Best Places to See Free Live Music in London

Posted 2 October 2015 in Venues (comments)

There are hundreds of brilliant and varied music venues in London. You can catch a beautiful folk gig at an established venue like Shepherd's Bush Empire one night, and descend into a dingey club to check out an obscure indie band the next. But what if you're on a tight budget? Where do you go to satisfy your apetite for live music without devastating your bank account balance in the process? We've put together a few of the capital's finest spots for taking in some live music free of charge...

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Apple Music: To pay or not to pay?

Posted 30 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

After three months of glorious, complimentary listening, today is the final day of Apple Music's free trial period. As such, music lovers everywhere must decide before tomorrow whether to pay the monthly fee or walk away from the service. Like any tricky decision, the most sensible thing to do is to weight up the pros and cons...

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Interview with Jamie Johnston

Posted 28 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

The other day we sat down for a chat with band manager and 'Access to Music' lecturer Jamie Johnston. Jamie has been managing and developing musicians for more than fifteen years, including several critically acclaimed acts such as Maps, whose album We Can Create was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007. He has also worked with companies such as Universal, EMI, Mute, PIAS, Kobalt, BMG, Chrysalis, Erased Tapes, One Little Indian, and Fierce Panda. He recently began teaching at Access to Music, a music college that operates in a number of cities across the UK. Jamie kindly agreed to speak to us about his experiences in the music industry and some of the benefits of studying with Access to Music.

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Bond Themes: Six of the Best

Posted 25 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Sam Smith today released his theme song for the upcoming Bond film, Spectre. "Writing's on the Wall" has received mixed reviews, and you can listen to it for yourself here. But every time one of these themes is released, you inevitably delve back into Bond themes from the past to compare.

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The Bronze: A Meet & Jam Success Story

Posted 17 September 2015 in Bands (comments)

As they prepared for their gig at the Comedy Pub in the West End, I sat down with alt-rock band The Bronze, all of whom met here on Meet & Jam. The gig was just their fourth with the current line-up, which was completed when bassist Tom joined only five months ago.

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Steven the Pedal Steel Maestro

Posted 14 September 2015 in M&J Introducing (comments)

For the latest instalment in our Meet & Jam Introducing series, we spoke to aspiring pedal steel guitarist Steven Hicken Jr. Steven is continuing a family legacy of country music and particularly the pedal steel guitar. He had some facinating things to say about the instrument and its place in modern music...

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Dave Grohl and 5 More Onstage Injuries

Posted 9 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Last weekend, the Foo Fighters played two massive shows at the Milton Keynes Bowl, supported by Iggy Pop. The two sold out nights were replacement shows for the bookings at Wembley Stadium, Murrayfield, and Glastonbury Festival - all cancelled after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling from the stage at a performance in Sweden. Even in Milton Keynes, Grohl's leg remained in a protective boot, forcing the band to construct a magnificent throne made of guitar necks and flashing lights (as seen above)

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Is Tesco's decision to stock vinyl good or bad news?

Posted 4 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

Tesco have announced that, from today (September 4th), they will begin stocking copies of Iron Maiden’s new album The Book of Souls… on vinyl. The records will be up on shelves in 55 Tesco Extra stores around the UK in a move viewed as the giant supermarket dipping their toes into a flourishing, resurgent vinyl market. Whether a full-scale move into the sale of vinyl actually materialises is anyone’s guess. But the response to this initial decision has been fascinating. The question is: will the vinyl market benefit or suffer from Tesco’s introduction?

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Stories From The Studio: Springsteen's Born To Run

Posted 2 September 2015 in The Mix (comments)

A few months ago we brought you a handful of stories from the studio; tales of some of the most infamous recordings in musical history. Today, with the album having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the focus turns to Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic, Born to Run...

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Reading Festival - Six of the Best Performances

Posted 28 August 2015 in The Mix (comments)

This weekend sees the return of one of the country's oldest and best loved rock music festivals - Reading Festival, and its sister event Leeds Festival. Having originated in the early 1960s, Reading Festival truly found its feet in the 1990s and has since become something of a rite of passage for teens immeditely following the release of GCSE results at the end of August. There have been some unforgettable performances over the years, but here are a few of our favourites...

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