There was a time a few years ago when I regularly contributed to a certain Isle of Wight based newspaper, as well as the youth website spawned from said publication.
Sent to review events, I was invariably advised that the appraisal be replete with gushing praise, and if I did take exception to anything that occurred I was simply to set fire to one of the old ladies in attendance or meditate for several hours.
Cuereviews for painstaking puppet shows, and two thumbs up for theatre productions contaminated by absent-minded actors.
Sanity prevailed on those rare occasions where I was able to critique in the face of lazy proofreading; one review chastising a pompous ‘comedian’ who decided to spend 45 indulgent minutes gradually emptying a venue in the middle of his other half’s burlesque show.
Brutal and humorous in equal measure, their review of the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival is particularly worthy of a gander, and although there is inevitably a stigma of scepticism regarding write-ups of local musicians, Blackwell and co. manage to tread the line adroitly, avoiding the temptation to scratch the backs of those they could conceivably bump into on an afternoon stroll.
Headfunk.info is a neatly laid out website with a clear-cut vision. The reviews are one aspect of a plethora of music related content and connections to other projects.
If you still think that Level 42 or the Bees are the haps on the Isle of Wight music scene then think again. Click the link —-> HERE <—- to go straight to the Headfunk site (the power of the interweb, hey?)
Tell Tom that Kureen sent you and receive a 3% discount on any carrier bags you buy in Sainsbury’s this week!