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You must experience these.

Duke Special (Under the Dark Cloth Live, at Greenbelt 2015)

Brilliant performance from Duke Special with some of his best work (poignant responses to classic photographs). See a previous recording at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_VdxPtlnso

Classic

Great

Highly recommended.

Flight Brigade

Fantastic soundscape-y rock, with visuals. (Greenbelt 2014)

Great

Sinead O'Conner

Fantastic performance, great music, wonderful singing from somebody of whom I really only know (that) one song. (Greenbelt 2014.)

Great

A Conversation With My Father

A really interesting blend of theatre and documentary: recounts the actor's experiences in protests and her conversations with her father (a police officer who has policed protests).

Great

Lau

At Greenbelt 2014. Bravely forgoing vocals for the first few songs; but a impressive often-instrumental-only folk bank.

Great

Good

Worth experiencing but not essential.

Stornoway

Entertaining, melodic, interesting vocals, folk-ish sound. (Greenbelt 2014.)

Good

Digital Revolution (at Barbican)

Impressive exhibition of creative technology in art, films and videogames. Interesting selection of historical examples, some of the best recent work and some newly commissioned pieces. Heavier on tech than art (but given how terrible most contemporary art is that might be a good thing). The 'biggest' exhibit (the interactive laser pit) is actually one of the weaker ones.

Good

Folk On

A comedy folk band (and regulars at Greenbelt). Entertaining songs, great engagement with crowd.

Good

Okay

Acceptable; I didn't regret it but I wouldn't really recommend it.

Tinariwen

Ridiculously dressed, guitar centred music. The kind of stuff that might be nice in the background while doing something else.

Okay

Poor

Avoid.

What's Happening in Scotland?

A terrible (pro independence) talk on Scotland. Emotionally manipulative, economically illiterate; insanity. With loudly shouted, bad, poetry. (Talk at Greenbelt 2014)

Poor