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As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Live Review: Kyle Eastwood Band

Dom Kureen spent the weekend at Ventnor Arts Festival taking in the sights, smells and sounds. On Friday night it was all about jazz, as Kyle Eastwood rode into town!

3992525821_14a1dfd86a_oA fresh bouquet of Merlot and atmospheric, sooty glaze in the air ensured that Ventnor Arts Festival’s marquee stage momentarily drew parallels with Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London during it’s mid-1970’s, Ella Fitzgerald fuelled pomp.

Friday night’s headliner was Kyle Eastwood, replete with his four-strong band of brothers, who brought a host of invigorating covers and original compositions to the Isle of Wight’s increasingly creative seaside resort.

The eldest son of legendary film actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, the frontman has happily sidestepped lazy, convenient and misguided aspersions of a nepotistic bunk up since his emergence on the jazz scene in 1990, with his brand of blues, bebop and boogie ensuring escalating acclaim over the course of 24 years and six studio albums.

The evening’s melodies fluctuated between ostensibly ad-libbed bursts and flawlessly executed eulogy, the latter of which was evident in a delicate rendition of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Dolphin Dance’ and galvanising, trumpet-laced adaptation of Horace Silver’s ‘Blowing The Blues Away.’

An addictive riff and high-tempo instantly guaranteed that one of the band’s newer tracks, ‘A Night In Senegal’ was well received – Martyn Kaine’s cartilage-juddering percussion rattled the awning, as Eastwood traded his double-bass for a lesser-seen lime green electric guitar.

Intoxicating jazz: Kyle Eastwood and his band were worthy Friday night headliners
Intoxicating jazz: Kyle Eastwood and his band were worthy Friday night headliners

There was still time for the saccharine dusted ‘Letters From Iwo Jima,’ soundtrack to Eastwood senior’s movie of the same name, which commenced unobtrusively via the gentle chimes of Andrew McCormack on the piano and gripping strains of bass guitar courtesy of Eastwood, now on his third different instrument.

As folk filtered away from the venue, one thing remained crystal clear amongst the gabble – a collective spike in energy, created by the joyful chalk pit of lustrous offbeat melody played out before fans old and new.

Kyle Eastwood and his band continue to evolve apace, providing a rush of adrenalin to those fortunate enough to witness their live act. It seems implausible to feel burdened after being graced by their captivating brand of calypso-jazz.

 An exhilarating jazz tour-de-force.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds, #2: Mark Dickson

The second in Kureen’s series of ‘Interviews with Creative Minds.’ This time Dom Kureen speaks to artist/musician Mark Dickson, aka Grickonel.

This one includes the singles ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Lofty and Blue,’ which are both available for download right here on kureen.co.uk!

To hear more check out Mark’s SoundCloud page.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Festival season: Who’s playing where this summer?

With the UK music festival season rapidly approaching, there are now more choices than ever before for the weekend raver. Dom Kureen takes a look at some of the most notable events and how they’re shaping up so far.

June

RHCP: Will bring unpredictable attire and tons of energy to the Isle of Wight Festival.
RHCP: Will bring unpredictable attire and tons of energy to the Isle of Wight Festival.


Isle of Wight Festival

Venue: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight.
Dates: 12-15 June
Weekend camping price: £190

Headline acts
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, The Specials, Suede.

Isle of Wight Festival website

Download Festival

Venue: Donnington Park, Leicestershire.
Dates: 13-15 June
Weekend camping price: £215

Headline acts
Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, Rob Zombie.

Download Festival website

Glastonbury Festival

Venue: Worthy Farm, Pilton.
Dates: 25-29 June.
Weekend camping price: £215.

Headline acts
Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Elbow, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey.

Glastonbury website

 July

He might be a bit of a douche sometimes, but Kanye West is an A+ headliner for Wireless.
He might be a bit of a douche sometimes, but Kanye West is a marquee headliner for Wireless.

Wireless Festival

Venue(s): Finsbury Park, London & Perry Park, Birmingham.
Dates: 4-6 July.
Weekend camping price: £170-£220

Headline acts
Kanye West, Pharell Williams, Drake, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Robin Thicke.

Wireless Festival website 

T In The Park

Venue: Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland.
Dates: 11-13 July.
Weekend camping price: £194

Headline acts
Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Arctic Monkeys, Pharrell Williams.

T in The Park website

Latitude

Venue: Henham Park, Suffolk.
Dates: 17-20 July.
Weekend camping price: £195.50

Headline acts
Music: Two Door Cinema Club, Damon Albarn, The Black Keys, Lykke Li.
Comedy: Dara O’Briain, Simon Amstell, Milton Jones, Al Murray.

Latitude website

Love Box

Venue: Victoria Park, London.
Dates: 18-19 July
Weekend camping price: TBA

Headline acts
Chase and Status, M.I.A, Nas, Bonobo, Woodkid, Soul II Soul.

Love Box Website

Global Gathering

Venue: Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon.
Dates: 25-26 July
Weekend camping price: £120 +booking fee.

Headline acts
David Guetta, Prodigy, Chase and Status, Tinie Tempah, Alesso.

Global Gathering website

August

The vest of V-Fest: Justin Timberlake headlines a stellar lineup at V Festival.
The vest of V-Fest: Justin Timberlake headlines a stellar lineup at V Festival.

V Festival

Venue: Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Dates: 16-17 August.
Weekend camping price: £199.95.

Headline acts
Justin Timberlake, Elbow, Killers, Example, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini.

V Festival Website

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Reading Festival

Venue: Richfield Avenue, Reading.
Dates: 22-24 August.
Weekend camping price: £213.

Headline acts
Queens of Stone Age, Paramore, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182.

Reading Festival website

Leeds Festival

Venue: Bramham Park, Leeds.
Dates: 22-24 August.
Weekend camping price: £213.

Headline acts
Queens of Stone Age, Paramore, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182.

Leeds Festival website

Creamfields

Venue: Daresbury, Cheshire.
Dates: 22-24 August.
Weekend camping price: £155 +booking fee.

Headline acts
Sub Focus, Deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz, Pete Tong.

Creamfields website

September

Busta Rhymes: Bestival bound.
Busta Rhymes: Bestival bound.

Bestival

Venue: Robin Hill, Isle of Wight.
Dates: 4-7 September.
Weekend camping price: £195.

Headline acts
Busta Rhymes, Outkast, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Beck, Paloma Faith, Foals.

Bestival website

So there you have it, a baker’s dozen of this summer’s biggest UK music extravaganzas! Let us know in the comments if you’re planning to head to any of the gigs and who you’re looking forward to seeing.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Philosoracle: An original poem

The accusations of apathy linger and the pleasant blaze of the sun only serves as a temporary diversion from the confused actuality of our being. Pathways guilty of seducing the inner optical, all webbed in uncertainty, lie in wait as challenges which attempt to divert us from paramount ambitions.

Any coward can turn blind eyed from the obstacles and conjure another cookie cutter existence based on fear. As tempting as may seem the ease at which mediocrity can be attained, it is also ultimately fraught with unfulfillment.

In reality, it is those brief flashes of idiosyncrasy we all experience sporadically which allow us a glimpse into our uncorked potential and as a bi-product show the futility of residing within the safety of the flock.

Magic 8-ball
So many fear death and crave immortality, blissfully unaware that to live for eternity would merely serve as an excuse to delay our own progression, another reason to exist in the mundane rather than live in the extraordinary.

The select few are the ones who snub normality, aspiring not to merely bestow an imprint upon this Universe, instead electing to tattoo their initials in stardust and carve their philosophy from oak all over its axis.

DxK

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds #1 : Mike Keen

The first in the series of ‘Interviews of Creative Minds’ features Michael Keen, an aspiring musician and comedian.

The piece includes two of Mike’s original tracks, both downloadable from from Kureen.co.uk.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity

May charity spotlight: Foyle Search and Rescue


Foyle Search and Rescue
 was established as a charity in July 1993 and has adopted the role of protecting human life in and around the River Foyle in Derry / Londonderry, one of the most dangerous and fastest flowing rivers in Europe, infamous for its high level of mortality.

The charity and its volunteers are keenly aware of the huge responsibility that goes with this role. Their dedication in patrolling the river and its banks in all seasons and in all weathers is the single greatest asset of the charity.

Damon Albarn's Gorillaz band mates looked different in real life.
Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz band mates looked different in real life.

Around 3000 lives have been saved since the group was founded. As a small, independent charity, Foyle Search and Rescue are dependent on the kindness of the public to continue their amazing work, that’s where you can help.

If you’d like to donate to the cause or find out more information, simply follow this link

Thanks!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.