Feature Leeds' Best Blogs
We run down the best wine, beer, music, film, food, art, culture and fashion blogs in Leeds
Stumbling across a new blog can be one of the most satisfying experiences the internet has to offer. A great source of expert local knowledge, up-to-the-minute news, and a focal point for small communities of people with niche hobbies and interests to rally around, blogs can be a brilliant way to delve deeper into Leeds and help you make the most of your city. What better way to uncover the city’s best kept secrets: the quirky cultural events, the hottest unsigned bands, the best places to eat, those perfect hidden-away bars. The only problem is the sheer number of people out there tapping away. The blogosphere has now expanded to the point where it can be hard to know where to start, with the number of English language blogs recently estimated at over 150 million. Happily dear reader, Leeds Guide is on hand to sort the wheat from the chaff. Here then, without further ado, is our Best of Leeds Blogs:
Wine and Beer
Simon Says – Leeds Guide Deputy Editor Simon’s funny, unpretentious yet authoritative take on all things vino. Says Simon: “With wine tasting notes, you can often find that the points of reference are the kinds of things you’ve never actually tasted. Rose petals, violets, sweaty saddles, petrol, pithy citrus fruits from the rolling Tuscan hills. Well, this garnacha reminded me of black jacks.”
Are You Tasting The Pith? – Beer-writer Zak Avery, owner of beer-drinker’s paradise Beer-Ritz in Headingley and former British Guild of Beer Writers’ Writer of the Year, shares his wealth of knowledge on the subject: http://thebeerboy.blogspot.com/
The Good Stuff – Leeds’ longest-running beer blog, this comprehensive site contains news and reviews of beers and breweries, pubs and bars, all with a Yorkshire twang.
New Briggate Beer Blog – Matt from North Bar’s personal take on the wonderful world of beer, offering sage advice such as: “the general opinion of keeping a well stocked larder is that you need enough in it so that when you hit it hard you’ll have a job to get through the lot.”
Music and Film
A Negative Narrative – An innovative photo music blog which asks ten questions to a band and gets them to answer with photographs or drawings. The site, which has already featured big names like The Flaming Lips, also includes gig and album reviews, as well as amusing features like a recent critique of funeral music.
Bad Fotography – created as an online gallery for Leeds-based Trent Rampage’s self-shot snaps (hence the name), Bad Fotography has evolved over time into a brilliant music review blog with plenty of mp3s to download.
Musical Mathematics – The three man team, in their own words, “review, feature, expose, listen, buy, share, steal, promote, experience, play, dislike and love” music. Includes site-exclusive videos, interviews and up-to-the-minute band news.
Matt and Adam’s Jumbo Singles Club – Matt and Adam from Jumbo Records obsess over singles old and new on this recently-launched blog. Their enthusiasm shines through brightly as they rhapsodize over everything from obscure Hyperdub 12"s to British Sea Power and The Clash.
Anthologies – Anthologies is a blog documenting unique performances in Leeds by top musicians. From Frank Turner in Santiagos to Three Blind Wolves playing on top of a building on New York Street, the performances have an immediacy and zest you don’t get from grainy Youtube footage.
Posted on Saturday 1st January 2000
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