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Isle of Wight Festival this WEEKEND: What are your set highlights?

The Isle of Wight Festival is set to kick off this weekend, and so what are you most looking forward to in set performances and artist appearances?

After Gallagher’s triumphant return to the main stage belting out Oasis classics – and falling out of a helicopter after – it certainly brings out the festival in a new, raucous light.

“Who said Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead, Keith Moon eat your drum skin out.”

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Artist Spotlight: Plini

As prestigious from his masterclasses to his independency in artistry and musicianship, Plini is one artist who is a devoted forward-thinker and has created a magnificent blend of instrumental progressive rock.

All hand-crafted and recorded from his own bedroom studio.

FIRST THOUGHTS

Truth be told, instrumental prog rock is never a genre I have tapped into almost entirely during a music session. But, holy hell. What an artist to discover this genre. A mind-bending genre in its own right.

Beautifully harmonic, illustrious in creativity and composure, Plini is a mastermind on the guitar.

Using oh, so many strings and no headstock allowing you as a musician to manipulate its work that little bit more, his craft is a complex cavity of musical brilliance that is flawless and – hard to grasp when you realise its just one Australian fella behind it all.

LISTEN

You can have a listen to his EP from last year named, Impulse Voices below. This most recent display of work shows off the sunset offerings of I’ll Tell You Someday and The Glass Bead Game. Going back further, is the witnessing of 2016’s EP of Handmade Cities. An album that is far more contemplative and reserved than his follow-up, it features Electric Sunrise and Every Piece Matters.

Even if you were not an avid investor of progressive rock similar to myself, I implore you to have a listen. …Even if it’s just for a couple?

Handmade Cities:

Impulse Voices:

For something extra, witness Plini’s mindset as he takes a walkthrough of his song, Pan.

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Song of the Day: Powfu’s soda stream sky

As night closes in sooner in the evenings, and the hush warm tones of the sun catches us into the eve of Autumn, why not wave goodbye to Summer the proper way with Powfu’s new song of reminiscence and longing.

The Low-fi and mellow works of hip-hop are my new favourites at the moment, and this marks the first of many. The dreamy instrumental swirls are a perfect companion to the rapping style of Powfu’s approach – almost spoken word-like – into a full fledging of aching chorus that is nice to listen, especially as the sun sets another night.

As Autumn draws in near and we opt out beaches for our coffee and flannels, this is a perfect pattern of Autumn playlists for those long sun-drawn evenings. Let me know if you wish for a playlist of similar feeling in the future, sometime soon.

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Return of Metal: Bloodstock Festival 2021

Emotions ran high as one of the heaviest metal festivals returned to our fields with Bloodstock. In midst of panic and disruption caused by COVID, we were unsure about whether music would stir itself back into a frenzy come the summer, but it seems the festivals are coming back once again. We will see the likes of Skindred, KREATOR and Judas Priest renter our halls of darkness onto the fields of Catton Park in Derbyshire this weekend.

With Midlands counterpart of Download, hosting a smaller pilot version of their original mass festival, it sees a major heavy metal festival return in major fashion – full size scale with all the trimmings.

For me, I won’t be careening into festivals too soon since the pandemic, but I’m excited for lost of music fanatics and festival goers, and I’m certainly thrilled to see the many photos and videos that will come after it.

You can view all of Friday’s action so far via the link below:

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Glass Animals: DREAMLAND

Diverse, enriching with emotional depth and vision,  Glass Animals are insidiously addictive.

Music of familiarity and family, ample Glass Animals are nurturing into the lores of psyechedlic electronic pop, as they bring music to the new modern age.

With the creation of Dreamland, it is another twist in the tale as their subtle sounds enter uncharted territory. 2014’s ZABA, 2016’s How To Be A Human Being and now we have Dreamland in 2020.