June 2, 2014

‘Aspiring female authors’ for Local Secrets

by Vicky Langley

Feature on shortlist (and winner) of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2014.


Published 21 May 2014.


February 18, 2014

Album reviews: Cast

by Vicky Langley


Artist: Cast

Album Titles: All Change/Mother Nature Calls/Magic Hour/Beetroot

Label: Edsel Records

Release date: 3rd February 2014

I’m not too sure what Noel Gallagher was getting at when he described seeing one of Cast’s performances as ‘a religious experience’ but this re-release of four of their albums acts as a great package for fans of the 90s Merseyside foursome. It’s also a good introduction to the band for people unfamiliar with their work.

Featuring members of  The La’s and Shack, at the height of their fame Cast were described as ‘the Who of the 90s’ and this collection certainly shows the breadth of their musical talent.

The package begins with ‘All Change’, their debut album released in 1995. ‘All Change’ features top 20 singles such as ‘Finetime’ with its classic Britpop guitar riffs and anthemic choruses. This album reached number seven in the UK charts and was a prominent album in the Britpop years.

This debut was followed two years later with ‘Mother Nature Calls’ which broke the top five. From around 1997, the Britpop sound was changing and bands such as Blur and Oasis were taking a slightly darker alternative move with their music. Cast were no different with ‘Mother Nature Calls’ containing lazier, almost grungy tracks such as ‘Soul Tied’ and top 10 hit ‘Live the Dream’.

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February 4, 2014

Album review: The Rifles ‘None the Wiser’

by Vicky Langley


Artist: The Rifles

Album Title: None the Wiser

Label: Cooking Vinyl

Release Date: 20th January 2014

This latest offering from the Rifles is an upbeat collection of indie goodness.

Although it would be nice to hear something a little grittier from the Rifles, the catchy feel-good essence of the tracks on ‘None the Wiser’ fit their style to which they are brilliantly suited.

This new album signals the return of the five-piece doing what they do best – creating great music with talented musicianship and top class songwriting skills. The fact the Rifles only release a new album every few years supports this, unlike bands who churn out new music every year, arguably without much musical input.

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January 20, 2014

‘Vintage in vogue’ for Local Secrets

by Vicky Langley

Feature about what makes vintage fashion so popular.


Published 20 January 2014.

December 15, 2013

‘Panto magic comes to Cambridge’ for Local Secrets

by Vicky Langley

Review of Robin Hood at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge.


Published 11 December 2013.

November 18, 2013

New music review: The Rifles – Minute Mile

by Vicky Langley

Rifles press pic 1Following the release of ‘Heebie Jeebies’ in October, The Rifles share ‘Minute Mile’, ahead of the release of their new album in January next year.

Even after a couple of listens it is clear that this new track is sure to be a catchy anthemic tune, a favourite amongst fans and a great introduction and teaser to the new album. The four-piece return in their original line up, delivering a punchy, indie track with strong guitar rhythms and brilliantly matched vocals.

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September 20, 2013

New music review: Josh Taerk – Josh

by Vicky Langley

Josh TaerkJosh Taerk brings his debut  to English shores later this year with his eponymous album released on 4th November.

The last few years’ have seen Taerk’s popularity grow, having toured the UK with The Soldiers last year and having picked up fans in, among others, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. In fact, Weinberg was so impressed with Taerk’s performance and musicality, he invited him to open his show in Weinberg’s hometown of New Jersey. These tours and performances show Taerk is no stranger to the stage, especially one that is not in front of his own fans.

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May 15, 2013

‘Putting Ely on the map’ for Local Secrets

by Vicky Langley

Feature on a new luxury, boutique hotel opening in Ely, Cambridgeshire.




November 20, 2012

Live Review: Ben Howard

by Vicky Langley

Ben Howard

Cambridge Corn Exchange

19th November 2012

Singer songwriter Willy Mason opened last night’s gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange with his smooth blues and folk tunes from his American homeland. Although only the tender age of 27 (at time of print), Mason has a gravelly yet strong range to his voice well beyond his years.

Following on from Mason’s set, the audience of the packed venue now gently warmed up, the main attraction took to the stage. With Ben and co tuning their instruments and tweaking the final touches, the crowd was full of suspense and anticipation.

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October 20, 2012

‘Calendar Girls’ for Local Secrets

by Vicky Langley

Preview/interview for Calendar Girls performed by Ely ADS, for Local Secrets.



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