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LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE - By Kevin Stokes

LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE - By Kevin Stokes

That might sound a bit drastic but as he was completing his sign-off to his listeners and introducing ‘A Forest’ by The Cure, which would be the closing song of Show 44, his mind started wandering…“Was that my favourite playlist so far?” He thought to himself. “Cos there were some absolute bangers in shows 42 and 43. And show 39 got to number 6 on the Mixcloud New Wave chart so that must’ve been half decent” Still very new to the DJ/Presenter role on Express FM he’d stumbled into back at the tail end of 2019, he was quite self-critical...

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Live music is BACK! by Callum Thornhill-Wood

Live music is BACK! by Callum Thornhill-Wood

As live music announced its unfiltered return, I found myself scrolling through my camera roll and reliving some of the biggest and best artists I’ve had the pleasure of catching over the past decade or so, and subsequently reminiscing about the great times in the lead up and wind-down of the shows either side of the 4 hours spent inside venues ranging from social clubs to huge stadiums. When we break it down, much of the time spent surrounding a gig is not the gig itself. It is the initial buzz when you see that an artist you adore has...

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Record Store Day by Matt White

What is Record Store Day (RSD)? To the average record collector, I guess RSD is like the January Sales. If those sales were held in April (usually) or like recently in June and July. But in direct contrast to the January sales, everything you wanted was more expensive rather than cheaper. And yet here you are. Meticulously planning to arrive outside your shop of choice (who am I kidding? if you are reading this then of course its Wax and Beans) at some ungodly hour of the day. Hoping it isn’t freezing cold or raining, but most of all, hoping...

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Music and Movement

Music and Movement

Music and Movement "I don't give a monkey's arsehole about Mods and Rockers. Underneath, we're all the same, 'n't we?" (Ray Winstone, Quadrophenia) May Day Bank Holiday, May 1964, Brighton: the sea front is crowded with tens of thousands of youths from London and its surrounding areas.  The reason, to wage war.  Mods in their US fishtail parkas, Italian suits and shoes, Vespa scooters, descended in droves.  Meanwhile, Rockers in their dirty denim, black leather, greasy hair and Norton motorcycles also popped down to the historic seafront.  Neither group was there for the fish, chips and fresh air. The youngsters...

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Music of Lockdown, by Charlie Brock.

Music of Lockdown, by Charlie Brock. April. We’ve all been waiting patiently for the halfway point of the month, when pub gardens, and “non essential” shops can open their doors and welcome the masses back. This means that our beloved record shops can have us back (I’d argue that they’re the most essential shops of all). Lockdown has been hard: boring, stressful and at times, scary. Personally, I’ve relied on music more than ever over the last 12 months; whether that’s accompanied me around the supermarket, on a run or if I’m spinning some records following a day spent working...

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