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23 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Today’s Generation of Music Lovers Missing out on True Audio?

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According to recent figures, today’s generation of young music fans are moving away from downloads in favour of streaming; figures compiled by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) shows music streaming services grew by 65% in 2014, while revenue from music downloads in the UK declined by 15%. It’s clear that the internet has had a noticeable impact on our lifestyle and, in particular, how we listen to music. As music records have evolved over the years, from vinyl, to CD, to MP3, what impact has this had on audio quality? And, perhaps more pertinent, does it really matter?

Vinyl – outdated or retro?

For the 90s child, it seems vinyl and high end audio technology has largely become associated with DJs and audiophiles, but even the best DJs’ music is ultimately compressed into MP3 files for quick and easy consumer download.

According to the stats from the Official Chart Company, it seems there’s still a hunger for real high quality audio, with sales of vinyl records hitting an 18 year high last year. More than one million vinyl records were sold in the UK by November in 2014 – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

While vinyl is experiencing resurgence, it’s still the super-compressed MP3 files that continue to dominate. Vinyl may still be regarded as the Holy Grail of audio, but it comes with its own disadvantages, mainly its bulk, fragility and inconvenience, which are the very reasons MP3 became so popular.

The case for digital

With instant access to our favourite artists, and more music than ever before available just a click away, is there any wonder that internet streaming services are the first port of call? The importance of ownership is being displaced in the industry by accessibility, a point which TechRadar’s Duncan Geere explored recently. The trend towards streaming has been growing and shows no sign of stopping, but it also means that today’s generation of music listeners are more accustomed to listening to compressed MP3 files via YouTube, smartphones or even straight from their laptops.

Quality Vs Quantity

Currently, when recordings are compressed into a convenient file format, i.e. for streaming and downloads, some of the clarity and resolution of the recording is lost. Not only is the track compressed in size (and information) to make it fit onto an MP3 file, an audio technique called “amplitude compression” is often used to squeeze more volume out of the recordings. Unfortunately, this often removes the dynamics from the track and causes what’s called “audio clutter”. The songs aren’t actually louder – just dynamically flatter; the loud parts and the quiet parts have the difference between them reduced so the average amplitude is increased, which makes the overall volume of a track appear higher.

How technology is reminding people how music should be heard

Audio engineers across the world are developing an alternative way to deliver music as it was meant to be heard and the way the artist originally intended. High end audio is essentially about the ability to reproduce the fidelity of the original artist’s recording.

There have been a few signs, which have sparked hope that true quality audio may be set to stage a comeback. For example, Meridian Audio’s MQA, which promises to deliver studio quality “high res” audio via everyday speakers and headphones, with a downloadable and fully compatible file. Potentially, this could mean that the everyday music fan would not only have easier access to better quality audio, but that high res quality could become the norm. Instead of the music industry making everything both smaller (for download convenience) and louder (to compete in the mass market) the real differentiator will be quality.

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11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Congratulations to Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on taking home Best Digital Radio Programme at yesterday’s TRIC Awards

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The Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards 2015, which was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, was attended by delegates from the radio and television industry along with some famous faces.

We were proud sponsors of the Best Digital Radio Show, won by the deserving duo, Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on Capital Breakfast who fought off strong competition from 5 Live Breakfast and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

The host for the event, Sandi Toksvig OBE, did a fantastic job at entertaining the star studded audience.  Other winners on the day included, Chris Evans for Digital Radio Personality, A Question of Sport, Carol Kirkwood, Susanna Reid, Coronation Street, Celebrity Juice, Silent Witness, Goggle Box, Danny Dyer, Downton Abbey, Pointless and Strictly Come Dancing.

Why not catch the 95.8 Capital FM Breakfast show with Dave Berry & Lisa Snowdon Monday-Friday from 6am, and Saturday’s from 8am, they are the industry’s favourite after all.

 

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11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

UK’s parent bloggers share music nostalgia for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend (Sunday 15th) we thought it would be a nice idea to revisit the music that we remember sharing with our mums growing up.

To do this, we’ve asked some of the UK’s favourite parenting bloggers to share their music memories, as well as the music that gets their little ones on their feet.

Why not share your musical memories with us, use the hashtag #mumsmusic

 Jo Middleton

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“I quite often think about what music my children are going to remember from their childhood. I don’t play loads of music just around the house but we do listen to more in the car. It’s the weird things though isn’t it that kids remember? For example, I once got sent a random CD in the post. It was a gift from a stranger, an album of Italian songs that they had found in a hire car! It had this track on it and for some reason we loved it and would drive around with the windows down playing it really loud” – http://slummysinglemummy.com/

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Hayley McClean

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“I always remember Living Doll by Cliff Richard being played when I was a kid and my dad used to say it was about me! *Cringe!* Because of those kinds of memories, I do like to make sure I play music a lot at home and encourage my son to enjoy music as much as I do. The song I play the most at home is actually Something Kinda Ooh by girls aloud – random I know, but when my son was a few months old, I was playing it and he started smiling, so I made up a little dance that he “did” to it and we never stopped doing it! Silly!” – http://www.sparklesandstretchmarks.com/

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Kerry

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“Although I don’t really listen to a lot of music myself, my partner is the music lover of the house. Waterfall by Stone Roses gets played very often and it just so happened to be the song playing on the radio when my daughter was being born. Most of the time though we are dancing to the Frozen soundtrack or Disney Junior. I always remember listing to Rotterdam by The Beautiful south growing up as a kid as my mum would always listen to it whilst doing the housework.” – http://www.ohsoamelia.com/

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Jen Walshaw

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“My mum always loved Del Shannon, Runaway.  She and my Dad did jive dancing and I have so many found memories of the two of the wowing the dance floor at family weddings, christenings etc.” – http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/

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08 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

International Women’s Day – Women in Music who make a difference

To mark International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating female singers who use their status to make a difference.

Beyoncé

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Queen of pop Beyoncé’s dedication to charity is inspiring, with her greatest contribution being the Survivor Foundation, an organisation she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland, to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments include the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival, which enabled over 300 low-income households to enjoy a day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa, as well as some free toys. Beyoncé is also co-founder of Chime for Change, a platform designed to empower women and girls through education, health and justice. Beyoncé is known for being vocal about feminism, using her platform and her talent to empower women and encourage her fans to follow in her example to promote equal rights for women and better social attitudes. In January last year, she wrote an entire essay on the subject of gender equality on behalf of the Shriver Report’s findings

Annie Lennox

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As well as selling 80 million albums worldwide, singer Annie Lennox, has been internationally recognised for her contribution to charities and is set to receive a lifetime achievement prize at the Inspiration Awards for Women. In June, Lennox was appointed an OBE for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. Known for her peace activism, Lennox also took on the role as UN Aids goodwill ambassador for Oxfam. She also founded the Sing campaign in 2007 to raise awareness of Aids in Africa.

 

Madonna

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When she’s not dodging accidents on stage or wardrobe malfunctions, Madonna uses her platform to support numerous AIDS foundations, most notably, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). While there has been a lot said in the media about how active she is in Africa, this unwanted attention hasn’t dissuaded her from pursuing issues she cares passionately about. Madonna actively campaigns for safe sex education in third world countries and donates to organisations such as the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In addition, Madonna founded her own charity, Raising Malawi, which supports community-based and non-government organisations in the impoverished country. Madonna – we salute you!

Pink

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When P!nk isn’t flying around as a trapeze artist during live shows, she’s zealously campaigning for animals rights, agreeing to becoming the face of Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) campaign to encourage teenagers to be kinder to animals. She also bare all for PETA, in a campaign against fur. Combining activism and singing, Pink even headlined a concert in Cardiff, Wales on August 21, 2007, called PAW (Party for Animals Worldwide).

Jesse J

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It’s always inspiring when we see talent helping nurture young talent. When Jesse J isn’t working tirelessly on her next album or on tour, she’s working with Save the Music Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of education in America’s public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country. Possibly the most dramatic statement the singer has made, and one that most will remember, is when she shaved her entire head for Red Nose Day back in 2013. Another organisation The Price Tag, singer works hard to support, is the Small Steps Project, a humanitarian organisation and UK registered charity dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging. Small Steps Project aims to raise awareness, through filming of the unacceptable hardships that they face.

 

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27 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Seven of the Coolest Live Music Venues from Around the World

One of the best things about music is that it’s international; wherever you go in the world, music is a constant that can bridge culture gaps and cross language barriers. What makes a gig special is its atmosphere, acoustics and aesthetics, as well of course, the performers. With venues being such an important aspect of a concert, we’ve shared our top eight live music spots from across the world.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre, USA

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a rock structure 10 miles away from Denver in Colorado, and has been hosting private, public and organisational performances for over 100 years. It has the capacity for 9,540 people and due to its unique beauty it has been a favoured gig spot for many famous musicians such, as Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead.

 

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Slane Castle, Ireland

The sloping lands of this venue within the Boyne Valley in Ireland, forms a natural amphitheatre and has grounds that can hold over 80,000 people. Slane Castle has been hosting rock bands since the 1980s and can be found just an hour outside of Dublin.

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The Caves, Edinburgh

Hidden within the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old town lies, The Caves. This venue can be hired out for a number of different events, but is most popular as a small, live music spot. The history of this venue is slightly sinister. For around 30 years the vaults were used to house a number of tradesmen as well as storage for illegal items. Reportedly, some of these ‘illegal items’ were bodies, including the victims of infamous Scottish serial killers Burke and Hare.

 

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The Marvelous Floating Stage of the Bregenz Festival

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a live music venue, as it’s built specifically for a festival that takes place every year but it definitely deserves a mention. The stage is a masterpiece on Lake Constance in Austria and plays host to many elaborate opera productions. Often the performances are original and innovative takes on classic opera. The surrounding waters are also frequently used as an extension of the stage.

 

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Hollywood Bowl, USA

It’s unsurprising that this is one of the most famous amphitheatres in the world, due to its superb location in the hub of the entertainment industry and its spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills. With the capacity for a whopping 17,376 people, the Hollywood Bowl has attracted a horde of famous performers throughout the years including; The Who, The Beatles and The Doors as well as playing host to the annual, Playboy Jazz Festival.

 

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Sultan’s Pool – Jerusalem

The Sultan’s Pool is an ancient water basin on the west side of Mount Zoin and is one of Jerusalem’s most popular venues for concerts and cultural events. As well as accommodating talented artists including, Bob Dylan, the site also kicks of the Jerusalem film festival with a screening in skylight.

 

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Dalhalla Amphitheatre – Sweden

This summer concert venue is located in a former limestone quarry in the town of Rattvik. It was the Scandinavian equivalent of the Greek Olympus back in the day. With seating for up to 4,000 people, Dalhalla hosts between 20 and 30 events each summer with an array of different musical and theatrical performances. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and even has its own moat, which separates the audience from the stage.

Although these are the eight that impressed us most, there are plenty more incredible concert venues across the globe. We’d love to hear your suggestions or pictures of you at your favourite music venue.

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21 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Is Radio One’s loss a gain for the music industry?

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Pure Insider takes a look at what Zane Lowe’s departure means for music

With Zane Lowe’s departure coming as a shock for many, what will the loss of this musical legend mean for radio in the UK? New Zealand born Lowe has become a favourite among music and radio fans – both in the UK and globally – but is this really a loss or are we seeing an undercurrent of something brilliant in the making?

 

Is streaming learning from radio?

Zane Lowe’s move to work with Beats has been shrouded in vague speculations about what this means for Apple’s streaming service, with Lowe himself claiming simply to “…want to be able to bring that human experience, that we all had growing up with record stores, but actually make it something you can listen to in a world where you’re left to your own devices”. It seems a logical move that Lowe would help to recreate that energy for raw talent and getting to the heart of authentic music for Apple Beats. Whether it’s in the form of creating podcasts or even streaming live interviews, Lowe has always driven conversation and hype around new talent, humanising music in a way which other mainstream shows have often struggled to grasp.

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Zane’s talent and his passion always came through fervently on the show, as did his ecliptic taste in music. While we associate him with alternative rock and hip hop, if you tune in to his show on Radio 1 you’re never quite sure what to expect.

As he says himself “I wouldn’t wanna work necessarily in a genre specific show – just a hip hop show or just an alternative rock show, whatever ‘cos it doesn’t really represent what I’m into and I really think that radio really has to be an honest representation of whoever’s driving it as much as whoever’s listening to it.” It’s this open minded approach to all music that has led Zane Lowe to act like a human conduit of new music, a talent he has used to reinforce radio as a form of music discovery.

Can radio keep up with streaming’s evolution?

It’s the added layer to music which Lowe brings to the table – his wealth of experience born from an innate passion for music and years working in the industry – from his first job at the Record and Tape Exchange in Notting Hill, to MTV News and MTV Brand:New, then later to his own show Gonzo and BBC Radio 1.

Lowe brings his avid followers from his show around the world touring as a superstar DJ and his prolific presence in the music scene interviewing everyone from up and coming indie bands to hop hop legends straight to the radio. It’s this added layer to radio which has served the station well – focusing on social media and maintaining Lowe’s profile in the music press. With podcasts and streaming services dominating the music industry online, for radio to survive it needs to reignite the human element to music. From live interviews with the hottest music artists, to keeping the conversation going with social media elements to live radio features, radio still has a lot to offer.

We’re pleased to hear that Annie Mac will be stepping into Lowe’s seat when he departs in March. Whether we’re tuning in to Annie Mac’s musical hot water bottle or getting in the mood for the weekend on a Friday night, Mac’s musical zeal is unarguably on par with Lowe’s and we’re excited to see what she has in store for listeners.

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As our own salute to this radio legend, we thought we’d share with you a clip of his pre-superstar DJ life in the lesser-known hip hop band, Urban Disturbance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF7XzCh-ReI

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12 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

5 Misunderstood Love Songs You’ll Never Hear in the Same Way Again

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love and romance are everywhere. What better way to set the mood than with a little love song? Well, if you’re compiling a Valentine’s playlist for your sweetheart this year, make sure you listen out for the lyrics. We’ve had some fun with this one and found five so-called ‘love songs’ with somewhat unromantic meanings.

1. Lola – The Kinks

Any song with a girl’s name in the title is more often than not, synonymous with heart-felt love-lost lyrics, with the singer proclaiming undying love for his girl. Not in this case. The song Lola is actually about how he discovered that the woman he was flirting with was actually a man.

“But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man

And so is Lola

La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola”

2. With or Without You – U2

As an undeniably and famously sentimental track, it’s not hard to mistake it for a love song. However if you take a closer look at the lyrics –there is more sadness than romance. This song is about a break up, and the words are pretty dark.

“My hands are tied

My body bruised, she’s got me with

Nothing left to win

And nothing else to lose.”

 

 

3. Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge

You’d think it would be safe to assume by its title, ‘Let’s Get Married’ would be a lovely little love song. However, the words unravel to be slightly more morbid and apathetic than you’d expect.  The singer’s proposal sounds more like a gloomy observation about human mortality than a romantic and heartfelt gesture of undying love.

“Meet me in the altar in your white dress

We ain’t getting no younger, we might as well do it”

 

 

4. Careless Whisper – George Michael

This sensuous 80s hit isn’t quite as charming as you’d think. It’s about a man apologising to his lover for cheating – hardly a romantic overture.

“I should have known better than to cheat a friend

And waste a chance that I’ve been given

So i’m never gonna dance again

The way I danced with you”

5. Every Step You Take – The Police                       

Did you know that this classic wedding song was never intended to be romantic? In a BBC Radio 2 interview, Sting claimed that people had misinterpreted the song and it was actually supposed to be quite dark and sinister.  In fact when you listen closely to the lyrics, it definitely sounds more like a stalker’s plea for help than true love.

“Every breath you take and every move you make

Every bond you break, every step you take (I’ll be watching you)”

If you’re looking for some love songs which are more romantic, take a look at our top ten, old and new, on Pure Connect.

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11 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Why Pure has been Sounding On in Italy at #Crespiforum

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Italy’s hidden gem, embracing technology and preserving its history

Located between two rivers in a protected area of Parco Adda Nord, 35 KM east of Milan, lies a hidden gem of Italy: the small village of Crespi d’Adda.

Crespi d’Adda is Europe’s best-preserved company-town was officially made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995 and on Sunday its future was decided at the #Crespiforum. We’e proud to have supported such a culturally significant event alongside #Expoinviaggio.

While citizens and local authorities descended on #Expoinviaggio, we ensured that every voice was heard loud and clear with the help of our Pure’s Jongo T6 speakers. With everyone from residents, to professors, journalists, authorities and more, all there to have a say and we’re pleased to have provided the tools for the day.

The use of modern audio technology at yesterday’s event may have seemed at odds with the surroundings; Crespi d’Adda hasn’t changed since the 1930s – the houses, the urban structure, the boundaries are all the same! Crespi is considered the most complete and best-preserved company town in Europe, completely designed around a textile factory.

It has a soul of its own, essentially untouched by time. A visit can transport you out of the boundaries of time and space. It’s rare to be able to literally walk into a scene out of history, so it’s clear to see why the preservation of this town is so important.

Crespi is now planning its future, which includes the recovery of the 100.000sqm old factory into new areas and new industrial activities in the digital age. Despite appearances, the village is not just a monument, it’s a lived in thriving community, so these decisions will affect future generations of locals.

Thanks to its perfect preservation, Crespi has become a great international campus. Precious industrial archeological areas have been opened up to international enterprise and investors.

The Milan International Expo, which runs from May to October this year, would be a great opportunity to visit this hidden Italian gem, which balances modern technology with the perseveration of its history.

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05 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A Valentine’s Gift from Us to You – Win your own Evoke D2 by Rob Ryan

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day this month we’ve teamed up with Rob Ryan in a Valentine Special to offer an exclusive give-away of the Evoke D2 by Rob Ryan.

To keep things in the spirit of art and romance, we’re asking you to correctly finish the next line in this poem from Rob Ryan’s latest book “A Sky Full of Kindness”:

“All we can do is live from day to day;

And I want to grow old with you”

 

To enter, simply email your answer to social@pure.com, with your full name and address. By entering you are declaring you accept the terms and conditions below

 

 

Competition Rules

  1. This competition starts at 10.00am GMT on the 5th February 2015 and will run continuously until 11.59pm on 13th February 2015, when the competition closes.
  2. This competition has one question; only the correct answer will be accepted.

Question: What is the next line in this poem by Rob Ryan?

“All we can do is live from day to day;

And I want to grow old with you”

  1. Entrants should email Social@pure.com with their full name, address and the answer.
  2. The winner will be selected at random from a pool of those entrants who have submitted the correct answer.
  3. The winner will be asked to provide pictures of themselves with the prize for use on our social media outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest).
  4. The winner will be contacted via email and announced on Pure’s Facebook page, Twitter and blog insider.pure.com on or around the 14th February 2015.
  5. This competition is subject to the Standard Competition Terms and Conditions set out below.

 

 

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  3. In order to be eligible to win, you must:

(i) be over 18 years of age and resident in the United Kingdom;

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  5. No cash alternative or alternative prize(s) are available on request but in the event the advertised competition prize(s) are unavailable we reserve the right to offer alternative prize(s) of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable.
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02 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Monday: Leopards at Factory Manchester

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Starting off the night are Letters from Grace who have the unfortunate luck of playing to a nearly empty venue. Thankfully front woman, Molly Tipping, doesn’t let this affect her. She’s a spunky young vocalist who interacts well with the slowly growing crowd. However, the band plays a set where songs tend to blend together, with nothing standing out too much. I think they’ll be a much more memorable band, once they’ve found their own feet.

Next up are Cavaliers, who I was lucky enough to catch back in June. They play a solid set filled with catchy beats and their KIGH vibe that lights up the room. It’s a real shame that the sound quality just isn’t what it should be, which leaves the vocals too quiet for a large amount of the set. Scott Williamson is a front man full of charisma and loses himself in the music. Thunder should really have more people dancing along because it’s a hit in the making. Once again, they manage to slip in a bit of Dancing on the Ceiling but this time it seems to go over most of the crowd’s heads.

My Favourite Runner Up takes to the stage next and hit the crowd with infectious pop rock. These guys are yet another band that makes me wonder what they’re slipping into the Welsh water. They play an energetic set but the people just aren’t moving. Once again, dodgy microphones mean we can barely hear the backing vocals, which is a shame but they still put on a great show. They even throw in a cracking cover of Busted’s Year 3000 which has everyone laughing and singing along. Poison is a toe tapping, danceable number that gets you singing along even if you’re only hearing it for the first time. They really are a band you want to see live if you get a chance.

When you’ve been likened to huge bands such as Paramore, you really need to stand out from the crowd and prove you’re worth it. And with front woman, Ana Nowosielska, this isn’t hard for Altered Sky. She knows how to charm the crowd without being too cute, managing to get a sing-along before even uttering a word herself – she has the crowd in the palm of her hand. The rest of the band is equally responsible for the crowd’s enjoyment. With pounding drums and bone rattling bass lines, they pack a punch. Apple Tree, their first ever single, still sounds fresh and new to us. Drummer, Amy Blair, plays with a grin like it’s the greatest place for her. This is a nice change from bored or angry looking drummers.

Leopards another band out to prove that female fronted bands can hold their own in what is still a boy’s club. With a powerhouse of a vocalist and beats that match, they really know how to rock. Everyone, including the merchandise guys, has gathered towards the stage. It’s hard not to liken them to bands like We Are the in Crowd but when they’re playing sets this good. For established fans, Home is one that gets them singing. For first time listeners, it draws us in. They are definitely a band I want to see again when I can.

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