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Local Heroes 2019 - Tarot Rats

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: TAROT RATS – LOCAL HEROES AWARD

Tarot Rats came 3 rd in the big Band of the Year vote and started the year as Band of the Month. As the highest charting regional band, they also win our special #southeastrocks award which brings with it a …

Best single of the year 2019 - As Sirens Fall

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: AS SIRENS FALL – SINGLE OF THE YEAR

You just can’t argue with a song that’s had a 40 consecutive show run on my Friday rock show (breaking the previous record of 19 weeks). Good songs get pushed hard by pluggers – but the great ones have a …

Best live act 2019- Jackaman

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: LYNNE JACKAMAN – LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

A feature of what we have done since the beginning, and twice voted Artist of the Month during 2019. For us Lynne’s milestone during the year was the statement she made as a live artist. She can sing anything, share …

Album of the Year 2019 - Melissa Etheridge

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: MELISSA ETHERIDGE – ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A big year with us for Melissa. With ‘The Medicine Show’ many of our followers and the radio show listeners reconnected with Melissa’s catalogue. An album of the month earlier in the year, ‘The Medicine Show’ was chosen from our …

Band of the Year 2019 - Scarlet Rebels

2019 WINNERS INTERVIEWS: SCARLET REBELS – BAND OF THE YEAR

Over 50 weeks, 150 acts gave us interviews and all of them were in the very long shortlist for our 5 th annual Band of the Year vote. It was run over 11 months and won this year by Scarlet …

SHORT INTERVIEW: JOHN ILLSLEY – NOVEMBER TOUR

From Dire Straits to solo frontiers, John speaks about his solo music and November 2019 tour dates, where he reflects on his memories of the Dire Straits story and revisits the music.

Swamp Born Assassins

FEATURE INTERVIEW: THE SWAMP BORN ASSASSINS

From the mountain at Wildfire immediately after the band’s main stage set, an interview that captures well the warmth and friendship from the band. Also chat about the Run to the Wildfire song and its genesis – and also the …

StoneWire

SHORT INTERVIEW: STONEWIRE AT THE LAKE

Sky from StoneWire talks about the band’s journey in 2019, the band’s 15-minute Led Zep medley – and the forthcoming StoneWire album ‘Life As We Know It’ – out 1 November 2019.

Lynne Jackaman

SHORT INTERVIEW: LYNNE JACKAMAN – A WEEK ON STAGE

Two interview shorts – from the party by the lake to performing at John Lennon birthday gig in London, two interview shorts in the space of a week – Lynne talking about the live sets and her forthcoming debut album.

Steve Hogarth

SHORT INTERVIEW: STEVE HOGARTH

An interview with Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, ahead of the John Lennon 79th birthday gig in support of War Child at Hard Rock Hotel London. Steve talks about John Lennon, his song ‘A Voice From The Past’ and we also briefly …

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Empyre

EMPYRE – SELF AWARE

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH With ‘Self Aware’ a new sun rises on a new rock Empire. A fresh counterpoint to an ageing rock scene