Derby Film Festival 2015 Preview

Derby Quad by Matt Jones

With over 90 films being shown across 10 days – 22 of which are previews, and one of which is a world premiere – the 2015 Derby Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet. We take a look at some of the highlights from their programme.

Great Songs About UK Cities That Aren’t London

Waterloo Sunset, Parklife, Roll out the Barrel… London has its share of songs about London – but what about the rest of the UK? We’ve picked out some of our favourite songs about UK cities. What are yours?

My Y Not – Part 2

In part 2 of Ben Farmer’s epic Y Not festival journal, he name checks a slew of Derby’s finest live acts, wonders why Palma Violets exist and has an epiphany during Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

My Y Not – Part 1

Cornwall born, Derby based singer songwriter Ben Farmer was invited to play this year’s Y Not festival in August alongside the likes of British Sea Power, Razorlight and Dizzee Rascal. He was kind enough to write this lovely journal for us about his experience

The Playlist – Derby

Victoria Inn Derby

We’ve put together a playlist featuring The Deep, Slowraiders, Biscuit Mouth and┬áMy Psychoanalyst alongside more famous Derby alumni White Town and up and comers LostAlone. There’s math metal from Virtues, ethereal nu-folk from Gibbs and Lucas and ambient, electronic post-rock from misteranthropic. As always, our only criteria for inclusion is that the music’s ace and from one place.

Derby venue says “We’re bigger and better than ever”

The Victoria Inn in Derby took issue with some of the points we made in our piece on the city’s music scene. Although there was some confusion about who they were talking to, they sought redress via Twitter. Never let it be said that we don’t offer that right reply. This is the 21st Century, after all – where journalism is a conversation…

What Happened To Derby’s Music Scene?

Derby Assembly Rooms Fire

When I decided to move to Derby, I knew not to expect much in terms of live music. I simply took it for granted that this city, for all its charms, simply didn’t care for the life affirming immediacy, the sparkling electric connection, of music played at immense volumes by musicians stood in the same room. I was wrong.