Down with the Backing Tracks!

By Richard McNeil I recently attended a music festival in Nova Scotia called Evolve that last year won the “Best music festival in Canada” award–I know what you’re thinking and yes, that award really exists. Amongst the sea of drunkards and topless women I staggered my way to a stage and saw some music. I … Continue reading

Live Review: Blur (Live at Plymouth Pavilions, 07.08.12)

For the first time in over two decades, Britpop superstars Blur took to the stage in Devon. The concert held at Plymouth Pavilions was one of four “intimate” shows prior to the band playing the Olympic closing ceremony, and intimate was certainly the feeling throughout the experience. Opening with the tongue-twisting track Girls & Boys, … Continue reading

She Knows The Road: Harriet Jones

A young musician, Harriet Jones, has been causing quite a stir recently in the city of Plymouth. The fact that Jones has never played a cover song is certainly a unique prospect of her musical persona. She writes with the intention of telling a story through her songs, proving her ability to write interesting and … Continue reading

In the Basement: An Interview with Harriet Jones

Here is an interview with Harriet Jones. This interview explores Jones’ recent success and what she thinks about it all. Enjoy! holdupnow: when did you start playing/writing songs? Harriet Jones: I wrote poems first, then terrible songs, then bearable songs. holdupnow: As an artist, you seem to pride yourself that you haven’t ever played a cover song. Why … Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Dawn Chorus Ignites (Prima Rosa) – Take Me With You

A thoughtful rendition played on the guitar emerges from a unique creation of what sounds like a cross between an old clock and a UFO landing – This is the unique soundscape that is Dawn Chorus Ignites. Dawn Chorus Ignites was created by Ben Philcox and Mat Cook. This band creates music which is instrumental … Continue reading

Donal Doherty – International Wedding Photographer: Love is Alive and Kicking

Love is “alive and kicking” according to international wedding photographer – Donal Doherty. Doherty isn’t your typical wedding photographer and his story isn’t a common one. Based in Londonderry, Ireland, Doherty was originally a man of business. He had just been short-listed as Entrepreneur of the Year, running both a modelling and public relations marketing agency … Continue reading

Donal Doherty: A Professional Insight Into Photography

Recently international wedding photographer Donal Doherty agreed to give an insight into his own photographic procedure. Below you will find Doherty’ exclusive tips for all photographers. holdupnow: Digital or film – which do you prefer and why? Donal Doherty: I have always used digital, apart from once in my City and Guilds course when I had … Continue reading

McDonald’s Now Serving U18s

So, it’s been and gone. The 21st of March was supposedly going to mark the date in which under 18s were not allowed to purchase McDonald’s. Was I right to assume that this was nothing more than a silly rumour and to write a post outlining this fact? Yes, I think I was very right … Continue reading

EP Review: Edd Lane (Thin Man Records) – The Sailors Escape

“Raise the sails and face the storms, when everything else fails they’ll return to port” These are just a few of the unique lyrics on Edd Lanes recently released EP – The Sailors Escape. Coming from the Westcountry (UK) this is a rare gem in terms of it being a genuinely easy to listen to piece … Continue reading

The MoD Man

Fairly new to a business in which entire nations are affected, Oliver Hakin, an engineering technician apprentice, has given his time to answer questions about his life in the Ministry of Defence. Hakin’s started working for the MoD in 2010 although this was no easy feat. Upon seeing the apprenticeship scheme on the government’s website … Continue reading