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Reading and Leeds: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

With Reading and Leeds festival finally coming to a close this week, with ample amounts of music lovers flocking to our festival fields once more, it was hugely gratifying and humbling to see the love of UK music return – almost as if the last 12 months just didn’t happen. But with the festival amidst the end of a pandemic, it comes with hesitations.

What was the ratio from men to women in artists performing and why was it so disproportionate to gender? Amidst the rumours followed, why wasn’t COVID ruled as important and encouraged with regular checks? With live music set to return in full swing, it is imperative that we still understand that the virus is still active and prompt on our shores.

But we mustn’t ruin the party, as it was a roaring success of live music and made us really miss it all throughout the lockdown. More so than most. It takes us all back to when times were normal and enjoying ourselves at a music festival was seen as simply fun and not a moral obligation to test crowd control and vaccine efficiency. It was so nice seeing so many fond memories being made, when all we wanted to do for the past year was forget. Hopefully, this gives us a fantastic insight into always looking forward now and revitalising our future. Thanks R+L, til next year!

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Man v Music Magazine is OUT NOW.

In a world exuberant with music, it’s important to find yours. From critical album reviews, industry news and topical conversations, join the discussion in Man v Music – the first edition of musicality and design prowess all in one fanciful magazine.

If you wanted to have a preview or a peruse at the magazine, then have a look at the link below, folks. Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d LOVE to hear the pearls of wisdom from such a fantastic blogging community.

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By Alex Curle

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I’M BACK!

Hey folks! After taking a much needed week off for my holidays, I’m back with a bang. With more reviews, artist choices, playlist and music industry news on the horizon, Man v Music is taking one more step into the unknown of the music industry.

We at Man v Music, also have our published magazine set this weekend, so be sure to pick up our very first copy with avid industry reviews all in a delicate edition of beautiful graphics.

It seems that I need to be caught up with all things music so tell me: what are you listening to? What’s on your mind? What’s the most exciting thing you’re looking forward to this year now?

Thanks folks! Good to see you all again.

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Contemporary Jazz: Reaching the Fantastic

Good evening, folks. I hope you are having a good week so far. I’ve recently invested in some time sharing the art of contemporary jazz. Boy, I love it. A genre that charters unknown territory with its unpredictability and witty beauty, contemporary jazz has become the genre I’ve been listening to for the past couple of weeks. You yourself can share the playlist I’ve been delving into below:

I have mysterious profile selected-by-guerino to thank for this perfectly-put-together-playlist. Cheers folks. Let me know your thoughts on this genre. For me, I’ve been emblazoned with and will surely start to creep in my own customised playlists.

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Equal Gender-split festival line-ups: Reflective of musicality or just plain unfair?

The likes of acclaimed artists, Sigrid have spoken about the irregularities of festival line-ups that do not really portray a fair and equal gender-split amongst those set to play for each. While this poses problems for gender inequality within the music industry, as female artists are outed by their more dominant male counterparts, does this just reflect on more the musical talent the male artists bring? Do they top the festival bills more often because they’re known to bring a higher audience rate than those of female artists?

Of course, this highly controversial topic is always in the air, and extremely opinionated depending on who you spend time talking to. So, whatever side of the fence you’re on, do let me know!