Paul Pledger
This is me - Paul Pledger

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I have been collecting records since 1979. First records bought were Gene Chandler "Get Down" and Jean Michel Jarre "Equinoxe" but don't let that put you off! I have thousands of albums and singles, mainly of an eclectic nature - XTC, Dubstep, Durutti Column, Factory, 4AD, Crepuscule, Talk Talk and Reggae - the list goes on really.

I enjoy gigs and a decent pot of beer. See you there!!

Recent Articles

Fat Friday
 
Fat Friday: Reel Big Fish, Jimmy Carr, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - In Concert, BANKS, Grizzly Bear and more
  • For week ending 28th May 2017. For ticket availability and details, click on the images below. Any prices quoted are exclusive of booking fees and are subject to change. On sale Friday unless stated o...
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Week Ahead - Image: AllGigs Limited
 
Image: AllGigs Limited
The Bank Holiday Fortnight Ahead: Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, Field Day, Phil Collins, Robbie Williams, KISS, Kraftwerk and more
  • All prices are exclusive of booking fees and correct at the time of publication. Line-ups for festivals subject to last-minute changes. Click on the images for more details and to buy tickets (subject...
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Fund-raisers - Photo: James White
 
Photo: James White
All for charity - the biggest names in music and comedy unite to appear in charity shows
  • Many of the UK and Ireland's leading charities organize fundraising shows up and down the country in the hope that the public will part with a few spare hours to attend and, most importantly, a few sp...
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The Week Ahead - Image: AllGigs Limited
 
Image: AllGigs Limited
The Week Ahead with The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, Natalie Imbruglia, Leftfield, Jonas Blue, John Mayer, CKY and more
  • All prices are exclusive of booking fees and correct at the time of publication. Line-ups for festivals subject to last-minute changes. Click on the images for more details and to buy tickets (subject...
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The Week Ahead
 
The Week Ahead with Iron Maiden, Take That, Deftones, Maximo Park, Imelda May, Paul Rodgers and more
  • All prices are exclusive of booking fees and correct at the time of publication. Line-ups for festivals subject to last-minute changes. Click on the images for more details and to buy tickets (subject...
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Reviews:

The Durutti Column - Short Stories for Pauline Album Review
  • A brand new album from Manchester’s thin white guitar duke has been in the pipeline for some time now, but personal break-ups, a stroke and subsequent recovery have meant that the ...
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The+Wake+-+A+Light+Far+Out+Album+ReviewThe Wake - A Light Far Out Album Review
  • Formed in 1981 by former Altered Images guitarist Gerard (aka Caesar), Steven Allen and future Primal Scream icon Bobby Gillespie, there’s enough pedigree here to earn The Wake som...
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Gabby+Young+%26+Other+Animals+-+The+Band+Called+Out+For+More+Album+ReviewGabby Young & Other Animals - The Band Called Out For More Album Review
  • From the opening rousing moments of new single and lead-track “In Your Head”, you get the feeling that you’re in for a special forty minutes by sprightly self-proclaimed ‘circus-sw...
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Otis+Gibbs+-+Hard+As+Hammered+Hell+Album+ReviewOtis Gibbs - Hard As Hammered Hell Album Review
  • There’s a song on Gibbs’ 6th album entitled “Big Whiskers” which, after glancing at PR pictures of the gravel-voiced blues-peddlin’ bushwhackin’ ‘fifth-grade’ yo-yo champion (it sa...
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Kevin+Hewick+-+All+Was+Numbered+Album+ReviewKevin Hewick - All Was Numbered Album Review
  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of the well-documented opening of Manchester’s world-renowned nightclub (and financial albatross) The Hacienda. As you might have expected, the...
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Project+Trio+-+Random+Roads+Collection+Album+ReviewProject Trio - Random Roads Collection Album Review
  • For those unfamiliar with this Cleveland-born jazz-funk-beatboxing trio, where have you been since 2005? Probably the same place that I have, seeing as The Project Trio are a relat...
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The+Hut+People+-+Picnic+Album+ReviewThe Hut People - Picnic Album Review
  • They say you should never judge a CD by its sleeve, but taking one look at the humorous pair of chaps on the front of “Picnic”, armed with jolly grins and a picnic basket, provided...
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Tom+Williams+and+the+Boat+-+Teenage+Blood+Album+ReviewTom Williams and the Boat - Teenage Blood Album Review
  • Within sixty seconds of the opening title-track, I’m reminded of Broken Records, The Waterboys and Shearwater, three exponents of folk-rock who seem set to be joined by Kent-based ...
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Singles+round-up+featuring+The+Ghosts%2C+Theme+Park%2C+The+Mars+Volta%2C+Ane+brun%2C+The+Milk+and+more...+Singles+ReviewSingles round-up featuring The Ghosts, Theme Park, The Mars Volta, Ane brun, The Milk and more... Singles Review
  • Release schedules have gone a bit crazy of late, so let’s dive into what promises to be the ‘greatest selection of singles I have ever been presented with’. Except that straight fr...
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The+Ghosts+-+The+End+Album+ReviewThe Ghosts - The End Album Review
  • Not to be confused with the BBC Sound of 2007 nominees of almost the same name, THE Ghosts were formed a few years later by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s occasional contributor Alex St...
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Ozric+Tentacles+-+Paper+Monkeys+Album+ReviewOzric Tentacles - Paper Monkeys Album Review
  • Some quarter of a century ago, the swirling psychedelia-electro rock of Ozric Tentacles appeared courtesy of a series of home-produced cassettes, before being slightly fine-tuned f...
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Elvis+Costello+-+The+Return+of+the+Spectacular+Spinning+Songbook+Album+ReviewElvis Costello - The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook Album Review
  • Some 40 years ago, a bespectacled and scrawny art-punk unleashed the first of what was to be an incredible catalogue of over 30 albums. “My Aim Is True” appeared in 1977 and prompt...
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The+Nightingales+-+No+Love+Lost+Album+ReviewThe Nightingales - No Love Lost Album Review
  • Ten years ago, two things seemed very unlikely - the premature death of radio-legend John Peel and the reincarnation of one of his all-time favourite bands, The Nightingales. It wo...
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Frankie+Rose+-+Interstellar+Album+ReviewFrankie Rose - Interstellar Album Review
  • If you’re old enough to remember bands like Curve, Lush and Mercury Rev, you’ll be familiar with the expression, ‘dream-pop’. Whilst it might serve to be a lazy ‘90s term used to d...
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Empirical+-+Elements+of+Truth+Album+ReviewEmpirical - Elements of Truth Album Review
  • Hailed as the poster-boys of British nu-jazz, Empirical have achieved a modest amount of acclaim, sales and awards in their relatively short history. They’ve won a MOBO award for B...
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Ed+Vallance+-+Volcano+Album+ReviewEd Vallance - Volcano Album Review
  • Born in London but now residing in Brooklyn, songwriter Ed Vallance has previously issued the mini-album “The Modern Life” and an EP “The Summer Fire” and, as with the latter, prod...
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Bread+-+The+Very+Best+Of+Album+ReviewBread - The Very Best Of Album Review
  • I’d like a pound for every slice (sorry) of Bread I’ve sold during my 20 years in music-retail, yet the band remain a mystery to many, even after an existence of 40 years-plus. Wit...
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Jack+McNeill+and+Charlie+Heys+-+Two+Fine+Days+Album+ReviewJack McNeill and Charlie Heys - Two Fine Days Album Review
  • Never judge a CD by its artwork, to paraphrase a well-known saying. In the case of “Two Fine Days”, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the two folk-musicians in the photographs ha...
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Singles+Round-up+featuring+Centre+Excuse%2C+Whipping+Boy%2C+Bombay+Bicycle+Club%2C+Bear+Driver%2C+Billy+Vincent+and+more+Singles+ReviewSingles Round-up featuring Centre Excuse, Whipping Boy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bear Driver, Billy Vincent and more Singles Review
  • Whilst there may be a drought outside, there certainly isn’t one when it comes to this week’s single-releases, all of which are out now – except, that is, for the newie from Bombay...
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Deadbeat+Darling+-+The+Angel%27s+Share+Album+ReviewDeadbeat Darling - The Angel's Share Album Review
  • Hailing from Brooklyn can be no bad thing when you’re in a band, since many artists have survived its pitfalls, soaked its gritty beauty and lived to sing the tale. Here’s Deadbeat...
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Kevin+Tihista+-+On+This+Dark+Street+Album+ReviewKevin Tihista - On This Dark Street Album Review
  • If the name Kevin Tihista means little to you, it shouldn’t - the experienced American singer-songwriter has been knocking out albums for over a decade now and hasn’t set the world...
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State+of+the+Union+-+State+Of+The+Union+Album+ReviewState of the Union - State Of The Union Album Review
  • As far back as the mid-‘80s, Boo Hewerdine’s name was liberally splashed across sleeves and record-labels that adorned releases by a band called The Bible. Nobody predicted that th...
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Thomas+White+%5BBrakes%5D+-+Yalla%21+Album+ReviewThomas White [Brakes] - Yalla! Album Review
  • White’s previous album, “The Maximalist”, earned itself many plaudits from across the music-press, but little in the way of beneficial or financial reward – creatively it stretched...
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Alasdair+Roberts%2CMairi+Morrison+-+Urstan+Album+ReviewAlasdair Roberts,Mairi Morrison - Urstan Album Review
  • This album’s title takes its name from a term used for a personal celebration of new life or a new birth – and it no doubt involves whisky, given the Gaelic and Celtic origins of t...
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The+Wedding+Present+-+Valentina+Album+ReviewThe Wedding Present - Valentina Album Review
  • Eight albums in, The Wedding Present are showing little signs of flagging. The Leeds legends also display very little in the way of change compared to what they’ve been releasing f...
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