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WE HAVE OFFICIALLY MOVED

Thnks fr th Mmrs

BOLLOCKSTOTHIS WILL REMAIN ACTIVE AS A REFERENCE POINT, BUT ALL ARTICLES HAVE ALSO BEEN TRANSFERED TO OUR NEW HOME

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VISIT BETACROSS, WHERE WE WILL LIVE FOREVER MORE

TRU BLU LUV U

ALL THE BEST

CURT MCARDLE XXX


DISCussion: What gig do you wish you hadn’t missed?

This Saturday saw two of Liverpool’s hottest dark-buzz acts take the stage at buzz venue Drop the Dumbells. Meanwhile, on the other side of the water, Curt McArdle was in a buzzless, intoxicated, headache-filled nose bleed-saturated state. Unsurprisingly, missing Ghostchant and Afternaut is a huge musical regret of mine. Not as unsurprising is the fact this isnt my only musical regret. Not even close. Here’s my top (or bottom) 5.

Casiokids//Elephant//Wet Mouth (Shipping Forecast, November 22nd 2011)
Spend the previous day twitter-begging. Managed to bag guestlist. Threw up in the morning, maybe with shame. Missed school. Mum said there was no way. Oddly, the month before, I’d been given guestlist for fellow Norwegians Datarock in Islington by the Norwegian Embassy and missed that one aswell. I love Norwegian music, but i’m not sure it loves me.

Errors//Remember Remember//Vasco De Gama//Ninetails (Kazimier, February 11th 2012)
With Ninetails set firmly as THE Liverpool act to see, debut EP ‘Ghost Ride The Whip' receiving mega-love in all corners of the blogsphere, and instrument-mashing noise experts Errors topping the bill, tonight was set to be an ‘I Was There’ moment. Only, I wasn’t. My friend decided to turn 17 on the same day. I opted for party and sulked all night. Didn’t even win a nobel prize or anything.

Wet Nuns (Leeds Festival, August 25th 2012)
Been preparing for this one for a while, learning mosh pit protection techniques and perfecting my bragging for when their music is blamed for some kind of sex crazed attack. Then the monster clash hit. My absolute band of the moment, pre-mercury Alt J, on a different stage at the same time. The J’s had to edge it, but I wore my Wet Nuns T-shirt when I saw them. That’s just as good right? Both bands made it onto my 'Bands To Catch At Leeds'

DZ Deathrays//Alpha Male Tea Party (Shipping Forecast, May 26th 2012)
Fuzzy lofi Death From Above rockers DZ had traveled all the way from Melbourne for this one, but allowing Emily Thompson and myself to travel from Slater Street to The Shipping Forecast Cellar is a step to for for bouncers, apparently. Managed to catch Deathrays a few months later at Leeds festival. They lived up to the hype.

Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip//Misty’s Big Adventure//Kid A (O2 Academy Liverpool, November 3rd 2010)
Irony overload as left-wing anti-authority poet and his little bleepy electro  mate take to the uber-capitalist lifeless grey mass of the O2 Academy. Man with a heart torn between football and music lets football take the crown. His team draw 0-0 with Hartlepool, however the real loser is man, who is now stood shaking in sub zero conditions in an empty Tranmere Kop, wishing he was in the nice warm shithole academy.
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DISCussion: What gig do you wish you hadn’t missed?

This Saturday saw two of Liverpool’s hottest dark-buzz acts take the stage at buzz venue Drop the Dumbells. Meanwhile, on the other side of the water, Curt McArdle was in a buzzless, intoxicated, headache-filled nose bleed-saturated state. Unsurprisingly, missing Ghostchant and Afternaut is a huge musical regret of mine. Not as unsurprising is the fact this isnt my only musical regret. Not even close. Here’s my top (or bottom) 5.

Casiokids//Elephant//Wet Mouth (Shipping Forecast, November 22nd 2011)

Spend the previous day twitter-begging. Managed to bag guestlist. Threw up in the morning, maybe with shame. Missed school. Mum said there was no way. Oddly, the month before, I’d been given guestlist for fellow Norwegians Datarock in Islington by the Norwegian Embassy and missed that one aswell. I love Norwegian music, but i’m not sure it loves me.

Errors//Remember Remember//Vasco De Gama//Ninetails (Kazimier, February 11th 2012)

With Ninetails set firmly as THE Liverpool act to see, debut EP ‘Ghost Ride The Whip' receiving mega-love in all corners of the blogsphere, and instrument-mashing noise experts Errors topping the bill, tonight was set to be an ‘I Was There’ moment. Only, I wasn’t. My friend decided to turn 17 on the same day. I opted for party and sulked all night. Didn’t even win a nobel prize or anything.

Wet Nuns (Leeds Festival, August 25th 2012)

Been preparing for this one for a while, learning mosh pit protection techniques and perfecting my bragging for when their music is blamed for some kind of sex crazed attack. Then the monster clash hit. My absolute band of the moment, pre-mercury Alt J, on a different stage at the same time. The J’s had to edge it, but I wore my Wet Nuns T-shirt when I saw them. That’s just as good right? Both bands made it onto my 'Bands To Catch At Leeds'

DZ Deathrays//Alpha Male Tea Party (Shipping Forecast, May 26th 2012)

Fuzzy lofi Death From Above rockers DZ had traveled all the way from Melbourne for this one, but allowing Emily Thompson and myself to travel from Slater Street to The Shipping Forecast Cellar is a step to for for bouncers, apparently. Managed to catch Deathrays a few months later at Leeds festival. They lived up to the hype.

Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip//Misty’s Big Adventure//Kid A (O2 Academy Liverpool, November 3rd 2010)

Irony overload as left-wing anti-authority poet and his little bleepy electro  mate take to the uber-capitalist lifeless grey mass of the O2 Academy. Man with a heart torn between football and music lets football take the crown. His team draw 0-0 with Hartlepool, however the real loser is man, who is now stood shaking in sub zero conditions in an empty Tranmere Kop, wishing he was in the nice warm shithole academy.

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Essential Downloads: Jan ‘13
January is over. Done. It snowed. I turned 18. John Cena won the Royal Rumble. Blogs read other blogs and formulated ’original' lists. Everyone quit smoking because of that advert, for abit. Not much changed really.
Y’know, apart from the fact i’ve DECIDED TO MAKE A 20 SONG PLAYLIST OF ‘ESSENTIAL DOWNLOADS (or buy them physically for the sake of HMV)’ at the end of each month. This is it. I could act pretentious and describe it as an ‘Eclectic mix of genre spanning tracks, new and old’ but making a joke out of it works just as well, and makes me sound less of a dick. You’ll also probably notice each track has other bands names in parenthesis. Obviously  these are bands that are similar. Do what you like with them. Ignore them for all I care.
Enjoy. Or Don’t. Shut up. Who even are you:
Yelle - Ce Jeu (Tepr Remix) (Unicorn Kid, Delorean)
STRFKR - Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second (Born Ruffians, Vampire Weekend)
Seasfire - We Will Wake (James Blake, Alex Clare)
Allah-Las - Catamaran (Ariel Pink, Graffiti 6)
Ghostchant - Laid to Rest (Black Dice, Burial)
XITSJ - Sad Girl (Xiu Xiu, DD/MM/YYYY)
Afternaut - Starfire (Sun Drums, The Knife)
Bullet For My Valentine - Shadow Moses (While She Sleeps, Trash Talk)
Doldrums - She Is The Wave (Beni, Echo Lake)
Haim - Don’t Save Me (Alpine, Daughter)
Peace - Follow Baby (Swim Deep, Nirvana)
Bastille - Pompeii (Wolf Gang, British Sea Power)
Tom Odell - Another Love (Lou Reed, Benjamin Francis Leftwich)
Foxygen - Make It Known (The National, Kopecky Family Band)
Bahamas - I Got You Babe (Zeus, Life In Film)
Wild Belle - It’s Too Late (Feist, Marina & The Diamonds)
The Good Natured - 5-HT (Niki & The Dove, Sunday Girl)
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (Ki Theory, Deerhoof)
Heartsrevolution - The Rose & Her Prince (Love Inks, Chew Lips)
Iceage - You’re Blessed (Metz, Eagulls)

Words: Curt McArdle  View Larger

Essential Downloads: Jan ‘13

January is over. Done. It snowed. I turned 18. John Cena won the Royal Rumble. Blogs read other blogs and formulated ’original' lists. Everyone quit smoking because of that advert, for abit. Not much changed really.

Y’know, apart from the fact i’ve DECIDED TO MAKE A 20 SONG PLAYLIST OF ‘ESSENTIAL DOWNLOADS (or buy them physically for the sake of HMV)’ at the end of each month. This is it. I could act pretentious and describe it as an ‘Eclectic mix of genre spanning tracks, new and old’ but making a joke out of it works just as well, and makes me sound less of a dick. You’ll also probably notice each track has other bands names in parenthesis. Obviously  these are bands that are similar. Do what you like with them. Ignore them for all I care.

Enjoy. Or Don’t. Shut up. Who even are you:

Yelle - Ce Jeu (Tepr Remix) (Unicorn Kid, Delorean)

STRFKR - Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second
 (Born Ruffians, Vampire Weekend)

Seasfire - We Will Wake (James Blake, Alex Clare)

Allah-Las - Catamaran (Ariel Pink, Graffiti 6)

Ghostchant - Laid to Rest (Black Dice, Burial)

XITSJ - Sad Girl (Xiu Xiu, DD/MM/YYYY)

Afternaut - Starfire (Sun Drums, The Knife)

Bullet For My Valentine - Shadow Moses (While She Sleeps, Trash Talk)

Doldrums - She Is The Wave (Beni, Echo Lake)

Haim - Don’t Save Me (Alpine, Daughter)

Peace - Follow Baby (Swim Deep, Nirvana)

Bastille - Pompeii (Wolf Gang, British Sea Power)

Tom Odell - Another Love (Lou Reed, Benjamin Francis Leftwich)

Foxygen - Make It Known (The National, Kopecky Family Band)

Bahamas - I Got You Babe (Zeus, Life In Film)

Wild Belle - It’s Too Late (Feist, Marina & The Diamonds)

The Good Natured - 5-HT (Niki & The Dove, Sunday Girl)

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (Ki Theory, Deerhoof)

Heartsrevolution - The Rose & Her Prince (Love Inks, Chew Lips)

Iceage - You’re Blessed (Metz, Eagulls)

Words: Curt McArdle 


Those who frequent this blog (hello mum) will be aware that I, Curt McArdle, have broken my hand,making it impossible to write a full 100 song review for 2012. Shame eh?
However, being the alright guy I am, I’ve called on a few friends to give us a hand (No pun intended). They’ve written me short reviews of their favourite tracks of the year which, along with the review of mine, shall be uploaded later today. That said, we are English. We hate waiting. I’ve formed a list of 100 tracks that made me hate the world a little less this year to kill abit of time. Each one will be linked to the track itself, to make life a little easier. I’ve avoid calling them my 100 tracks of the year because im almost certain ill have forgetten a few. Hopefully this will reduce the amount of Twitter abuse I will reicive for not including your favourte. They are in no particular order (But you can make an educated guess using this)
Enjoy! (Song title will link to track)
The Kabeedies - Come Out of the Blue
David Guetta & Nicky Romero - Metropolis
The Cribs - Glitters Like Gold
Toy - Lose My Way
Peace - Bloodshake
Haim - Better off
Gabrielle Aplin - The Power of Love
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (Big Pink Cover)
Reks - Autograph
Bang On! - Fars Yer Whop
Sharks - Sweet Harness
Crystal Castles - Wrath Of God
BigKids - Superhero
Tame Impala - Elephant
Pins - LUVU4LYF 
Savages - Husbands
Neurotic Wreck - Tired of Me
Ellie Smith - I’m Always With You
The Other Tribe & Eats Everything - Buisnessman On Diazepam
The XX - Angels
Futures - Karma Satellite 
Alt J - Taro
Thats Juvey? - Bitch Please
Lake Radio - Heavens Gate
St. Etienne - Tonight
James Reynolds - Life In Slow Motion
Splashh - Need It
Y Niwl - Undegpump
Fidlar - Cheap Beer
Villagers - The Waves
Blood Diamonds ft Grimes - Phone Sex
Rustie - Ultra Thizz
Racehorses - See No Green
Famy - Dogg Dogg
Spirit Animals - Ω Is Where The Heart Is
Dan Croll - From Nowhere
Xiu Xiu - Always
JEFF The Brotherhood - Sixpack
While She Sleeps - This Is The Six
Reid - Ver
Tea Street Band - Summer Dreaming
Doldrums - She’s The Wave
Rufus - Paris Collides
Crushing Blows - Hiding Place
Francis Lung - So Solemn
Jess Thristan - Stepping Stone
Walk The Moon - Tightrope
Tygerstyle - Ik Banere (Dub Sharma Remix) *
Citizens! - True Romance
Bastille - Flaws
Shotty Horrah - Formal Introduction
DZ Deathrays - Rad Solar
Kindness - Gee Up
Front Bottoms - Maps
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
King Charles - Love Lust
Likely Lads - Observations
Hoodie Allen - #WhiteGirlProblems
Slugabed - Sex
Cast Of Cheers - Family
Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
Swim Deep - Honey
Martin Solveig - The Night Out (Madeon Remix)
Tanlines - Brothers
Soko - First Love Never Die
Feed Me & Crystal Fighters - Love Is All I Got
Black Skirts - Dientes
Stealing Sheep - Rearrange
Hot Chip - Don’t Deny Your Heart
Faded Gold - Last Night I Dreamt Alone
Seasfire - We Will Wake
Port Sunlight - Tismean Beach
Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Remix ft Childish Gambino)
Zulu Winter - Silver Tongue
Francois & The Atlas Mountains - Les Plus Beaux
Ninetails - Mama Aniseed
Purity Ring - Fineshrine
Wave Machines - Ill Fit
Metz -Negative Space
The 2 Bears - Heart Of The Congos
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Django Django - Storm
Apparat - Black Water
Grimes - Oblivion
The Very Best - Konadine (Unicorn Kid Remix)
Fantasy Rainbow - No Hope. Not Ever.
Dry The River - No Rest
Passion Flowers - Skin In The Game
M83 - Midnight City (Trentemoller Remix)
Beat The Radar - Eyes
By The Sea - Dream Waters
Eye Emma Jedi - Brother
Spector - Celestine
Theme Park - Jamaica
Of Monsters & Men - Mountain Sound
Discopolis - Lofty Ambitions
Clock Opera - Once And For All
San Cisco - Beach
Trust - Shoom
Wet Nuns - Throttle
Forest Swords - Hoylake Misst
*Not Full Version. The full version can be found here: http://open.spotify.com/user/trfccurt/playlist/5ZBfY5jcT6obkB9TP4TTpZ
Linkomania:
Follow BollocksToThis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtMcArdle
ps. This took around 5 hours to complete due to poor internet coverage, power cuts and broken bones. bastards. View Larger

Those who frequent this blog (hello mum) will be aware that I, Curt McArdle, have broken my hand,making it impossible to write a full 100 song review for 2012. Shame eh?

However, being the alright guy I am, I’ve called on a few friends to give us a hand (No pun intended). They’ve written me short reviews of their favourite tracks of the year which, along with the review of mine, shall be uploaded later today. That said, we are English. We hate waiting. I’ve formed a list of 100 tracks that made me hate the world a little less this year to kill abit of time. Each one will be linked to the track itself, to make life a little easier. I’ve avoid calling them my 100 tracks of the year because im almost certain ill have forgetten a few. Hopefully this will reduce the amount of Twitter abuse I will reicive for not including your favourte. They are in no particular order (But you can make an educated guess using this)

Enjoy! (Song title will link to track)

The Kabeedies - Come Out of the Blue

David Guetta & Nicky Romero - Metropolis

The Cribs - Glitters Like Gold

Toy - Lose My Way

Peace - Bloodshake

Haim - Better off

Gabrielle Aplin - The Power of Love

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (Big Pink Cover)

Reks - Autograph

Bang On! - Fars Yer Whop

Sharks - Sweet Harness

Crystal Castles - Wrath Of God

BigKids - Superhero

Tame Impala - Elephant

Pins - LUVU4LYF

Savages - Husbands

Neurotic Wreck - Tired of Me

Ellie Smith - I’m Always With You

The Other Tribe & Eats Everything - Buisnessman On Diazepam

The XX - Angels

Futures - Karma Satellite

Alt J - Taro

Thats Juvey? - Bitch Please

Lake Radio - Heavens Gate

St. Etienne - Tonight

James Reynolds - Life In Slow Motion

Splashh - Need It

Y Niwl - Undegpump

Fidlar - Cheap Beer

Villagers - The Waves

Blood Diamonds ft Grimes - Phone Sex

Rustie - Ultra Thizz

Racehorses - See No Green

Famy - Dogg Dogg

Spirit Animals - Ω Is Where The Heart Is

Dan Croll - From Nowhere

Xiu Xiu - Always

JEFF The Brotherhood - Sixpack

While She Sleeps - This Is The Six

Reid - Ver

Tea Street Band - Summer Dreaming

Doldrums - She’s The Wave

Rufus - Paris Collides

Crushing Blows - Hiding Place

Francis Lung - So Solemn

Jess Thristan - Stepping Stone

Walk The Moon - Tightrope

Tygerstyle - Ik Banere (Dub Sharma Remix) *

Citizens! - True Romance

Bastille - Flaws

Shotty Horrah - Formal Introduction

DZ Deathrays - Rad Solar

Kindness - Gee Up

Front Bottoms - Maps

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

King Charles - Love Lust

Likely Lads - Observations

Hoodie Allen - #WhiteGirlProblems

Slugabed - Sex

Cast Of Cheers - Family

Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness

Swim Deep - Honey

Martin Solveig - The Night Out (Madeon Remix)

Tanlines - Brothers

Soko - First Love Never Die

Feed Me & Crystal Fighters - Love Is All I Got

Black Skirts - Dientes

Stealing Sheep - Rearrange

Hot Chip - Don’t Deny Your Heart

Faded Gold - Last Night I Dreamt Alone

Seasfire - We Will Wake

Port Sunlight - Tismean Beach

Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Remix ft Childish Gambino)

Zulu Winter - Silver Tongue

Francois & The Atlas Mountains - Les Plus Beaux

Ninetails - Mama Aniseed

Purity Ring - Fineshrine

Wave Machines - Ill Fit

Metz -Negative Space

The 2 Bears - Heart Of The Congos

Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Django Django - Storm

Apparat - Black Water

Grimes - Oblivion

The Very Best - Konadine (Unicorn Kid Remix)

Fantasy Rainbow - No Hope. Not Ever.

Dry The River - No Rest

Passion Flowers - Skin In The Game

M83 - Midnight City (Trentemoller Remix)

Beat The Radar - Eyes

By The Sea - Dream Waters

Eye Emma Jedi - Brother

Spector - Celestine

Theme Park - Jamaica

Of Monsters & Men - Mountain Sound

Discopolis - Lofty Ambitions

Clock Opera - Once And For All

San Cisco - Beach

Trust - Shoom

Wet Nuns - Throttle

Forest Swords - Hoylake Misst

*Not Full Version. The full version can be found here: http://open.spotify.com/user/trfccurt/playlist/5ZBfY5jcT6obkB9TP4TTpZ

Linkomania:

Follow BollocksToThis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtMcArdle

ps. This took around 5 hours to complete due to poor internet coverage, power cuts and broken bones. bastards.


//THE BOLLOCKSTOTHIS AWARDS 2012//
//WHAT UP//
2012 is nearly over and nothing has happened of note apart from that sports day in London. What better way to celebrate nothingness with some none existant awards that bands will never receive. Enjoy the waste of time. (Winners are in BOLD, losers get normal text because they’re normal like me and you)
Artist Of The Year
The Artist of the year award goes to the artist (Band or Solo) Who has, well, been the best all year. You could have guessed that right?
Alt JDjango DjangoNinetailsLos Campesinos!Xiu Xiu
Album Of The Year
Every music publication does it. If it’s good enough for Q its good enough for me..
Alt J - An Awesome WaveDjango Django - Django DjangoKing Charles - Love BloodDZ Deathrays - BloodstreamsPurity Ring - Shrines
BollocksToThis ‘Next Big Thing’ Award
This is awarded to the band who’ve burst right into our faces this year, but haven’t yet burst into yours. Burst’s a horrible word isnt it? Reminds me of hospitals.
NinetailsDoldrumsPort SunlightFantasy RainbowSeasfire
EP Of The Year
Like album of the year, but smaller…
Ninetails - Slept and Did Not SleepXiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches - Xiu Xiu/Dirty BeachesPeace - Delicious EPAlt J - Matilda/FitzpleasureRufus - Rufus EP
'Hay in a Needlestack' Award
The Hay in a Needlestack is awarded to a band who, in 2012, produced a one off track that shocked us all. Something completley juxtaposed to the pile of shite they’ve previously put out.
Bastille - FlawsColdplay - Hurts Like HeavenLana Del Rey - Born To DieSwedish House Mafia - Don’t You Worry ChildDavid Guetta - Metropolis
The ‘Eh’ Award
The Eh award is handed to the Canadian artist of the year. Canada has firmly put itself at the forefront of electronic music this year, and all five nominees have done their best to prove this point
Purity RingGrimesDoldrumsTrustYoung Empires
The ‘Qui’ Award
France makes brilliant feel good music, and has done for a very long time. They show no sign of stopping. This award commemorates that.
SokoFrancois & The Atlas MountainsFamyMadeonM83
The ‘IKEA’ Award
Scandinavia; home of flat packs, saabs and brilliant electro tinged music. From Royksopp to Slagsmalsklubben, there musc be something in the Nordic air
Of Monsters and MenEye Emma JediMiike SnowIcona PopTrentmoller
Ear Crusher Of The Year
Music for when running through a brick wall seems like a genuinley good idea
DZ DeathraysWet NunsTrash TalkWhile She SleepsFIDLAR
Ambience Award
Is this actually happening? Am I dreaming?
Purity RingTOYJames ReynoldsGenry GeneGlasser
Merseyside Act Of The Year
Essentially a less prestigious GIT Award…
NinetailsPort SunlightBang On!Thats Juvey?Forest Swords
Video Of The Year
Yeah…
Black Skirts - DientesSpector - CelestineVillagers - The WavesHot Chip - Don’t Deny Your HeartSlugabed - Sex
Foreign Language Track Of The Year
English is overated…
The Very Best - Kondaine (Unicorn Kid Remix)Black Skirts - DientesShugu Tokumaru - LahahaКАТЯ ЧЕХОВА - Я тебя люблю 2020Francois & The Atlas Mountains - Les Plus Beux
Special Award: Least Surprising Breakup
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//THE BOLLOCKSTOTHIS AWARDS 2012//

//WHAT UP//


2012 is nearly over and nothing has happened of note apart from that sports day in London. What better way to celebrate nothingness with some none existant awards that bands will never receive. Enjoy the waste of time. (Winners are in BOLD, losers get normal text because they’re normal like me and you)

Artist Of The Year

The Artist of the year award goes to the artist (Band or Solo) Who has, well, been the best all year. You could have guessed that right?


Alt J
Django Django
Ninetails
Los Campesinos!
Xiu Xiu


Album Of The Year


Every music publication does it. If it’s good enough for Q its good enough for me..

Alt J - An Awesome Wave
Django Django - Django Django
King Charles - Love Blood
DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
Purity Ring - Shrines

BollocksToThis ‘Next Big Thing’ Award

This is awarded to the band who’ve burst right into our faces this year, but haven’t yet burst into yours. Burst’s a horrible word isnt it? Reminds me of hospitals.

Ninetails
Doldrums
Port Sunlight
Fantasy Rainbow
Seasfire

EP Of The Year

Like album of the year, but smaller…

Ninetails - Slept and Did Not Sleep
Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches - Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches
Peace - Delicious EP
Alt J - Matilda/Fitzpleasure
Rufus - Rufus EP


'Hay in a Needlestack' Award


The Hay in a Needlestack is awarded to a band who, in 2012, produced a one off track that shocked us all. Something completley juxtaposed to the pile of shite they’ve previously put out.

Bastille - Flaws
Coldplay - Hurts Like Heaven
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Swedish House Mafia - Don’t You Worry Child
David Guetta - Metropolis

The ‘Eh’ Award

The Eh award is handed to the Canadian artist of the year. Canada has firmly put itself at the forefront of electronic music this year, and all five nominees have done their best to prove this point

Purity Ring
Grimes
Doldrums
Trust
Young Empires

The ‘Qui’ Award

France makes brilliant feel good music, and has done for a very long time. They show no sign of stopping. This award commemorates that.

Soko
Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Famy
Madeon
M83

The ‘IKEA’ Award

Scandinavia; home of flat packs, saabs and brilliant electro tinged music. From Royksopp to Slagsmalsklubben, there musc be something in the Nordic air

Of Monsters and Men
Eye Emma Jedi
Miike Snow
Icona Pop
Trentmoller

Ear Crusher Of The Year

Music for when running through a brick wall seems like a genuinley good idea

DZ Deathrays
Wet Nuns
Trash Talk
While She Sleeps
FIDLAR

Ambience Award

Is this actually happening? Am I dreaming?

Purity Ring
TOY
James Reynolds
Genry Gene
Glasser

Merseyside Act Of The Year

Essentially a less prestigious GIT Award…

Ninetails
Port Sunlight
Bang On!
Thats Juvey?
Forest Swords

Video Of The Year

Yeah…

Black Skirts - Dientes
Spector - Celestine
Villagers - The Waves
Hot Chip - Don’t Deny Your Heart
Slugabed - Sex

Foreign Language Track Of The Year

English is overated…

The Very Best - Kondaine (Unicorn Kid Remix)
Black Skirts - Dientes
Shugu Tokumaru - Lahaha
КАТЯ ЧЕХОВА - Я тебя люблю 2020
Francois & The Atlas Mountains - Les Plus Beux

Special Award: Least Surprising Breakup

Wu Lyf


LIVE REVIEW: //PURITY RING//DOLDRUMS//THE KAZIMIER
First things first, I love the Kazimier. Many an ambient, blurry night has been spent stumbling around the arty octagon, swaying through a furrow of moustached students bopping to space age vibes. I hadn’t been for a while, so tonight held a special significance for me. The place had hardly changed, but for a new railing at the side of the stage, forcing the poor techie squeeze between the amps every time he needed to get on stage. I can’t help but feel guilty about this. I’ve smashed my shins off the stage many times, but I didn’t want it to end like that. Sorry tech guy. I also paid in primarily 20p’s, again something I feel sorry about, not that EVOL will mind. Money is money after all (Disclaimer: I can make this joke, due to the obviousness of EVOL’s Music over Money philosophy)
Before too long Doldrums take to the stage, dripping with an eerie understated stage presence, violently elegant in their attitude. This didn’t last. A barrage of bad LSD trip Royksopp meets Battlesexplodes, shaking the bones and inducing heart palpitations of anyone within 10ft of the electrical mayhem. Choppy, agitated interchanges merge the set into one epic ear cruncher, with elements of Dubstep and Samba slid inconspicuously into the electric death funk. Don’t be surprised to see this band pop up again and again on here. In less than an hour (Not long enough), Doldrums went from total B2T nothingness to one of our biggest breakthroughs of 2012, so much so there were fears Purity Ring would be outshone (Regardless of the magnitude of lighting scattered about the stage)
These fears were unfounded. Canada has a nack for producing brilliant, if not slightly odd, atmospheric electronic music, and Purity Ring are no different. Megan James instantly commands the incandesant stage in all of her awkward beauty, ensuring all eyes are fixated where they should be, ready for the marathon story of light and music set to unfold. I don’t just love her; I am in love with her. It’s not a sexual love, more unconditional agape. A forbidden love like, say, one for a hypothetical teacher who sits in the library and marks but never talks to me. It’s a love that shouldn’t exist, but does. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I quite like the idea of living in Canada.
Purity Ring, almost unsurprisingly, deliver an onslaught on the senses, all light/sound sensitivity and throbbing sunset drumbeat flashes coincide perfectly with the childlike bleeps and cherubic vocals pulsating out of the Kazimier sound system. A de//reconstructed Ungirthed provided the perfect final footnote on a night where simplicity was king, a firm reminder that the Canadian scene is the single coolest scene on the whole fucking planet right now, and the train isn’t slowing anytime soon. Get off the rails and climb on board. You wouldn’t want to miss out would you?
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LIVE REVIEW: //PURITY RING//DOLDRUMS//THE KAZIMIER

First things first, I love the Kazimier. Many an ambient, blurry night has been spent stumbling around the arty octagon, swaying through a furrow of moustached students bopping to space age vibes. I hadn’t been for a while, so tonight held a special significance for me. The place had hardly changed, but for a new railing at the side of the stage, forcing the poor techie squeeze between the amps every time he needed to get on stage. I can’t help but feel guilty about this. I’ve smashed my shins off the stage many times, but I didn’t want it to end like that. Sorry tech guy. I also paid in primarily 20p’s, again something I feel sorry about, not that EVOL will mind. Money is money after all (Disclaimer: I can make this joke, due to the obviousness of EVOL’s Music over Money philosophy)

Before too long Doldrums take to the stage, dripping with an eerie understated stage presence, violently elegant in their attitude. This didn’t last. A barrage of bad LSD trip Royksopp meets Battlesexplodes, shaking the bones and inducing heart palpitations of anyone within 10ft of the electrical mayhem. Choppy, agitated interchanges merge the set into one epic ear cruncher, with elements of Dubstep and Samba slid inconspicuously into the electric death funk. Don’t be surprised to see this band pop up again and again on here. In less than an hour (Not long enough), Doldrums went from total B2T nothingness to one of our biggest breakthroughs of 2012, so much so there were fears Purity Ring would be outshone (Regardless of the magnitude of lighting scattered about the stage)

These fears were unfounded. Canada has a nack for producing brilliant, if not slightly odd, atmospheric electronic music, and Purity Ring are no different. Megan James instantly commands the incandesant stage in all of her awkward beauty, ensuring all eyes are fixated where they should be, ready for the marathon story of light and music set to unfold. I don’t just love her; I am in love with her. It’s not a sexual love, more unconditional agape. A forbidden love like, say, one for a hypothetical teacher who sits in the library and marks but never talks to me. It’s a love that shouldn’t exist, but does. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I quite like the idea of living in Canada.

Purity Ring, almost unsurprisingly, deliver an onslaught on the senses, all light/sound sensitivity and throbbing sunset drumbeat flashes coincide perfectly with the childlike bleeps and cherubic vocals pulsating out of the Kazimier sound system. A de//reconstructed Ungirthed provided the perfect final footnote on a night where simplicity was king, a firm reminder that the Canadian scene is the single coolest scene on the whole fucking planet right now, and the train isn’t slowing anytime soon. Get off the rails and climb on board. You wouldn’t want to miss out would you?

Eh?


Its no secret that we adore Ninetails. From the second we set ears on them, their swaying vox and deathly riffs had us captivated. It was the kick Liverpool needed to gain ground on the blossoming Wu Lyf/Stay+ Manchester scene. To climb out of its rut and stop waiting for another Wave Machines to save it. 
We caught them live. Our love became a passion. Ninetails were no longer just a band to us. Ninetails were the way forward. These were our ticket out of the beatles stigma we have so long been branded with. These were the band that were going to stop the Liverpool name becoming a mere historical event. Ninetails were the present. Ninetails were the future. Ninetails were Liverpool
So when bassist Phillip Morris told us they had a new EP on the horizon back in July, this was good news to say the least. Then it struck me. How does one follow up perfection? ‘Slept and Did Not Sleep’ could only ever be a disapointment, right? Wrong. Ninetails were aware of this. They totally remanifactured the sound, adding a a dark Burial meets Parenthetical Girls edge, juxtaposing the Math Rock chords we had grown so keen of. How can you compare two totally different sounds? (Mumford & Sons, take this as free advice yeah?)
Maybe We
60 seconds of Four Tet fuckery.  60 seconds of Arcade Fire strings echoing through a morgue and 120 seconds of Ninetails doing what Ninetails do. Climbing into your head with metophoric, atmospheric, agnostic lyrics, chords, drums, anything they can find to draw you in. You asked for Dark. You got Dark. 4/5
Body Clock
This is totally unlike anything Ninetails have done before. Almost Everything Everything in its tempo. Almost Bipolar in its peaks and troughs. Almost Sounds from the Ground in its keys. Unfortunatley, almost is the most apt word throughout. The weakest link on the EP. That said, a weak link on a Ninetails EP could pass off as a particular strong point for any other band. 3/5
Rawdon Fever
The hit. The crowd pleaser. The song we fell in love with to begin with. Everything math rock should be. All funky bass, basic minimalistic lyrics, complex guitars and powerfull beats throughout.  Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire how mature this sound is for a group of lads still at uni. Raw talent always has a way of breaking through. 5/5
Boxed In
An 8 Minute journey through angst and depression. This is a sound that perfectly captures those dark days. When everything feels like nothing and nothingness is everything. No one is on your side, not even youreself. All you have is your mind, and that seems to be the one things desperatley slipping away. Maybe I’m looking too deeply into this. I don’t know what Ninetails wanted this to be. Thats the beauty of it. Its always the beautiful ones that hurt you. 5/5
Mama Aniseed
Mama Aniseed almost had to be here. The final footnote, a message that all falls into place eventually. Its painfull, sure, you can hear that in Ed’s voice. Things do go wrong. Of course they do. Thats life. But the optimistic vibes expelled tell you all will be ok. Everything that happens happens, and everything that doesn’t doesn’t. You cant change that, but you can learn and grow from it. You build yoursef up. You face life as it is. Life is life, and taking its lessons will get you to where you deserve. This could not be more apt with Ninetails. Ninetails are a band going places, and they deserve no less. 5/5
What were we even worried about? I mean this is ninetails were talking about. When have they ever disapointed? When will they ever disapoint? The future is bright. The future is Ninetails. See you there guys. See you there.
Words: Curt McArdle
Listen to Slept and Did Not Sleep here: http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/405-exclusive-ninetails-slept-and-did-not-sleep-stream View Larger

Its no secret that we adore Ninetails. From the second we set ears on them, their swaying vox and deathly riffs had us captivated. It was the kick Liverpool needed to gain ground on the blossoming Wu Lyf/Stay+ Manchester scene. To climb out of its rut and stop waiting for another Wave Machines to save it. 

We caught them live. Our love became a passion. Ninetails were no longer just a band to us. Ninetails were the way forward. These were our ticket out of the beatles stigma we have so long been branded with. These were the band that were going to stop the Liverpool name becoming a mere historical event. Ninetails were the present. Ninetails were the future. Ninetails were Liverpool

So when bassist Phillip Morris told us they had a new EP on the horizon back in July, this was good news to say the least. Then it struck me. How does one follow up perfection? ‘Slept and Did Not Sleep’ could only ever be a disapointment, right? Wrong. Ninetails were aware of this. They totally remanifactured the sound, adding a a dark Burial meets Parenthetical Girls edge, juxtaposing the Math Rock chords we had grown so keen of. How can you compare two totally different sounds? (Mumford & Sons, take this as free advice yeah?)

Maybe We

60 seconds of Four Tet fuckery.  60 seconds of Arcade Fire strings echoing through a morgue and 120 seconds of Ninetails doing what Ninetails do. Climbing into your head with metophoric, atmospheric, agnostic lyrics, chords, drums, anything they can find to draw you in. You asked for Dark. You got Dark. 4/5

Body Clock

This is totally unlike anything Ninetails have done before. Almost Everything Everything in its tempo. Almost Bipolar in its peaks and troughs. Almost Sounds from the Ground in its keys. Unfortunatley, almost is the most apt word throughout. The weakest link on the EP. That said, a weak link on a Ninetails EP could pass off as a particular strong point for any other band. 3/5

Rawdon Fever

The hit. The crowd pleaser. The song we fell in love with to begin with. Everything math rock should be. All funky bass, basic minimalistic lyrics, complex guitars and powerfull beats throughout.  Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire how mature this sound is for a group of lads still at uni. Raw talent always has a way of breaking through. 5/5

Boxed In

An 8 Minute journey through angst and depression. This is a sound that perfectly captures those dark days. When everything feels like nothing and nothingness is everything. No one is on your side, not even youreself. All you have is your mind, and that seems to be the one things desperatley slipping away. Maybe I’m looking too deeply into this. I don’t know what Ninetails wanted this to be. Thats the beauty of it. Its always the beautiful ones that hurt you. 5/5

Mama Aniseed

Mama Aniseed almost had to be here. The final footnote, a message that all falls into place eventually. Its painfull, sure, you can hear that in Ed’s voice. Things do go wrong. Of course they do. Thats life. But the optimistic vibes expelled tell you all will be ok. Everything that happens happens, and everything that doesn’t doesn’t. You cant change that, but you can learn and grow from it. You build yoursef up. You face life as it is. Life is life, and taking its lessons will get you to where you deserve. This could not be more apt with Ninetails. Ninetails are a band going places, and they deserve no less. 5/5

What were we even worried about? I mean this is ninetails were talking about. When have they ever disapointed? When will they ever disapoint? The future is bright. The future is Ninetails. See you there guys. See you there.

Words: Curt McArdle

Listen to Slept and Did Not Sleep here: http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/405-exclusive-ninetails-slept-and-did-not-sleep-stream


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Long time no blog eh, my little cretins. I’m not gonna blog about music today because YOLO. Have y’all missed me? I just thought I better write something to tell y’all i’m still alive
I had an article published in a real, touchable, tangible, national magazine. from now on I am Curt McArdle, Small Time Journalist. I think I need business cards. Old, consistent readers will recognise the article from a long time ago, back when i was just Curt McArdle, Small Time Blogger. The article is on a different page depending on where you grab the magazine from. This is the London edition. Its Pg 10. Enjoy: http://issuu.com/andywireless/docs/london_freshers_edition?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222. I’m fully aware this is in no way the best piece i’ve written, but most of the stuff I do consists of my own lists, and are too “me” oriented because I’m egotistical as **** (working toward being family friendly). Anyway, yeah, my name is in print, so that’s cool.
Whilst were on the subject of me, I decided I was gonna write a new blog. It will be completely syndicated with this one, but minus any swears, sexual references, drug propaganda, teen stuff. I think some bands feel awkward endorsing something with Bollocks in the name (others, however, couldn’t care less. Wet Nuns being one). I also know at least one radio presenter has said they would happily endorse my blog on air if it wasn’t for the name. i’ll set that up in time for the big end of year finale, where we all get together and say what music made us less depressed this year
The Q Show was down over the summer due to that spots event in London, so I never did any recommendations until the other night. I went with Savages and their brilliant ‘Husbands' track, a sort of Robert Smith-core thriller, almost as if Placebo are fronting a seance, and have captured the essence of Franz Ferdinand. perfect for Halloween. Interestingly, I only just found out savages are 4 girls. I think this is the first all girl 4 piece that have interested me. Correct me if I am wrong.
Elsewhere, ive really been enjoying Peace and Splashh, two bands that mix Ninetails math rock with west coast vibes. I’ve not gone totally soft, though. Metz and FIDLAR have been giving my speakers a real test with their thrashin’ smashin’ punk. Coupled with the ever present Wet Nuns and Trash Talk, and the atmospheric doom of Sun 0))), Efterklang, Trust and Trentemoller, FlGd5 is beginning to look more and more like a graveyard by the day
Do not despair, though, my twee fans. Giraffes? Girrafes!, BigKIDS, Hail Social and Wave Machines are still fighting your corner whilst Scouse Cypress Hill meets Norris Green angry man Bang On! has MC’ed his way onto the list. There’s even some Cast of Cheers and Young Empires for fans of Post-Foals music. All can be found here: Fl Gd 5 (remember when I said I wasn’t going to talk about music?)
Basically, I now work in a kitchen in a nursing home and the chef I work with listens to Magic. After many night’s sat up rocking in fear of another full day of this torture, I have come to the conclusion that nothing good came out of music Pre-Sex Pistols (Minus the stones and the kinks). I’ll put my twitter down in Linkomania. feel free to tweet me some abuse/reasons I’m wrong
I hate college at the moment. I don’t think science is the right path for me. Shame ive applied for Biology at Uni eh? I sent Hamish Macbain an emotion email. A cry for help. Hopefully he will come and save me and make me editor of NME. I feel like I have gone against my Q roots. I feel nothing but remorse in my black heart
That’s all for now Folks. Stay Positive. Be Angels. Only a Dummy Discards A Heart. Don’t mix Love with Lust, Being Drunk is not an excuse. Loyalty is The Key. Ignore, and be prepared to Walk Alone
Words: Curt McArdle
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Long time no blog eh, my little cretins. I’m not gonna blog about music today because YOLO. Have y’all missed me? I just thought I better write something to tell y’all i’m still alive

I had an article published in a real, touchable, tangible, national magazine. from now on I am Curt McArdle, Small Time Journalist. I think I need business cards. Old, consistent readers will recognise the article from a long time ago, back when i was just Curt McArdle, Small Time Blogger. The article is on a different page depending on where you grab the magazine from. This is the London edition. Its Pg 10. Enjoy: http://issuu.com/andywireless/docs/london_freshers_edition?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222. I’m fully aware this is in no way the best piece i’ve written, but most of the stuff I do consists of my own lists, and are too “me” oriented because I’m egotistical as **** (working toward being family friendly). Anyway, yeah, my name is in print, so that’s cool.

Whilst were on the subject of me, I decided I was gonna write a new blog. It will be completely syndicated with this one, but minus any swears, sexual references, drug propaganda, teen stuff. I think some bands feel awkward endorsing something with Bollocks in the name (others, however, couldn’t care less. Wet Nuns being one). I also know at least one radio presenter has said they would happily endorse my blog on air if it wasn’t for the name. i’ll set that up in time for the big end of year finale, where we all get together and say what music made us less depressed this year

The Q Show was down over the summer due to that spots event in London, so I never did any recommendations until the other night. I went with Savages and their brilliant ‘Husbands' track, a sort of Robert Smith-core thriller, almost as if Placebo are fronting a seance, and have captured the essence of Franz Ferdinand. perfect for Halloween. Interestingly, I only just found out savages are 4 girls. I think this is the first all girl 4 piece that have interested me. Correct me if I am wrong.

Elsewhere, ive really been enjoying Peace and Splashh, two bands that mix Ninetails math rock with west coast vibes. I’ve not gone totally soft, though. Metz and FIDLAR have been giving my speakers a real test with their thrashin’ smashin’ punk. Coupled with the ever present Wet Nuns and Trash Talk, and the atmospheric doom of Sun 0))), Efterklang, Trust and Trentemoller, FlGd5 is beginning to look more and more like a graveyard by the day

Do not despair, though, my twee fans. Giraffes? Girrafes!, BigKIDS, Hail Social and Wave Machines are still fighting your corner whilst Scouse Cypress Hill meets Norris Green angry man Bang On! has MC’ed his way onto the list. There’s even some Cast of Cheers and Young Empires for fans of Post-Foals music. All can be found here: Fl Gd 5 (remember when I said I wasn’t going to talk about music?)

Basically, I now work in a kitchen in a nursing home and the chef I work with listens to Magic. After many night’s sat up rocking in fear of another full day of this torture, I have come to the conclusion that nothing good came out of music Pre-Sex Pistols (Minus the stones and the kinks). I’ll put my twitter down in Linkomania. feel free to tweet me some abuse/reasons I’m wrong

I hate college at the moment. I don’t think science is the right path for me. Shame ive applied for Biology at Uni eh? I sent Hamish Macbain an emotion email. A cry for help. Hopefully he will come and save me and make me editor of NME. I feel like I have gone against my Q roots. I feel nothing but remorse in my black heart

That’s all for now Folks. Stay Positive. Be Angels. Only a Dummy Discards A Heart. Don’t mix Love with Lust, Being Drunk is not an excuse. Loyalty is The Key. Ignore, and be prepared to Walk Alone

Words: Curt McArdle

Linkomania:


Follow Curt on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CurtMcArdle

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The BollocksToThis Grassroots Report

//WHAT UP// Alright, I know what you’re thinking. I promised my Leeds Review Part Two would be up soon. I lied. I’m not doing it. Why? Because I hate telling you about stuff that you already know. What good is me saying “The Cure were brilliant” when journalists have been saying that since before my mums time. No one needs me to tell them The Cure are good. Everyone knows The Cure are good. I wan’t to introduce you to something new. Something that totally blows you away, stuff you have never heard before. That is exactly the purpose of The Grassroots Report. I’m always hungry for new music. If you make music or know someone who does then my metaphorical door is always open at curt@the-mcardles.com. I am always happy to cover anyone who has took the time to send me their music. It honestly means alot when you respect my opinion
On the subject of opinion, a big shout out to Likely Lads who took offence to me saying they performed well at Leeds Festival over Twitter. I don’t really mind Twitter fueds, as there is always a degree of Anonymity on there. It’s when bands get hold of me via Facebook that winds me up, especially when it’s people I see regularly around town. Paul Lester of “New Band Of The Day” wrote about this side of music writing here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/apr/07/how-new-band-day-ruined-my-life   
He also writes about the effort it takes just to write one post, and I totally feel him. I don’t think anyone truly realises how long just one blog post takes, compared to how long it takes to read. It’s not just writing, its the proof reading, its the adding hyperlinks. I even do my own graphics which, although shit, are still time consuming. But d’ya know what, when someone messages me and thanks me for finding their new favourite band, when a musician sends me their music before its even out, when bands use my quotes as official reviews (I’m talking to you Port Sunlight, and you Ninetails), everything kinda feels worthwhile. You guys are the reason this blog is still running, not me. Thank you, now on with the music. As ever, band names link to music so click away x
Neurotic Wreck - Leave Tonight Mixtape, Side 1
Neurotic Wreck is the brainchild of semi-anonymous north west bleeper Dan Shea. It’s dark. Really fucking dark. Xiu Xiu dark. Each crunching beat is a hammer to the heart, nihilistic self loathing vocals sway up and down like bipolar mood swings. Track one, “Rain Down” has a real Parenthetical Girls feel to it, whilst stand out “Tired of Me” is a dark Son Of Flynn, Ki Theory Remix with Four Tet vox. Infact the whole mixtape could have been swiped from a Burial back catalogue, force fed Jamie Woon flavoured valium and left beaten in a Raw Moans shaped puddle of pain. Dark personified. Broken music for the broken hearted. With a new EP on the way, Shea is worth keeping your eye on. Download Leave Tonight Mixtape free here: http://neuroticwreck.bandcamp.com/
Reid - Ver
Reid is the essence of a 2006 summer. Glitchy lo-fi Blood Diamond padded drum loops slid soothingly under piercing Purity Ring synths gives Ver a dreamy Toro Y Moi Chillwave feel, with a hint of Yacht-esque fear of mainstream recognition. With so much Cross-Atlantic influence, it is almost surprising to hear that Reid is from our shores. Cork, Ireland to be precise. Ver is featured on Lyfstyls “Dreams” compilation . Lyfstyl are a huge inspiration to me, and should be for anyone who loves music at the grassroots level. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. Download Lyfstyle’s “Dreams” mixtape, featuring Reid alongside the likes of Galapagos, Kodak to Graph & Flash Forest, for $2 here: http://lyfstyl.bandcamp.com/album/dreams
Jess Thristan - Stepping Stone EP (Pictured) 
Jess Thristan is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Yorkshire with an out-of-this-world voice. Regular B2T readers know that acoustic music is probably my weakest area. I don’t listen to it. I know nothing of its history. It just isn’t part of my life. I do, however, know talent when I hear it. Some people are just meant to make music. Jess Thristan is one of these people. Track One, “Too Late For That” draws parallels to The Verve’s “Lucky Man”, whilst “Back Home” is a Jose Gonzalez-Suzanne Vega hybrid. The standout track on the Debut EP, though, is also called “Stepping Stone”, an uptempo ditty with an Of Monsters & Men meets Athlete vibe. it;s a heartwrenching tale of young love, and the lack thereof. The perfect way to close a beautifully penned and exquisitely performed EP. At £3.95, Stepping Stone is a real steal, and the name could not be more apt. These are the first steps on what is sure to be a road to success for young Jess. Download Stepping Stone EP for £3.95 here:  http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stepping-stone-ep/id534513177
Undiscovered Society
Undiscovered Society are a Wirral three peice, but you can tell that without reading their bio. The riffs of “You Don’t Lie” could easily be sampled from an early Coral demo, and the vocals are Port Sunlight in a moshpit. Unfortunately, “You Don’t Lie” is their only real strong point. There is some real raw talent underneath the surface, but poor production quality stops this breaking through. You can’t help but think the best versions of these tracks are still inside the band members brains, just screaming to be released. “Sit Back Down” has the ability to become a RATM style anthem, whilst “3 O’Clock In The Morning” has a Joy Division vibe that really needs to be played upon more. This is what I love about grassroots level music. Its so frustrating when you see a band with genuine ability being held back by lack of experience, but nothing can beat the immense feeling of relief when it all begins to fit together and all the peices click into place. Give it a year or so and undiscovered Society will be filling blog pages, and when they do, remember BollcoskToThis broke them to you first. Check out undiscovered Society’s Soundcloud here: http://soundcloud.com/undiscoveredsociety 
Citi Petts - Sundown Goodtime//Memo
To close the Grassroots report i’ve selected the band most likely to fill the Ladytron shaped hole in our Liverpool dance hearts. Citi Petts are set to release their Sundown Goodtime//Memo split on the 17th of this month and if I had to place a wager on one underground Mersey dance act to break the mainstream within the next few years it would be these guys. Sundown Goodtime feels like an Alex Metric/Mux Mool remix of a 1990’s Nintendo Game with MAY68 on the vox and could easily work its way onto a Kitsune Compilation. Obvious parallels can be drawn to Heartsrevolution, Autokratz and a little closer to home Sonny J. Memo, by contrast, is a far darker affair. It would be hard not to throw in a Skinny Puppy or Cocteau Twins comparison, but scratching below the surface reveals a whole new world of heavy James Blake keys and bass equivalent to that of early Is Tropical. It’s repetitive and catchy, both killer factors in the dance scene, but keep’s a cool, mature head about it. Both tracks are instantly likeable and with a little coverage could seriously begin to send seismic waves to rippling throughout the Liverpool night scene, and eventually beyond the shores of the Mersey. For now though, they are our hidden gems. Enjoy it while it lasts. Sundown Goodtime//Memo is due for release on Saint Singal on 17/09/12
Words:Curt McArdle
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The BollocksToThis Grassroots Report

//WHAT UP// Alright, I know what you’re thinking. I promised my Leeds Review Part Two would be up soon. I lied. I’m not doing it. Why? Because I hate telling you about stuff that you already know. What good is me saying “The Cure were brilliant” when journalists have been saying that since before my mums time. No one needs me to tell them The Cure are good. Everyone knows The Cure are good. I wan’t to introduce you to something new. Something that totally blows you away, stuff you have never heard before. That is exactly the purpose of The Grassroots Report. I’m always hungry for new music. If you make music or know someone who does then my metaphorical door is always open at curt@the-mcardles.com. I am always happy to cover anyone who has took the time to send me their music. It honestly means alot when you respect my opinion

On the subject of opinion, a big shout out to Likely Lads who took offence to me saying they performed well at Leeds Festival over Twitter. I don’t really mind Twitter fueds, as there is always a degree of Anonymity on there. It’s when bands get hold of me via Facebook that winds me up, especially when it’s people I see regularly around town. Paul Lester of “New Band Of The Day” wrote about this side of music writing here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/apr/07/how-new-band-day-ruined-my-life   

He also writes about the effort it takes just to write one post, and I totally feel him. I don’t think anyone truly realises how long just one blog post takes, compared to how long it takes to read. It’s not just writing, its the proof reading, its the adding hyperlinks. I even do my own graphics which, although shit, are still time consuming. But d’ya know what, when someone messages me and thanks me for finding their new favourite band, when a musician sends me their music before its even out, when bands use my quotes as official reviews (I’m talking to you Port Sunlight, and you Ninetails), everything kinda feels worthwhile. You guys are the reason this blog is still running, not me. Thank you, now on with the music. As ever, band names link to music so click away x

Neurotic Wreck - Leave Tonight Mixtape, Side 1


Neurotic Wreck is the brainchild of semi-anonymous north west bleeper Dan Shea. It’s dark. Really fucking dark. Xiu Xiu dark. Each crunching beat is a hammer to the heart, nihilistic self loathing vocals sway up and down like bipolar mood swings. Track one, “Rain Down” has a real Parenthetical Girls feel to it, whilst stand out “Tired of Me” is a dark Son Of Flynn, Ki Theory Remix with Four Tet vox. Infact the whole mixtape could have been swiped from a Burial back catalogue, force fed Jamie Woon flavoured valium and left beaten in a Raw Moans shaped puddle of pain. Dark personified. Broken music for the broken hearted. With a new EP on the way, Shea is worth keeping your eye on. Download Leave Tonight Mixtape free here: http://neuroticwreck.bandcamp.com/

Reid - Ver


Reid is the essence of a 2006 summer. Glitchy lo-fi Blood Diamond padded drum loops slid soothingly under piercing Purity Ring synths gives Ver a dreamy Toro Y Moi Chillwave feel, with a hint of Yacht-esque fear of mainstream recognition. With so much Cross-Atlantic influence, it is almost surprising to hear that Reid is from our shores. Cork, Ireland to be precise. Ver is featured on Lyfstyls “Dreams” compilation . Lyfstyl are a huge inspiration to me, and should be for anyone who loves music at the grassroots level. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. Download Lyfstyle’s “Dreams” mixtape, featuring Reid alongside the likes of Galapagos, Kodak to Graph & Flash Forest, for $2 here: http://lyfstyl.bandcamp.com/album/dreams

Jess Thristan - Stepping Stone EP (Pictured) 

Jess Thristan is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Yorkshire with an out-of-this-world voice. Regular B2T readers know that acoustic music is probably my weakest area. I don’t listen to it. I know nothing of its history. It just isn’t part of my life. I do, however, know talent when I hear it. Some people are just meant to make music. Jess Thristan is one of these people. Track One, “Too Late For That” draws parallels to The Verve’s “Lucky Man”, whilst “Back Home” is a Jose Gonzalez-Suzanne Vega hybrid. The standout track on the Debut EP, though, is also called “Stepping Stone”, an uptempo ditty with an Of Monsters & Men meets Athlete vibe. it;s a heartwrenching tale of young love, and the lack thereof. The perfect way to close a beautifully penned and exquisitely performed EP. At £3.95, Stepping Stone is a real steal, and the name could not be more apt. These are the first steps on what is sure to be a road to success for young Jess. Download Stepping Stone EP for £3.95 here:  http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stepping-stone-ep/id534513177

Undiscovered Society

Undiscovered Society are a Wirral three peice, but you can tell that without reading their bio. The riffs of “You Don’t Lie” could easily be sampled from an early Coral demo, and the vocals are Port Sunlight in a moshpit. Unfortunately, “You Don’t Lie” is their only real strong point. There is some real raw talent underneath the surface, but poor production quality stops this breaking through. You can’t help but think the best versions of these tracks are still inside the band members brains, just screaming to be released. “Sit Back Down” has the ability to become a RATM style anthem, whilst “3 O’Clock In The Morning” has a Joy Division vibe that really needs to be played upon more. This is what I love about grassroots level music. Its so frustrating when you see a band with genuine ability being held back by lack of experience, but nothing can beat the immense feeling of relief when it all begins to fit together and all the peices click into place. Give it a year or so and undiscovered Society will be filling blog pages, and when they do, remember BollcoskToThis broke them to you first. Check out undiscovered Society’s Soundcloud here: http://soundcloud.com/undiscoveredsociety 

Citi Petts - Sundown Goodtime//Memo


To close the Grassroots report i’ve selected the band most likely to fill the Ladytron shaped hole in our Liverpool dance hearts. Citi Petts are set to release their Sundown Goodtime//Memo split on the 17th of this month and if I had to place a wager on one underground Mersey dance act to break the mainstream within the next few years it would be these guys. Sundown Goodtime feels like an Alex Metric/Mux Mool remix of a 1990’s Nintendo Game with MAY68 on the vox and could easily work its way onto a Kitsune Compilation. Obvious parallels can be drawn to Heartsrevolution, Autokratz and a little closer to home Sonny J. Memo, by contrast, is a far darker affair. It would be hard not to throw in a Skinny Puppy or Cocteau Twins comparison, but scratching below the surface reveals a whole new world of heavy James Blake keys and bass equivalent to that of early Is Tropical. It’s repetitive and catchy, both killer factors in the dance scene, but keep’s a cool, mature head about it. Both tracks are instantly likeable and with a little coverage could seriously begin to send seismic waves to rippling throughout the Liverpool night scene, and eventually beyond the shores of the Mersey. For now though, they are our hidden gems. Enjoy it while it lasts. Sundown Goodtime//Memo is due for release on Saint Singal on 17/09/12

Words:Curt McArdle

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The BollocksToThis Leeds Overview (Part One) (Where possible, band names link to a video of them at Leeds. If this is unavailable it will link to a recorded track. Song names link to the recorded version of the song. It’s difficult to get a recording of each song from the festival Sorry x)
WHAT UP GUYZ. The past weekend I have been in some muddy field in Yorkshire listening to music and drinking alcohol. I payed £200+ for this experience. Kinda sounds weird when you put it like that eh? Bloody kids today…
But yeah, I digress. At Leeds I bounded the name of my blog about to anyone who would listen (usually people trapped in some K-Hole and hoping I had a rope) and it dawned on me that my last like 7 posts were not written by me. For this reason alone, I decided I would do a mini-review of the weekend. Obviously, being Curt McArdle means i’ve put it off like a week so my memory is pretty hazy. I had some proper NME-isms bounding around my head at the time aswell but ah well. I have also only had one bath and am yet to shave since. I think i’m still in festival mode.
The music started on Thursday, with York “La’s" impersonators "Likely Lads" opening up the BBC Introducing Stage. Look at their name, I bet you can already tell what they sound like can’t you? They are a little cringeworthingly predictable, but lad rock is a festival must and the young fella’s done good. That said, it was the first guitar chord anyone had heard in a while, so they might well have been shit in comparison to the rest of the music over the course of weekend. I don’t think anyone really cared. Mass moshpits and sing along-ability ensured a good time was had by all. Due to unforeseen "bad trip" experiences, that was the end Thursdays music for me untill the late night parties (I wasn’t the one having the bad trip, of course, but I had been placed on watch. I really wanted to see "Little Comets" who I’d described as "The most exciting Advert band around" before being told I was a walking blog by my mate, but you cant have it all eh?). Gemini of “Blue" fame played a bass heavy set and the Piccadilly DJ tried his hardest to cater for everyone. I met a nice girl from Wigan and spent most of what remained of the night with her, before bed in my slanted tent. All in all, Thursday was a good day.
Friday was the real start of the festival. Of Monsters and Men opened a rammed NME Tent. Thousands waited for “Little Talks”. They played it last. Everyone sang and air-trumpeted. All went as expected. People asked for a light and fun way to open the day and Iceland’s new stars duly delivered. With the atmosphere at an all time high, bleepy indie kids Django Django entered the stage and seemingly did their best to bring it crashing back down to the floor. A horrific rendition of Hail Bop as an opener acted as a sign of what was to come, marred by tired synths and croaking vox, Vincent Neff’s voice disapeared into the plastic roof and the enthusiastic bleeps from their stand out debut album sounded more like a life support machine trying, and failing, to save a band dying on stage. Leeds 2012’s Biggest Disappointment by a long shot, which is a real shame as anyone who regularly reads this blog knows I really like Django Django. DZ Deathrays, by contrast, were poles apart. Clashing with Tribes meant the Festival Republic Stage was virtually empty, but the huge riffs of “No Sleep" and "Teeth" still induced minor moshpits, testament to the Auzzies raw power. These guys really are a band you have to catch live, you wont want to forget it in a rush. A short sprint to the BBC Introducing Stage allowed me to catch Seasfire playing their future-hit “Falling”, a kind of James Blake-Hurts hybrid with heavy witch house keys. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this band MUCH higher on the bill in a few years time if the current media hype is anything to go by. They are going to be one of them mainstream oriented bands who it’s still going to be “cool” to like. Marina & The Diamonds, anyone?
Festival Republic’s “No Outside Alcohol Inside The Arena” made underage drinking a real difficulty and booze breaks had to be pencilled in sporadically. Friday morning had been a relative success, so it was time to hit the Strongbow (Disclaimer: All other cider’s are nice aswell, if not nicer, but Strongbow is cheap so thats what I drank it. I’m not endorsing any specific brand…unless you are willing to pay). We were camped right on a hill where Blue becomes Red, just close enough to the arena to make it easily acceptable, but outside of the prime robbing-region. Our neighbours were pretty cool aswell, so I guess we struck lucky. I’m not sure how much of it they remember though, as they were “on acid” for what seemed like the whole weekend
After a short break I stumbled down toward the NME Tent to catch SBTRKT, who becomes two people at festival’s but is usually just one guy. The beats were huge and the tent was bouncing, but the vocals were hugely disappointing. It’s always difficult with an album packed with guest appearances, but singing the guest sports yourself seems like a bad idea from the offset. SBTRKT need’s to take a leaf out of Chase & Status’ live manual. After a particulally weak “Pharaohs" I went for a piss in the famous Leeds "Toilets" and caught the end of 2:54's set. I don't like 2:54 on record, I think they sound like Givers if Givers were rhythm-less zombies, but I won’t let this marr my judgement of their live set. They were pretty good. They stood there and did what 2:54 do. If that’s the kind of thing you like then i’m sure it would have been perfect. Not for me, but they did their job. The real reason i’d headed over to the Festival Republic Stage, though, was for King Charles and his live companion’s. Dressed in an open shirt with chest hair bulging at the seams, Charles lead the crowd in many an elegant sing song with his medieval lyrics and folk inspired riffs, Love Lust receiving what was possibly the best reception of the day. This is a man who really knows what his fans want to hear and above all puts on a great show.
As the sun began to set, the site broke into two distinct tribes. Those who would be heading toward the Main Stage to catch that little band with the Nirvana drummer and those who will be heading to the sweatbox of the NME Tent to catch the greatest French dance duo of all time. I went to the NME. (Well, actually I went to my tent for more Strongbow, and got back to catch The Horrors closing with their dark Gary Numan-Core thriller “Still Life”). Those who opted for Gaspard and Xavier had to sit through Two Door Cinema Club (Who had been demoted from 2011’s Main Stage) committing the ultimate festival Faux Pas, a setlist crammed with new tracks. Its a shame, really, because TDCC are made for festivals. Simple lyrics and happy clappy NME-worthy beats (re-reading this, it looks like I have a personal vendetta against NME. I think it’s wank, but that’s where it end’s. That, and the fact I’ve done work for Q, which is far far better I must say..)
After a disappointing TDCC, the moment was upon us. The moment every pilled up raver was twitching about. The moment Bramham Park would be transformed into one huge nightclub from heaven. The amps were stacked, the trademark cross glowing like a beacon of hope in times of turmoil for Dance music. This was the moment Justice were going to provide memories for thousands that would last a lifetime. The whole set felt like one epic dance marathon. There were no individual songs, just one huge event. A masterful reworking of Genesis and Civilisation, entwined with the inch perfect light show, epitomised what the night was about. There was no fighting. Everyone felt like one big French family. Those who were not on drugs danced hard and fought through the wall of fatigue. Those who were on drugs stared transfixed on the bearded duo blowing the stage up. With Audio.Video.Disco it was over, all far too soon, Justice firmly registering themselves as one of the greatest dance acts of all time. This is not the end of dance. Look under the surface, and the scene is still kicking
I spent the rest of the night down at Piccadilly, still glazed over with post-justice awe. The best thing about Piccadilly are the residents. That night I met a brilliant group of girls, mainly from Halifax, who i’ve since added one facebook. Ill give you there twitter’s down in Linkomania. Their tastes might be a little “Mindie” for this blog, but there alright. I met up with them the next morning and we discussed Piss and Oasis over a cider. Don’t you just love Festivals? Part Two is coming whenever I can be bothered to write it. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow. Shut up. Stop pressuring me. I am your friend x
Words: Curt McArdle
Picure: Robyn Shevlin (It is me getting papped at the silent disco. Its tough being a world famous blogger. I am wearing an Alt J top. I caught them on Saturday. You can read about them in part 2)
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The BollocksToThis Leeds Overview (Part One) (Where possible, band names link to a video of them at Leeds. If this is unavailable it will link to a recorded track. Song names link to the recorded version of the song. It’s difficult to get a recording of each song from the festival Sorry x)

WHAT UP GUYZ. The past weekend I have been in some muddy field in Yorkshire listening to music and drinking alcohol. I payed £200+ for this experience. Kinda sounds weird when you put it like that eh? Bloody kids today…

But yeah, I digress. At Leeds I bounded the name of my blog about to anyone who would listen (usually people trapped in some K-Hole and hoping I had a rope) and it dawned on me that my last like 7 posts were not written by me. For this reason alone, I decided I would do a mini-review of the weekend. Obviously, being Curt McArdle means i’ve put it off like a week so my memory is pretty hazy. I had some proper NME-isms bounding around my head at the time aswell but ah well. I have also only had one bath and am yet to shave since. I think i’m still in festival mode.

The music started on Thursday, with York “La’s" impersonators "Likely Lads" opening up the BBC Introducing Stage. Look at their name, I bet you can already tell what they sound like can’t you? They are a little cringeworthingly predictable, but lad rock is a festival must and the young fella’s done good. That said, it was the first guitar chord anyone had heard in a while, so they might well have been shit in comparison to the rest of the music over the course of weekend. I don’t think anyone really cared. Mass moshpits and sing along-ability ensured a good time was had by all. Due to unforeseen "bad trip" experiences, that was the end Thursdays music for me untill the late night parties (I wasn’t the one having the bad trip, of course, but I had been placed on watch. I really wanted to see "Little Comets" who I’d described as "The most exciting Advert band around" before being told I was a walking blog by my mate, but you cant have it all eh?). Gemini of “Blue" fame played a bass heavy set and the Piccadilly DJ tried his hardest to cater for everyone. I met a nice girl from Wigan and spent most of what remained of the night with her, before bed in my slanted tent. All in all, Thursday was a good day.

Friday was the real start of the festival. Of Monsters and Men opened a rammed NME Tent. Thousands waited for “Little Talks”. They played it last. Everyone sang and air-trumpeted. All went as expected. People asked for a light and fun way to open the day and Iceland’s new stars duly delivered. With the atmosphere at an all time high, bleepy indie kids Django Django entered the stage and seemingly did their best to bring it crashing back down to the floor. A horrific rendition of Hail Bop as an opener acted as a sign of what was to come, marred by tired synths and croaking vox, Vincent Neff’s voice disapeared into the plastic roof and the enthusiastic bleeps from their stand out debut album sounded more like a life support machine trying, and failing, to save a band dying on stage. Leeds 2012’s Biggest Disappointment by a long shot, which is a real shame as anyone who regularly reads this blog knows I really like Django Django. DZ Deathrays, by contrast, were poles apart. Clashing with Tribes meant the Festival Republic Stage was virtually empty, but the huge riffs of “No Sleep" and "Teeth" still induced minor moshpits, testament to the Auzzies raw power. These guys really are a band you have to catch live, you wont want to forget it in a rush. A short sprint to the BBC Introducing Stage allowed me to catch Seasfire playing their future-hit “Falling”, a kind of James Blake-Hurts hybrid with heavy witch house keys. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this band MUCH higher on the bill in a few years time if the current media hype is anything to go by. They are going to be one of them mainstream oriented bands who it’s still going to be “cool” to like. Marina & The Diamonds, anyone?

Festival Republic’s “No Outside Alcohol Inside The Arena” made underage drinking a real difficulty and booze breaks had to be pencilled in sporadically. Friday morning had been a relative success, so it was time to hit the Strongbow (Disclaimer: All other cider’s are nice aswell, if not nicer, but Strongbow is cheap so thats what I drank it. I’m not endorsing any specific brand…unless you are willing to pay). We were camped right on a hill where Blue becomes Red, just close enough to the arena to make it easily acceptable, but outside of the prime robbing-region. Our neighbours were pretty cool aswell, so I guess we struck lucky. I’m not sure how much of it they remember though, as they were “on acid” for what seemed like the whole weekend

After a short break I stumbled down toward the NME Tent to catch SBTRKT, who becomes two people at festival’s but is usually just one guy. The beats were huge and the tent was bouncing, but the vocals were hugely disappointing. It’s always difficult with an album packed with guest appearances, but singing the guest sports yourself seems like a bad idea from the offset. SBTRKT need’s to take a leaf out of Chase & Status’ live manual. After a particulally weak “Pharaohs" I went for a piss in the famous Leeds "Toilets" and caught the end of 2:54's set. I don't like 2:54 on record, I think they sound like Givers if Givers were rhythm-less zombies, but I won’t let this marr my judgement of their live set. They were pretty good. They stood there and did what 2:54 do. If that’s the kind of thing you like then i’m sure it would have been perfect. Not for me, but they did their job. The real reason i’d headed over to the Festival Republic Stage, though, was for King Charles and his live companion’s. Dressed in an open shirt with chest hair bulging at the seams, Charles lead the crowd in many an elegant sing song with his medieval lyrics and folk inspired riffs, Love Lust receiving what was possibly the best reception of the day. This is a man who really knows what his fans want to hear and above all puts on a great show.

As the sun began to set, the site broke into two distinct tribes. Those who would be heading toward the Main Stage to catch that little band with the Nirvana drummer and those who will be heading to the sweatbox of the NME Tent to catch the greatest French dance duo of all time. I went to the NME. (Well, actually I went to my tent for more Strongbow, and got back to catch The Horrors closing with their dark Gary Numan-Core thriller “Still Life”). Those who opted for Gaspard and Xavier had to sit through Two Door Cinema Club (Who had been demoted from 2011’s Main Stage) committing the ultimate festival Faux Pas, a setlist crammed with new tracks. Its a shame, really, because TDCC are made for festivals. Simple lyrics and happy clappy NME-worthy beats (re-reading this, it looks like I have a personal vendetta against NME. I think it’s wank, but that’s where it end’s. That, and the fact I’ve done work for Q, which is far far better I must say..)

After a disappointing TDCC, the moment was upon us. The moment every pilled up raver was twitching about. The moment Bramham Park would be transformed into one huge nightclub from heaven. The amps were stacked, the trademark cross glowing like a beacon of hope in times of turmoil for Dance music. This was the moment Justice were going to provide memories for thousands that would last a lifetime. The whole set felt like one epic dance marathon. There were no individual songs, just one huge event. A masterful reworking of Genesis and Civilisation, entwined with the inch perfect light show, epitomised what the night was about. There was no fighting. Everyone felt like one big French family. Those who were not on drugs danced hard and fought through the wall of fatigue. Those who were on drugs stared transfixed on the bearded duo blowing the stage up. With Audio.Video.Disco it was over, all far too soon, Justice firmly registering themselves as one of the greatest dance acts of all time. This is not the end of dance. Look under the surface, and the scene is still kicking

I spent the rest of the night down at Piccadilly, still glazed over with post-justice awe. The best thing about Piccadilly are the residents. That night I met a brilliant group of girls, mainly from Halifax, who i’ve since added one facebook. Ill give you there twitter’s down in Linkomania. Their tastes might be a little “Mindie” for this blog, but there alright. I met up with them the next morning and we discussed Piss and Oasis over a cider. Don’t you just love Festivals? Part Two is coming whenever I can be bothered to write it. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow. Shut up. Stop pressuring me. I am your friend x

Words: Curt McArdle

Picure: Robyn Shevlin (It is me getting papped at the silent disco. Its tough being a world famous blogger. I am wearing an Alt J top. I caught them on Saturday. You can read about them in part 2)

Linkomania:

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Follow Brooke from Leeds Festival here: https://twitter.com/BrookeDrakee

Follow Bryony from Leeds Festival here: https://twitter.com/BryonySheard

Follow Amy from Leeds Festival here: https://twitter.com/amyrobertshaw_

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STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 IT IS GONNA BE 10X BETTER I PROMISE! (Not Really)