Listen: BETSY – Waiting

The new one from BETSY is the kind of fist-pumping joy that we long for from the golden age of pop power. 'Waiting' has the kind of soaring strings and vocals to deliver a song from pop cheese for a complete ba...

Introducing: Overcoats

It's tried and tested fact now: NYC never disappoints. As Overcoats, Hannah Elion  and JJ Mitchell are the latest offering from the big city. Though they've got little material knocking about online, their debu...

Photos: Cage the Elephant at Albert Hall, Manchester

By this point Cage the Elephant need no introductions. The queue snakes round the back of Manchester's Albert Hall long before doors, ready for the Kentucky firebrands. Inside it's no-nonsense; the sound's tigh...

Photos: Declan McKenna at Albert Hall, Manchester

Pressure's high on Declan McKenna. Only just turned 18 and lionised as a great young hope for Brit indie, there's a lot of weight on those shoulders - especially when opening for Cage The Elephant. Once gawkish...

The VLM’s Photos of the Year 2016

Onstage and backstage, we were there in 2016 to capture some of the most important live moments at gig venues and festivals around the UK. Here's a selection of our favourite shots from our contributors - all o...

Backstage: RY X in Manchester

Lit by only flickering candlelight, Ry Cuming looms over the 260-strong crowd in Manchester's Deaf Institute, all of them spellbound by the enigmatic Australian. Flanked by his band, the trio moved like shadows...

Photos: Bring Me The Horizon at Sheffield Arena

Confetti streamers blast across Sheffield Arena, the walls rattle and the crowd take up the territorial howl of "YORKSHIRE, YORKSHIRE," as Bring Me The Horizon take the stage. Polarising and unapologetic; the p...

Backstage: The Big Moon in Sheffield

Almost two years since warming up for Peace at Queen's Social Club, The Big Moon have grown into their boots and are back in Sheffield to play their own headline show. The kooky four piece, stopped by at Pic...

Backstage: Twin Peaks in Manchester

We caught up with Chicago's finest Twin Peaks, taking their record 'Down In Heaven' on a spin across Europe. Setting up shop at Manchester's Sound Control, the five-piece shook the ceiling with their bluesy gar...