High Rise

Before watching this adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel High Rise, all I knew of director Ben Wheatley was, by way of reputation, that he is the kind of filmmaker to not flinch away from things either visually or conceptually. After watching High Rise, I can certainly confirm that holds true. Set in a near-future mid-1970s... Continue Reading →

NXT Greatest Matches: Volume 1

Over the last four years NXT, WWE’s ‘super-indie’ (to quote Jim Smallman of Progress Wrestling and the Tuesday Night Jaw podcast), has gone from being a training ground for stars of the future to one of the most respected and interesting wrestling brands or promotions in its own right. Taking a lot of the conventions... Continue Reading →

Robyn Sherwell – Self-titled

After five years work Robyn Sherwell released her debut album as the culmination of a UK tour in late March 2016. In 2015 Sherwell gained mainstream recognition following the release of her Islander EP, including sessions with Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2, an appearance on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury and her take... Continue Reading →

Various Artists – Jonah Beats

A few weeks ago I published my review of the Jonah Beats mini-festival that happened on the first weekend of March at the Vale Castle, along with the launch of the compilation album that was put together to coincide with it all raising money for the Helping Jonah - Helping Others charity. Well, here now... Continue Reading →

Tadhg Daly – Taghazout

Over the last few years I’ve followed singer-songwriter Tadhg Daly and his band (originally called The Five Mile Road, in reference to their home island’s famous surf spot) from their origins in Jersey as a grunge and alt-folk tinged indie band through the release of their debut single Learn To Live in 2014 and now onto... Continue Reading →

WrestleMania 32 – Dallas, Texas – 03/04/16

Since I first started watching pro-wrestling in 1992, following the then WWF’s SummerSlam at Wembley (before this weekend their highest ever legitimate live attendance of around 80,000) the ‘sport’ has had its ups and downs. WrestleMania 32 comes at something of a transitional time for the WWE in particular, but also comes when the company... Continue Reading →

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