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…

Sunwølf – Beholden to Nothing and No One

Leeds based Sunwølf are playing with smoke and mirrors on their stunning 3rd release. We review a double set that takes us on a journey from fuzztone hate in the belly of Hades to angelic choirs in icy mountains.

The Playlist – Huddersfield

Every week we plan to put on our hard hats and go data mining through Soundcloud, uncovering music from towns and cities all over the UK. For our first playlist we chose Huddersfield, a city that thinks it’s a town, halfway between Leeds and Manchester.

Kate’s Dates

Our correspondent grumpily rants about the disproportionate cultural importance given to London in the UK — and Kate Bush somehow gets caught up in the middle.

Peter Hook and the Light: He’s Got Control

Joy Division began the 80s as an obscure footnote in the rock encyclopedia. Critically acclaimed, mainstream success eluded them. New Order, the band they became after the suicide of lead vocalist Ian Curtis, found fame that was always denied to Joy Division.

Mike Watt: The Hyphenated Man Live

Mike Watt, bass legend of fIREHOSE, The Minutemen and, latterly, the reformed Stooges is in the UK to “play us some of his own music”. Days later it’s still messing with our heads. We report from The Brudenell in Leeds.

Derren Brown: Revenge of the Nerd

Derren Brown’s playing a series of long residencies in city after city across the UK. We saw him on date number three of six nights at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.

The Proclaimers at Holmfirth Picturedome

The Proclaimers who came out on stage at Holmfirth were men. Voices mellowed by age, but no less strong and astounding in range. We went there to review them, but we left as fans.