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From Stonewall To RuPaul – A History Of Drag

As Europe’s largest drag convention prepares to take over London, Andrew Nicholls looks at the history of drag and its significance in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Threshold Festival Announce Across The Threshold

The ever popular annual event of grass roots music and arts are returning with a new event for 2018 and tease a retool for 2019. Shaun Ponsonby reports. 

Cosmic Slop #124: It Isn’t Isle Of Wight’s 50th Anniversary

As Isle Of Wight Festival announce their 50th anniversary line up, Shaun Ponsonby questions whether they should be allowed to trade off the original festival’s notoriety on the basis that […]

XamVolo, Sub Blue, Gazelle: District, Liverpool

Did we just see some defining performances from a couple of Liverpool’s stars in waiting? Shaun Ponsonby seems to think so.

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Alistair Fruish’s The Sentence Set For Florrie Performance

5 readers. 1 novel. 1 sentence. 1 syllable per word. 0 punctuation. The Sentence is coming to The Florrie.

Chibuku Present J Hus And More At IWF – WIN TICKETS

Chibuku pile on the grime for their next Liverpool event and have peaked the interest of Mark Johnstone in the process.

Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman: The Olympia, Liverpool

In arguably the finest large venue in the city, Paul Riley finds a rock icon far from playing it safe. 

Positive Vibration Announce First Wave Of Acts For 2018

The festival of reggae is returning to the Baltic Triangle for a third year in June.

Queen + Adam Lambert: Echo Arena, Liverpool

The favourite band of his youth, Shaun Ponsonby heads to the Echo Arena to find out whether Queen are still the champions with Adam Lambert. 

Backstage Tales From Bland TV #2: Richard & Judy – An Odyssey of Love

In the second in his series of imagined backstage stories from terrible TV shows, Shaun Ponsonby travels back to 1983 for an erotic, romantic epic set in the early days […]

Simon Mason Interview: “One of the hardest things about sobriety is dealing with these regrets”

Paul Fitzgerald chats to Simon Mason, author of Too High, Too Far, Too Soon, ahead of his show at The Zanzibar as part of Hightown Pirates. 

Blick Bassy: Philharmonic Hall Music Rooms, Liverpool

Bringing 25 years of Africa Oye to a close, Shaun Ponsonby sees a performance of sheer class from French-Cameroon artist Blick Bassy.

Journey Into The JAMS #3: Burn The Shard Part 1

Vicky Pea enters the pages of 2023 to take a whistle-stop tour with The JAMS – not those ones, but those ones too. 

Mac DeMarco, Montero: Mountford Hall, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin has high hopes as he sets out to join the dedicated DeMarco masses at Mountford Hall. 

Alexander O’Neal Interview: “The best of me is on stage”

With two new albums on the way, the soul legend talks to Mark Johnstone about living in Manchester, getting out of his comfort zone and 30 years of his classic […]

Ibibio Sound Machine & More Announced For Sound City 2018

Sound City announce the first wave of acts for their 2018 edition, but there is one band exciting Planet Slop head and shoulders above the rest.

Paul Foot: Laughterhouse, Liverpool

In the perfect surroundings of the Laughterhouse, Alan Parry finds Paul Foot reminiscent of Robin Williams in his pomp. 

Journey Into The JAMS #3: The Lucky 49 & 1 Golden Idiot

The heat is on as Burn The Shard gets closer, the Lucky 49 begin to reveal themselves and we get some solid intel on what’s going on. 

Rating Queen

Ahead of Queen’s UK tour with Adam Lambert, Shaun Ponsonby examines the back catalogue of one of Britain’s best loved, wildly eccentric and misunderstood bands. 

Blick Bassy Interview: “Every tribe has it’s own music”

Ahead of Blick Bassy’s performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Janaya Pickett talks to the French-Cameroonian artist about applying language to music, his love of Skip James, and assuming individuality. 

Bar Mont Blanc Opens In Cains Brewery

A cosy ski lodge will do just fine in the winter months. Planet Slop heads to the latest incarnation of Kiosk.

Patti Smith Announces 2018 UK Shows Including Manchester Date

Patti Smith confirms summer Manchester show as part of two solo UK dates. 

A Night Of Boom Bap, Hip Hop And Rap Coming To North Shore Troubadour

Smoov Cyphaz is bringing a night of Hip Hop and Rap to the North Shore Troubadour in December. 

The Radar: Astles – Full of Wonder

Ahead of the release of Astles’ debut studio effort, Planet Slop talk to the hotly tipped artist and have an exclusive listen to his first EP.

Journey Into The JAMS #2: The 99 & The 400 Legacy

As a new faction takes shape Vicky Pea wonders what could await them and gets her hands on some of The 400’s legacy. 

The Disaster Artist: Why The Room Reasonates

Ahead of the big screen adaption of The Disaster Artist, Shaun Ponsonby explores the cult classic film on which it is based and asks why this particular bomb resonates with […]

Alice Cooper, The Mission, The Tubes: Manchester Arena

The shock rock icon returns with the original band for the first time in 46 years, and welcomes Shaun Ponsonby to his nightmare. 

Fiction: Ken Jones – Elvis Has Left The Building

Ken Jones is a creative writing student from Wallasey. He has been writing stories since the 60s, and has returned to education to improve his craft. 

KingFast wins Merseyrail Sound Station 2017

As the Jamaican born singer-songwriter wins the fifth Sound Station competition, Shaun Ponsonby listens to his soulful debut EP One Day. 

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul: O2 Academy & The Cavern, Liverpool

Consigliere to both Bruce Springsteen and Tony Soprano, Little Steven wows Liverpool with two very different shows in one day. Superfan Shaun Ponsonby wasn’t going to miss them for the […]

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Gorilla, Manchester

Taking a trip to New Orleans, albeit via Manchester, Owen Mullen finds a pure love of music at Gorilla. 

Blondie, Mustang: O2 Apollo, Manchester

With Blondie’s new album arguably being their most popular in two decades, Shaun Ponsonby finds a band far from resting on their laurels.  

Download Festival 2018 To Be Headlined By Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne & Avenged Sevenfold

Download Festival calls upon the reunited G’n’R to headline in 2018. 

The Killers: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Vicky Pea finally catches the band that has inexplicably eluded her since the glorious summer of ’04. 

Laces Out Returns To Camp & Furnace This Weekend

Graeme Watt enlightens us on the appeal of the trainer festival as Laces Out heads back to Camp & Furnace. 

Squeeze, Nine Below Zero: Liverpool Philharmonic

With Squeeze expertly showing us how it’s done, Alan Parry finds out what grown ups do on a night out. 

LMW Closing Party ft Perfume Genius, AJ Tracey, Everything Everything & More

With regular indie faces on stage, and some genuinely exciting MC’s relegated downstairs, Shaun Ponsonby, Vicky Pea and Lorna Doughtery think it’s time for Liverpool’s hip hop scene to come […]

Journey Into The JAMS #1: Dragged Back Into The Dark Ages

Vicky Pea finally comes full circle with her reflection on Welcome To The Dark Ages… until…garhh no we’re going back! 

Captain Beefheart To Be Celebrated With Weekend Of Events In Liverpool + Slop Comp!

Cult musician Captain Beefheart is at the centre of a weekend of specially created events across Liverpool to celebrate his life and works.

Preview: Marker Starling at Naked Lunch Cafe, Liverpool

The Toronto native comes to Liverpool for an incredibly rare show. Paul Fitzgerald has the lowdown. 

World ADP Riot Tour Crowdfund To Send L8 Youngsters to NYC

A crowdfund has been set up in order to send a group of young people from Liverpool to New York as part of the World ADP Riot Tour. 

Liverpool Music Week: Childhood, TVME: The Magnet, Liverpool

Wednesday night may not be raring for a party, but Shaun Ponsonby finds a warm reception for Childhood.

Liverpool Music Week: Dawn Penn, Dub Defenders at District

Positive Vibration brings another reggae legend to Liverpool as part of Music Week. As if Shaun Ponsonby would miss this one.

Cosmic Slop #123: Sounds Like Shit

As the BBC launch their dreadful new Friday night music show amid much fanfare, Shaun Ponsonby finds it emblematic of pop in the 21st century. 

Get In To The Greek: A Guide To Yorgos Lanthimos

With the release of his new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, we take a look at the films of Yorgos Lanthimos with a guest piece by Michael Fowler […]

Liverpool Music Week: Lost Horizons, BC Camplight, Hilang Child: Leaf, Liverpool

Celebrating 20 years of the Bella Union label at Leaf for Liverpool Music Week, Paul Fitzgerald finds an evening of true celebration.

Liverpool Music Week: Jungle, Stealing Sheep, Makeness at Invisible Wind Factory

Having only known Jungle for two weeks, Graham Smillie takes a chance and catches them at the Invisible Wind Factory. Do they convert a new fan?

L100 Spotlight #5: Tony Broke

A Liverpool hip hop veteran with a beer swigging, foul mouthed, occasionally homeless, street fighting and penniless alter ego. DJ2Kind introduces us to the artist formerly known as T.L.

Liverpool Music Week Round Up: Dan Croll, Jalen N’Gonda, Spinning Coin, Emilio Pinchi & More

Having a little look back at our adventures so far in Liverpool Music Week 2018. 

Liverpool Sound City 2018 Set For Baltic Triangle & Cains Brewery Takeover

Liverpool Sound City 2018 to return to its award winning metropolitan roots for May festival.

Planet Slop Film Club #2: The Death Of Stalin

The Death Of Stalin gets the Planet Slop Film Club treatment in our second collaborate review. 

Liverpool Music Week: Abstract Orchestra Plays Madvillainy: 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

As the Abstract Orchestra makes an inevitable return to the city, DJ2Kind watches them triumph in a re-imagining of a hip hop classic. 

Wu Tsang’s Under Cinema Featuring Kelela Premieres At FACT

Wu Tsang interrogates reality in new commission Under Cinema featuring  critically lauded singer Kelela.

Mike Garson Interview: “Bowie never stayed in a comfort zone”

Ahead of Mike Garson’s performance at the O2 Academy, Christy Smyth talks to Bowie’s long-time pianist about Aladdin Sane, the underrated albums of the 90s and life with the Thin […]

Planet Slop Book Club #1: Under My Thumb, The Beat Makers, How to Be a Craftivist & Watling Street

We’ve teamed up with News From Nowhere to bring you some reading recommendations that may have missed your radar. 

The Radar: Long Finger Bandits

Gypsy-infused jazz with a striking visual element. Shaun Ponsonby takes a listen to Ocean Waves signing Long Finger Bandits. 

Cosmic Slop #122: Remembering The Nipplegate Hysteria

As Justin Timberlake returns to headline the Superbowl halftime show, Shaun Ponsonby looks back at the American media’s appalling display following his 2004 appearance with Janet Jackson.

Liverpool Music Week: Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Liverpool Music Week brings us the good times, and it leaves Shaun Ponsonby wondering how many hits you can fit in one show.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition Opens In London – A First Look Inside

Traveling down to London’s O2 Arena, Shaun Ponsonby became one of the first people to view the items on display at the world premiere of the official Prince exhibition. 

Slop ‘n’ Snips’ Seriously Shook Halloween Horror Movie List

Slop’s Vicky Pea teams up with Snips’ Dave Wain to bring you a spooky selection of seriously shocking Halloween films. 

The Radar: Unstoppable Sweeties Show Interview

Liverpool’s finest off the wall jazz-pronk band talk to Shaun Ponsonby about the punk-prog divide, humour in music and “experimental thrash comedy avant-garde punkjazz”.

Secret Circus To Venture Down the Rabbit Hole At Studio 2

The unique showcase that is Liverpool’s Secret Circus returns for two new events of unpredictable performance art.

Fleet Foxes Top 10 Ahead Of Manchester Apollo Gig

As the Fleet Foxes prepare to cast their spell over our shores next month, Glenn Gibson attempts to run through their top ten tracks.

Planet Slop Film Club #1: Blade Runner 2049

Planet Slop welcomes you to our inaugural edition of the Film Club, first up in our firing line, Blade Runner 2049. 

Fiesta Bombarda Announce Their First Ever NYE Carnival

Fiesta Bombarda reveals its carnival offering for New Years Eve at the Invisible Wind Factory. 

Reel Big Fish, The Skints, Mad Caddies, Sweet Little Machine: O2 Academy, Liverpool

Mark Johnstone gets his skank on as Reel Big Fish fuel the fire at the O2 Academy. 

Short Story: Lewis Wren – Playing Quietly

Lewis Wren’s writing is influenced by the short stories of Raymond Carver and John Cheever, although he aspires to become an author of children’s fiction. He is currently working on […]

Preview: Ride at the O2 Academy, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin goes in search of some interesting shoes to stare at in preparation of Ride’s arrival in Liverpool with new material in tow to boot. 

Vogue Ball 2017 – Se7en Deadly Sins: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it; Andrew Nicholls takes in the House of Suarez annual Vogue Ball at the Invisible Wind Factory.

Paul Foot Interview: “What if Spiderman was a right bigot?”

Alan Parry quizzes comedian Paul Foot on his wacky inspiration, ties, politics, piglets and more ahead of his live show at Liverpool’s Slaughter House. 

Preview: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue make the trip to Manchester in November, Owen Mullen reports. 

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Five: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Impropriety’s improvised soap opera The Happening is coming to the end of its run at 81 Renshaw Street. Sean Broadhurst returns to take in the penultimate episode and reflects on […]

Liverpool Music Week 2017 Guide

The 15th Liverpool Music Week is upon us and we’re back to ensure you don’t miss a show with our LMW Guide. 

Is Modern Art Relevant To The Everyday?

With Tate Liverpool embarking on a nine month exhibition looking at the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Gary Dougherty considers the influence of the Modern artists on our everyday lives.

Downtown Boys, Ohmns, Eyesore and The Jinx: Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin finds The Shipping Forecast void of answers but brimming with the seeds of essential conversations courtesy of Downtown Boys. 

Elevant, SPQR, Black Pudding, Salt The Snail & Bleach Sweets: IWF Substation, Liverpool

Paul Riley embraces the Freak Scene – and the whiskey – and the rock – at Loner Noises’ Freak Scene All-Dayer. 

Cosmic Slop #121: Two Sides Of Demi Lovato

As Demi Lovato releases her new album and documentary, Shaun Ponsonby investigates the relationship between Whalegate and her sister Poot. 

Interview With Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders

Sean Broadhurst talks to Man Booker Prize 2017 winner George Saunders about obsession, capitalism and satire in the age of Trump. 

Preview: Insane Clown Posse at Manchester Academy

It may be Halloween time but Michael Edwards has a very different reason for getting out the face paints as ICP head our way. 

Poem: Tom Florence – Autopilot

Poetry is a new form to Tom Florence, but it is clear from his poem, Autopilot, that he is an exciting young writer. He is currently working on a novel, […]

Preview: Fueling The Fire Tour With Reel Big Fish & More

A celebration of rock, ska, punk and reggae, Mark Johnstone reports on the Fueling The Fire welcomeing Reel Big Fish as the headliners for this year’s trek.

Podcast: The Jacksons Dynasty

Celebrating five decades since The Jackson 5 burst onto the scene, Shaun Ponsonby uses Planet Slop’s Glorified Jukebox to navigate the musical evolution of the most iconic family in American music […]

FLYTE, SPINN, TV ME: Buyers Club, Liverpool

Paul Fitzgerald joins a sold out crowd at the Buyers Club to discover the true definition of a band on an evening of one special monent after another. 

The Melvins, Redd Kross: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

An odd pairing? Not at all! Stephen Lewin travels to Leeds for a formidable double header. 

Smithdown Road Festival All-Dayer Review

Luke Foo Guest has been away during Smithdown Road’s redevelopment, so he was delighted to spend the day at the free all-dayer they staged last week. Warning: Wrist injury depicted. 

Kanda Bongo Man: Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic

Paul Fitzgerald enjoys two full hours of unremittingly joyous Congolese wonder at the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room with Kanda Bongo Man. 

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Four: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Sean Broadhurst is witness to a mushroom related murder in the improv county of Kazimier-shire in Episode 4 of The Happening.

Poem: Serpentine – Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson was announced as a New North Poet at the 2017 Northern Writers’ Awards. She is a Masters student at the University of Manchester whose work has appeared in […]

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Three: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

The laughs turn to genuine emotion for episode three of Impropriety’s improvised soap opera, and Sean Broadhurst finally avoided becoming part of the show.

Preview: FLYTE at Buyers Club, Liverpool

The London alt-pop quartet return to the city after a triumphant gig at Magnet last year. Paul Fitzgerald reports. 

Preview: The Vogue Ball 2017 – Se7en Deadly Sins

Ready to strike a pose? House of Suarez are bringing The Vogue Ball back to the Invisible Wind Factory this month.

Preview: Moonchild at Band On The Wall, Manchester

With their famous fans including Laura Mvula, Don Letts and Robert Glasper, Soulfultiz is a little excitable for Moonchild’s Manchester show next week.  

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Laughter Locker, Everyman Bistro

The only all-female line-up at the Liverpool Comedy Festival, Sean Broadhurst took in Laughter Locker and found it a refreshing antidote to a male dominated industry. 

Preview: Lethal Bizzle at the O2 Ritz, Manchester

Lethal Bizzle is back! And Mark Johnstone is ready for his Manchester gig in October. 

Liverpool Heavily Represented In 2017 UK Festival Award Shortlists

Liverpool Music Festivals shortlisted for multiple 2017 UK Festival Awards. 

Shellac, Iona Fortune: Manchester Academy 2

Michael Edward joins a shawl of sound engineers as they swarm to witness Shellac at the Manchester Academy 2. 

Preview: Kanda Bongo Man

The King of Soukous comes to Liverpool this weekend. Paul Fitzgerald gets ready to dance.

Galactic Funk Militia: O2 Academy, Liverpool

A virgin to The Funk, Sean Broadhurst becomes a bona fide convert at the homecoming concert for Liverpool’s galactic funk soldiers.

Metallica: The Life Of A ‘Tallica Fan Ahead Of Manchester Arena Gig

As Metallica prepare to bring their WorldWired tour to the Manchester Arena Paul Riley takes a trip down memory lane.

Circus VIII Announce Secret Show Tomorrow Night

London’s answer to Snarky Puppy, Circus VIII are bringing their funk, rock, disco explosion to North Shore Troubadour.

Dizzee Rascal, Donae’o, Trappin’ Tremz: O2 Academy, Liverpool

Kicking off the much anticipated Raskit Tour in Liverpool, Christy Smyth finds Dizzee Rascal well and truly back in the corner. 

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Greg Davies, Empire Theatre

Greg Davies brought his You Magnificent Beast tour to Liverpool Comedy Festival, and Alan Parry found a man with the energy of a man half his age. 

Tom Petty RIP – Unexpected Rock & Roll Rebel

Aside from writing four decades of great songs, Tom Petty was also an opponent of the music industry. Shaun Ponsonby considers his legacy both on and off stage. 

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Two: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Having unwittingly become part of the show during episode one of Impropriety’s improvised soap opera, Sean Broadhurst was determined not to let the same thing happen at episode two. 

Photo Gallery: Lorde, O2 Apollo Manchester

Sakura shares her shots from Lorde’s gig at Manchester’s O2 Apollo. 

Sparks: The Ritz, Manchester

A Friday night in fine company, Planet Slop takes in art rock legends Sparks for a rare live performance in Manchester. 

We Are Grime feat. C-Two, MAL & more

The first ever We Are Grime event took place at EBGB’s last week, and Planet Slop were there to take it in. 

Story: Silence – Hayley Anderton

Hayley Anderton is a graduate of LJMU, and a writer of Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel, Double Bluff, is available on Amazon.

Preview: Dizzee Rascal at the O2 Academy

Dizzee Rascal is launching his Raskit Tour in Liverpool next week, and we at Planet Slop are going bonkers.  

Photo Gallery: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Manchester Arena

Sakura presents her photo gallery from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Manchester Arena. 

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Cabaret From The Shadows

As part of Liverpool Comedy Festival Vicky Pea attends her first Cabaret show, with a twist. 

Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia 2017 Review: “Experimentation, Innovation & Creativity”

Planet Slop’s Paul Riley, Brian Sayle and Vicky Pea present their review and photo gallery from this year’s Liverpool Psych Fest. 

Ghosts Of: Exploring Ghoulish Tales & Locations Across The UK

Ghosts Of is a new online series that sees a group of friends tackle some of the British Isle’s spookiest spots.

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Impropriety Presents The Happening

An improvised spoof soap opera? Why not? Sean Broadhurst takes in episode one of Impropriety’s The Happening. 

Jesus and Mary Chain, Sugarmen: O2 Academy, Liverpool

The gig may have been downsized, but Jesus and Mary Chain triumphed regardless, according to Paul Fitzgerald. 

L100 Spotlight #4: Jamie Broad

Fancy a nice cup of tea? DJ2Kind introduces us to Jamie Broad, a Leonard Cohen loving Liverpool rapper. 

Soom-T Ready To Take Studio 2 By Storm

Reggae with a bit of everything, the incredible Soom-T is swinging by Studio 2 this Friday.

Cosmic Slop #120: I Finally Get RuPaul’s Drag Race

Gentlemen start your engines, and may the best woman win! Shaun Ponsonby sees something in Drag Race that he doesn’t get from any other reality contest.    

We Are Grime Interview: “Grime can no longer be ignored”

As Liverpool finally gets a regular Grime night, Shaun Ponsonby speaks to We Are Grime’s Alexa Humphries about the importance of providing a central platform for a style of music […]

Metal Liverpool Presents Different Trains 1947 At Edge Hill

Different Trains 1947 to premiere in Liverpool before showings in London and India. 

Galactic Funk Militia Interview: “When you see a band, you should get a show”

Ahead of Galactic Funk Militia’s biggest show to date at the O2 Academy, Shaun Ponsonby speaks to band leader Mook about the present, the future, and the power of The […]

WRONG Festival Announces 2018 Return To Liverpool Docklands

WRONG, a Festival for the Freakscene, is returning in spring 2018 for another day and night of noise. 

Squeeze Returning To The Phil This November

The new wave legends return to Liverpool in November, and Alan Parry can barely contain her excitement. 

Cosmic Slop #119: Are We Scared To Be Pop Stars?

Does pop still sound like pop? Shaun Ponsonby ponders the increasing eccentricity of pop music, and why it has taken such a sharp left turn.

Poem: L’Accord Bleu by Erik Davidkov

Erik Davidkov is a Bulgarian born poet, photographer, and composer of films. His poem L’accord Bleau is included in the collection All Of This And Nothing. 

Dix, Sander and Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933

With Tate Liverpool’s Portraying a Nation exhibition showcasing Germany during the rise of Hitler, Niloo Sharifi looks at the work of Dix and Sander with one eye on the current […]

PZYK Survival Guide: Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia 2017 PLUS Competition

Do’s, don’t’s, when’s, where’s, how’s, who’s and more from Planet Slop’s Vicky Pea.

The Jesus and Mary Chain To Bring Damage and Joy to O2 Academy Liverpool

As The Jesus and Mary Chain prepare to bring their Damage and Joy tour to Liverpool’s Academy, Planet Slop’s  Jon Heathen looks forward to their wall of sound.

Liverpool Mental Health Festival Returns With 2 Weeks Of Events

Liverpool Mental Health Festival takes place across two weeks in October with a range of events. 

Liverpool Comedy Festival Set To Spread Giggles And Guffaws Across The City

The 16th Liverpool Comedy Festival kicks off this week with 150 shows across 18 venues. 

John Murry to bring A Short History Of Decay to Liverpool for unmissable show

Paul Fitzgerald enchants us with a brief history of American singer-songwriter John Murry ahead of intimate show at the Naked Lunch Cafe. 

Teatro Pomodoro Interview: Cabaret, Bouffoon & Flying Metal Buckets

Ahead of their performance at the Unity Theatre, cabaret troupe Teatro Pomodoro speak to Ally Goodman about their new show, Cabaret From The Shadows.

Poem: Dun Laoghaire by David Subacchi

David Subacchi studied at the University of Liverpool and has published five collections of poetry. He writes in English, Welsh, and Italian. David regularly performs at spoken word events in Liverpool.

POND, Warm Digits: Psych Fest Launch Party, Invisible Wind Factory

With Australia’s POND making a Liverpool appearance, Brian Sayle catches them launching this year’s anticipated Psych Fest. 

Big Youth, Horace Andy: District, Liverpool

With two massive reggae gigs in just a couple of weeks, Brian Sayle and Graham Smillie are blown away by the ambition of Positive Vibration. 

Cosmic Slop #118: VMA’s 2017 – Visual Gonorrhoea

Suffering from eczema wasn’t the most irritating thing Shaun Ponsonby experienced this week, it was the interminable MTV Video Music Awards 2017.

Liverpool Music Week Add Dawn Penn, Jungle, Everything Everything & More To 2017 Bill

An incredible second wave of acts is shaping LMW 2017 as the best yet.  

KLF Khronicals #12: What The FUUK Was Badger Kull?

Vicky Pea attempts to get to the bottom of Badger Kull… and discovers a training course?

The Radar: Mica Millar Interview

Before Manchester’s Mica Millar launches her latest single in Liverpool, Soulfultiz spoke to her about the Manchester scene, performing in Liverpool and her new music.

KLF Khronicals #11: Grapefruit Are Not The Only Bombs

Vicky Pea attempts to weave a narrative through the three days of Welcome To The Dark Ages. 

Livewire Festival Feat. Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Jacksons & more: Towerhead Arena, Blackpool

One of the world’s biggest superstars comes to Blackpool. Shaun Ponsonby takes in the first ever Livewire Festival, starring the one and only Will Smith.

KLF Khronicals #10: MuMufication and The People’s Pyramid

Vicky Pea dwells on the prospect of The People’s Pyramid and wonders why this isn’t bigger news? 

KLF Khronicals #9: Graduation, The Rites Of Mumufication, Toxteth Day Of The Dead

Vicky Pea hereby bestows her remains to The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu for the purpose of building The People’s Pyramid.  

KLF Khronicals #8: The Day Of The Book

Vicky Pea joins the ranks of Book Two Chapter Four for The Day Of The Book.

KLF Khronicals #7: The K Foundation Burned A Million Quid Because…

Vicky Pea jumps head first in to Mumuland to get a job, an answer and a tattoo. 

Re-evaluating Stock Aitken Waterman with Jason Donovan

Ahead of a celebration of The Hit Factory as part of Blackpool’s Livewire Festival, Banjo re-assesses the much maligned 80s pop trio, and chats to one of their biggest stars; […]

Little Steven: From Asbury Park To Soulfire

What do Bruce Springsteen, Nelson Mandela and The Sopranos have in common? Ahead of Little Steven’s upcoming UK tour, Shaun Ponsonby takes a look at one of the most fascinating, […]

KLF Khronicals #6: The Ice Kream Van Kometh

The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu are back to a warm reception! 

101 Word Short Stories by Karin Matthews

Karin Matthews is a writer from Gloucestershire. She studied English and Creative Writing in Liverpool where she began a project; every day she selects a random title and writes a […]

KLF Khronicals #5

What the FUUK is going on? We’re about to find out as Vicky Pea departs for Mumuland. 

Official Prince Exhibition Premiering In London

My Name Is Prince will run for 21 nights in the autumn, and Shaun Ponsonby can barely contain his excitement.

Photo Gallery: Conor Oberst & Big Thief at Liverpool’s O2 Academy

Sakura presents a photo gallery as Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst delivers a gig of the year contender to the pleasure of his fans.

The Fall and How To Buy Them

Want to get into The Fall but don’t know where to start? Del Pike presents the ultimate beginners guide to Mark E Smith and Co. 

Roy Ayers: 24 Kitchen St, Liverpool

Packed into a venue that may have been too small for a gig of this size, Paul Riley tries to enjoy jazz legend Roy Ayers during a night of ups […]

Win Tickets to mUmU’s Baltic Bank Holiday Party

mUmU bring Marcel Dettmann and Answer Code Request to Liverpool on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Musicians Against Homelessness Weekender Coming To Hangar34

Musicians Against Homelessness boasts massive two day line up to raise funds for Crisis.

Robert Plant Announces Liverpool Olympia Gig And New Album Carry Fire

Robert Plant will play Liverpool’s Olympia as part of UK & Irish tour this autumn in support of his new album Carry Fire. 

Cosmic Slop #117: Cheering Up A Broken World

Depressed at the state of the world as we know it, Shaun Ponsonby tries to cheer us up by delving into one of pop’s forgotten back pages. 

Win Tickets to Festival No.6 to see The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Bloc Party & more

Planet Slop has a pair of tickets to give away to this years Festival No.6. Find out why and how you should enter here. 

KLF Khronicals #4

With a week to go before the KLF’s Welcome To The Dark Ages event, Vicky Pea finally experiences the calm before the storm. 

The Music Manual To Celebrate 5 Years With Summer Shindig

Liverpool music blog The Music Manual is set to celebrate their 5 year anniversary with a special Summer Shindig.

L100 Spotlight #3: Prefects

Is Boom Bap the true hip-hop sound? Prefects seems to think so. DJ2Kind catches up with him with L100.

Wrong Festival & Loner Noise Announce Freak Scene All-Dayer

As the team behind Wrong Festival announce an all-day celebration of the freak scene, Shaun Ponsonby talks to head honcho Michael Edward about the development of Wrong, Loner and the […]

Rating Lana Del Rey

Glenn Gibson rejoices over Lana Del Rey’s new album and upcoming tour by looking through her back catalogue and putting things into perspective.

Cosmic Slop #116: Festivals Are 2017’s Dead Celebrities

Following issues at Y Not, Hope & Glory and BoomTown, Shaun Ponsonby believes that we’re hearing about failing festivals in 2017 as often as we heard about dying celebrities last […]

What’s REALLY Going On In Twin Peaks #5

Chris Burgess starts to wonder if the Dougie-verse is even real and spots the potential for a bigger fight than Mayweather vs McGregor.

KLF Khronicals #3

Details. We have details. Just a few but enough to get Vicky Pea in a right old state. 

Toots & The Maytals, Kioko: Olympia, Liverpool

After a number of years away from the stage, Shaun Ponsonby catches the reggae giants’ return to Liverpool at the Olympia. 

Liverpool Disco Festival 3 Announces Line Up For October Event

Liverpool Disco Festival 3 reveals first set of acts for October takeover of the Baltic Triangle. 

Hope & Glory Sunday Review: Living Room, Liverpool

Adam Chapman reviews the now legendary Sunday of Hope and Glory 2017. 

Afropunk London: Thundercat, Danny Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae & More

Heading down to London solo, Nelson experiences Afropunk in all it’s multicultural glory.

Bongo’s Bingo announce Bongo And The Beast Christmas dates

The legendary Liverpool night out has revealed their ambitious plans for Christmas 2017. 

Hope & Glory Fiasco – The Festival That Never Should Have Been

An obviously unsuitable venue, a clear lack of organisation and a promoter whose shows have appeared on Rip-Off Britain. Why was Hope and Glory given permission to go ahead?

Cosmic Slop #115: I Don’t Hate Jaden Smith

Having spent years dismissing Jaden Smith as a joke, Shaun Ponsonby starts to reassess what the kid is really all about.

Rating Queens of the Stone Age

Michael Edward celebrates Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album and tour by rating their entire output and putting their entire career into context. 

Preview: Van Morrison At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mark Johnstone savours the arrival of Van Morrison to Liverpool. 

KLF Khronicals #2

A week closer to the big event, Vicky Pea continues to absorb all KLF information like a sponge… A confused, disorientated sponge. 

Backstage Tales From Bland TV #1: The One Show’s Christmas Party

In the first of his short stories based on the backstage antics of bland TV shows, Shaun Ponsonby imagines the events surrounding The One’s Show’s Christmas party.

WIN Tickets For Toots & The Maytals Olympia Show

The reggae legends return to Liverpool after a lengthy hiatus from touring and you could be there.

Re-evaluating Will Smith with DJ Jazzy Jeff

Ahead of Will Smith’s return to the stage in Blackpool, Shaun Ponsonby recalls interviewing DJ Jazzy Jeff, and re-considers The Fresh Prince’s place in rap history.

Roy Ayers set for summer live date in Liverpool

The Godfather of neo-soul Roy Ayers plays 24 Kitchen St this summer.

Chic To Kick Off Liverpool Music Week 2017

Nile Rodgers and co are to freak out Liverpool Music Week 2017 alongside first wave of acts confirmed for this years festival. Shaun Ponsonby tells us why this is such […]

Queer Rrriot: Queen Zee & The Sasstones, Tuck & The Binders, QFolk & more: Foxy Lomax, Liverpool

An alternative to Pride? Shaun Ponsonby thinks that Queer Rrriot was not only a rousing success, but that it is imperative that it continues.

Brian Wilson: Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Playing The Beach Boys’ masterpiece Pet Sounds in full, Shaun Ponsonby finds the Liverpool crowd delighted to simply be in Brian Wilson’s presence.

Cosmic Slop #114: The Mercury Prize Is The Brits For Pretentious People

As the Mercury Prize shortlist is announced, Shaun Ponsonby argues that the award has never been all its cracked up to be. 

Gary Numan, Gang Of Four: Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Having stopped paying attention to Gary Numan by the early 80s, Graham Smillie decides to pop along to the Exhibition Centre and discovers why the artist retains such a massive cult […]

Royal Blood announce biggest UK tour to date in support of all conquering sophomore album

With the Brighton duo stepping up a gear to arenas, Glenn Gibson hails the return of the new kings of UK rock

Short Story: Kevin, The Wise Man

Written by Christy Smyth, a Creative Writing student from Chesterfield, living in Liverpool. Digs Alice Cooper.

Queer Rrriot: An Alternative To Pride Liverpool

Ahead of the first Queer Rrriot Liverpool Pride event, Shaun Ponsonby talks to poet Mo Thu Lu about the need for an underground alternative to the mainstream Pride event.

KLF Khronicles #1

Planet Slop’s Vicky Pea prepares to be welcomed to the Dark Ages by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. 

Photo Gallery: ZZ Top bring their Tonnage Tour to Manchester’s O2 Apollo

Sakura presents a gallery of the bearded behemoths as they bring their Tonnage Tour to Manchester’s O2 Apollo. 

LIMF 2017 Round-Up: Rain, Trains and So Solid Crew

Returning for it’s 5th year, LIMF overcomes the obstacles to retain it’s central place in Liverpool’s summer gig calendar.

Brian Wilson & Gary Numan head up two massive shows in Liverpool this week

Two huge live shows featuring two icons come to Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre this week with Gary Numan and Brian Wilson celebrating 50 Summers of Love.

Placebo to bring the hits to Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom for 20th anniversary tour

Michael Edward anticipates a night of big hits as Placebo prepare for their 20th anniversary tour. 

Roy Lichtenstein in Focus coming to Tate Liverpool

The works of  renowned American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein are to be shown at Tate Liverpool.

Doctor Who: Why A Time Lady Is Integral

As the BBC announce Jodie Whittaker as the first Time Lady, Sean Broadhurst argues that the change is not only canon, but central to the show. 

Shellac to play Manchester as part of autumn UK tour

Michael Edward looks forward to a visit from the self proclaimed minimalist rock trio.

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dies aged 41

Planet Slop sends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Chester Bennington who has died aged 41.

What’s REALLY Going On In Twin Peaks #4

As Twin Peaks starts to deliver answers, Chris Burgess looks at what we’ve learnt so far and more importantly, where it all may be leading. 

Blick Bassy returns to Liverpool this year as part of Africa Oyé’s celebrations

Africa Oyé and Mellowtone add another international star to their series of live celebratory dates. 

Premiere: Limerance lay bare their debut single Shine On

Glyn Akroyd exclusively premieres Limerance’s debut single, Shine On, with Planet Slop. 

Nick Cave to play Manchester Arena on biggest UK tour to date

As Nick Cave make the bold step up to an arena tour, Banjo traces his journey so far.

The Radar: Jessie Reyez

Ahead of this weekend’s adventures at LIMF, Soulfultiz shares the act he’s most looking forward to seeing.  

George A. Romero: The father of the zombie flick passes away aged 77

George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Dead, has died after a short battle with cancer. 

Glastonbury Roundup: A Virgin, A Veteran & Our Highlights

Yes, Glastonbury happened. In fact it feels long ago in the memory now, but that can’t be helped. Upon returning this year we promptly fell apart, hit down with the […]

The Gories, OHMNS, MINCEMEAT: The Magnet, Liverpool

With Detroit legends The Gories headlining, Mark Greenwood heads to Magnet for a whopper of a night from Harvest Sun.

Cosmic Slop #113: The Most Popular Video On YouTube

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth have overtaken Gangnam Style as the most popular video on YouTube, but Shaun Ponsonby finds it the musical equivalent of a Happy Meal toy.

Positive Vibration Bringing Two Reggae Legends To District

Hot off the heels of their second festival, the reggae specialists are bringing Big Youth and Horace Andy to the Baltic Triangle. 

Queen Zee & The Sasstones: Behind The Scenes Of The “Sissy Fists” Video

With Queen Zee & The Sasstones releasing their first music video, Shaun Ponsonby gets an exclusive behind the scenes look at these grotesquely beautiful stars in the making.

The L100 Spotlight #2: Rosh

Continuing his regular column celebrating the urban scene in the North West, DJ2Kind introduces the incredible Rosh.

LIMF 2017 Stage Times, Line Up, After Parties & Map

With Liverpool International Music Festival returning for it’s fifth installment, Planet Slop brings you all you need to know for this year’s festival. 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks: Hyde Park, London

With the rock legends making a rare trip overseas, Shaun Ponsonby joins the sold out crowd in Hyde Park for Tom Petty’s long awaited 40th anniversary tour. 

Legendary Motor City punk band The Gories on route to Liverpool

Mark Greenwood gets all sorts of stoked to welcome The Gories to Liverpool.

The Jacksons: Haydock Park Racecourse, Liverpool

With numerous generations of his family missing out on various incarnations of The Jacksons for decades, Shaun Ponsonby finally dances, shouts and shakes his body down to the ground. 

House For The Homeless Interview: The Waveform Transmitter Announce Charity Album & Launch Party

As electronic music heads The Waveform Transmitter reveal charity record and event, Shaun Ponsonby talks to mastermind Ste Knight about the project. 

Radiohead, Junun: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Seeing his favourite band in the flesh, Paul Riley braves the tourists for Radiohead’s massive gig in Manchester.

Bowie, Zappa, Adele & The Purpose Of Contemporary Music

With Glastonbury reactions highlighting the debate over elite and popular art, Alan Parry ponders the purpose of contemporary pop music.

Kamasi Washington: Arts Club, Liverpool

With a jazz superstar in intimate surroundings, Soulfultiz is left captivated by the great Kamasi Washington.

Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer & Boogaloo: Camp & Furnace, Liverpool

A funk and soul all-dayer? Don’t mind if we do! Shaun Ponsonby checks out Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer & Boogaloo at Camp & Furnace.

Cheap Trick: Academy, Manchester

With one of the great cult bands on a rare UK trek, Shaun Ponsonby finds Cheap Trick sounding as great as they ever did.

Cosmic Slop #112: The Guitar Hero Is Dead. So What?

After an article on the death of the guitar led to mourning from some, Shaun Ponsonby argues that it isn’t worth your tears. 

What’s REALLY Going On In Twin Peaks #3

Chris Burgess is back to declare “Holy Jesus Christ” and give his take on an hour of mind bending, ground breaking television courtesy of Twin Peaks. 

Tarang: Indian Music Ensemble Launching New Album At Liverpool’s Indika 2017

The groundbreaking collective are launching their new album at the Capstone Theatre, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

Kamasi Washington Comes To Liverpool This Friday

The acclaimed jazz saxophonist makes his Liverpool this week, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

The Jacksons: The Best Non-Michael Songs

As The Jacksons prepare to head to Blackpool without their much missed leader, Shaun Ponsonby considers the best of the rest of the iconic family. 

Cosmic Slop #111: Foo Fighters, Radiohead & The Obligatory Glastonbury Article

In a lame attempt for legitimacy, Shaun Ponsonby writes a supposedly mandatory article about Glastonbury, and looks at the major differences between two of 2017’s headliners.

Bat Sabbath, God Damn: Arts Club Loft, Liverpool

Cancer Bats forming a Black Sabbath tribute band? Brian Sayle catches a curious, but arresting set.

Africa Oyé Feat. Max Romeo, Mokoomba, Jupiter & Okwess International & More: Sefton Park, Liverpool

As Africa Oyé turns 25, Shaun Ponsonby basks in the glory of what is arguably the best weekend on the Liverpool calendar.

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul: Academy, Manchester

With the only UK date for Springsteen’s right hand man being in Manchester, Shaun Ponsonby finally gets to see one of his heroes playing a solo set in the flesh.

What’s REALLY Going On In Twin Peaks #2

Our own Mr Jackpots Chris Burgess is back to shovel his way out of the mega-meta headspin.

Cosmic Slop #110: The History of the Devil Horns

As KISS’ Gene Simmons tries to patent the devil horns hand gesture, Shaun Ponsonby looks back at the history of it’s usage. Spoiler: Gene didn’t invent it.  

Thundercat, Danny Brown & More Gear Up For AFROPUNK LONDON 2017

An amazing line-up is set for AFROPUNK’s second London Festival, and Christina McKenna can hardly wait.

Craig Charles Bringing His Trunk Of Funk For a Liverpool All-Dayer

Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer and Boogaloo takes over Camp and Furnace, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

Africa Oyé Interview: “The industry has got a hell of a lot of festivals, but we’re up there”

Ahead of Africa Oyé‘s landmark 25th festival, Janaya Pickett talks to director Paul Duhaney about the past, present and future of the UK’s largest celebration of African culture.

Positive Vibration Festival Feat. The Selecter, Jah Shaka, Sir Coxsone & More: Baltic Triangle

Having won Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards, Shaun Ponsonby finds Liverpool’s reggae festival upping the ante. 

Cancer Bats Ready Black Sabbath Tribute At Arts Club

As Bat Sabbath head to the Arts Club, Brian Sayle gears up for a heavy night in homage to the Godfathers of Metal.

Interesting Times #1: The General Election, An Inept Tory Campaign & The Challenges Ahead

Following a General Election of twists and turns Paul Riley presents his thoughts on an inept Tory Campaign, and the challenges ahead for both Labour and Brexit.

Cosmic Slop #109: Politics and Music – Don’t You Listen To The Lyrics?

Shaun Ponsonby keeps his eyes on the political and asks how audiences can possibly act surprised or offended when prominent, outspoken artists incorporate their views into their live shows. 

Steven Speilberg’s Animaniacs Rebooted – A Look At The 90’s Second Best Cartoon

As Steven Speilberg looks into rebooting Animaniacs, Shaun Ponsonby pays tribute to one of his most beloved cartoons.

Gallery: Positive Vibration Launch The Art of Reggae Exhibition Ahead of 2017 Festival

On the eve of Positive Vibration’s second festival, Soulfultiz headed to Art of Reggae Exhibition at Constellations.

Premiere: Shy Billy unleash new single Waiting Gracefully

Shy Billy premiere their latest single, Waiting Gracefully, exclusively with Planet Slop.

Prince: A Celebration – A Six Part Podcast Series

The hits? The b-sides? The side projects? Unreleased material? All covered. Shaun Ponsonby celebrates Prince’s birthday by chronicling his entire career over 12 hours. 

Vintage Trouble, Laurence Jones: The Ritz, Manchester

A perfect marriage of rock & soul, Shaun Ponsonby checks out California’s Vintage Trouble in Manchester.

Jimmy McGovern’s Broken – a well-timed and pertinent TV show for modern Britain

Ahead of the broadcast of it’s second episode, Chris Burgess unlocks legendary Liverpool writer Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC series Broken, starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel.  

Is Ian McNabb Really an Inside Job?

A strange Facebook page claims to be revealing the truth behind Liverpool conspiracy buster and occasional songwriter Ian McNabb, so Shaun Ponsonby tracked down the man behind it and demanded answers.

The L100 Spotlight #1: C-Two

The urban scene in the North West often goes under-represented, so we asked L100’s DJ 2Kind to write a regular column celebrating the urban underground – starting with C-Two.

Introducing The Planet Slop Events Calendar

Don’t miss a thing across Liverpool and the North West with our new collaborative events calendar.

Cosmic Slop #108: The All-New Cosmic Slop Reboot

Returning like Twin Peaks on a different network, Shaun Ponsonby finds the all-new Cosmic Slop closer to Alien: Covenant.

Tonight at Noon Feat. Thurston Moore & Mugstar: St Georges Hall, Liverpool

Anyone expecting Sonic Youth’s greatest hits would have been sorely disappointed, but David North finds Thurston Moore’s celebration of The Mersey Sound captivating regardless.

Photo Gallery: Liam Gallagher makes emotional return to Manchester’s Ritz

Sakura was at The Ritz to see Liam Gallagher make his live return on a poignant night in Manchester. 

The Holydrug Couple, Gnod, Jane Weaver & more added to Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia announce second wave of acts plus special stage curators. 

Sound City 2017 Review Feat. John Cale, The Human League, Peaches & More

With Sound City’s tenth anniversary celebrations moving them to a new home, and some extra special one-off shows, Shaun Ponsonby and Paul Riley took in the sights and sounds.

Rating Madonna

From Holiday to Rebel Heart, Shaun Ponsonby celebrates the Queen of Pop by rating Madonna’s entire discography.

Africa Oyé Reveal Full Running Order For 25th Anniversary Festival

Check out all you need to knows for Africa Oyé’s landmark 25th edition.

Liverpool Disco Festival Returning This October

The Liverpool Disco Festival is back! Revving up for their second big event of the year, the Baltic Triangle will once again play host to what is quickly becoming one […]

The Radar: JVCK James

Keeping his ear to the soulful underground, Soulfultiz checks out the debut single from London’s JVCK James.

What’s REALLY Going on in Twin Peaks #1

Loving the return of Twin Peaks? Of course. Have no god damn idea whats happening? Naturally. Luckily Chris Burgess is here to enlighten us all.

Shy Billy, Galactic Funk Militia, Elevant & More Announced For Get Up Stand Up

24 Kitchen Street and CMD Presents bring a huge line-up to highlight the continuing impact of gentrification in Liverpool.

Transformer Events Feat. Swans, The Fall, Royal Trux & More: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

 A line-up that rivals All Tomorrow’s Parties at it’s zenith, Michael Edward heads to Manchester for a humungous night at the Victoria Warehouse.

Cosmic Slop #107: I’m obsessed with 80s boyband New Edition, and other uncomfortable truths

Spearheaded by BET’s acclaimed miniseries The New Edition Story, Shaun Ponsonby confesses to an unlikely series of personal obsessions.

Cosmic Slop #106: Gary Barlow and Mariah Carey – Razzies in waiting

As Mariah Carey and Gary Barlow venture into Hollywood, Shaun Ponsonby dreads the onslaught of pop stars in movies.

Cosmic Slop #105: LGBT superheroes and the lost art of “Mouse Trapping”

With hype over LGBT characters in several upcoming movies, Shaun Ponsonby asks why we haven’t reached a point where that isn’t a big deal.

Cosmic Slop #104: Everything except Ed Sheeran

As the hype surrounding Ed Sheeran’s new album starts to grate, Shaun Ponsonby would rather talk about Hieronymus Bosch and the mating habits of the Praying Mantis.

Cosmic Slop #103: Beauty and the Beast and the Disney remakes

As Disney prepare their latest live action remake, Shaun Ponsonby considers whether they have any other option.

Cosmic Slop #102: Whatever happened to Andrew Ridgeley?

After Andrew Ridgeley paid tribute to his former Wham! bandmate at BRITS, Shaun Ponsonby answers the question on virtually nobody’s lips.

Cosmic Slop #101: BRIT Awards 2017 – pop’s sad wank

Back for his annual plea deal punishment Shaun Ponsonby breaks down the 2017 Brit Awards.

Cosmic Slop #100: Grammys 2017 – bad tributes, boycotts and the cult of Beyonce

For his milestone 100th Cosmic Slop, Shaun Ponsonby shuns the celebrations to concentrate on trashing people more talented than him at the Grammys.

Cosmic Slop #99: Lady GaGa’s satanic ritual

Despite plaudits from fans and the media, Shaun Ponsonby noticed a strange school of thought developing around Lady GaGa’s Super Bowl performance.

Cosmic Slop #98: Gary Barlow’s hair raising escapades

As every article written all week was about the protests, Shaun Ponsonby nearly gave up his column, until an astonishing announcement from Gary Barlow.

Cosmic Slop #97: How is Chris Brown still a thing?

As nobody’s favourite obnoxious punching bag, Chris Brown, stirs controversy once again, Shaun Ponsonby asks why we bother to keep him around.

Cosmic Slop #96: The Joe Swash fan club

Since Michael Buble had to give up his high profile gig, Shaun Ponsonby somehow manages to tie the Brits, Showgirls and Joe Swash together in a nice little package.

Cosmic Slop #95: A new hope

Responding to social media self-righteousness, Shaun Ponsonby does his usual half-arsed rant.

Cosmic Slop #94: 2016 – a cosmic review of a very sloppy year

As 2016 ends in a mire of disappointment, Shaun Ponsonby takes a look back at the year in innocuous bullshit via self-serving conceit.

Cosmic Slop #93: BBC Music Awards – what the hell was that?!

The BBC Music Awards returns for its third depressing year, and as ever Shaun Ponsonby watched it so you don’t have to.

Cosmic Slop #92: The almost amazing Christmas number one predictometer

Originally published on Getintothis As the race for the Christmas number one gets closer to the finish line, Shaun Ponsonby looks at this year’s favourites.  Here we go, people! It is that […]

Cosmic Slop #91: Who gives a toss what NME’s favourite album is?

Originally published on Getintothis Following pretend outrage over NME’s album of the year, Shaun Ponsonby asks why anyone would care what the magazine put on top of their list. I’ve never really […]

Cosmic Slop #90: Should we cut Kanye West some slack?

Originally posted on Getintothis As Kanye West is hospitalised following a series of bizarre outbursts, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby asks if we should back off and let him deal with his […]

Cosmic Slop #89: Presenting the official Cosmic Slop Christmas album

Originally posted on Getintothis As a plethora of artists ready their seasonal albums, Shaun Ponsonby exclusively reveals his own Christmas record to the nation.  

Cosmic Slop #88: Stop saying The Simpsons predicted Trump

Originally posted on Getintothis Following the shock result in the US election, as ever Shaun Ponsonby is focussed on the bigger issues. 

Cosmic Slop #87: Celebrity By-Election

Originally posted on Getintothis As the abysmal American election reaches its conclusion, Shaun Ponsonby suggests a reality TV show that can help politics build on Trumpageddon. 

Cosmic Slop #86: Justin Bieber – shut up and sing

Originally posted on Getintothis As Bieber makes headlines for shushing his audience, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby reckons it matters little given that Biebs has nothing to say. 

Cosmic Slop #85: Let’s talk about SEX

Originally posted on Getintothis As Joe Jonas unveils his new, sexy image, Shaun Ponsonby finds little worth masturbating over. 

Cosmic Slop #84: Who is Bruno Mars pretending to be this time?

Originally posted on GetintothisAs Bruno Mars reveals the first single off his new album, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby wonders when he is going to get an identity of his own. 

Cosmic Slop #83: Seasick Steve and the artifice of rock & roll

Originally posted on Getintothis As Seasick Steve is revealed to be something of a fraud, Shaun Ponsonby responds with a resounding “so what?”

Cosmic Slop #82: FIFA declare world peace

Originally posted on Getintothis As FIFA shuts down its racism taskforce, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby congratulates them for having “completely fulfilled” their mission.  

Cosmic Slop #81: In defence of Corey Feldman

Originally posted on Getintothis As the world trolls Corey Feldman, Shaun Ponsonby asks if his performance was really that bad. 

Cosmic Slop #80: Streaming and screaming – do the charts have a viable future?

Originally posted on Getintothis With new records supposedly being broken every week and Olly Murs complaining about the lack of fairness in the charts, Shaun Ponsonby asks how much streaming […]

Cosmic Slop #79: UB40 and Corbyn’s Dadaist revolution

Originally posted on Getintothis As UB40 support Jeremy Corbyn at a weird press conference this week, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby tries to get his head around it by applying the contradictory […]

Cosmic Slop #78: VMAs 2016 – obnoxious crap, and Beyonce

Originally posted on Getintothis As the MTV Video Music Awards desperately plod on, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby decided to watch it so you didn’t have to. 

Cosmic Slop #77: A self-indulgent whinge

Originally posted on Getintothis Following James Corden’s attempts to sing a Prince song with Coldplay, Shaun Ponsonby seems just about ready to give up. 

Cosmic Slop #76: The sad life of a football-hating scouser

As we reach an Orwellian dictatorship where Gary Lineker is Big Brother, Shaun Ponsonby predicts a radical uprising of oppressed non-football fans. 

Cosmic Slop #75: Adele at the Super Bowl? To zzzzzzzzzz or not to zzzzzzzzzz

Originally posted on Getintothis As rumours run rife regarding Adele’s involvement in the Super Bowl, Shaun Ponsonby asks how appropriate she is. 

Cosmic Slop #74: The musical genius of Tiffany Trump

Originally posted on Getintothis As Donald Trump officially becomes the Republican nominee for the American election, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby explores the sole musical endeavour of his daughter.

Cosmic Slop #73: LIMF 2016 – what we learned about crowds, dogs and toilets at this year’s event

Following this year’s festivities, Shaun Ponsonby ponders on the lessons he learned at LIMF 2016.

Cosmic Slop #72: T In The Park and the current state of the major British festival

Originally posted on Getintothis With T In The Park in crisis, Shaun Ponsonby asks if the audiences at major British music festivals has chaged beyond recognition.

Cosmic Slop #71: The 1975’s Matt Healy is basically the new Johnny Borrell

Originally posted on Getintothis As the rise of The 1975 continues, Shaun Ponsonby feels a sense of déjà vu with front man Matt Healy.  

Cosmic Slop #70: Beyonce, Timberlake and bullshit news stories

Originally posted on Getintothis With the country in disarray, Shaun Ponsonby decides that if the news can still afford to report on non-stories, then he can too. 

Cosmic Slop #69: Brexit, nationalism and politics via The Simpsons

Following obvious recent events, Shaun Ponsonby tries to explain where the country is via a classic episode of The Simpsons and the Catholic method of contraception.

Cosmic Slop #68: Who would want to see 60% of the Spice Girls?

Originally posted on Getintothis With 60% of the Spice Girls expected to reunite with replacements, Shaun Ponsonby wonders who the bloody hell would want to see that.  

Cosmic Slop #67: Did Adele REALLY wet herself on stage?

Originally posted on Getintothis Following a claim about an on-stage incident, Shaun Ponsonby explores a recent pandemic.  

Cosmic Slop #66: Venues need to do more for disabled audience members

Seeing the frustrations first-hand, Shaun Ponsonby adds his voice to a current burning topic. 

Cosmic Slop #65: Quadrophenia 2 is a horrible idea

Originally posted on Getintothis As a sequel to the classic cult movie is announced, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby bemoans the laziness of constant franchise reboots. 

Cosmic Slop #64: Prophets of Rage – do supergroups ever work?

Originally posted on Getintothis With rumours of a Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy collaboration, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby wonders if supergroups ever really work. 

Cosmic Slop #63: Azealia Banks – do we really need a longer headline than that?

Originally posted on Getintothis Like the rest of the world, Shaun Ponsonby watched Azealia Banks’ attack on Zayn Malik in horror, so the sanctimonius cretin decided to comment on it. 

Cosmic Slop #62: Was Robbie Williams the last great British pop star?

Originally posted on Getintothis Announcing a new album deal with Sony, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby wonders if Robbie Williams was actually the last un-boring pop megastar Britain has produced. 

Cosmic Slop #61: Beyonce and Jay-Z – let’s be honest, there probably isn’t a “Becky”

With speculation rife over the identity of “Becky”,  Shaun Ponsonby calls bullshit. 

Cosmic Slop #60: AC/DC have finally lost the respect of their audience

After dumping frontman Brian Johnson for Axl Rose after 30 years, Shaun Ponsonby bids farewell to one of rock’s most beloved outfits.

Cosmic Slop #59: KISS vs NWA – or rock vs rap

As KISS’ resident arsehole Gene Simmons gets into a spat with NWA, Shaun Ponsonby asks how there can still be a rock-rap divide.

Cosmic Slop #58: Are The Smiths reuniting? No, that’s a stupid question

With The Smiths starting a Twitter account sending ripples of excitement through the internet, Shaun Ponsonby tries to slap some sense into everybody.

Cosmic Slop #57: Justin Bieber fans have paid $2,000 to meet cardboard

Shaun Ponsonby vents at Justin Bieber for replacing himself with a cardboard cut-out for fans who paid $2,000 for a Meet and Greet.

Cosmic Slop #56: Keith Richards, Aaron Carter and measuring cool on the Trumpometer

As America’s film and music stars come out either way on Trump, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby notices that the cooler the personality, the less likely they are to support the sleazy lunatic.

Cosmic Slop #55: Was Janet Jackson more artistically viable than brother Michael?

Following the cancellation of her European tour, Shaun Ponsonby listened to Janet Jackson’s discography and began to wonder if she has been a more interesting artist than her more famous […]

Cosmic Slop #54: Can Glastonbury ever get it right?

As social media bemoans the lazy choice of Glastonbury’s headliners, Shaun Ponsonby asks if the festival will ever be able to announce headliners without an outcry. 

Cosmic Slop #53: BRIT Awards 2016 – Bowie, Adele, Bieber and terrible stage management

With another year of nothing, Shaun Ponsonby attempts to find something interesting to say about this year’s BRITS. 

Cosmic Slop #52: Grammys 2016 – when did popstars get so lame?

As another year brings another dull Grammy ceremony, Shaun Ponsonby asks when pop and rock stars became less cool than the rest of us.

Cosmic Slop #51: Re-evaluating Status Quo

As one of Britain’s most maligned bands announce their intention to quit touring, Shaun Ponsonby asks if they really deserve their reputation. 

Cosmic Slop #50: Zayn Malik’s Pillowtalk – does singing about sex always mean you’ve “matured”?

With the hype surrounding the former One Direction singer’s debut solo single, Shaun Ponsonby asks why explicit sex songs are considered mature, rather than adolescent.

Cosmic Slop #49: Is the world flat? No, but B.o.B. thinks so

Rapper B.o.B. this week proved that celebrities shouldn’t control their own twitter account by lecturing his followers on why the world is flat, and Shaun Ponsonby was riled. 

Cosmic Slop #48: Bowie and Winehouse – legendary dead people to dominate BRIT Awards

Shaun Ponsonby vents bitterly about the BRITS’ characteristically lazy nominations and lousy sounding Bowie tribute.

Cosmic Slop #47: Do we really buy Justin Bieber’s redemption?

As rational human beings start giving into Justin Bieber, Shaun Ponsonby asks whether we should really buy such a transparent mediation.  

Cosmic Slop #46: Prince, Springsteen and the deluxe reissue

Shaun Ponsonby spent his Christmas having a mini-Twitter spat with Prince about the proposed Purple Rain reissue, so he obviously wants to brag about it. 

Cosmic Slop #45: Top 10 dumbest quotes of 2015

Adding to the long list of end of year lists, Shaun Ponsonby looks at the 2015’s genius words of wisdom from the musical philosophers of our time. 

Cosmic Slop #44: Peter Gabriel is teaching monkeys how to use Skype

With arguably the greatest title of any edition of Cosmic Slop, Shaun Ponsonby looks at Peter Gabriel’s scientific experiments.

Cosmic Slop #43: Is it possible to separate art from artist?

As controversy surrounds R. Kelly’s performance at the Soul Train Awards, Shaun Ponsonby poses some big questions. 

Cosmic Slop #42: Justin Bieber vs the wrath of rock fans everywhere

After Justin Bieber receives abuse for wearing Nirvana and Metallica t-shirts, Shaun Ponsonby asks why this means so much to us. 

Cosmic Slop #41: Prince vs. scalpers – how can we combat professional touting?

As Prince postponed the sale of his European tour because of touting on an “industrial scale”, Shaun Ponsonby supports him wholeheartedly. 

Cosmic Slop #40: Motley Crue’s final tour and the gimmickry of rock & roll

Shaun Ponsonby caught 80s bad boys Motley Crue on their final UK tour last week, and he was surprised to find it gave him something to ponder.

Cosmic Slop #39: Adele and Sam Smith – still miserable

Adele returns and is accused of ripping off Tom Waits, whilst Sam Smith unveils the saddest song he’s ever written. Shaun Ponsonby wonders why people think being miserable is deeper […]

Cosmic Slop #38: I hate James Bond

With the release of Spectre, Shaun Ponsonby outlines his utter hatred for a beloved British institution. 

Cosmic Slop #37: Olly Murs is wrong, The X Factor is all but finished

Shaking his head at the delusions of noted philosopher Olly Murs, Shaun Ponsonby pokes holes – and, in some ways weirdly agrees – with his statements. 

Cosmic Slop #36: George Osborne – NWA fan? I don’t think so

As George Osborne claims to be an NWA fan, Shaun Ponsonby questions how the Chancellor can be a fan of the gangsta rap legends, while ignoring the message in their music.

Cosmic Slop #35: Being bisexual doesn’t excuse Azealia Banks from homophobia

With the latest accusations of homophobia aimed at Azealia Banks, Shaun Ponsonby finds himself perplexed at her idiocy.  

Cosmic Slop #34: Is it possible to fit the David Cameron pig allegations into a music blog?

Shaun Ponsonby tries to desperately to put a unique, music-based spin on the recent David Cameron allegations. 

Cosmic Slop #33: The Whitney Houston hologram is abhorrent

Admitting that he wouldn’t even go to see the real Whitney Houston, Shaun Ponsonby is still uneasy about the proposed touring hologram.

Cosmic Slop #32: The VMAs are a load of bollocks

More a series of boring publicity stunts than an awards show, Shaun Ponsonby takes a swipe at the MTV VMAs.

Cosmic Slop #31: Why the smugness about One Direction’s split?

There’s a lot of anti-passion surrounding the impending demise of 1D. Shaun Ponsonby doesn’t understand why these people even care. 

Cosmic Slop #30: Musical families…on TV!

Having watched horrible, long-forgotten TV variety shows starring the Osbournes and the Jacksons over this last week, Shaun Ponsonby puts his foot down.

Cosmic Slop #29: Musicians who don’t like music

Two rock legends have confessed that they don’t actually like music, and Shaun Ponsonby is befuddled. 

Cosmic Slop #28: Did you know/care that the Black Eyed Peas had reunited?

Shaun Ponsonby gets the lowdown on William and Alex Ferguson reuniting with…erm…you know, the other two.

Cosmic Slop #27: Rabbit season – Bugs Bunny’s at 75

Getting distracted whilst looking for music news to waffle about, Shaun Ponsonby instead celebrates the birthday on the world’s greatest rabbit.

Cosmic Slop #26: When did NME become a glorified Noel Gallagher fanzine?

After making a brief observation last week, Shaun Ponsonby takes a full stab at NME’s unhealthy Noel Gallagher obsession. 

Cosmic Slop #25: Why is Madonna trying to convince us that she’s funny? Because she isn’t.

With Madonna’s latest attempts to convince the world that she is a hoot, Shaun Ponsonby asks “why?” Just “why?”

Cosmic Slop #24: Lennon, McCartney and the business of rock martyrdom

As Macca receives a backlash from Lennon fans, Shaun Ponsonby gives some perspective.

Cosmic Slop #23: When did Taylor Swift become the most powerful person in the world?

As Taylor Swift successfully takes on Apple, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby wonders what other world problems she could solve.

Cosmic Slop #22: Sex Pistols credit cards and the art of “selling out”

Shaun Ponsonby tackles the Sex Pistols credit card debacle the only way he can. With quantum mechanics. 

Cosmic Slop #21: Ten Walls and the astonishingly homophobic rant

As DJ and producer Ten Walls goes on an anti-gay rant on social media, Shaun Ponsonby calls him out on all accounts. 

Cosmic Slop #20: Gary Barlow as economic doppelganger

Gary Barlow’s continued success is bad for the UK economy, or at least Shaun Ponsonby seems to think so.

Cosmic Slop #19: Bill O’Reilly is more responsible for the decline of religion than rap

As Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly blames hip-hop for America’s decline in religion, Shaun Ponsonby suggests he takes a good hard look at himself.

Cosmic Slop #18: What will it take for The Simpsons to admit defeat?

As The Simpsons loses one of its core cast members, Shaun Ponsonby takes a break from scouring music news to plead with the show’s staff to let it go. 

Cosmic Slop #17: Simon Cowell’s Ultimate DJ – the show nobody wanted is finally getting made

With Simon Cowell this week announcing his X Factor for DJs, Shaun Ponsonby can barely contain his excitement.

Cosmic Slop #16: Bez, Brand, Brian May and the 2015 Election Blues

As Britain heads to the polls, Shaun Ponsonby takes a look at the campaigning rock stars and celeb-u-tards in the public eye during the 2015 election.  

Cosmic Slop #15: Why would any rational human being believe the Oasis at Glasto rumours?

In a week were Oasis fans made ill-informed, irrational assumptions, Shaun Ponsonby points out the flaws in the Glastonbury rumours.

Cosmic Slop #14: Can we please stop with this Illuminati crap?

As Kanye denies the existence of the Illuminati, Shaun Ponsonby takes a rational look at the myth. 

Cosmic Slop #13: What’s the point of Jason Derulo?

As Jason Derulo announces his fourth album, Shaun Ponsonby laments him and his lazy ilk. 

Cosmic Slop #12: A sort-of defence of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

As the often lamented Rock & Roll Hall of Fame readies it’s 2015 ceremony, Shaun Ponsonby feels the need to defend it’s existence. Ish. 

Cosmic Slop #11: How harmful can boybands be?

Watching in horror at the reaction of One Direction fans following Zayn Malik’s departure, Shaun Ponsonby points the finger of blame at the group’s representatives. 

Cosmic Slop #10: Radio 1 were right not to playlist Madonna

As Madonna’s accusations of ageism against Radio 1 continue, Shaun Ponsonby tells her to wake up and smell her audience. 

Cosmic Slop #9: People complaining about Kanye at Glasto are morons

The announcement of Kanye’s headlining slot at Glastonbury has suffered a backlash. Shaun Ponsonby is trying to convince the participants to get over it. 

Cosmic Slop #8: Why do we have guilty pleasures?

As Twitter makes him feel guilty for flying the flag for one of his childhood heroes, Shaun Ponsonby asks why we allow ourselves to have guilty pleasures. 

Cosmic Slop #7: The “sickening” world of the actor-turned-musician

Before starting a supergroup Johnny Depp labelled actors-turned-musicians “sickening”, Shaun Ponsonby investigates how true this is.

Cosmic Slop #6: The BRITs, Madonna, Kanye & the big fall out from The O2 Arena

In a special bumper Cosmic Slop, Shaun Ponsonby mulls over the highs and lows of what is advertised as “the biggest night in British music“.

Cosmic Slop #5: Can music television learn from sport?

This week, as music fans were forced to read about X Factor news, Shaun Ponsonby asks why sports fans don’t suffer a similar fate.

Cosmic Slop #4: What’s with Kanye’s obsession with Beyoncé?

As Kanye West replicates Swiftgate, Shaun Ponsonby definitely doesn’t question his motives for sucking up to Jay-Z’s wife. Again.

Cosmic Slop #3: Blink-182 and the rock & roll soap opera

It’s all kicking off on Blink 182: The Soap Opera with lead actors axed, cast changes and outrageous storylines, Shaun Ponsonby is not a fan.

Cosmic Slop #2: Live Earth 2015, because Band Aid 30 wasn’t enough

In the second instalment of new column Cosmic Slop, Shaun Ponsonby deplores this  year’s token telethon rock concert, Live Earth.

Cosmic Slop #1: The Pono Vs The Walkman – can Neil Young’s digital device find a home?

In his inaugural Cosmic Slop column, Shaun Ponsonby mulls over the need or demand for portable music players in a digital world.

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