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XAM Duo play their first show of 2017 next weekend in Folkestone.

The duo of Hookworms’ Matthew Benn and Deadwall’s Christopher Duffin, whose self-titled debut album was released in November last year to great acclaim, will play the Quarterhouse venue in the Kent seaside town on Saturday (February 4) as part of this year’s Profound Sound festival, which has been put together by Folkestone Fringe and our friends at Hot Salvation. XAM Duo play alongside Cowtown and Virginia Wing. Also appearing at the festival, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, are Cosmic Thoughts and Leafcutter John.

There are also a number of other events and activities across the weekend, including XAM Duo’s Modular Synth Workshop, which takes place in the Quarterhouse bar from 11am on Sunday, February 5. You can join Matthew and Christopher and learn how to build up a patch from scratch.

The full line-up of performances and events, plus timings and venue information can be found in a downloadable programme here.

Tickets are just £27 for a weekend pass, £10 per day or £5 per event and can be bought here. Under 23s are free.

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We will be attempting to run a record stall while also playing some tunes at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on Saturday (January 28) as part of the Club The Mammoth All-Dayer, which sees live sets from The Fall, Hookworms, Girl Band and many more.

Doors open at 4pm for the label market, which features stalls from Alcopop, Dirty Bingo, Fuzz Club Records and Mute as well as our good selves. If you’re hungry, then Dirty Burger’s van will be parked up right outside the venue.

Tickets can be bought here.

The live line-up is as follows:

Goat Girl – 4.45pm
Tigercub – 5.45pm
Hookworms – 6.45pm
Girl Band – 8pm
Future Of The Left – 9.15pm
The Fall – 10.45pm

There’s more information on the Facebook event page.

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“Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn’t fit for humans now,
There isn’t grass to graze a cow.”

Today (July 27, 2016) marks the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Slough Festival, a short-lived one-day festival in the town’s Upton Court Park that (almost) made a mockery of Sir John Betjeman’s poem.

The 1991 festival was particularly special, because – alongside the likes of Ratcat, Soul Family Sensation, Thousand Yard Stare and the Mock Turtles – it featured Slowdive, Revolver, Curve and Ride. It was, essentially, the shoegaze Woodstock – and all for just £6.50 in advance or £7.50 on the gate.

Not surprisingly, The Scene That Celebrated Itself, including members of Lush, Chapterhouse and Blur, decamped en masse from Syndrome to sunny Berkshire for the day and here are some photographs taken by music PR Polly Birkbeck that perfectly capture the vibe, plus below are the full sets from Slowdive and Curve and an amazing version of ‘Chelsea Girl’ by Ride.

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slough3 Stephen Patman (Chapterhouse) with Emma Anderson (Lush) and Joe Dilworth (photographer, Stereolab drummer)

slough4 Graham Coxon (Blur)



Sadly, we aren’t able to provide a time machine, but if you want to attempt to relive the occasion we do still have some of our ‘original gazer’ T-shirts, based on the Ride/Lush US tour tee from 1991, available in the Sonic Cathedral Shop, as well as the last few copies of the hilarious ‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’ book by Lord Tarquin (aka David Quantick). Grab them all here.

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Sonic Cathedral is once again well represented at this year’s Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, which takes place at the city’s Camp And Furnace, Blade Factory and District venues over the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete make their much-delayed return from Mexico to play on the Friday night, while Saturday sees Spectres, The Early Years and Yeti Lane all making appearances. We will be DJing at some point over the weekend as well.

The rest of the line-up is so good there’s no point in picking out any highlights. Just look at the poster above and then head over to www.liverpoolpsychfest.com for day and weekend tickets. See you in September…

Liverpool Psych Fest 2016 #3 from Liverpool Psych Fest on Vimeo.

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We’re very excited to announce that Moon Diagrams – the solo project of Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta – will play their first ever UK show for Sonic Cathedral next month.

The show takes place at the Shacklewell Arms in London on Thursday, June 16.

>>> BUY TICKETS FOR THE SHOW HERE <<<

Moon Diagrams released a limited-edition cassette entitled ‘Care Package’ last year as part of the ace Atlanta label Geographic North‘s ‘Sketch For Winter’ series. Listen to ‘Scratch The Snow’:

There’s an incredible supporting line-up as well: New York-based Vorhees, aka sound engineer Dana Wachs, has been described by Bradford Cox as “the female Eno”; ADSL Camels is Sian Alice Group and Eaux man Ben Crook playing dissonant and downbeat electronica.

There’s more info on the Facebook event page here.