Fresh Faves: Batch 358

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by Fresh On The Net's Rob Ball this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. I decided to take no part in the initial modding or the final voting this week as I thought I would see things from the perspective of a newcomer. I…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 309

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by Fresh On The Net's Rob Ball this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. Happy New Year everyone - and welcome to our first Fresh Faves list of 2019. If the coming 12 months continue giving us tracks of the quality of this week,…

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Why are we still talking about gender neutrality at festivals?

When looking back at the year one thing that struck me was that we are still fighting gender equality at festivals. This really is not new news and we have all seen the 2018 festival line up posters with just the female or female-fronted acts on this year, yet this is something that has been highlighted for years as this 2015 Guardian article shows. Why…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 286

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by Fresh On The Net's Rob Ball this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. AUSTIEJA - 1.TAS I was immediately struck in the first few seconds by the catchy violin (I am a sucker for an attention grabbing opening – more on that later),…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 241

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by Fresh On The Net's 'Oldie' Rob Ball this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. I write this as news filters through of the explosion at MEN. Our thoughts go out to all those affected, many possibly having just experienced the joy - as…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 226

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by Fresh On The Net's Rob Ball this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. ANSWER BACK - She's Into Rock 'n' Roll Starting this week's top ten with a very catchy classic rocky/poppy track. Good guitar riffs, sharp vocals, throw in some brass, a…

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Going Full Time in a Band

Fresh On The Net's Rob Ball interviews London based band The King's Parade about the finer points of going full time. Being a long time watcher of up-and-coming acts, and having seen bands decide to go all-in and make music full time, I’ve often wondered what it’s really like. When earlier this year I put up one of my weekly work 'Because it’s Friday' playlists,…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 201

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed this week by new music lover, festival enthusiast and perennial red-hat-wearer, Fresh On The Net's 'Oldie' Rob Ball. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. What a lovely week to be the reviewer. I think this playlist would happily appear in its entirety when I am doing a…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 188

Last week our moderators listened to 180 tracks in our inbox and chose our favourite 25 for our Listening Post. Our readers then picked their own favourites from that shortlist over the weekend. The Fresh Faves on this page were the most popular tracks of the week. Making his reviewing debut please welcome our latest recruit to the Fresh On The Net moderation team, Rob Ball.…

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Keeping Music aLive

This week's guest post on the vital importance of live venues for upcoming artists is written by new music advocate, Listening Post regular and Friend Of Freshnet Rob Ball If you are reading this then it is highly likely that you are either a musician, work in the industry or like me a new music fan. One thing we all have in common is a…

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