After first encountering Luke Jackson as a teenager, he’s now striking out with his fifth album at the grand old age of twenty five.
Mike has been photographing and writing about bands going back many years. Editor on Louder Than War, he also contributes to the LTW magazine, Powerplay Rock & Metal mag, Fireworks and FATEA as well as freelancing for PROG, Record Collector, Sonic Bandwagon and local press in Bury and Congleton.
“A dream come true.” A rather special homecoming, commemorated in audio-visual form to keep forever. You can tell your grandkids, “I was there” and even spot (or hear) yourself in the audience.
The Brighton folksters delight in delving deep into the folk tradition. Going places where few rarely go, Neighbours And Sisters follows up the 2018 Sunday Express Album Of The Year, The Crowing.
Experimental instrumental prog/post rock giants Long Distance Calling go the whole hog on the souvenir record of an audio-visual live extravaganza.
We catch up with the first Big Big Train tour at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre – a grand performance on the Grand Tour.
Marillion are emerging as a worthy challenger to Jethro Tull in the spectacular re-issue series stakes. Afraid Of Sunlight hits the same sweet spot.
Black Star Riders, Stone Broken and Wayward Sons in a triple bill hard rock extravaganza at Manchester Ritz. We were there!
The Pineapple Thief frontman has a new solo venture, “an observational record” that captures a mix of joy and consternation.
Simple Mids again invite us to come in, come out of the rain. We only need say one thing – “Let me see those hands.”
Ten years since its release, the North Walian troupe revisit their first album and a bit more on their latest tour. We caught them at Bury Met.
Toby Jepson’s boys have no problems with the ‘difficult second album’ syndrome as they rock out like it’s nineteen eighty something.
To say that the Norwegians sixth album shakes things up a bit may be the understatement of the year.
New album from acclaimed Chapman stick and bass virtuoso Nick Beggs packaged with two from the archives.
Bella Hardy, former Folk Singer Of The Year gets the retrospective treatment.
We were at both shows at Manchester’s Ritz to see how the new album by elbow was shaping up.