Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

Camp Bestival 2011

Lulworth Castle, 28-31 July In a crash course for the ravers, Primal Scream went hell-for-leather to recreate the heady rush of the early 90s by tackling their Screamadelia opus (almost) in its entirety. That they did so as part of Britain’s most polite festival experience says much about what has happened to the chemical generation. Read More…

Debbie Harry

They wouldn’t have realised at the time, but the few hundred or so young punks and slightly older pub rockers that gathered at Bournemouth’s Village Bowl on May 20, 1977, were witnessing the start of something huge. Some had probably gone to see an emerging London new wave band called Squeeze, although most would have been there Read More…