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We've been putting the web updates on hold while we work hard on developing a brand new site that will be easier to navigate, read and and enjoy.  This current version of the site has served us well for...

Knock me out with a hockey glove - it's Playoff Weekend

It's back - and this time there's no Nottingham Panthers at the Elite League Ice Hockey Playoff Weekend 2014. Having lost out to Braehead Clan - the first Scottish side to qualify for the EIHL playoff...

Parklife Weekender 2013

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Echo Festival Croatia 2013 Line Up

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Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Thursday, 25 August 2011 17:10
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vamp-competition-name-the-filmWin exclusive Fright Night tickets and t-shirts courtesy of Cineworld Nottingham. Freeq magazine and Cineworld Nottingham in the Cornerhouse have teamed up to offer four pairs of tickets and 8 exclusive Fright Night t-shirts to the winners of our vampy comp.  All you have to do is name as many of t…
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:52
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It was a mixed bag for our first ever Soundwave festival in Croatia.  Some real highs and some unfortunate lows - mostly due to the weather.

In a part of the world that has consistently dry summer months, the last full day of the festival was hit by a storm for almost the entire day that led to all the outdoor stages being closed due to safety concerns. Fortunately, the sun made an appearance in time for Roots Manuva to engage the crowd with a fitting headline set. 

The country is beautiful, the venue is excellent and all in all it beats UK festivals hands down.  We'll be posting our reviews and interviews along with photo galleries over the coming days so check back for updates.


Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Wednesday, 06 July 2011 00:00
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deconstructing_voicesThe Not Part Of festival is what happens when a festival stops treating artists as a revenue stream and gives them total freedom of self-expression. Deconstructing Voices mixes live poetry with VJ and digital technology to bring you a very different performance.
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Tuesday, 05 July 2011 23:30
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The man is quite frankly bordering on musical genius.  Effortlessly combining beats, instruments and vocals with his mouth, while playing guitar and tapping loop pedals with his feet and loop pads with his hands, it’s just a mind blowing performance.

Freeq magazine caught up with THePETEBOX backstage after the Manchester leg of his first UK mini tour.

Pete explained how he was moving away from the type of shows he has done so successfully in the past, that focussed more around drum and bass and pure beatboxing, and is gradually incorporating more of his own songs and his own influences in the performance.  “That was only about the fourth or fifth gig I’ve used the guitar.” He said before contemplating getting a second guitar to make the switch between tracks smoother.  “It felt like I was taking ages between songs.”

Although Pete stressed that his ‘top secret’ long term plan was just that, we have a sneaky suspicion that you’ll be hearing a lot more of his own work and less of the covers over the coming months and years.  It would be a shame to lose, for example, the Nirvana and MGMT tracks, if that’s the direction Pete takes, as they serve to fully demonstrate just how clever the performance is, but he has a very determined air about him and judging by the tracks he has produced so far, it will be exciting to listen to what else he creates when his album launches later this year.

We asked if he feels like he has any contemporaries or does he regard himself as a pioneer in how he has combined beatboxing and a complete musical performance.  “There are beatboxers using the loop pedals and the technology, some are known for doing a show one way and some are known for doing it another way.  I want to be known for doing it this way.”

Pete also sees a rosy future ahead in terms of the mass appeal of transcending beatboxing, moving away from what people might think, just drums and beats, and to actually creating full songs.  “I think it will appeal to more people.  Those that like the beatboxing and those who appreciate the songs.”

We certainly feel THePETEBOX has a promising future.  Four years ago at the Freeq magazine launch party we were blown away by his set.  Tonight, we were taken to a whole new level.

Visit for more information and latest gig and album news.

Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:48
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peteboxposterThis is one not to missed.  THePETEBOX is playing at the Manchester Deaf Institute on 5th July as part of his UK mini tour between a summer of festivals.  Fresh from playing a packed out Glastonbury, THePETEBOX embarks on his first UK headline tour.  In our opinion the UK's best beatboxing performe…

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