Comparing the UK’s Best Alternative Music Festivals

Pictured above people at the Shambala Music Festival

So you consider yourself an experienced festival goer and if your mate was to ask you of a critique and comparison of the UK’s top festivals, you’d have no problem plucking some of the cool niche events from your vast experience. You’ve been to Reading and/or Leeds festival countless times for the full experience, you’ve hit Global Gathering once or twice in your time, and Glastonbury is definitely on your agenda in the next few years as well. While these festivals have a huge amount to offer to the broadest range of people, there are some whose tastes are little narrower and are of a more specific niche than what your average festival can provide. You’ve got Download festival for metal, Reading and Leeds for an eclectic yet fairly commercial mix of artists, and Global Gather (among others) for the ravers, but what about those that want nothing but what is described as “alternative” styling from beginning to end? Because of the very nature of alternative festivals in general, they aren’t necessarily well-known by many, but as a result are smaller, more exclusive, and have an altogether different experience to offer compared to the larger festivals, many of which have lost their unique atmosphere over the years as they increase in size and popularity. You’ll find a few of these lesser known festival choices below, allowing you to branch out and expand your festival horizons.

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Sucker by Jonas Brothers Review

The mere mention of the Jonas Brothers often causes the standard music snob to roll their eyes in dismissal. It isn’t real music after all, is it? Well, millions would disagree with you, and as much as I’m not a huge fan of the standard boy band, it cannot be denied that this group, as well as its members, have had their fingerprints all over the music scene for more than a decade. Go ahead, just search for Nick Jonas’ songs as an example: you may be surprised to find that a popular chart song you heard a while back and to which you do not know the name, is one of his songs. As I said: fingerprints everywhere.

Jonas Brothers Sucker

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Electronic Music Artists You Must See Live in Concert

Living for Live Music

You can’t escape it: electronic music has very much arrived and looks to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. Though it has existed in various forms since its rise in the late 70s/early 80s, it has taken the world by storm in recent years, leading to the infuriating label of EDM (Electronic Dance music) that it has been given by audiences in America where it has become known almost exclusively by this acronym. I have appreciation for all kinds of music regardless of style, as long as said music is good. By good, I of course mean sounds good to me, which in turn might not sound good to other people, but that is neither my concern or problem. Having listened to massive amounts of dance and electronic music in general, I’ve definitely whittled down the pool of artists I’d very much like to see live because of their skills as producers, DJs, and also their songs. Who cares, right? Who cares about some list I’m making? I do, that’s who, and I’ll just go ahead and make my list of electronic artists that would be incredible to see live.

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Top Dance and Techno-Influenced Tracks

 Techno, Techyes

Techno, Techno! The term techno when used in reference to music doesn’t refer to the genre that I thought it was a label for, or at least it doesn’t anymore at least. It seems that anything with a BPM of over 120 that uses fairly obvious synthesised tones is now described as techno, and by that definition, half the songs in the charts at the moment are of the genre! The problem I have is twofold when talking about techno: firstly, it isn’t my first choice of musical style by any means – I’m a fan of minimal, house, progressive, DnB, and Dubstep (pretty much anything that isn’t techno, actually; secondly, even if I did enjoy this music in a big way, I wouldn’t know whether the term techno would even be the right categorisation for them. Either way, I have a construct in my head about what techno music actually is, and I’m going to use this construct to come up with an in-no-particular-order list of songs that I particularly enjoy that straddle the no-man’s land between dance, house and techno, often being neither one nor the other fully, but possessing characteristics of any three or even all of the aforementioned genres. Sit tight, you may be about to see a strange mix of songs and genres here.

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Top Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Albums To Spotify

You’ll be hard pushed to find many popular songs nowadays that don’t contain at least a few instances of electronically-created melodies. Electronic music is everywhere, though in some places more than others. It has risen to prominence in the USA fairly recently but elsewhere has been appreciated for a very long time. Below is a short list of some electronic music albums that are definitely worth a bit of your time and your listening ear.

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A fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox.


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Music Catch 2

Skilful Serenity in a Most Mesmerising and Gorgeous Gaming Package

music catch 2

Mesmerise, Hypnotise

Of all of the sub-genres of music game to exist out the on the internet, that of musical skill games is probably one of the most diverse set you can hope to encounter. Within this set you have titles like rhythm-based skill game Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe and Music Bounce, but sometimes people just want a little more finesse and subtlety with their music gaming experience. Enter Music Catch, and specifically the sublime sequel to said game, Music Catch 2. If you had an idea of everything that a perfect sequel should contain, then Music Catch 2 is going to be the game to deliver on every single one of these ideas because it is exemplary in terms of following on from a stupendously original and whistle-whetting original title. Music Catch 2 has more mesmerising visuals, insanely relaxing music, and challenging levels than ever before.
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Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2

super guitar manic 2

Keyboard shredding and unashamed soloing have never been so entertaining

Still Going Strong

Rhythm games: they’re SO 2009, right? Well, yes and no. Yes in the sense that you’ll be lucky to find many people these days willing to fork out more than a few pounds or bucks for an old copy of Guitar Hero or Rock Band;no in the sense that the rhythm game genre is still going strong in flash form on the internet. You only need to look at many of the popular game sites on the internet to see that there is quite a bit of variety to choose from including games like Guitar Geek and Santa Rockstar Metal Xmas. There are no rhythm games out there that have garnered as much support and attention as the Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe series however, and Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 is a sequel that does plenty of justice to the original whilst giving players more than was ever available before, just as a sequel should be.

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