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Five festivals you might have missed
Festival season is right around the corner and we've got you covered for the summer months ahead. Everyone knows of the likes of Reading & Leeds, Download and TRNSMT, but what about those festivals you might not have heard of? Here are our Top 5 festivals you might not have heard of but certainly should...
Festivals 2018: Ones to watch part 2
It's time for part two of our bands you can't miss at festivals in 2018. We've selected another 5 bands we think you absolutely should be checking out across the festival stages this summer. Rise Against at Download Rise Against are one of those rock bands that do everything right. Solid riffs, strong lyrics -...
Preparing for the Slam Dunk Festival
The Slam Dunk Festival is a little over a month away and we're already ready to kick off the festival season! With so many bands spread across the stages and clashes galore it's trick to even know where to begin with picking who to check out. That's what we're here for! We've selected our top...
2018 Festivals: ones to watch. Part 1
Festival annoucements are coming in thick and fast and we're getting closer and closer to the best part of the year kicking off. Here at Kettle Mag we're starting to get pretty excited about seeing some of our favourite bands grace the festival stages up & down the country across the summer - but with...
BBC Good Food Show Winter review bbc old food, kettle mag
BBC Good Food Show returned to Birmingham's NEC for its Winter installment. Laura Brown headed along to see what all the fuss is about. We all love food, especially at Christmas time. So, what better place to visit than Birmingham's NEC for the Winter installment of the BBC Good Food Show! With some much to...
Slam Dunk festival is back for 2018 Slam Dunk 2018
Slam Dunk Festival is one of the highlights of the festival calander for rock music fans & although it is a whole 6 months away, it's never to early to get excited. The travelling festival has revealed the first few names of the 2018 line up, including one MASSIVE headline act. Yep, that's right Jimmy...
Festival Highlights of 2017
Summer festival season is over for another year & what a year it’s been. From memorable performances to cancelled festivals, here is our round up of this year’s top festival moments – the good & the bad. Y NOT FESTIVAL Where do we even begin? From the weather, to security issues, to bands not playing,...
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Somehow it is already that time of year again where Cheltenham Literature Festival is already on the horizon, all be it a slightly distant one. However that doesn’t mean it is too early to start drawing up the wish list of who to catch at this year’s event & with the line-up they’ve revealed festival...
Restaurant Review: The Peacock Oxhill 14468702_896193720515430_5840787755606344761_o.jpg
Situated in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, The Peacock at Oxhill is a pub with a twist. Its fine dining style menu with twists on pub classics provides something for everyone whilst the extensive dessert menu makes for difficult decision making. For a Wednesday evening, whilst quiet at first, it soon became busy with both the bar &...
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It's been a cracking year already for festivals and there's still so much more to come! In the mean time here are some of the best moments of 2017's festival season so far. Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury Some people doubted he could do it, but just like Adele, Ed at Glastonbury went down a storm. How...
5 Things You Missed at Glastonbury 2017 Glastonbury, Festival, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
If you've managed to avoid all Glastonbury coverage, then well done. The UK's biggest festival has been and gone and once again produced some stellar moments. However, with so much to see, it is impossible to catch everything. Festivals editor Laura has rounded up five of the things that you might have missed at this year's...
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Cheltenham Science Festival returned to the town for another jam packed programme of hands on events and talks from some of the top names in science. We headed along for just a taster of what the festival had on offer. Kicking things off for Kettle at the event was wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who took...
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Next up in Cheltenham Festivals' schedule is the annual Science Festival! Full of hands on activities, insights into the world of Science professionals and a whole host of free events; we count down out top 5 things to check out this year! Over Ambitious Demo Challenge What? Steve Mould and Andrea Sella host our infamous...
What’s new in the world of festivals Barn On The Farm, festivals, culture, music, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
2000 Trees The long awaited clash finder is finally here! Take a look at the below to see which bands clash and which stages you’ll need to head to across the weekend. We’re curious about that TBC slot! Glastonbury ‘Tis the season for line up completions. Glastonbury have finalised their line up for 2017 and revealed...
Slam Dunk Festival Review Slam Dunk, festival, culture, music, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
Slam Dunk festival once again brought together the best and loudest bands from the alternative music world for one long weekend of top quality music. This year it was the turn of the Midlands to go first & Festivals Editor Laura headed along. Heading straight for the Jägermeister Main Stage, Crossfaith were the first band...
Slam Dunk Festival Preview Slam Dunk Festival, music, culture, festivals, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
Festivals Editor Laura is heading along to Slam Dunk Festival in a matter of weeks. From pop punk to post hardcore the festival has something for everyone, and with so many clashes it 's a good job the festival site is small! As excitement builds for the festival we count down our top bands to check...
Cheltenham Jazz Festival Review Cheltenham Jazz Festival, festivals, culture, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
Cheltenham Jazz Festival has once again been a roaring success. Bringing some of the biggest names in jazz, swing, skiffle and funk to Gloucestershire, the 6 day festival saw laid back afternoon around town sessions, high energy party vibes – and even a fight! Even on a fairly dreary typical UK weekend, the Jazz Festival manage to bring...
Festival news update Barn on the farm, festivals, culture, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
Festival season is creeping ever closer. Here's a run down of what you might have missed amongst all the latest festival updates. Slam Dunk Festival It's better that we just let the poster do the talking. Slam Dunk have revealed their stage splits for the three day event & we couldn't be more excited. Barn On...
Album Review: Get Found by Ben Marwood Ben Marwood, Get Found, Album, Review, Music, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
Don't call it a comeback, Ben Marwood once sang. Whatever you want to call it, he's back with album number three, Get Found, and it was certainly worth the wait. After being stopped in his tracks due to illness, Marwood was forced to, intermittently, retire from the music world. Of course, the priority was getting back to...
Review: Cotswolds Cook Book Cotswold, food and drink, lifestyle, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
It’s safe to say we all love good food. In a world where there are so many restaurants appearing across all cities and towns, what could be handier than a guide to the best places to check out? The Cotswolds Cook Book does exactly that; if you live in or are planning to visit the...
Around the world with Laura Brown travel, Q&A, world, journey, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
A strong desire to pack your suitcase and get the first flight to anywhere around the world can be tempting and everyone's travel list can be full of some great countries they wish to travel too. Our Travel feature, "Around the World", gives us a glimpse into the places and countries our editors here at Kettle travelled too. This week, we have...
Cheltenham Jazz Festival Preview jazz, festival, cheltenham, music, popular music, food, party, drink, dance, swing, kettle mag, laura brown
Taking over Montpellier Gardens for May bank holiday weekend, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is set to once again bring some of the biggest, and newest, talents of the music world together for a week long celebration.  "The great thing about Cheltenham Jazz Festival is that it brings together so many genres under the umbrella of jazz…I...
Amsterdam – A foodie review 16730294_10155029712379518_6884125949463766270_n.jpg
Amsterdam isn't all canals, bikes and red lights - though they all feature pretty heavily. There is a whole host of food and drink locations that you should be checking out across the city. Laura Brown gives us here run down of the best places to eat and drink in the capital of Holland. Bakers...
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With festivals releasing details of their line ups left, right and centre it's time to catch up with everything you might have missed so far. 2000 Trees After last years 10th birthday celebrations, there is a lot to live up to. Released this week were details of the festivals first headliner for 2017; Slaves! More...
Spectacle of Light Review Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle, Dominic Meason, Review, Festival, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
Spending a cold December evening walking around the grounds of a closed castle may not seem like the ideal activity, but when it is transformed by a show of light and sound it certainly changes everything. We headed along to the opening night of the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle to see the historic...
BBC Good Food Show Winter Review BBC Good Food Show, festivals, review, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
The BBC Good Food Show Winter headed back to Birmingham this November for four days of food and drink delights. We were lucky enough to head along to the penultimate day of the event to see what was on offer from some of the best-known and most exciting newcomers - and grab some free samples! Attracting some...
Spectacle of Light comes to Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle, festival, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
If you're stuck for something to do this winter and are bored of the over crowded Christmas markets, then we've got a suggestion for you. This December Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire will be transformed by brillant display of light and sound for 23 special days. Visitors will be able to experience, what is official the Cotswolds' most...
BBC Good Food Show Winter Preview BBC Good Food Show, festivals, Birmingham, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
The BBC Good Food Show is back. From the 24th of November for 4 days an array of chefs, bakers and exhibitors will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham for a perfect festive food event. The 4 day event features everything from live cooking and baking demonstrations, the opportunity to cook along live as well as...
Festivals 2017 – what we know so far Festivals, Music, Acts, Announcements, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
With the first few acts being announced for next year's music festivals, it's time to start getting excited. With rumours starting to circulate and everyone trying to guess who we'll be seeing take to the stages across the festival circuit, we round up what we know so far about 2017's festivals. Glastonbury It's the biggest...
Vivienne Westwood at Cheltenham Literature Festival Vivienne Westwood, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Literature, Books, Fashion, Speaker, Talk, Culture, Festivals, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
"There is nothing like a dame and certainly not this one." Kirsty Wark's introduction of Vivienne Westwood at this year's Cheltenham Literature Festival couldn’t have been truer. The fashion-designer-cum-self-proclaimed-activist was one of the year's most hotly anticipated talks at this year's festival, and festivals editor Laura Brown headed down to hear what she had to...
Ray Mears at Cheltenham Literature Festival Ray Mears, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Books, Literature, Festivals, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
Ray Mears is one of Britain's best-known wilderness explorers and has been teaching others both on and off screen the techniques and skills of bushcraft and wilderness survival for many years. He has recently released his latest book, Out on the Land: Bushcraft Skills from the Northern Forest, in collaboration with Swedish explorer Lars Falt. which looks...
Top 5 moments of 2016’s music festivals 2016, Festivals, Summer, List, Music, Kettle Mag, Laura Brown
Summer has been and gone, and the long nights and cold weather are here. As ever, music festivals dominated the summer with every genre of music being covered by artists new and old. With so many highs and lows and the occasional controversy, it's time to take a look back at our top 5 moments of...
Cheltenham Literary Festival Preview Times Literary Festival, writing, culture, Laura Brown, Kettle Mag
The Times Literary Festival once again takes over Cheltenham for 10 days this October. Established back in 1949, the festival welcomes over 600 writers, poets, politicians, actors and more each year to celebrate all things written. From talks to workshops to free events around the city, there is something for every interest and age group....
A Tribute to The Maccabees
This week saw the sad demise of another great British band. Indie rock quartet The Maccabees sadly announced they will be no more with a heartfelt letter to their fans posted on social media. A message to our fans…. With Love, The Maccabees x pic.twitter.com/v2DN0PMP4R — The Maccabees (@themaccabees) August 8, 2016 From their humble...
Review: Heart at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
From their beginnings in the late seventies, Ann & Nancy Wilson, aka Heart, have been leading the way for female-fronted rock bands. In 2016, it is a little more common to see a female-fronted or fully female rock band all armed with guitars, but way back then it was almost unheard of. The ladies with...
Review: Slam Dunk Midlands
Slam Dunk Festival, this year being its 10th birthday, tore apart not 1 but 3 venues last weekend and did so in the biggest, loudest and best fashion. We headed along to the Midlands date for a day of rock and pop punk delights. First up for us was Young Guns on the main stage, in...
Review: Day One @ BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
Festival season is now in full swing with BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend kicking off things last weekend in Exeter. We headed down to the beautiful Powderham Castle on Saturday for the first day of the festival. Having arrived on site later than planned, thanks to the delight that is Bank Holiday traffic, it was...
Review: Doctor Faustus at Duke of York’s Theatre
Dark, twisted, intense. The Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus has taken over London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for three months and is doing so in the strangest yet most fantastical of ways. The 1604 play centres around Doctor Faustus making a pact with the devil after he becomes sick and tired...
Festival vs Gig: why the festival wins
It's nearly that time of year where each weekend sees a different festival taking place somewhere in the world. From Coachella this month to the build up to Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and many others just beginning; nothing quite says summer like spending it in a field full of live music. Live music, in all...
Album Review: Painting Of A Panic Attack by Frightened Rabbit
Forming way back in 2003, Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit have been bringing audiences and listeners their unmistakable sound for over a decade. After signing to Atlantic Records in 2010, the band went on to release their fourth studio album Pedestrian Verse in 2013 and were met with both critical and chart praise, finding themselves at number...
An interview with American rockers Audio Impulse
Philadelphia based rockers Audio Impulse are in the middle of putting together their second studio release and preparing for a summer of touring and festivals, including the Extreme Sports and Music Tour. We caught up with them to see what they are all about and what we can expect from the band. The band sum up...
Is streaming the new way to consume music?
From records, to tapes, to CDs, to downloads; the way we’ve consumed music has changed drastically over the last six decades. Streaming is the latest addition to this chain of music media consumption and its growing popularity is changing the shape of the industry just as its predecessors did. Many of us are now users...
Album Review: Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
After a long three years of waiting, everyone’s favourite Las Vegas rockers Panic! At The Disco are back with their fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor. It’s hard to believe that it's a little over ten years ago that the band first burst onto the scene with their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat...
BBC Sound of 2016 – The top 5
The BBCs hotly anticipated Sound of 2016 list was released this month, and as ever provided us with the ones to watch this year. The diversity of the music on the list just shows how ever-changing yet familiar the industry is, and how everyone can always find something to listen to and connect with. So, here are...
Kettle Mag’s top 10 songs of 2015
2015 has been a great year for music. From pop anthems you couldn't get out of your head, to rock classics to air guitar along to, along with the ones you can't help but cry to, there's been something for everyone. Here are 10 of what we think have been some of the top songs of...
How can I be a better feminist?
Fistly, let's get one thing about the following out there. There is no right or wrong way to be a feminist. As Roxane Gay says: "I would rather be a bad feminist, than no feminist at all."   One of the main aspects of feminism is choice and freedom to do and be exactly who you...
Christmas comes early for Kylie
Princess of Pop Kylie Minogue has been churning out the hits for decades. From pop to dance to a brief flirtation with indie with Nick Cave, Kylie's ability to cover all genres of music and produce smash hits is undeniable. This festive season sees Kylie release her first full Christmas album stuffed full of classics as well as three...
Album Review: Storyteller by Carrie Underwood
From winning the fourth season of American Idol back in 2005 to touring the world, 32 year old American country star Carrie Underwood has had one hell of a decade. Her career in music started back in her small hometown of Checotah, Oklaholma, singing in church and local talent contests before she went on to take...
Laura: What’s in my makeup bag? Laura Brown, Kettle Mag, Whats in my makeup bag, Image: Laura Brown
Your makeup bag is your trusty companion. Whether you adapt it for a travel version, it’s all over your bedside table or you’re seriously organised and have it colour co-ordinated blogger style - we all have one. If you’re anything like me, you take it everywhere, you re-stock it constantly and there’s always some hidden...
Live Review: Nothing But Thieves
Band of the moment Nothing But Thieves headed out across the UK this month on a sold-out tour. Having had their album hit the top 10 in the UK album charts and reach number one in the vinyl charts as well as appearing at Vevo's Halloween show, the band couldn't be having a better time right...