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Recently, I found myself sat in front of a Freeview box with friends and alcohol, begrudgingly watching the worst music channels on TV (You know the ones; channels with titles like Mega Tunes TV or Hit Land). All delightfully cheesy and vaguely tolerable, until, a few beers in, the corner of the screen lit up […]

Interview: Paul van Dyk

Having been twice voted No. 1 DJ in the world, and with a Grammy Award and over five million album sales under his belt, Paul van Dyk is something of a legend in the electronic music world. Music Editor Eoghan Bennett sits down with the trance DJ to discuss playing at The Warehouse Project, his […]

In only its second year, Sonisphere Festival is making a huge impact across Europe. The touring juggernaut managed to secure some of the biggest names around for eleven different events across the continent. With six stages across three days, Knebworth played host to the largest of these. An unusual two and a half day set […]

The northern leg of the Reading and Leeds festivals once again earned its reputation as the endearingly ugly big brother of the festival family with a weekend full of bad smells, dodgy headliners and Sunday evening misbehaviour. While the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Blink-182 gave people flashbacks to the age of playing Tony […]

Interview: Trentmøller

Ahead of his upcoming date at Warehouse Project, Jack Lewis-Barclay talks to Danish electronic music sensation Trentemøller about his musical influences. The Mancunion: You’re quoted as saying that you wanted the new album to sound “more organic, warm and not typically electronic”. How did your use of instruments and production techniques differ from this album […]

Now in its fifth year, Manchester institution that is the Warehouse Project hardly needs an introduction. But so wide is its appeal, and so significant its place on the UK music calendar, that discussion of the year’s hottest music event is unavoidable. What better way to celebrate the birthday of something revered by so many […]

With arguably the biggest set of headliners of the summer in AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith, this year’s Download Festival had monumental expectations. The bands certainly lived up to them. All headliners pulled out stunning performances. AC/DC left nothing to chance; bringing their very own stage ensured an overblown spectacle, serving as the […]

Interview: Chapel Club

“The first time I stepped off the coach at Victoria – this was also the first time I’d also been to the city – I was greeted by a shaven-headed man, with beckoning eyes and a rolled up twenty pound note in his mouth.” Not the warmest welcome one might hope for, but nevertheless that was Rich Mitchell’s […]

Album: Amoral – Violens

4 Stars Soon to be supporting The Drums, and having already toured with the likes of MGMT, White Lies and Grizzly Bear, it is easy to make assumptions about Violens’ debut Amoral. But instead of merely mimicking the sounds of others and changing them slightly, Violens have merged different styles together; creating an album that […]

Linkin Park’s fourth studio album is, on the face of it, a typical Linkin Park album. Is there pointless screaming? Yes, ‘Blackout’ is full of it. Pointless swearing? Oh yes: “Are you fucking listening?” is my personal favourite line from the album, also from ‘Blackout’. Is there a tenuous political theme running throughout? Allegedly: of the album’s fifteen tracks at least five are seemingly random noise, ranging from gunshots to people ranting on random subjects.

This week Songs Sans Frontières is about the music of South Korea. Despite having a large population, about 48 million, Korean music isn’t very well-known outside Asia. Except perhaps for a handful of sugary K-pop monstrosities, which don’t exactly give Korean music a shining reputation. Well, all this is about to change!

When you think of Australian music, I’m guessing your knee-jerk reaction is to think of hot pants or wobble boards. Sure, Kylie and Rolf Harris deserve their status as some of Australia’s greatest (or most grating in the case of the latter) exports, but there are many more artists who the Australians haven’t been so […]

Hello, and welcome to Songs Sans Frontières. Every week we will showcase a different genre of music for your listening pleasure, as well as giving you a chance to write in with your own songs. It’s our first week, so we’re getting out the big guns: today we are talking about world music. What exactly […]

Latitude is more than just a music festival. Comedy, poetry, ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company shared this year’s bill with headliners Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastian and Vampire Weekend. As did the multi-coloured sheep, of course. The crowds are as varied as the acts: small children pulled around in carts by tired […]