Author: Marcus Jamieson-Pond

Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

My first visit to the Fluffer Pit Party series held in downtown Dalston, home to the hipsters who can’t afford to live in London’s Hoxton. Tonight’s trio of dynamic bands took to the in-the-round stage aiming to raise the temperature of the room to boiling. I was expecting a mosh pit to end all mosh pits as I walked into […]

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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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Thunder on the Left

Thunder on the Left at Fiddler’s Elbow, London (photo essay)

I was in Camden to shoot The Family Jools‘ publicity pics – the usual photos of a group of lads standing about in front of urban decay. The band was also playing at End of the Trail Records‘ showcase event on August 17th, so I thought I would drop in to see what else was on offer. Apart from Jools’ slick […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 2

Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 2

The Revue’s Paul and Marcus continue their coverage of this year’s very muddy Truck Festival. Yesterday, they covered some highlights from the main stages. Here are some of their favourite bands from the outlying stages. Paul’s hot list: This is where it’s at. Smaller stages always provide the artists that you lose your heart to. So much talent, so little time to write […]

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Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 1

Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 1

The Revue sent the two-headed photography monster of Paul and Marcus down to Oxfordshire to cover the 20th annual Truck Festival. They found 174 bands, 17 DJs, a great deal of rain, and a few inches of mud. In this report they cover some of what they saw on the two main stages (out of the seven on offer). Watch out […]

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Standon Calling Festival – preview

Standon Calling Festival – preview

About Standon Calling Standon is a small village in the Hertfordshire countryside that has hosted a festival since 2006. Like most of the offering on the packed UK Summer festival agenda, it has grown from a garden party into a full-scale family-friendly festival – with hot tubs, massages, Horrible Histories, fancy dress prizes and even a dog show. They don’t […]

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Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

You may remember Nick Heyward as the front man of Haircut 100, a young man with a big old guitar under his arm and a cheeky smile on his face. Most people will have a soft spot for Nick, who was a peer of the likes of Teardrop Explodes, ABC, and Orange Juice – crucial listening for 1980’s students. On 19th […]

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Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Paul from Dirty Water Records looks at me with his piercing blue eyes and warns me that tonight is going to be loud. Nambucca is a half neon-lit bar/half venue a long stone’s throw from Arsenal’s football ground in North London. It is adorned with Jack Daniels and Budweiser logos and has a gallery of earlier star studded gig photos […]

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Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

So you’ve seen who played at the Community Festival’s N4 stage in our previous entry. Here’s a flavour of what went on in front of a very packed Main Stage. Red Faces     Four lively looking lads from Sheffield playing in front of a massive band banner as the opener for the main stage. Kicking songs that appeal to […]

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Community Festival, London – Part 1 (photo essay)

Community Festival, London – Part 1 (photo essay)

The Community Festival is a new, one-day event squeezed into the now packed UK festival calendar. Held in Finsbury Park in London, the day brought together some of the best established and new indie bands – and all for less than half of the price of an Adele ticket. Our lensman, Marcus Jamieson-Pond, spent the day running between the two […]

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Community Festival, London (preview)

Community Festival, London (preview)

Community Festival | Finsbury Park, London | 1 July 2017 We’re really pleased to be heading out to the Community Festival on Saturday. Unlike the massive events that pepper the diary of UK gig-goers over the summer (Glastonbury, Leeds, Reading, Isle of Wight, Bestival, etc.), the Community Festival is unashamedly low-key. The whole event spans an afternoon and an evening […]

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John Hassall and the April Rainers

Absent Kelly Presents…John Hassall & the April Rainers (photo-essay)

When I think of The Libertines, I think of two half cut blokes strumming guitars and stumbling about the stage in some shambling bromance. If you had asked me the names of the band members, I would have struggled other than to offer you Mr Barat and Mr Doherty.  John Hassall was/is the bass player in that apparently earth breaking garage […]

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

Before I start, I have to confess to being a bit of a fan of !!! (Chk Chk Chk). They are one of those bands that gets everyone in the room moving. I last moved to their groove in London’s trendy Hoxton – in a converted Victorian warehouse full of beards, checkered shirts, and jeans that were turned up to […]

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The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts made a rare appearance in London on 24 May at the small Finsbury Pub venue in North London – the perfect place to warm up for a European tour. On this night, they were supported by The Priscillas and Suicide Generation, who are both on London’s Dirty Water Records, who’s motto is the appropriate “Taking Music Backwards into Tomorrow”. […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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