It’s funny y’know, as the film industry looks to highlight the careers of Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Elton John in ‘Rocketman’, I measure that no-one will ever be making a film about Kelly Jones. With 6 number one albums (only one fewer than Queen), a legacy of searingly honest songs in his catalogue, an accomplished guitar and piano player, I feel like we’ve witnessed one of the bastions of British music tonight. But Hollywood need not call – there’s 9000 of us in a forest in Suffolk that already know it.Read full Article >
..one of the greatest acts i’ve ever seen in my journalistic career, do not miss a chance to see this consummate entertainer, Gonzales, C.Read full Article
Welles Live Gig Review Waterfront Jan 2018
An Outline of Late Nights / Early Mornings
She embodied her neo-soul heritage
In short: they deliver.
Why wouldn’t you?
"A smart choice for food with mates, or an informal date."
Exquisitely sung indie folk harmonies with added new brainpower
This is altogether more personal, dreamlike and surprising.
Oh wait, what? It’s Valentine’s Day coming up…?
Good, hearty tucker
They’ve just introduced a phenomenal Mon-Thurs £10 curry and pint deal
Bestival’s huge, huge disco ball was a shining beacon of this year’s theme.
Bill’s wants to welcome you in. I mean, really welcome.
BBQ Eastwood/Crouching Tiger Hidden Chilli
There are two possible outcomes when you start your musical career at the fresh-faced age of 14...
We'd been lured down their hedonistic path with melody and dancing, like Peter Piper leading us headfirst into the middle of a Vice magazine double spread.
Like fast-forwarding through a montage of Great British Menu, they reference local in everything they do.
It was so jam-packed with meaty seafood that I thought there’d been a natural disaster and half of Lowestoft had washed ashore into my food box.
A shot in the arm for every veggie who’s suffered bland risottos while out to dinner with their friends.
I’m not trying to blow (hickory) smoke up their arses, but aside from the toothpicks, there really isn’t much to say against Dray Yard Smokehouse.
The message has clearly been passed through the generations that you’ll get some decent tucker here.
I didn’t even sing in front of anyone until I was 19, I think. I hated it, I was scared to sing; it’s a vulnerable thing, you know.
Our primary reason for [The Invisible’s] existence is really to get Leo to go on Masterchef!
A special note has to go to the brilliant staff, who seem to be swept up with the American Dream as much as the diner itself.
Slathered with Harbercue’s own selection of barbecue and hot sauces, it was meatopia. That’s a new word. You can have it.
Cooked in rapeseed oil, a ‘good fats’-rich equivalent, it’s like the Hot Chip chips have been encased in the golden fields of Norfolk and heated to a crisp.
The whole album is totally unafraid of pace and on this one, melody is used to highlight, not simplify. Stormin’.
You’ve got two honest-to-goodness spaces – the Bar and the upstairs Diner – to satisfy the mightiest of hungers right in the city centre.
I’ve made such bold claims before as to say this is my favourite restaurant in the city – will it prove me right tonight?
‘Antiphon’ takes them back to their roots. They sound more American, more classic and there’s a feeling you’ve known the songs for years. ‘Antiphon’ is a perfect assertion to start with.
However, they sleepwalk through the majority of the album, meaning listening to it in its entirety makes you feel like you’ve taken a tranque dart to the neck.
There’s thought, there’s consideration and that’s easy to palate.
Nice yes, but we find ourselves looking for an “Eat Me. Drink Me” to take the adventure on a different direction.
Little Dragon are back, so ring the bell: it’s [press] play-time.
There is a lot of on-stage buffoonery that keeps everything light-hearted and fun at our shows.
Grace Jones eschewed the expectations of her colour by hoovering up the rock, art-pop and new wave palettes like cheap cocaine
"If you can move the tips of your fingers” - I mean really Kill Bill that shit – “get the fuck out of there.” Micah opens up about his life-evaluating crash.
"For me, I’m a Gemini, so there’s always two people. I’ve always had really conflicting tastes and ideas about things and I just feel kinda lucky to do all the different things that I do."
‘Return the Favour’s like that though; you think you’re just easing into a nice nap situation, then blast off! You’re headed to the fuckin’ moon.
Some of the songs I wrote can be a bit like, ‘check out my metaphors!’ I’m growing out of that though, you know!
It’s so easy to be negative and it’s so easy to hide in a place of fatalism and how boring is that?
If someone's playing wi' a bit of anger in them 'cause someone's pissed them off, you can see it and you can feel it.
"For me they are both inseparable art forms; I get influenced to illustrate by bands and vice versa." - Dan Allen on his music and art
The Pyramid Stage is just the most epic stage and I couldn't believe they'd even let me stand side-stage, never mind fucking play on the stage!
"I will cheer and yell for the right to free speech, providing it's telling the truth." - Outline's Emma chats to Paul Daniels.
I just saw clothes and making music and art all part of the whole way of expression. It's very important and it's not hurting anyone, so why not?
We used to go out on the piss loads after gigs; ruined a few hotel rooms and stuff!
Ultimately we just made music that we both really loved; the fact that people are connecting with it is just amazing.
Sometimes at gigs, me, Dan and Dot will be cracking a few jokes on stage and I think people are quite surprised.
I honestly couldn’t care less about hipsters. Having your taste chosen by the lack of popularity something has seems fairly pointless.
"Obviously there’s the standard things that tear most bands apart – egos, money and women - but none of things has seemed to bother us" - Robby Tukak on what's kept Goo Goo Dolls strong
"My friends are in bands who are 25 and 26 are much more interesting and articulated, and do less immature stuff than we do!" - Eoin Loveless talks to Outline
"I don’t look at things in the sense of chart positions, or being A-list on the playlist, I just kind of make music and if people like it, they like it..." - Ghostpoet talks to Outline ahead of his NS&V gig
I’ve been burnt – not just from having laser surgery but in life too, and I think it’s really important to not get bitter.
It's nice to get a young crowd. I'd hate turn around and look at the crowd and see all middle-aged men like me. Boogieing like it was back in the day.
Pre-designing the music you're gonna make by the set of influences you have is a deathly awful idea. I think the best music that's made now is made in spite of that - just throw away the fucking book.
I think seeing us do these songs live is pretty crucial if you want to get the full, 360-degree, panoramic view of the songs - how they live and breathe
The songs aren’t as personal as previous efforts.
The album is a good mix of country infused melancholy melody and alt indie epics.
This is the most vital, essential, urgent music I’ve heard in a long time.
This is so much an album they wanted to make, not explorations of a blueprint set out for them, and it makes an interesting listen.
I like to imagine Tom Watson throwing an absolute shit fit in his local constituency office.
Hold on to your harem pants and take tight hold of the ever-shrinking edges of your crop top.
The group seemed to inhabit this kinda subverted sleaziness.
Man, these boys make me want to buy a Citroen Saxo and drive it endlessly round the inner sanctum of the City Walls.
"Pack your stuff and we’ll go.’ So I packed my whole life in his car and just drove home that night!"
When Norwich goes crazy, it goes full-on bat shit.
"Above all you need to be tenacious and focused.”
"Nothing is destructive. Ever. Everything is evolutionary. It’s music, you know, it’s not actually like a marriage."
"Gus ended up going back to Ted Danson’s house for some Prosecco! He became aware that Ted Danson was aware of alt-J and he likes the album!"
Pinocchio’s’ relationship to the ‘family’ of Raffles Restaurants is actually more of the attractive Italian figure who’s related by marriage
"For once I wasn’t primitively searching for a potato..." - Emma's satisfied sans spud at The Pigs, Edgefield.
"Jalapeño poppers sounded like ingesting a mild nitrate in a Spanish disco." - Emma gives Rev de Cuba's food a whirl
"This cheesecake was like an interactive installation piece." - Emma reviews the Golden Triangle's The Mulberry.
"I do remember that night [at NAC]; I burnt my hand on a flaming sambucca shot and had this ring on my hand for like, two weeks!" - Kelcey reminiscing about his last Norwich jaunt.
Filthy Dukes - Nonsense In The Dark
Nickel Eye - Time of the Assassins
The Rifles – Great Escape
Famous for his video direction, it becomes clear he’s sitting at the director’s chair tonight as well.
Deadmau5 – At Play
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Ellie Goulding - Lights.
Midlake - The Courage of Others.
Winter Mountain at The Birdcage.
"Who knows why some people are given the gift of perspective when it seems too late and some don’t and are lost?" - Outline interviews John Grant ahead of his NNF appearance
"When I started playing my own music, I wanted it to be as tall as a skyscraper. Images can achieve that." - Outline's feature on NNF star, Woodkid.
"It’s a bit like handing someone your dirty washing and seeing what they’ll do with it!" - Outline interviews J. Willgoose
"We’re the Rolling Stones of the rap game..." - Chuck D talks to Emma from Outline
I had no idea what the songs were about… maybe if I was older, I’d know if they were doing the subtle drug or sexual references.
We’re just normal people; we didn’t grow up on a farm, singing on the porch or anything like that!
"You can smoke your chongo mongo, drink your cider, eat your chips and then go home." - British Sea Power on the allure of festivals.
In the case of Van Morrison, the man is a songwriting mountain. I have a lot of work to do to match him.
It’s a visceral blast; a great snap and tear from a wolf’s jaw – raw, and bloody, and inciting overwhelming emotion.
As much as I love a good episode of Glee now and then, it does infuriate me how rarely you see a girl pick up an instrument. Either way I think Sue Sylvester needs to get on the case.
I’d love to say that we went to some amazing place in Africa and heard this particular rhythm, but it doesn’t work as specifically as that, you know what I mean?!
Not too shabby, no, but I did get held up at gunpoint though!
I was there a couple of years ago, 2010 maybe and it was a fun time. There’s a good record shop in Norwich too, isn’t there?
"It was one of the nicest pasta dishes I’ve ever had; grated courgette, fried spinach balls, a gleaming vat full of garlicky butter."
"Everyone we told that we’d signed to Colombia was like, ‘what? That’s so ridiculous!’ It just makes no sense!" - Harrison Koisser talks about their journey to the major label
"Musically speaking, the songs have a very "big" sound to them and we felt that title fit perfectly." - Jim on the album title, 'Anthems'.
There’s been some crazy things at our shows and that’s what keeps it fresh for us, I mean, we’ve had human jenga!
"Top ten is people like Rihanna and we thought, ‘that’s pretty nuts’, you know, sitting there amongst all that..." - Jonathan describes his surprise at 'Arc' going Top Ten
The toad was cradled by some creamy buttery mash, and the whole thing was swimming in gravy, just as the Gods of British cuisine would have it.
This is an even sheet of dream pop; let it drift over you as you dirft away.
"I feel like I’m in a completely different ball game now. I’m playing with the big boys now! It’s bit scary, a bit overwhelming!" - Raevennan on life after her NBT win.
"You know, we lost a few people on making this album, and that’s definitely crept in quite a bit." - Rhydian shares some insight into the making of 'Wolf's Law'
"I felt like it was kinda directionless, like, that’s the line in the song, ‘we’re not fighting to be heard, we just wanna watch it burn’." - Stephen relates the London riots to 'Lost Kids'.
"...their proficiency tackling modern British and then Asian cuisine. Turns out they have two very strong suits, acing both." - Emma reviews the food at the Mad Moose pub.
"Because we weren’t too way out there, other girls could relate to us. We are down to earth, we are Northern; people could dress like we did." - Joanne Catherall talks to Emma about the role of THL girls...
"With a beard, people tend to spur all their hatred onto it, and tell you straight away what an idiot you look." - Glenn Tilbrook talks to Emma about his recent clean-shaven look...
I’ve never lost my roots. It’s my place of choice to come and see my friends and also just the landscape as much as anything.
It was imaginative with an endless combo of meats and dry rubs; and hallelujah, it’s unique in Norwich.
Plenty of smiling diners must mean the view from Giraffe height looks pretty swell...
Experience fine dining in ultimate high-def, smell it and even taste it in this completely non-pretentious gem of a dining room...
"As you can tell from the video, I’m absolutely terrified! There’s a lot of twiddling of the thumbs and a couple of visible shakes!" - Al talks about her landmark performance on Later... with Jools.
"I discovered that Natasha Khan is a lot more complex and rich, as a person, than just being this mystical, sad person." - Bat for Lashes talks to Outline about her own character...
Each subtle flex and pop of her garment-removing burlesque routines caused a mirrored thump in our arteries. - Emma reviews Le Théatre de Décadence.
We often get a lot of really attentive, listening audiences, which is lovely, but sometimes we have to ask for the lights to be turned up so we know that they’re still there!
"The live show that we bring is a lot more ballsy than the albums, I think." - Tommy Evans talks to Outline ahead of their gig...
For anyone to think that it’s OK to revert back to a pre-NHS state is a fucking moron.
When we went to Libya, I was inspired by the rhythms and a song that I wrote about 2 or 3 years ago called ‘Blood Red Sky’.
She’s managed to cherry-pick her projects with enough credibility and dancefloor impact that her own return has been hugely anticipated.
The Reindeer gently coerces you to jump slightly left of your comfort zone, and expectations of pub grub – all for the better...
Dive right in to seafood of fantastic quality, from sustainable sources and wonder why you would ever miss meat.
"How did the conversation with Ke$ha even come about?! A casual chat over a goblet of blood?"
"I’ve actually been quite ill; for the week after BGT, my body was left just sort of catching up with what was going on" - Sam Kelly on the physical damage that comes as a result of entering a nationwide talent show...
"Yes, stupidly I did think that I’d exorcised them and then I realised that I had to tour them for like a year" - Beth Jeans Houghton on the difficulty of playing songs that are of an emotional nature...
"I just wanted to; it wasn’t like I was trying to change something or hide something" - Channy justifies Poliça's heavy use of autotuned vocals...
"If we weren’t doing music we'd still be as pissed off about the state of affairs in this country, but we naturally convert thoughts and feelings into words when we write." - MC Manage on Caxton Press' mantra...
“‘Static on the Airwaves’ makes no hesitation at ripping the plaster off an ailing Britain…”
"If this album is ‘them’, they are confident, flexible, dramatic and sensitive all at the same time"
"Oh boy, I guess like a living room with some food and maybe some wine, a nice stereo system, maybe even listening on vinyl or something would be the nice thing to me" - Alex Ebert on how to listen to Edward Sharpe record 'Home'...
" I couldn’t have found a better home really, anywhere in the world. I feel very, very fortunate to have got myself a slot on there" - Gilles talking about his show for 6Music...
"I have the worst birthday in the entire world. It’s the 3rd January, which means everyone’s skint, everyone’s breaking into not eating, drinking or smoking and none of your friends want to celebrate" - Amy Lame's unhappy birthday...
"Like a true pie-eyed piper, the crowd slowly start delivering liquor-based appreciation to the stage..." - Bob conjures a generous spirit as Emma finds out.
From start to finish, the show was naughty and delicious. Which are about the only dietary requirements for a Friday night, don’t you think? - Emma reviews the late-night Spiegeltent show...
"So many things try to tell ladies to look their best all the time, TV commercials use ladies’ bodies to try to sell me spaghetti, or carpet, and I got sick of it." - Bob's reaction to the idea of objectification...
"I always take a turquoise ring with me to remind myself of the amazing blue skies of home. Also I could probably trade the ring for a scotch egg if things got rough." - Rennie Sparks on remembering home on the road...
"I really loved Garbage; I bought a ticket when they came to New Zealand and my mum wouldn’t let me go!" - Pip 'Ladyhawke' Brown shares her early musical tastes...
"Can you bring to us? Peanut butter? Vodka? Yeah, bring some peanut butter – that always goes down well." - Dry the River has some rock 'n' roll cravings...
"Yeah, since we did your music festival, this summer’s packed with festivals now for us, everything from Jelly Fest to god knows, it’s just packed." - Chasing Tigers look forward to a packed summer...
"I look at bands like Tears for Fears, or Eurhythmics, pop bands from the 80s – they were so weird and wonderful but yet they were top 10 artists" - Robbie Furze talks to Outline ahead of Playfest...
"Party night! Wicked, so it’s gonna be very loud, or it might be another picnic. Who knows?!" - Newton looks forward to his gig in Norwich...
"Growing up my household was always full of music. From Nirvana to Metalheadz. Roy Ayres to Aaliyah." - Delilah shares her musical childhood...
"Well you can bring me flowers…! Bottles of wine, love letters… we’ll take whatever you guys bring on, you know, it’s gonna be a very intimate, and I think special show." - Isabel on what she'd like from our audience...
"We were listening to everything from System of a Down and Slayer to TLC!" - Hannah Thurlow on the sisters' young music tastes...
"Music was just such a big thing for me from when I was so young and it was the first thing that I could really express myself with, and be as loud as I wanted to with." - Emeli Sandé talks to Outline...
"The Waterfront was always somewhere we played good gigs at, it was a really fun place and that area’s always been really strong for us." - Grant remembers Norwich fondly...
Reef present to us the 10 years that will always live on…
She cuts the figure of an international superstar – quite literally on ‘International (Serious), a jet-setter with America in large part, picking up the bill for her air miles.
"When we were in Montreal, a guy broke into the place we were playing with a sledgehammer, threatening the waitress and we were like, ‘this is more like it!’" - Elisabeth talks tour adventures...
"Plus I love Alan Partridge as well - isn’t he the best? So yeah, it’s all about Radio Norwich for me." - Jaguar Skills talks about his love for the Eastern region!
"There’s something that feels really important about taking something that is supposedly difficult and ugly and creating something of beauty." - Lead singer Hayden talks to Outline...
"We’ve played Norwich so many times and there’s nothing you always bring a real spirit to the gigs..." - Felix talks about The Maccabees' relationship with Norwich
"I wanna do a little bit of acting and stuff, so I’m gonna go and do a bit of training and try and get in Eastenders…" - Wiley talks about future plans with Outline.
"We sound quite loud and rowdy compared to a lot of the other stuff that’s played on the radio." - Russell on their recent Radio 1 airplay...
"As soon as the orchestra started playing the intro to the first song, me and Christian just burst into tears and had to run out the room to save face…"
"Somebody said it was like pouring lemonade in your brain, so I don’t know if that’s the same." - Dave McLean on his band's first album...
"Oh, you’re getting the first show, so this is gonna be us, full energy; we’re gonna be five guys getting very excited about being on a stage"
"Every twang and utterance of El Rodri and La Gabi’s guitars exist with such symbiosis, entirely fulfilling the rich sound we’re used to hearing from them..."
"I think hopefully to play more outside Norfolk is my biggest goal" - local musician Lee Vann talks of his future plans...
"Every album should be an event of sorts to me, and this is a fresh start in my opinion. It feels like starting over…" - Alec talks to Outline about the new CYHSY offering.
"I just sort of think of it as a totally different world, and if people like it, if it entertains them, that’s fine with me." - Ellen talks to Outline
"I always feel that my fans are on the right side of fanaticism, but you’ve only got to be wrong once I suppose with these things…!"
"Rodney P is fed into the very foundation of British street sound." - Outline takes a look at the career of Rodney P...
"‘Keep on Plucking’ is, I think, the only thing I can say!" - Hester gives advice to would-be ukulele wranglers...
We got to play to thousands of people in amazing theatres for 30 minutes, then be done by 9pm and get drunk and watch Jimmy Eat World!
"It would have to be our very first show we played. It was at B2, I was nervous, scared and made tons of mistakes, but 150ish people turned up and it was electric!"
"We’re riding on that same horse, you know. We just love the simplicity of good soul music." - Nalle of Vintage Trouble talks to Outline...
"You cannot describe genuine heartfelt lullabies as anything twee – apart from the fact mum and dad decided to release it and put a price tag on it."
"We’re aware of the folk nazis. Hahaha. Every genre can be a cliquey kind of genre. They nominated us at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, which I thought was a bit of a laugh that they let us in there." - Adrian discusses the perils of folk music.
"I think because of the language barrier, sometimes it gets a little like people say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about! You’re like a bunch of crazy people!’ - Joby talks being Lost in Translation...
"I didn’t really think about having to sing the word ‘whiskey’ with my mouth open for five seconds while pints of paint were being thrown at my face..." - Lisa on the making of 'Knots' video.
"We have this awful, awful syndrome where anyone that does well is just kinda cut off at the knees in New Zealand" - The NZ reaction to success...
"You can see a tree, or have a conversation with someone, or bump into a wall, or whatever and all of them set off triggers that might then give you an idea musically" - Fyfe Dangerfield talks to Outline...
"It was like holding on to a jet engine taking off, but ultimately going at that speed and being up that high, you’re gonna get covered in ice and fall off." - Dan Hawkins talks candidly about the pressures of success...
Will Holland bust out the seams of his own name long ago; one name, one style, one country have never been enough to contain one of Britain’s most explorative musicians…
Interview with Chase & Status...