Is live streaming concerts bad for business?

In this day and age, musicians have learned that they can no longer rely solely on physical sales of their albums to provide a stable income. In 2016, physical format revenue declined by 7.6% globally, almost double the rate of decline in 2015 (Ifpi.org, 2017). Streaming services, burning CDs and piracy have all played a…

January: Playlist

Only one month into 2017 and we have already been handed a ridiculous amount of incredibly strong albums this year. I’ve put a few of my favourites into a playlist for you to enjoy, including: WSTR, As It Is, Palisades, Code Orange and a few others.

Independent Venue Week

Today marks the start of Independent Venue Week – a yearly national event on the UK’s music calendar and this year it’s bigger than ever. With 120 local venues taking part (30 more than 2016), there’s bound to be something for everyone over the course of the week. Whether it be due to noise complaints,…

Have You Heard: Saint PHNX

For fans of: Puggy, Jon Bellion, Blackbear, Deaf Havana Scottish rock duo Saint PHNX aren’t spending any time messing around. The two brothers (Stevie on guitars and vocals, and Alan on drums) originally formed Vigo Thieves, selling out venues in their hometown of Glasgow with their power and emotion before packing it in. Now returning…

Have You Heard: Dire Bloom

For fans of: Taking Back Sunday, Moose Blood, Boston Manor Dire Bloom exploded onto the scene in November offering a smooth blend of the Emo and Pop Punk genres. Based in Leeds, the quintet take influences from the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Knuckle Puck and Basement whilst keeping themselves original with a distinct sound…

Christmas Jingles

With just a few short weeks until Christmas, it’s time to get all those classic Christmas songs out to put you in that festive spirit. But sometimes you need a break from all the Buble madness or Mariah Carey’s classics and 2016 has a tonne of new Christmas-filled tracks from the alternative music scene. I’ve put…