Live Review: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Live at Knebworth House, England, 23.06.2012)

Knebworth House, a venue that has been used by many greats including Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, has played host to another world-class band – The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers came on to an eager crowd, opening with ‘Monarchy of Roses’ after fans had waited for numerous hours. It’s clear that the band … Continue reading

EP Review: New Street Adventure – Say It Like You Mean It (Unmasked Recordings)

Soul band New Street Adventure are most definitely something new to the ears. It’s not often that a genre such as soul is not only revived but also brought up to date. This is exactly what the EP ‘Say It Like You Mean It’ does. Only formed in 2010, Nick Corbin (Lead singer) has transformed … Continue reading

Album Review: Digital Soundboy Soundsystem – FABRICLIVE 63 (fabric Records)

A light-hearted soul voice emerges from a range of percussion instruments playing to a groovy beat that gives you no choice other than to move to the energetic rhythm. This is the first official Digital Soundboy Soundsystem mix, due to be released 21.05.12 (USA: 19.06.12). FABRICLIVE 63 is a mix that takes a party to … 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

Meet The Chilis: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Me

With news being announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame within the next few weeks, I am taken back to a time when I, myself, met the Chilis. It was the nineteenth of November 2011 and the anticipation of seeing the Chilis … Continue reading