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Should musicians switch genres?

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Our feature this week...

Preview: Hit The North

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The Courier Music brings you a rundown of what we know so far about Hit The North 2018......

The Time Machine: February 26th 1995

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On this day in 1995, the late, great Frank Sinatra made his final live performance, to a select group of around 1,200 people at the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament....

Live Review: Cassia at Think Tank

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Opening with ‘Sink’, frontman Rob Ellis carried the audience from the stifling lull between support acts by playing the song’s opening guitar riff as a solo, which was then...

Live Review: The Blinders at Think Tank

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After hearing a few of The Blinders’ songs on playlists and through social media in recent months, I was excited to see how they measured up on stage, and suffice to say I was...

The Time Machine: February 12th 1961

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On this day, the 12th February, in 1961, Detroit group The Miracles’ song ‘Shop Around’ became Motown’s first million-selling single. Not only was this a milestone for...

Supriya Nagarajan’s Bollywood Jazz Ensemble at The Sage Gateshead

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When I first heard that I would be attending the showcase of Supriya Nagarajan’s ‘Bollywood jazz fusion’ band at the Sage, I was intrigued to say the least. Having...

Live Review: The Charlatans at O2 Academy

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The Charlatans should not be criticised for their ability to still produce quality and inspired music, however perhaps their ability to perform live has not stood the test of time...

Reality TV vs Real Risers

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TV talent shows are an almost sacred element of British popular culture to many people, with millions upon millions of Britons tuning in to shows such as The X Factor and The...

The Rise of Grime in a Competitive UK Market

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Liam Austen talks about a culture of grime within the UK. ...