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Review: BBC Prom 30, 2017 Classical, music, Proms, culture, Kettle Mag, Lorna Holland
There’s nothing quite like a cultured evening spent in the company of classical music, a historical venue, and your closest family and friends. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why the BBC Proms remain so popular, showcasing the very best of the genre and bringing lovers of classical music together year after year. The...
Gig Review: Amy Macdonald at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Amy MacDonald, music, performance, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald is currently in the middle of her latest tour, heading out across the UK to promote her recently-released album, Under Stars. As this is the singer-songwriter’s fourth studio album, she now has a healthy back catalogue to draw on and is able to alternate between rousing fan favourites and showcasing her...
Kettle Mag’s Top 10 Albums of 2016 CDs, top 10 albums, music, culture, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
Last year, it was James Bay's Chaos and the Calm which claimed the coveted top spot and became Kettle's album of the year. However, this year, the competition has been even more fierce. For the last few weeks, Kettle writers and readers have been busy voting for their favourites. We've had more albums nominated than ever before...
Kettle Mag interviews Magique Magique, interview, culture, music, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
Elusive and secretive solo artist Magique is an interesting character to interview. His music is bringing a fresh new wave of dream-psych-pop to the scene. Catch Magique's gentle vocals and unique sound on his debut single, 'Baby Blue', released last month. First off, how would you sum up your music in 3 words? Introvert pop...
Student life series: Too Many T’s Too Many T's, music, interview, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviewed a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. For the final instalment of the series, she chatted to the Ross Standaloft from upcoming hip-hop duo Too Many T's. Tell us a bit...
Student life series: Jordan Allen Jordan Allen, interview, music, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviewed a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. For the first in the series, she chatted to the indie Bolton four-piece Jordan Allen. Tell us a bit about yourself. I'm a 22-year-old former...
Student life series: Meadowlark Meadowlark, music, interview, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviews a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. This time, she had a chat with electronic pop duo Meadowlark. Tell us a bit about yourself. We are an electronic pop duo from...
Student life series: Elevant Elevant, music, interview, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviews a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. Liverpool psych-rockers Elevant are the latest to take part. Where did you go to university?  All three of us went to the University of...
Student life series: Skinny Lister Skinny Lister, interview, music, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviews a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. This time, she's chatting to another Lorna, from six-piece folk act Skinny Lister. Tell us a bit about yourself. I grew up with my...
Student life series: Natalie McCool Natalie McCool, interview, music, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviews a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. Today, she chats to singer-songwriter Natalie McCool. Tell us a bit about yourself.  I'm an artist and I write alternative pop about lovesick fragility....
Student life series: Asylums Asylums, band, music, interview, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
As part of Kettle's student life series, music editor Lorna Holland interviewed a selection of up-and-coming bands and artists about their student days and how the student years shaped their music. For the first in the series, she chatted to the band Asylums. Tell us a bit about yourself. We play bi-polar manic distortion and enthuse...
Gig Review: Blossoms at Rock City, Nottingham Blossoms, Rock City, review, music, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
Stockport's finest export, indie-pop band Blossoms, are currently in the middle of an ongoing tour. The tour is encompassing dates across the UK, Europe, US, and Canada, which is pretty impressive for a band who have only recently released their debut album. I went along to catch the band at one of the UK's most...
Preview: Warning by Savannah Betts Savannah Betts, Warning, music, review, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
Savannah Betts may not be a name you've necessarily heard before in the music industry, but once you've heard Betts' music hers is definitely a name you won't be forgetting in a hurry. The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter is due to release her brand new EP, Warning, on 1st October. However, here at Kettle Mag we've managed...
My Life In Music, with sports editor Matthew Drew headphones, music, life, Matthew Drew, Lorna Holland, Kettle Mag
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with lifestyle managing editor Emmi Bowles
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
Review: 2016 Prom 44 – Shakespeare on Stage & Screen
Classical music and Shakespeare is the perfect combination for an enjoyable evening of culture in the city. On Thursday 18th August, I went along to the Royal Albert Hall to see Prom 44 of the 2016 Prom season. This year marks my third consecutive year of Proms reviewing for Kettle, and each year the diversity...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Natasha George
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with motoring editor Euan Antona
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Ellie Leddra
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Sophie Howard
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
What’s on my Shelf, with Music and Culture Managing Editor Lorna Holland
A book lover's bookshelf contains many wonderful, interesting, and intriguing books - some that you may not even have heard of yet! Our new books column, 'What's On My Shelf', allows a glimpse into the bookshelves of our editors here at Kettle. This week, you can find out what lines Music & Culture Managing Editor...
My Life In Music, with books editor Chloe Smith
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Carrie-Jennifer Cairns
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with women’s editor Rae Coppola
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Aoife Bennett
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
Glastonbury 2016: The view from the sofa
Glastonbury festival is one of the UK's biggest cultural institutions and one of the most popular and most talked about festivals in the world. With the festival attracting bigger and bigger names each year, all eyes were on Worthy Farm to see if 2016's line-up would deliver.  Tickets for Glastonbury are notoriously difficult to come by,...
My Life In Music, with style editor Sian Bradley
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Sarah Kempster
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Tracy Winu Landu
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Dan Graham
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Alice Hearing
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Joshua AP
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
Eurovision 2016: The best tweets from the night
Last Saturday, May 14th, marked the annual evening of glitter, wind machines, questionable outfit choices, and general craziness that's also known as Eurovision. This year's contest was held in Sweden, following Måns Zelmerlöw's victory with 'Heroes' in Austria the year before. Hosted by none other than the reigning champion, Måns himself, alongside Eurovision regular Petra Mede, the theme this...
Live Review: Busted at The SSE Arena, Wembley
'Pigs will fly before Busted reform'. That's what everyone (including the band themselves) was saying in the decade since pop trio Busted split up in 2005. Following reports of a 'rift' between Charlie Simpson and the other boys, Matt Willis and James Bourne, Charlie eventually left to pursue his musical ambitions fronting alt-rock band Fightstar....
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Al Smith
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
New Music Monday Issue #34
Summer's finally here! Well.. it is for the time being at least. There's a whole load of summery sounds and tracks picked for summer 2016 around at the moment, but we've sifted through to pick 3 stand-out songs to share with you this week. Enjoy! Busted - Coming Home Noughties pop trio Busted burst back...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Vicki Connelly
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Sophie Thirkell
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
New Music Monday Issue #32
This week's New Music Monday is slightly different as it comes to you from your music editor, Lorna Holland, as our regular NMM writer is off busily writing about blazers... Jamie will be back next week, but for now, here are three fantastic (and very varied) new tracks for you to put straight onto your Monday morning playlist! Tom Odell...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Lewis Bunney
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Francesca Poggi
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Matthew Hayhow
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Alex Ramsden My Life In Music, Life, Music, writer, interview, Kettle Mag, Alex Ramsden, Lorna Holland
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with beauty editor Renate O’Connor
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
Album Review: Night Swim by Josef Salvat
Australian born, London-based singer-songwriter Josef Salvat was one of the breakthrough artists hotly tipped for success in 2015. His single ‘Hustler’ (taken from Night Swim) was released back in early 2015, and really helped to catapult him into the spotlight and onto more people’s radar. However, you may have unknowingly heard Josef Salvat even before...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Navya Hebbar My Life In Music, Life, Music, writer, interview, Kettle Mag, Navya Hebbar, Lorna Holland
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with frivolity editor Naomi Duffree My Life In Music, Life, Music, writer, editor, interview, Kettle Mag, frivolity, Naomi Duffree, Lorna Holland
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with culture editor Gemma Hirst My Life In Music, Life, Music, writer, editor, interview, Kettle Mag, culture, Gemma Hirst, Lorna Holland
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
My Life In Music, with Kettle writer Jamie Doherty My Life In Music, Life, Music, writer, interview, Kettle Mag, Jamie Doherty, Lorna Holland
For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This...
Getting to know you: Performing arts graduate Alex Harden
Welcome to 'Getting to Know You.' This will be a regular feature at Kettle Mag, where we will be interviewing students with degrees in the arts to find out why they chose that subject and what their plans are for the future. In case you missed our first interview, you can catch up here. But for our second...