LOCAL & LIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 (featuring an exclusive interview with Noble Jacks)

With over two hundred local artists performing over the August Bank Holiday weekend, (two days in Calverley Grounds and four days in various locations across Tunbridge Wells, Kent), thousands of festival goers from the local community and beyond, surrounded Calverley Grounds stages and packed out a wide range of pubs, bars and cafes – making it a huge success this year at “The Local & Live Music Festival 2015”. Although we basked in the heat of the summer sun one minute, we also endured drizzly showers (which resulted in everyone sheltering underneath umbrellas for the majority of the weekend), but that didn’t stop the people of Tunbridge Wells from coming on down to support and appreciate the wide array of deeply talented, enthusiastic musicians.


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Interview :// Rupert Stroud


Rupert Stroud is a singer/songwriter based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His powerful beat driven sound has gained the attention from BBC + BBC Radio 2, XFM, BFBS Radio 2, NME and Q Radio. Playing to over 140,000 people in 2014, his broad musical appeal has gained support slots for James Blunt, The Hoosiers, Little Comets and many others. Demonstrating strong-hearted, beat driven acoustic/rock inspired tracks, Rupert has been compared to artists such as: Richard Ashcroft, Jim Morrison and Nick Cave. Stroud works with British producer Will Jackson (The Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace, The Cribs) and it was Will who produced Rupert’s second album “Chasing The Night”. This was a breakthrough project for Stroud and has lead him on to be labeled as one of Yorkshire’s hottest young artists…

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Walled Gardens Music Fest

DSC_0114My father and I attended The Walled Garden Music Festival early on Sunday afternoon. The weather couldn’t have been better and with the sun beating down on our shoulders, with not a single cloud in the sky, we were introduced to an ensemble of artists who played a variety of music. Now, considering this was the first time any festival had taken place at this particular venue, it MUST be noted that they did a spectacular job, of not only providing such exquisite gourmet food, but obtaining a high level of security, suburb sound engineering, extremely attentive staff and exceptionally clean portaloos – of which, I have ever seen! We did however, find it challenging to locate where the venue was, as there weren’t any signs in the surrounding roads to help direct you.

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‘1989 World Tour’

If there is one thing you should know, it’s that Miss Taylor Swift can put on one heck of a show! Getting off the tube and arriving at Bond Street on our way to Hyde Park, London, started one of the biggest challenges of the day! The summer sun was blazing down on our shoulders and the streets were jam packed, but, gradually we were able to follow certain “pusher-throughers” and continued onwards with our journey…

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Present Company

‘Coves & Caves’ are a pop band based in High Peak, Manchester, formed of: James Eary, Andrew Haines, Gavin Stretch and Leigh Eaton. The group collectively produce a selection of catchy songs, which are influenced by artists such as: Radio Dept, Yeasayer, The Notwist, Postal Service and Mercury Rev.
Their latest music video ‘Present Company’ is taken from their debut album ‘Spinnerets’, which was released by Lost Pilot Recordings in November 2014. Present Company was filmed at the atmospheric Hull Truck Theater and features a wonderful group of actresses improvising both drama and dance based on the themes of the song.
The video contains dynamic and expressive imagery, which is shown through strong and powerful movements by each of the dancers. There is a sense of passion and emotions of love and loss in their actions, while a beautifully soft and gentle glow from the lights capture the serenity of the stunning performance.

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Paul Dunton & Guests Present…

…a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area’s finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, songwriting and musicianship.


The audience welcomed our first artist, Joe Ackerley onto the stage. His rich vocals complimented his guitar beautifully, as he played his melodic folk music – setting the standard quite high for the following artists. The atmosphere was nice and chilled and he had every eye in the room watching him perform, as he passionately sang an array of songs.

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Interview:// Carl Anscombe


“Carl Anscombe is an up and coming Actor/Singer and Song writer from West Yorkshire, England. He has gained recognition and supporters from his multiple appearances on popular UK television programmes such as: Emmerdale and Peaky Blinders. Furthermore he features in the film ‘The Knife That Killed Me’, which is due to be released this year. Performing for live acting shows and children’s pantomimes, he currently is preparing for auditions in a wide range of areas to further develop his skills and build a career.

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Local & Live Electric Evening at The Forum

Every two months Local & Live Sessions host an ‘Electric’ evening at ‘The Forum’, for aspiring musicians who are just starting out. It gives them the chance to show everyone what they can do and it gives Local & Live Sessions a chance to raise money for the upcoming Music Festival in Tunbridge Wells this August.

The Forum is an independent music venue based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent with a standing capacity of 250 people. Opened as a new music venue in January 1993, The Forum was previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre. It has since hosted a number of acts, who have gone on to achieve significant commercial success, such as: Adele, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Oasis, The Vaccines, We Are Scientists and many more! In 2012, the NME voted this venue as ‘Britain’s Best Small Venue’.

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