Into December, and as the festive season rolls ever closer Live4ever’s 2013 Essential Listening series continues today with The Gigs.
As a regular fixture in the photo-pits across London during 2013, Live4ever’s Andy Crossland has witnessed a vast array of acts as the year has unfolded, taking in modern day legends, Mercury nominees, prog icons, art installations and plenty more along the way. And now, Andy talks us through 25 of the very best which have been collected together for you to revisit as we remember an outstanding year of live music in the capital. Find all the complete galleries by clicking on each individual picture.
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It happens every Tuesday at a certain time of year, between ten at night and half past; for thirty minutes my Twitter feed is alive with scorn and cynicism, a nation of detractors railing against just one thing: the abbreviated first weekly edition of Jools Holland‘s Later.
A staple of the BBC’s programming schedule for more than two decades, a move before this year to the Maidstone studios (which gave birth to the likes of Catchphrase) has done little to address the criticisms which the show has faced almost constantly during that time. Far from heralding a break from its highly formulaic script, relocation has instead been a missed opportunity to change the stale, carousel-like procession of the players, to kill off the presenter’s yawn-inducing sidebars with has-beens, to broaden the creative palette, or to alleviate Holland’s lugubrious air of almost complete indifference.
If you were to say what you see, it would surely be a dinosaur sat waiting for Chixulub.
Here we go again! Live4ever’s end-of-year look back is primed and ready to bring the best of another great twelve months of music together during the next few weeks when some of our favourite albums, tracks, gigs and more will be remembered and revisited as the festive season gets in full swing.
The Essential Listening 2013 series begins today with some essential viewing – Live4ever’s Emmy award winning founder Paul Bachmann has been casting his expert eye over some of the best videos to have crossed our path this year, variously looking out for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption, all of which prove the world of the music video is flourishing with fresh ideas and imagination.
John Lennon, one of the most influential songwriters and musicians of all time, was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool.
John’s early childhood was a disruptive one; spending the first few years of his life under the care of his mother Julia, the small family was supported with cheques sent from abroad by their merchant seaman husband and father Alf. However, when Alf’s income was halted after going AWOL, Julia eventually handed the care of John over to her sister, Mimi. Then, in 1946 when John was 6, his father intended to emigrate with his son to New Zealand but, after being confronted by Julia in Blackpool, John eventually chose to stay in England.
In preparation for the official unveiling of the 2013 Mercury Prize nominees yesterday (September 11th), it became necessary, more as a time-saver than anything else, to prematurely draw up a shortlist of the acts we expected to make the cut.
Not who we wanted, but who we anticipated.
As it happened, just three of the 12 artists that were unveiled by Lauren Laverne came as a shock to us – and as countless dismal Lottery results would testify, that’s not because there’s any Mystic Meg types lurking in Live4ever towers. It’s simply because this prize, which once prided itself on a tendency for surprise and erratic decision making, is becoming more and more easy to second guess.
Armed with one of the best EP’s of the year in ‘Welcome To The Dream Factory‘, Sheffield’s exciting indie-rock five-piece Section 60 talk to Live4ever contributor Carl Stanley after playing a string of shows around the UK. With some straight talking we chat to the group’s frontman Chris Perkins and lead guitarist Addy on the Section 60 story so far.
It’s fair to say the spectre of one man looms large over John Lennon McCullagh – and it isn’t the songwriting genius with whom he shares a name.
On October 14th, the fifteen-year-old Doncaster based singer-songwriter is set to release his debut album ‘North South Divide’, and in doing so will become the first ripened fruit to fall from the tree of Alan McGee‘s brand new record label 359 Music.
Described by Alan McGee as the ‘rock’n'roll doctor’, Simon Mason was the man who can to a list of Britpop groups and artists.
Bang in the middle of the scene, side-stage at Glastonbury and witness to the rise of Oasis, Simon’s recently released autobiography Too High, Too Far, Too Soon is a dark, exciting, honest and at times emotional look back on the role he played as dealer to the some of the biggest and best groups and artists of the era.
But just as important is the story of turning your life around, and it’s that will that has pushed Mason to write about his former crazy lifestyle. Live4ever contributor Carl Stanley put a few questions to the author on both looking back and putting his new book together:
Picking even 50 tracks to ponder and revisit out of a body work as complete as The Beatles amassed during their unrivalled career is no straightforward task. Like a kid in a sweet-shop trying to decide which sugary delights their hard-earned pocket money should go on, they all seem as tantalising and attention grabbing as each other. Countless worthy options are finally left behind for those that, at least this time, have made the final cut.
Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the Fab Four’s most celebrated songs, as well as a fair smattering of relatively lesser known gems, for you to take a read through and revisit for yourself. From early b-sides to their final, glorious 15-minute swansong, the latest addition to our Essentials Series presents a half-century of songs blessed with unparalleled success and influence.
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For the past fifty years, Liverpool has been a hot bed of incubation for a whole host of musicians who have gone on to achieve global acclaim – led by The Beatles, and through to lost geniuses such as The La‘s Lee Mavers and a new wave of more contemporary bands such as The Zutons and The Coral.
Now, Liverpudlian young guns The Dirty Rivers could be set to make a similar impact on the musical hinterland, and write a new chapter in the sonic history of their home city.
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