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Kendal Calling: This time it’s not just a walk in the fields  Kendal Calling
For some reason I now extrapolate the word ‘fields’ to ‘fields of wheat’ and on to ‘running through fields of wheat’. But the last thing you will see in the fields of Kendal Calling is the confusingly angular yet saggy Theresa May indulging in a speedy jaunt across the plains. No, you are more likely...
Kendal Calling: Alternative festival review
“I am just a man from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pretending to be Curt Cobain...Pretending to be the King of Rock and Roll...Pretending to be David Bowie.” I can’t think of many places on the planet where you could stumble through a hidden forest to find communal tubular bells, people inspecting the inside of a spaceship, acrobats in...
Kendal Calling: Back to the fields
Back to the fields and back to the 90’s; the resurgence of Brit-pop and the rise of a home grown festival. I first attended Kendal Calling in 2009 which at the time was touted as a small family festival. The poultry ticket price, lesser heard line-up and activities such as community music and sledging (yes...
Small venues need you! guitar, venues, music, culture, David Newton, Kettle Mag
Last year I headed over to Camden for the Small Venues Trust meeting and fundraiser. Headlined by Public Service Broadcasting and featuring three packed bills on different stages, it is safe to say that I got my monies worth checking out some of the hottest acts around along side some new raw talent at what...
Songs for the recession
From Edith Piaf to the Clash, every depression has brought about a musical backlash and even forged some of the political movements of generations past. From the singing miners to the ever rebellious punks, music can be a very powerful tool. As the dust of the recent Conservative budget settles and analysts finish crunching the...
Sigur Ross to headline celestial spectacular…
Following in the footsteps of The Flaming Lips and Elbow, the latest band to play Jodrell Bank Observatory is non-other than Icelandic stars Sigur Ross. Following in the footsteps of The Flaming Lips and Elbow, the latest band to play Jodrell Bank Observatory is non-other than Icelandic stars Sigur Ross. Following scientific lectures, workshops and...
The Kettle mix tape, Funky tunes to f**k to…
Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I can’t help but put a little bit of loving with a little bit of music. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I can’t help but put a little bit of loving with a little bit of music. Having chatted with a friend the other day on...
The financial crisis: A tale of two centuries
Apparently it is a running joke in the financial services that a banking crisis happens every time those old enough to remember the last one retire, so maybe bankers and politicians should pay clos Apparently it is a running joke in the financial services that a banking crisis happens every time those old enough to...
New music reviewed – some good, some properly naff….
There's so much new music around at the moment that is can be difficult trying sort the awesome from the crap... so to speak. There's so much new music around at the moment that is can be difficult trying sort the awesome from the crap... so to speak. Kettle's David Newton sat down with four...
What’s next for Anderson ‘the spider’ Silva?
Those of you who watched the undoing of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 will know how ridiculous Anderson Silva’s skills are. Those of you who watched the undoing of Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 will know how ridiculous Anderson Silva’s skills are. After stepping into a fight at the last minute to save a card...
Extraordinary explorers: against the tide of social norms
Who is the world’s greatest ever explorer and does gender or ethnicity have a part to play? Who is the world’s greatest ever explorer and does gender or ethnicity have a part to play? Having recently been in awe of Baumgartners attempt to secure the world’s highest ever skydive, whilst at the same time becoming...
Stupid Rugy rules – how changes will impact the game?
The new video referee laws are the latest in a long line of Interpretations, connotations and embellishments designed to make rugby more ‘viewer friendly’ and free-flowing; which have a The new video referee laws are the latest in a long line of Interpretations, connotations and embellishments designed to make rugby more ‘viewer friendly’ and free-flowing;...