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The Gig Monkey Festival Preview 2015

The Gig Monkey Festival Preview 2015

As is tradition May is a busy month in The Ocelot for me, as it is festival preview time, and the wily old cat once again asked me to pick my musical recommendations for the best of in the region. Here we are again, the dawning of a new festival season. Can’t believe that has come … Continue reading

The Gig Monkey 2014 Awards

The Gig Monkey 2014 Awards

This is the unedited version of my January Ocelot column. My column last January was the first time I had written an awards / review of the year piece, and I enjoyed writing it rather a lot. So here is one for 2014’s musical happenings in Ocelotshire. Back to normal next month as I have … Continue reading

When Gig Monkey met The Punt

When Gig Monkey met The Punt

June’s Ocelot column was a little different. Rather than the one page live review and one page recordings review I dashed off a double page spread review of the Oxford Punt. This may be a regular thing soon as there seem to be less local recordings coming through at the moment, and festivals need a bit … Continue reading

Gang Of Three – Port Erin Vs The World

Gang Of Three – Port Erin Vs The World

We recently signed a new band, the wonderful Port Erin, to the label. And as is my wont, I rewrote the bands biography, partly as I like to put something fresh on their profile page on the label website, and partly for PR mail-out purposes. They are a brilliant melodic, chilled, slightly haunting indie band, … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town 15th May

Sounds Around Town 15th May

Bit late in posting this, the last of my columns covering for Dave. For The Swindon Advertiser 15th May 2014 One of the things I have noticed during my time compiling this guide, has been the over-abundance of music that appeals to the older generations – classic rock, Blues and Jazz etc, whilst there seems to … Continue reading

All About: Oliver Wilde

All About: Oliver Wilde

My second piece for my column in the Swindon Advertiser this week (8th May) is a look at now Bristol based (but formerly of Aldbourne) musician Oliver Wilde, who is making huge waves nationally with his blissed out fuzz-pop. It has been a long time since the heady days of XTC flying high in the charts and up … Continue reading

Sounds Around Town – May 8th 2014

Sounds Around Town – May 8th 2014

This weeks gig round up for Swindon Advertiser looks a little like this… I have spent part of this weekend wondering why we can’t spread our bank holidays out a little bit more. With Easter being late this year we are in the midst of a quick-fire sequence of three long weekends within six weeks … Continue reading

Gig Monkeys 2014 Festival Guide

Gig Monkeys 2014 Festival Guide

It is Festival season again, and not learning from his mistake last year, The Big Cat has again asked me for my top tips. Now, last year I enthused about the line-ups I was going to go and see and report back on, and frankly, I failed miserably as real life got in the way. … Continue reading