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Helen Tipping : Ticket Rewind - Features
In the latest edition to our new column 'Ticket Rewind', Helen Tipping looks back at concert tickets from her past.

Radical Dance Faction : Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 19/1/2019 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping enjoys an upbeat set at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to promote their new album 'Daydream Dystopia' from punk/dub/ska group Radical Dance Faction.

Skinny Girl Diet : Profile - Profiles
Helen Tipping examines rising female noise rock duo Skinny Girl Diet, who have just released their second album 'Ideal Woman'.

Wave Pictures : PIcture House Social, Sheffield, 24/6/2018 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping watches acclaimed indie act the Wave Pictures work their magic at a show in Sheffield.

Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures : Hop, Wakefield, 8/3/2014 - Live Reviews
At The Hop in Wakefield Helen Tipping watches former Herman Dune member Stanley Brinks and indie rockers the Wave Pictures play a chaotic but likeable set to promote their new joint album 'Gin'

History of Apple Pie : Cockpit, Leeds, 8/2/2013 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping finds young London-based band the History of Apple Pie's mix of indie pop and shoegaze to be enormously promising, despite sound problems, at a show at the Cockpit in Leeds on their first headline UK tour

Profile : Chumbawamba - Profiles
Anarchic folk-punks Chumbawamba have recently announced their decision to split up after playing a short farewell tour, concluding with a date in their native Leeds. Helen Tipping looks back on their extraordinary career

Indietracks Festival : Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, 7/7/2012...8/7/2012 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping, despite often terrible weather conditions, enjoys sets at the sixth Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire from Allo Darlin', Colour Me Wednesday, Tendertrap, the Just Joans, the Vaselines and Veronica Falls

Endorse It in Dorset : Oakley Farm. Dorset, 12/8/2011...14/8/2011 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping finds much to enjoy at punk/alternative festival Endorse It in Dorset, which includes sets from New Model Army, the Alabama 3, the Members and the Rezillos

Indietracks Festival : Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, 29/7/2011...31/7/2011 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping finds the fifth Indietracks Festival, which includes sets from Hidden Cameras, Jeffrey Lewis, the Vaselines's Frances McKee and Herman Dune, a fantastic experience

March Violets : Cockpit, Leeds, 4/6/2011 - Live Reviews
At a show in their hometown of Leeds, Helen Tipping watches 1980's Gothic-band the March Violets play a show which incorporates newer influences including dance music

Darren Hayman : Brudenell, Leeds, 24/6/2011 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping enjoys a night of acoustic rock and razor sharp humour from former Hefner front man Darren Hayman at a solo show at the Brudenell in Leeds

Herman Dune : XOYO, London, 6/6/2011 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping finds French alt. country duo Herman Dune to be funny and witty, but loses out to the heat at a gig in the oppressive atmosphere of the XOYO in London

March Violets : Interview - Interviews
Helen Tipping chats to Si Denbigh and Tom Ashton from reformed Leeds-based alternative rockers the March Violets about what the future holds for them, and their forthcoming debut album which will be released through Pledge Music.

Indietracks Festival : Interview With Stuart Mackay - Interviews
Helen Tipping speaks to Stuart Mackay, the organiser and founder of the annual indie pop Indetracks Festival, which is now in its fifth year, about his plans and the line-up for this year's festival

Esben and the Witch : XOYO, London, 9/2/2011 - Live Reviews
Despite its sauna-like conditions, Helen Tipping at the XOYO in London finds young Brighton-based band Esben and the Witch's haunting atmospherics to be totally compelling

Profile : New Model Army - Profiles
Helen Tipping finds that New Model Army's 30th anniversary box set which comes with an extensive variety of extras provokes a wide range of personal memories

Swans : Academy, Manchester, 30/10/2010 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping is disappointed to find reformed American post-punk act Swans having devlooped a prog rock sound in their fourteen year absence in a show at the Academy in Manchester

3 Daft Monkeys : Trades Hall, Hebden Bridge, 7/11/2010 - Live Reviews
At a somewhat shambolic gig at the Trades Hall in Hebden Bridge, Helen Tipping sees 3 Daft Monkeys rise above the occasion and play a set of stunning folk dance

Peter Murphy : Corporation, Sheffield, 6/8/2010 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping sees former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy put on a performance of equal brilliance and disaster at a show the Corporation in Sheffield

Wooden Shjips : Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 18/4/2010 - Live Reviews
Helen Tipping watches American garage act Wooden Shjips play a 60's and 70's prog/psychedelic-influenced set inf front of an ecstatic and packed audience at the Leeds Brudenell

New Model Army : O2 Academy,Leeds, 19/3/2010 and O2 Academy, Liverpool, 20/3/2010 - Live Reviews
At two shows in Leeds and Liverpool, Helen Tipping watches New Model Army play two very different shows and at the latter show to start to put in early preparation for their next and what will be their 30th anniversary tour

Brakes : The Well, Leeds, 12/11/2009 - Live Reviews
On the last night of a four date mini tour to promote a new album, Helen Tipping watches Brighton-based rockers Brakes play a good-humoured and exuberant set

She Keeps Bees : Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge, 13/8/2009 - Live Reviews
At the Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge , Helen Tipping is impressed by both Brooklyn-based bluesy indie rock duo She Keeps Bees' enthusiasm as well as talent at a show on their first UK tour

Profile : Captain Sensible - Profiles
Helen Tipping looks at Damned guitarist Captain Sensible's first two solo albums, 1982's 'Women and Captains First' and 1983's 'The Power of Love', which have both been just been re-released by the Cherry Red label

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