The Year That Was – Part Two

2013, the year Kate and William validated our very existence as a species by popping out a right royal sprog. The year Robin Thicke proved that it's definitely possible to make people's skin crawl through YouTube. The year pop stars decided that a song under four minutes and a video that wasn’t considered a ‘short [...]

The Year That Was – Part One

As another year draws to a close we're resurrecting our 'The Year That Was' blog segment to allow us to cast a nostalgic eye over the previous twelve months. If you are struggling to view this blog, we have both audio and brail versions available that have been provided for us by a very reliable [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Blake, Disclosure and Hopkins

We seem to do a lot of 'run downs' here at OnTheBeat. Obviously this is due to a near unquenchable desire to keep people updated on what's going on in the music world and not because we know we can get more legs out of separating things into different, more specific blogs. Honest. Anyway, these [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013 – The Debrief: Thursday

It's finally here, Sŵn Festival 2013 is in full swing and so far we are loving it. We're gonna be trying to keep you up to date with what's been going on, who we've been to see and anything else we think might interest you. So here it is, Sŵn Festival - Thursday, the debrief. We started [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Friday’s Band

Band of the Day - Little Arrow People say that when you start to write your opinion down and other people start to read it you develop a tendency to get a bit full of yourself, as if your opinion counts for more than other people's. Other people believe this. Me, I don't, I know [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Wednesday’s Band.

Band of the Day - Childhood: We're looking to bring you a Monday, Wednesday and Friday edition of Band of the Day, though fluctuation, as has been proved by Tuesday's opener, is probable: we're just that Rock 'n' Roll, emphasis on the 'n.' Wednesday this week we bring Childhood flooding to your ears and unless [...]

On The Beat’s whistle stop tour of the past 3 months – Part One

Hello! We're back. Following a stressful couple of months of exam revision and essay writing we have returned like a phoenix from the ashes to keep you up to date with all things bright and beautiful in the world of music. So, we thought, what better way to bring you up to speed than to [...]

2013: What’s Got Us Excited?

Let's face it, the return of Bowie has bust 2013's potential wide open, nobody's quite sure what to expect. And now news has filtered through from across the pond that Seattle Radio Station 107.7 The End are claiming to have The Strokes' latest, not-yet-released, single. Atop of that Joy Formidable's forthcoming album is looking, well, [...]