12 May 2014

Guest Book


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 Ticket Sellers   Venues   Miscellaneous


bulletAngela McCluskey
bulletBarenaked Ladies
bulletBen Folds
bullet Benedict Allen - As young explorer Allen is a most entertaining speaker, he counts as a great night out.  Music fans watching his adventure Ice Dogs will no doubt delight in the surprise of seeing the local children in the middle of Siberia dance for him to a Kate Bush tune.
bulletBic Runga -  UK site and official site
bulletBilly Bragg
bulletBoz Scaggs
bulletBoo Hewerdine - Fantastic site including MP3s
bulletBrian Kennedy - Brilliant site choc full of information
bulletChris Difford
bulletChris Stamey
bulletColin Vearncombe
bullet Curtis Stigers
bulletDamien Dempsey
bulletDamien Rice
bulletDarden Smith  - (Hugely annoying in that the site opens in a second window that you can't bookmark)
bulletDar Williams - Official Site
bulletDave Dobbyn
bulletDavid Mead
bulletDeclan O'Rourke
bulletDon Mescall
bulletEddi Reader
bulletEdwyn Collins
bulletEleanor McEvoy
bulletGirl Called Eddy, A
bulletGlenn Tilbrook
bulletHawksley Workman - (Annoyingly full of Flash & pop-ups)
bullet Horse Stories
bulletHowie Day
bulletJack Lukeman
bullet Jack Savoretti
bulletJames Taylor (Unofficial)
bullet Jane Siberry
bulletJoan Armatrading - You have to join for full access
bullet Joe Strummer
bulletJohn Doe
bullet Jools Holland fan site (JoolsWeb)
bullet Josh Ritter
bullet Juliet Turner
bulletKarine Polwart
bulletKirsty MacColl
bulletKirsty MacColl - Justice For Kirsty Campaign
bulletLevel 42
bulletLloyd Cole - baffling navigation, but maintained by Lloyd himself, I believe
bulletLuka Bloom - Occasionally including exclusive access to MP3 songs and internet-only albums, with messages added by Luka himself.  Recently updated and now includes videoclips!
bulletMatt Nathanson
bulletNew Amsterdams
bulletPatrick Wolf
bulletPatty Griffin
bulletPaul Brady - Informative site, including shop
bullet Peter Blegvad - Not his official page, but good background
bullet Peter Cincotti
bulletRoddy Frame & Aztec Camera - Marvellous site, full of videos and rare MP3s
bullet Ron Sexsmith - Watch some of his videos here
bulletRosie Thomas
bulletSarah Harmer - including song samples and videos
bullet Scott Matthews
bulletSinead Lohan - has not been updated since 2001
bullet Stina Nordenstam
bulletTeitur - but with annoying pop-ups
bulletToby Burke
bullet Van Morrison - amazingly thorough fan site
bulletVan Morrison - Wavelength - impressive fan magazine and shop for all things related to Van Morrison or musicians with whom he had performed, such as Brian Kennedy



bullet MOJO Magazine

In-depth retrospectives and generally interesting articles.  MOJO radio is now available here, too.

bulletQ Magazine

Once a fine music magazine, Q's archive of album reviews can be interesting.

bulletTime Out London

Entertainment listings in London.

bullet TrouserPress

          This brilliant 'new music' magazine from the 1980s is now online with a searchable archive and updated listings.

bulletUncut magazine


bulletWord Magazine

Fantastic newer intelligent music and entertainment magazine edited by Mark Ellen (who has edited Mojo, Q and Arena and even presented the Old Grey Whistle Test), with David Hepworth (also presented Whistle Test and anchored the Beeb's coverage of Live Aid, edited Q & Mojo as well as Empire) as Creative Director.  A refreshing change from Q, which bizarrely now seems to be steering itself towards the R&B/hip-hop market for children just old enough to read.


Radio Stations

bulletBBC Radio 1 - Not usually worth hearing but occasionally has decent live guests
bulletBBC Radio 2 - Frequently broadcasts live concerts and tribute programmes
bullet BBC Radio 3 - Mainly classical, jazz, world music and new music
bulletBBC Radio 4 - Comedy and drama for starters
bulletBBC 6 Music - Digital-only station with wonderful guests and occasional live music
bulletBBC - London - Occasionally has impressive guests
bullet BBC Radio Cornwall - David White Show - Listen to archived interviews/performances on the site by Brian Kennedy, Paul Carrack, Midge Ure, Joan Armatrading, Bob Geldof and The Mavericks.
bullet Virgin Radio - sometimes has live sets worth hearing



bullet -

The ultimate online retailer, selling CDs, DVDs, books and so much more now.  Its selection is vast and its customer service can be applauded.  Amazon's usually high postage charges tend to be discouraging, but they are now running a promotion whereby postage is free when you purchase a certain easily reachable minimum.  Amazon also allows you to build Wishlists that your family and friends can view.


The original American site of the above, with numerous audio samples available.

bulletBorders UK

The bookstore (but sadly not the online site) sells DVDs and CDs but, more importantly, has some wonderful in-store appearances where artists perform and sign their latest album.  The store always creates a pleasant atmosphere, although it may be a bit surreal to see your favourite musician performing amongst the self-help books.  Or perhaps appropriate....

bulletDVD Box Office

Excellent DVD retailer in Canada that does not charge shipping.  Pay attention to the maximum amounts allowed before custom charges kick in, though.

bulletFish Records

Highly recommended site with singer-songwriter, folk and acoustic music for sale.  Set up by a fan who had difficulty finding the records he wanted so he's filled that niche.  Excellent at recommending new artists and includes an MP3 sampler, personal service, and quick deliveries.


bullet GEMM

 Hard-to-find music, new and used--like E-bay without the bidding.  Look here first for hard to find items; if GEMM does not have it, it must not exist.  You can even set up a want list and you will be e-mailed whenever they get new stock by that artist.  It is not a store, more of a co-operative of other sellers, though you can frequently make one transaction through GEMM for a basketful of items from a variety of sellers on the site.


Good for getting your hands on Irish artists whose albums might not have been released here as yet.  They tend to take an absolute age to deliver even their normal stock, so don't order from them if you are in a rush.  Their prices and sales online can be worth investigating even though their higher in-store prices are rarely good value.

Fantastic prices for CDs and, in particular, DVDs.  Delivered with no postage charges ever, although it does take about three days to reach the 'mainland' from its base in the Channel Islands.  Also previously a good source of Region 1 DVDs without having to pay customs, but they have recently split the shops into UK/US, and whilst I have not yet made a Region 1 purchase under the new system, it looks suspiciously the same as ordering from the US.  Do check their site when you want a North American CD, such as Neil Finn's One All, without paying hefty import charges.


bullet Wavelength Shop

Anything that can be even remotely linked to Van Morrison.  Get Van merchandise here as well albums by Brian Kennedy, Leo Green, Chris Farlowe, Johnny Scott and others.  A totally trustworthy source.


Ticket Sellers

bullet See Tickets
bullet Ticketmaster
bullet Ticketweb
bulletWay Ahead Box Office



bullet100 Club
bullet12 Bar Club
bullet Astoria
bulletBarbican Centre
bulletThe Barfly , Chalk Farm Road
bullet Blackheath Halls
bullet Blue Jay Lounge , Shepherd's Bush
bullet Brixton Academy
bullet Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush
bullet Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf
bullet Carling Apollo Hammersmith (former Hammersmith Odeon)
bullet Carling Islington Academy
bullet Dingwalls a.k.a. Lock 17
bullet East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf
bullet Electric Ballroom, Camden
bullet The Enterprise, Chalk Farm
bulletFairfield Halls, Croydon
bullet Half Moon, Putney
bullet Hammersmith Apollo
bulletICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts)
bulletIndig02 (the former Millennium Dome)
bullet Jazz Caf
bullet Kalamazoo Club (King's Head, Crouch End Hill)
bulletKashmir Klub (currently closed; plans to open in Autumn 2006 in new venue)
bulletKCLSU (King's College London Student Union)
bulletKOKO (formerly the Camden Palace)
bulletLondon Cargo
bulletLSO St Luke's
bulletLuminaire (Kilburn)
bulletMadame Jo Jo's
bullet Mean Fiddler Venues
bullet Notting Hill Arts Club
bulletThe 02 Arena
bulletOpen Air Theatre in Regent's Park
bulletPigalle Supper Club, Piccadilly
bullet Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London
bulletRoundhouse, Camden
bulletRoyal Albert Hall
bullet St Moritz
bulletThe Scala (King's Cross)
bullet Shepherds Bush Empire
bulletSouth Bank Centre - Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room
bullet The Forum, Kentish Town
bullet The Spitz
bulletThe Troubadour
bulletUCL Bloomsbury Theatre
bulletThe Underworld
bulletUniversity of London Union
bulletUnion Chapel - back in business as a venue (hurrah)
bullet Upstairs at the Garage
bulletWaterfront Hall, Belfast
bullet Wembley Arena
bullet Wilton's Music Hall, Whitechapel



bulletMy Blog--on another site and about many things other than music
bulletCustoms Duties & VAT Advice when shopping online -  Note that the maximum amount before these duties kick in on non-EU purchases is 18.  Also, the dastardly post office lays on a whacking great fee (relatively speaking) for processing and collecting the additional tax, so bear both charges in mind when ordering from overseas.
bulletGoogle - The ultimate search engine
bullet Harriet's Site - Under construction but has some suggestions of places to enjoy in London made by a fellow music lover, as well as recommended musicians - Online Maps to Everywhere
bullet MySpace - everything about every artist, even those yet to be signed/discovered
bulletPandora Radio - Fantastic site where you tell it your favourite artists, and it will set up a 'radio station' for you based on that artist's music and similar artists that you will probably like--for free (apart from the money you shell out on new albums, having been introduced to some great songs through the site)
bullet TrainLine -Train times and ticket bookings
bulletTube Maps
bullet View London - the Londoner's Guide to London, with details of clubs, events and pretty much anything
bullet Weather in London (Met site) - Forecast for your evening out
bullet World Clock --For help with Time Zone differences when tuning in to online radio programmes
bulletYahoo! Groups - Join the discussion list about your favourite artist



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