Pop Rockers ‘Single By Sunday’ Release New Single!



Watch out world, here comes Single By Sunday a four-piece pop/punk rock band with guitar credibility from East Kilbride, Glasgow.  Formed in July 2015 they already command an enviable social media following, an amazing 56k+ Twitter followers, 14,000 + Facebook likes (Verified) and 2,539 YouTube subscribers.Managed by Kendell Smith who recorded and toured with The Specials in the mid-90s, the band blend the fun and excitement of early Busted records with some Scots swagger, and have been lapping up advice from anywhere they can get it including Kendell’s ex-bandmate Neville Staple. “He told us we should keep our energy level full throttle. We take our influence from early Specials shows we’ve watched online. We just want to write songs that we can jump around to, and hopefully everyone else will want to jump around to as well.” Says Josh, lead singer of the punk pop outfit.

With a level of pop sensibility and an infectious catchiness to their songs, the band list a wide range of influences such as Blink 182, The 1975, 5SOS, Paramore, Green Day and the list goes on. Comparisons are already being drawn between S.B.S and the likes of McBusted and The Vamps. They are also referred to as the “Glaswegian 5 Seconds of Summer” by their legion of super fans. “We don’t mind that at all” Jonny adds “They’re all great bands doing what we want to be doing; touring, recording and entertaining their fans.” 

Although currently unsigned the band have not gone unnoticed. Capital FM named them as Scotland’s best unsigned band, and as winners of #CapitalsOneToWatch competition they got to play the prestigious Scottish Music Awards in aid of Nordoff Robbins. The band also recently performed on the main stage at StereoFunk Festival (Glasgow) as a guest of Jim Gellatly and has made it to the finals of the Scottish heat of Hard Rock Rising 2016 where they will perform on 1st June at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Singer Josh Ladds, 22 said: “Our manager Kendell always says ‘gig like your life depended on it…but have fun’. We met Paolo Nutini at the Tartan Clef awards and he said he liked our energy and hunger. He said that it was ok for us to make mistakes, so long as we learnt from them. He was such a nice man to meet. We were slightly in awe of him”.

Their debut EP ‘Get Up Get Out’ is out now and features two heart-thumping joyous pop rock songs ‘Single By Sunday’ and ‘Get Up Get Out’. Since the release of their debut EP at the end of 2015, the band have been busy working on new material as well as playing to a growing fan base. Their follow up EP ‘Atom Bomb’ is due for release June 3rd and they have just released single ‘Romeo’ on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/romeo-single/id1105477011.

They are now concentrating on playing as many live shows as possible and will be pounding a stage near you very soon. For live show listings visit: http://www.singlebysunday.com/#!tour-dates/cell

19th May – The Green Room (Perth)
28th & 29th May – Montrose Festival
1st June – Hard Rock Rising (Local Heat Final)
2nd June King Tut’s (Glasgow)
4th June – Ardrossan Festival
16th July – Geckgo Festival (Wales)

Will Varley / Molly’s Lips – The Bodega – Feb 20th 2016

Headliner: WIll Varley

Line up: Will Varley / Molly’s Lips
Venue: The Bodega (Nottingham)
Date: Feb 20 2016
Review By: Kate Morley
Photos By: Kate Morley (MORE HERE)

Will Varley played a solo headline show at the Bodega on a cold rainy Saturday evening in February. The weather didn’t stop people from attending and the venue was packed to the rafters as the show had sold out a few weeks in advance.  Molly’s Lips, a Folk Duo from Deal, Kent, were an excellent warm up to Will. They had a great interaction with the crowd and performed a number of songs from their new CD.



Photo Credit: Kate Morley

The crowd in the Bodega were quite a mixed bag; there were younger students and people who were well in to their 50s. This is good to see at gigs and it is clear Will appeals to a broad range of people.

Will came on to a roar of cheer and applause, he opened with As for My Soul which is also the first track on his new album Postcards from Ursa Minor. His songs take an approach to relevant current affairs, politics and the normal humdrum of life. He does have some more serious songs such as The Man Who Fell to Earth which tells the story of a Jose Mataca whose body was found after falling from a BA flight from Africa while illegally trying to gain entry to the UK. The song is a powerful and a relevant piece of social commentary when you consider the efforts people still are currently making to gain entry to the UK.

Will does have a humorous side which manifests through the songs such as Talking Cat Blues and I Got This Email. In performing these songs it furthered the great rapport Will built with the crowd. Although, it wouldn’t be hard for Will to build said rapport as, as soon as he hits the stage he has a smile on his face, his facial expressions are hilarious and his interaction is fantastic.

Will brought Molly’s Lips back on stage with him for four songs and added the bass and keys to his acoustic guitar, this was a nice touch and gave the evening something that was a little different. The three of them played together like they were a well-established band and this worked really well.

Will came back on his own for an encore in which to the cr

Photo Credit: Kate Morley

Photo Credit: Kate Morley

owds delight played King for King and I Got This Email; his most well-known tracks. By the end of I Got This Email, he had everyone singing along, the whole venue was alive and pretty much every person in the crowd had a huge smile on their face.

Many people came to the gig having seen Will support Frank Turner in Rock City in November. However, there were quite a few who had not heard much of his music but had been told that Will was excellent and put on a good show. The vast majority of people in that room that night would have gone home a Will Varley fan.

I quickly caught up with Will at the end of the gig as I wanted to ask him about his upcoming summer. He said he wasn’t at liberty to say as of yet as to where he would be playing but, he would be playing many festivals which he was looking forward to. When asking him where his favourite places to play live were he said Nottingham was up there in his favourites as everyone seems to love live music and that Nottingham has an excellent live music scene.

It was a very enjoyable evening and it is encouraged that next time Will is in town, you go check him out.

Headliner: WIll Varley

Headliner: WIll Varley




FESTIVAL INCOMING: Bearded Theory Festival Add More Artists – Biggest Line Up Yet!


AIM Music Awards 2011 Winner – Best UK Independent Festival
UK Festival Awards Winner – Best Small Festival 2013, Best Promoter 2014
The UK’s Best Independent Music Festival





Atilla The Stockbroker | Popes Of Chillitown | True Deceivers | Dirty Vertebrae | Pog
Stevie One Bloke One Mandolin | Rumour Cubes | Roughneck Riot | Blyth Power

Double Grammy Award-winning HipHop trailblazers Arrested Development are now confirmed to headline the main Pallet Stage on Sunday night. With classics such as ‘People Everyday’, ‘Tennessee’, ‘Revolution’ and the ubiquitous ‘Mr Wendle’, Arrested Development will close the festival in style.

Performing immediately before Arrested Development will be Squeeze, one of the UK’s greatest New Wave / Post Punk bands. Formed in Deptford in 1974 and still fronted by the original partnership of Glen Tilbrook and Chris Difford, Squeeze’s hits are almost too numerous to list. However ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’ and ‘Another Nail In My Heart’ are just a few of those that are surely set to feature in this very special performance at Bearded Theory.

Other additions to the main stage lineup include post-rockers Rumour Cubes; unique German punk-reggae band The TiPs; poetic punks Wonk Unit, Banjo & Trombone-led 5-piece Mado et les Frères Pinard and London based Ska favourites, Popes Of Chillitown.

Festival favourites The Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican will also perform on the Woodland stage on Thursday (headliner still to be announced), by popular demand.

Bearded Theory Festival takes place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th May 2016 in the fabulous surroundings of South Derbyshire’s Catton Hall. With interest at an all-time high, and tickets selling faster than ever before, this year undoubtedly boasts the strongest line-up in their 9-year history.

Four Day Weekend Camping Tickets are priced at £97 (Adults), £52.50 (Under 16’s),
£21 (Under 12’s) and Under 5`s are free (ticket is still required). Booking fees apply.
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We are looking for NEW WRITERS / INTERVIEWERS who can:
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Festival In Review: The Great British Folk Festival 2015 (Day 3) – Butlins Resort, Skegness – Dec 4/5/6

Line up: Band From County Hell /Dan Webster / Blazin’ Fiddles / Clutching At Straws / Steeleye Span / Fotheringjay
Venue: Butlins Resort (Skegness)
Date: Dec 4/5/6
Review By: Sarah Houben
Photos By: Ian S. Russell (MORE HERE)

Day 2 (Following on from Day 1: Read About Day 1 HERE) / DAY 2 HERE

First Up today we have: The Band From County Hell - Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

First Up today we have: The Band From County Hell – Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

The Band from County Hell – Reds – http://www.bfch.co.uk/
Last year’s Sundays Introducing Stage winners opened the final festival days for us. Already the dress style of The Band from County Hell, with a mix of Celtic and (steam) punk elements promised that this was going to be a lively act. BfCH started with an instrumental act before lead vocalist Joolz McLelland welcomed the audience to their celtic

Dan Webster / Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Dan Webster / Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

folk rock performance. For the next songs she played the bodhrán and shared the vocals with her husband Jock McLelland, whilst Ben McLelland, Mark Mclaughlan, Phil Harris and Russ Smith formed the rest of the band with fiddle and tin whistle, percussion, guitar and bass. Small dance choreos complemented the cheerful music, whilst the band performed a selection of originals from their six albums. The song “Pussycat”, once written by Joolz for her son Ben, was fittingly led by her vocals as well as a strong fiddle tune performed by the aforementioned son. Listening to the music of the Lincolnshire based band, it is evident why they say that they are influenced by The Pogues and alike. Songs like “Never Gonna drink that Stuff” soon had people dancing and singing along, before the final song of the set, “Shifts and Changes”, had people clapping along.

Dan Webster – Introducing Stage – https://www.facebook.com/danwebstermusic/
Aiming for a spot on next year’s Red stage, Dan Webster was up next for us. Performing on the introducing stage, Dan Webster showed his skills as a seasoned singer-song writer, whilst being accompanied by his fellow musicians Rachel Brown, Mark Waters, Yom Hardy and Ali Lawrence on cello, percussions, bass and guitar. Being more in the style of a “troubadour”, the folk music had people sitting and listening to the lyrics. In between songs, Dan chatted to the audience about the disadvantages of shower opportunities at festivals (recommending not showering in order to get the proper festival feeling) and successfully asked for a beer in exchange for one of his cds. One of the songs, which stayed in mind due to its lyrics, was the break-up song “Caroline”, despite the set ending on more cheerful notes.


Blazing Fiddles - Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Blazing Fiddles – Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Blazin’ Fiddles – Reds – http://www.blazinfiddles.com/
The Blazin’ Fiddles proved to be a contrast to the aforementioned act, as their energetic music used no lyrics, relying merely on the power of the instruments: four fiddles, played by Jenna Reid, Kristan Harvey, Bruce Macgregor, Rua Macmillan, accompanied by guitar, played by Anna Massie, and keyboard, played by Angus Lyon. With the band performing songs from their new album “North”, the lively fiddle music from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, soon had people clapping along

Clutching at Straws – Reds – http://www.clutchingatstraws.com/
In the evening, the doors reopened to the indie folk trio Clutching at Straws. James Baskett (bass, cello, vocals), Jake Mahal (percussion) and Thomas Simm (vocals, guitar, keys) started their set with a slower tune but the pace of their music soon quickened. The songs they performed partially hailed from their new album “Bamboo Bridge”, of which the raised money goes to an isolated community in the Philippines. In between songs, the band members explained their ties to charity work and Jake’s developmental work in the Philippines, putting the content of the songs into context. Thus, even if the music didn’t have everyone up and dancing, the great music, as well as the written lyrics, such as in “This Table Changes Everything”, made seeing Clutching at Straws more than worthwhile.

Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Steeleye Span – Reds – http://steeleyespan.org.uk/
The second headliner of the festival was Steeleye Span. Formed already in 1969 this group is one of the major folk-rock bands around. The 6-piece band of virtuous musician led by the voice of Maddy Prior performed on the Reds stage in front of a full and cheerful audience. Starting with ballades, telling entertaining stories of love, knights, gardeners and spies, the set initially had people calmly and intensely listening. Before long however, the rock-music side became more apparent and had people up and dancing. Especially the songs from their album “Wintersmith”, which Steeleay Span had written in cooperation with Terry Prachett, proved to have very catchy and lively tunes. Based on Pratchett’s Wintersmith novels, they told tales of ancient rituals and folk dances, with “Crown of Ice” being a personal favorite.

Fotheringay- Centre Stage – http://www.fotheringay.com
We didn’t stay to see the entire Steeleye Span set, as we wanted to at least get a glimpse of Fotheringjay, which was playing at the same time on the Center stage. Also going back a long way, this 1970 formed band was on their reunion tour. The songs we caught were quite laidback and we’ll be checking some more of their folk-rock music. Listening to them, definitely was a good end to the festival.

Closing The Festival: Fotheringjay - Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell

Closing The Festival: Fotheringjay – Photo Credit: Ian S. Russell