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#RomneyShambles 2 – The Israel Edition

July 31, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Mitt accused of racism once again whilst upping the ante on Iran After leaving a trail of mishaps and cock-ups on his visit to Britain, Mitt Romney’s tri-nation tour continued in the same vein in Israel. After pissing the British off in grand style, the square-headed muppet from Michigan was at […]

Morrissey – Manchester Arena – 28th July 2012

July 29, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard ‘When Morrissey’s playing you fucking know about it’. Never has Noel Gallagher, one half of Manchester’s most overrated band, made so much sense. Last night was the latest proof that Noel was onto something when, during an interview for the documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey, he attempted to articulate the […]

#RomneyShambles

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Mitt’s gaffe-laden visit to the UK has seen him mocked in grand style. In case you’ve missed it, Mitt Romney has been in Britain this week and the Republican Party’s nominee for president has had an absolute nightmare. What started as a well intended visit to firm up relations with Britain […]

Kurt Vile in the i Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Kurt Vile is an anomaly in the music world. While others overdo their performance and over-stylise their look, Kurt lets his music do the talking. A shy, retiring front man may seem like the antithesis of music stardom but Vile pulls it off with aplomb. Playing tracks spanning […]

Yeasayer on The Word Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Very few bands attempt dramatic shifts in sound from album to album but between their debut and their follow-up Yeasayer certainly did. Their folky, acoustic beginnings on ‘All Hour Cymbals’ were suddenly superseded by elements of pop and 90’s dance on ‘Odd Blood’. Both albums are brilliant but […]

First Aid Kit on the Obelisk Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Great Swedish bands don’t roll readily off the tongue but First Aid Kit are really making their mark. This performance on the main Latitude stage was excellent, with swooping vocal harmonies and beautiful acoustic guitar central to their sound. The country with a five-star National Health Service now […]

John McCarthy in the Literary Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic It’s this kind of event that makes Latitude such a special festival. In amongst the vast array of musical talent sits an arena dedicated to literature; a platform for detailed discussion of a writer’s latest work. This morning, British journalist John McCarthy gave further insight into his recently […]