Download Festival 2018

During the first weekend of June we got the opportunity to go to Download Festival in Donnington Park and review not only the bands, but the full 5 day experience as a whole. Even though the official Festival begins on the Friday when the Arena is open and thousands of fans flood through the gate… read more

Slam Dunk 2018

To wet your appetite before Download 2018, Slam Dunk is the place to be. Our Deputy Music Officer, Steph, gets to experience the Alt/Pop-Rock day festival in all its glory and it was something to behold. Read the review below and hear the podcast here. Held on Friday in Leeds, the North treated the acts… read more

Dot 2 Dot Festival 2018

Boasting many of our favourite bands, Dot 2 Dot returns in 2018. The festival visited Nottingham & Birmingham, but it’s the opening day at Manchester that we bring you highlights from. Jodie Bryant of Fuse FM reviews the festival and brings us highlights on her podcast. Dot to Dot Festival was held from the 25th… read more

All Points East Festival 2018

Victoria Park held the first ever All Points East festival as May came to a close. The festival, effectively the UK’s answer to Coachella, brought so much for fans of new and alternative music. Smoke Radio’s Sofia Loporcaro was on site for us recording a podcast and reviewing the festival. You can hear the podcast… read more

Live At Leeds 2018: Review

We kick off our Summer with the fantastic Live At Leeds festival. The city festival hosts a great showcase of new and up-and-coming live music from lots of our favourites including Pale Waves, Superorganism, Ten Tonnes & The Magic Gang. We sent Shock Radio’s Joshua Macey to Leeds to check it out. Here are his… read more

SRA Class of 2018: Pale Waves

We already know that The 1975’s Matty is in love with this band, but Pale Waves has already captured the hearts of many. The Manchester Indie band, formed in 2014 by Heather Baron-Gracie and Ciara Doran, that fateful day brought an en masse of fans hooked on their lyrics and catchy hooks plus bringing the… read more

SRA Class of 2018: Sigrid

Hands down one of the most exciting up and coming artists in the world right now. After hitting the scene with ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ a song which has now amassed over 25 million streams on Spotify alone. You know that with numbers like that we have someone special on our hands. She has been… read more

SRA Class of 2018: Ten Tonnes

Featuring driving indie guitar lines, distinctive vocals and engaging lyrics, Ethan Barnett aka Ten Tonnes has managed to stand out from the pack of singer-songwriters. His ‘Born to Lose’ EP released in June harks back to the peak of indie-rock music, and was produced by Hugo White of the Maccabees, receiving praise from taste makers… read more

SRA Class of 2018: Bad Sounds

Bad Sounds are definitely one band coming out the South West destined for big things in 2018. Hailing from Bath, the land of URB, the guys and girl of Bad Sounds are yet to treat us with their debut album, but 2017 saw them release two EPs, firstly ‘PHRESSSH’ before ‘Mixtape One’ in September. However,… read more