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Of Amdelyn and Its Realms

DIARY OF A CITY GUARD – PART 7 Recap – I’m fully costumed, make-up’d and second-breakfasted, and waiting in the gazebo-tent-canopy-lounge-thing. Time to be on...

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Second Breakfast

DIARY OF A CITY GUARD – PART 6 I exit the main costume tent and find myself, naturally, in another huge tent. Or is it...

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A Journey in the Dark

DIARY OF A CITY GUARD – PART 4 It’s 2.45am, and my alarm is going off. I would say I’ve been rudely awakened, but alas...

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Not the beard!

DIARY OF A CITY GUARD – PART 2 I’m sitting outside another portacabin with a couple more guys, all of whom are ostensibly the same...

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I’m going on an adventure!

DIARY OF A CITY GUARD – PART 1 The text message came through from my agent one morning in March: “Would you be interested in...

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The Birth and Impact of Britpop

I recently finished reading Paul Laird’s book, The Birth and Impact of Britpop. It’s a wonderfully engaging memoir – a very personal love letter to...

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Spotify Shenanigans

It’s been a while since I released any music. One of my old bands, active between 2001-2015, had released all sorts of stuff in a...

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Video Shoots & Trespassing

Video clips for unsigned bands are difficult projects. A complete lack of money is of course the major stumbling block, so when the offer came...

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The Best Manager I Ever Had

Booking gigs is a bloody nightmare, and a hugely time-consuming business. Of course, from a fairly young age you’re aware of the concept of managers...

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Yeah!

Delighted to have received a test print of the book! I suppose I better proof-read it again before ordering a whole bunch of them. Here’s...

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The Road to Nowhere – out soon!

Writing and rewriting and then rewriting again, followed by numerous more rewrites and some more rewriting has taken a while, but The Road to Nowhere...

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The Set List

An intrinsic part of rock’n’roll is the humble set list – that is, the list of songs that each band member has onstage, so that...

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Selling Your Band Merchandise

Selling your band’s merchandise is vitally important. And an average gig can soon be made to feel like a great one if you manage to...

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Finding a New Band Member

Finding a new member is a real minefield. If you’re lucky, you already know someone you can ask, perhaps from another band. Poaching feels pretty...

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The Band Photoshoot

Photoshoots are fun. Sort of. Dressing up in your finest, going out to a good location and then posing like a bit of twat is...

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Your First Rehearsal Room

Most of us have started off rehearsing in the same sort of space – a parent’s lounge room or garage being the beginners eternal go-to...

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Forming a Band

There’s a very good chance your first band will be you and some close friends. There are few more exciting things to do as a...

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