Jess & The Bandits – ‘Smoke & Mirrors’

If you are expecting Jess & The Bandits to stand still, then think again. ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ finds lead singer Jess Clemmons in a happy place, having recently found love with photographer Chris Peavey and announcing their engagement earlier this year, and that shines through on this second full length release.

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Cornbury Festival 2017

I’ve left writing my review of this incredible event longer than I normally would as I wanted to collect my thoughts about exactly what I witnessed, what I was part of, what made this fabulous finale, well, fabulous.

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Barn on the Farm – July 2017

Barn On The Farm gave Ed Sheeran his first ever headline slot at a festival back in 2011 and they have been helping to put artists on the map ever since.

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Druv Kent Drops New Single ‘Long When We’re Gone’ & Chats To Steve Holley

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Druv Kent today releases his new single ‘Long When We’re Gone’ via his own record label. It follows up on last year’s single “What’s it all about ” which saw strong support across the board from the likes of Music Week, Music News and Female First as well as being played on BBC Radio 2. His new single is a lively up tempo track produced by Manic Street Preachers long term collaborator Greg Haver.

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We Speak To Rising Star Talia Raz

Steve Holley caught up with rising star Talia Raz.

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Eliza & The Bear Are Back But Still No Sign Of The Bear

Eliza & The Bear are back, still with no sign of a bear anywhere  but with one less member and one less record company. Having formed in 2011 naming themselves after a selection of poems from Eleanor Rees, they seemed to have the indie folk world at their feet.

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Talia Raz At The Islington 1st June 2017

Steve Holley caught Talia Riz’s show at The Islington on Thursday night.

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Pete Gardiner At The Islington 1st June 2017

Steve Holley reports on Pete Gardiner’s gig, Thursday night at The Islington, North London. Pete is fresh from performing at The Viper Room, Los Angeles.

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Jack Carty At St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford, Kent

Steve Holley went to see Jack Carty perform at St Mary The Virgin Church, in Ashford, Kent.

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Charlie Worsham at The Borderline, Soho, London 16th March 2017

Steve Holley has seen Charlie Worsham three times now and has been blown away every time by his incredible guitar playing, clever lyrics and stage presence.

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Pete Gardiner’s Debut Album – ‘ASHTRAY BLACK’

Steve Holley reviews Pete Gardiner’s debut album, ‘Ashtray Black’.

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Pete Gardiner House Gig Live At Branden Farm – March 11th 2017

In an Essentially Pop exclusive, Pete Gardiner recently performed at a houseparty hosted at the home of one of our writers, Steve Holley.

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Pete Gardiner To Perform in Kent On Houseparty Tour 11th March 2017

Essentially Pop is proud to present Pete Gardiner, singing live from Branden Farm, in Kent, on 11 March 2017, as part of his House Tour in order to promote his debut album, ‘Ashtray Black’.

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Beth Rowley At The Jazz Cafe, Camden – 2nd February 2017

It’s been over 8 years since Beth Rowley released an album, but if you are lucky enough to see her play live and see and feel the love and support in the room you would never guess it.

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Train At Islington Assembly Hall – 31st January 2017

Steve Holley was lucky enough to catch Train at their gig on 31st January at Islington Assembly Hall.

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Rationale at Heaven, London – January 25th 2017

Steve Holley reviews Rationale, at Heaven, London.

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