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A bit more Britpop

I was sceptical about writing anything about this at first for the fear of it becoming just another thread enabling the Britpop naysayers, consequently completely missing the point of last week. I can fully appreciate that it wasn’t every ones bag, and I am all for a constructive debate, but some of the negativity that has been bandied about, some quite vehemently has […]

Shed Seven – Northampton Roadmender

As the rumour mill gathers pace about various Britpop reunions for the forthcoming year, a brief revival took place right here in Northampton on Monday night as the Roadmender welcomed back 90’s Britpop stalwarts, Shed Seven. Backed up by the mighty Mark Morriss (Bluetones) it was an unexpected treat to have the wonderfully talented and […]

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Britpop Revival 2014 – Who do you want to see?

And so it is nearly upon us, the anniversary of the year that every man and most women in their mid-thirties hail as THE year. The year that, when we talk to our children about what it was like growing up, we immediately draw reference to 1994. When teenagers talk about how amazing it is […]

Interview with Northern Uproar.

Leon Meya told his career officer, he was going to be in a band and he was going to be on Top Of The Pops. One year later and at the tender age of 16, he had done it. As the British music scene gained full momentum in the mid 90’s, Northern Uproar were catapulted […]

Interview with Clint Boon – North & South

On the corner of King St, Manchester a nondescript building stands. An amalgamation of brick and metal that to the untrained eye goes unnoticed, but to some every Saturday night, this is home. A project inspired by ex Hacienda promo man Paul Cons, South opened its doors 17 years ago. Glimpses of its creator’s club […]

Jersey Budd – Life and Music

Fresh off the back of the Strawberry Fields Festival last month, Jersey Budd is excited about the future. It’s been a good year for the Countesthorpe singer/songwriter, some pivotal gigs under his belt, new album in the offing and recently becoming a father to his daughter, Isla. From playing his first gig at the Tom […]

The Stone Roses Bar – Leeds

STONE ROSES BAR – LEEDS Britpop’s glory years seem so long ago now. For those of us that still live in the bubble of the mid nineties, a night on the town can be a somewhat tawdry affair. Saturday nights spent in bars that, quite frankly, are way too shiny and sparkly for the likes […]

My Britpop – Annie Lees

It’s May 1994, a Monday morning if I recall. I am doing the weekly trawl of new releases through the shelves of Woolworths. It’s a dire time, musically. Pop and dance music had taken the charts by the scruff of the neck at the back end of the 80’s and maintained a tight grip. And […]

Riot Grrrls!

RIOT GRRRLS! If ever there was a time for women to get their rock on, it was Britpop! Men loved them, women wanted to be them and they held their own alongside a genre of some of the greatest male fronted guitar bands. For every Blur there was an Elastica, for every Pulp there was […]