heart, which entered the UK album charts at number two. Due to be released on the 24th of November is The Third Three Years, an album made up of covers, live sessions, demos and everything else in between. Frank...
Kettle meets Walking on Cars
On Monday, 10th of November, I had the pleasure of interviewing Walking on Cars who are supporting The Kooks on their UK tour. This up and coming group from Dingle in Ireland,  released their first EP Hand in Hand, back in July. So if you haven’t heard of them before, go and check it out. So,...
The return of Pink Floyd
The return of the greats. A huge moment for Floyd fans everywhere- a new album is to be released after a 20 year hiatus! Well, it isn’t exactly new. The album is made up of leftover sound recordings from previous studio albums, fixed together to form a new one, like a phoenix from the flames. This...
What makes a great music video? Kettlemag, Music, videos, Al Smith
Recently beatboxer Roy Kafri produced a contender for most creative music video ever with his new single 'Mayokero'. In this video he brings classic vinyl artwork to life with graphic design and a high level of ingenuity. You can see Madonna, The Beatles and plenty more beatboxing on their original album sleeves.This begs the question though, what...
Is a place in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as prestigious as it once was?
A lot of stigma is attached to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it has caused controversy over the years, due to its nominees and just as importantly, those who should have been nominated but haven’t. The list for the 2015 nominees has recently been released and it is just as tenuous as...
Top 5 Apprentice Candidates of all time the apprectice, alan sugar, bbc, karn brady, kettle mag, alex smith
With everyone’s favourite business show returning to our screens this week, we look back at the top previous candidates. The candidates on this list are not remembered for their stellar business skills, but mainly for making themselves fools! Do you remember them? #5 Katie Hopkins Everyone’s favourite villain Katie Hopkins grew from the third season...