Preview: Ones to Watch at Bushstock Festival, 15/06/19

Quick as a flash, the festival season is back upon us. Away from the tents and temporary toilets and tipis is a festival that has, for ten years now, brought a host of stunning artists to London's W12. Topping the bill at Bushstock this year is Matt Corby, Nova Amor and Gang of Youths, but [...]

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New Music: Tankus the Henge – Things Were Better Before

There is absolutely no describing Tankus The Henge. But it's our job, so we'll give it a go. Firstly, the indisputable facts: they are a London-based five piece led by the aplty-named Jaz Delorean with a good few years of recording and touring behind them now. They do an excellent line in visually stunning music [...]

05 Fuck Em Mixtape – Lil B (extremely rare and based review)

Welcome to 05, the second track on this mixtape, contains the line "I'm the Grinch that stole Christmas". Unlike his other claims that he is, for example, Miley Cyrus, Bill Clinton or Ellen Degeneres, you feel that there's actually some truth to Lil B's identification with the Grinch. In dropping a mammoth 101 track mixtape late [...]

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 [...]