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Review: Community Festival

15th July 2017 | Music

The line up of music festivals in London has gotten slightly bigger this year, with the introduction of Community Festival, which took place inside one of the capital's spiritual homes for festivals, Finsbury Park.


As Community Festival is in its first year, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this brand new festival. Although under the guidance of Festival Republic, I felt assured that the festival was in a safe pair of hands. The festival site wasn't too big or too small, with one large stage at the bottom and a second stage, also known as the N4 Stage, which was for the smaller, "undiscovered" bands and less than a 5 minute walk away, which was great when you wanted to catch as many new bands as you possibly could and without feeling that the festival site was overcrowded.

The main stage got the crowd ready for the festival's big acts, with new kids on the block Redfaces, Fickle Friends, Darlia and the new "Wolves Of Watford" The Hunna more than keeping the crowd on their toes. While the likes of the newcomers on the N4 stage Rosborough, Saint Phnx, Wild Front, Stereo Honey and Anteros kept the crowd jumping between the sets on the main stage, as well as keeping the crowd warm for N4 Stage headliners Clean Cut Kid, for those who didn't fancy watching arena-headlining Catfish & The Bottlemen wrap up the festival.


Never did I think that I would see mosh pits at a festival that I would have considered to have been "indie", but Nothing But Thieves provided just that, with arguably the heaviest set of the weekend, which was a bonus.

Slaves were what I would consider to sound a lot like Blur, but just…

On The Rise: Nightly

15th July 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Nightly

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

Drums? Check. The 1975-esque guitar riffs? Double check. Introducing: Nightly.

If keeping it in the family has ever been a good idea, these guys are the proof. Cousins Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta make up the alt-pop duo who have been making waves since they dropped their debut EP, ‘Honest’ in 2016.


The lead single, ‘XO’ sings about loving someone so much that you just can’t get anything done. This leads onto the chorus, where they constantly sing the line, “I love you but I gotta let go, xo” which is a smart reference to text talk, if you needed that pointing out.

With 5M streams on that song on Spotify, we think that a lot of people probably do realise that it refers to text talk.


Another top track is ‘No Vacancy’ which is a dark ballad about when you show up to a restaurant and all of the tables are taken.

Not.

It’s actually a cover of One Republic’s recent track, also called ‘No Vacancy’ which failed to do very much chart-wise.

Also not.

We don’t really know what it’s about, but we imagine it’s about that indescribable feeling of being so consumed by someone, just so deeply in love, that all you can do think about them. You feel like you’re on fire when you’re with them, and you feel like you’re hollow without them. But then again, you know you can’t do that to yourself. You want…

Interview with Slumberjack

14th July 2017 | Music

The past three years have been a whirlwind – global politics have changed, Breaking Bad has ended and Taylor Swift has released an album. Adding to that list of achievements is a stellar career for a DJ duo from Australia.


Slumberjack is made up of Morgan Then and Fletcher Ehlers, two producers who met as competition winners in 2012. After attempting a collaboration, they came together and have been shaping the landscape of electronic music ever since.

With multiple Hype Machine #1’s to their name, the Perth-based duo’s breaking point was with their club hit ‘RA’ released in 2016 – a song that crossed international waters and established them as a force to be reckoned with.


2017’s ‘Fracture’ EP includes records such as ‘Afriad, Unafraid’ featuring Peth’s Sydnee Carter (a track which has over 2.5M streams on Spotify) and lead single ‘Fracture’ featuring Vera Blue (3M+ streams on Spotify).

Once again, Slumberjack have broken the barriers with their music, so when we invited them to take over our legendary dance music show The W!ZARD Sessions, we had to sit down with them for a chat first.


James Gilmore interviewed Slumberjack about their ‘Fracture’ EP, their vision as future-facing artists and how they pick collaborations

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Slumberjack

James Gilmore interviews Morgan and Fletcher AKA Slumberjack about their Fracture EP, their vision as future-facing artists, how they pick collaborations and more. (10 minutes)