Brian Banks

Editor and Founder, Music Vice Magazine. Writer. Photographer. Poet. From Scotland. Not Ireland. Proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Rock N' Roll Don't Pay The Rent... 

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Wayhome announces 2016 line-up: LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers to headline

February 9, 2016
Wayhome main stage fans - photo Brian Banks

RepublicLive has announced the line-up for Wayhome 2016. LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers are set to headline Wayhome this summer on the weekend of July 22-24. Also on the bill are Mac DeMarco, Chvrches, Major Lazer, M83, HAIM and Beirut. The first Wayhome festival took place last July in Oro-Medonte, Ontario...
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David Bowie is dead — Legend dies of cancer age 69

January 11, 2016
David Bowie photograph with Lazarus lyrics

David Bowie “Lazarus” lyrics from Blackstar – photo David Bowie Facebook David Bowie has died. Bowie passed away on 10 January 2015, two days after his 69th birthday. The news has been confirmed by his son Duncan Jones. A statement was released on Bowie’s social media accounts, including Twitter: “David Bowie...
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Father John Misty announces US/Canada tour dates – playing Massey Hall on April 20

January 7, 2016
Father John Misty - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Father John Misty’s momentum keeps on growing. Early spring tour dates have just been announced, with shows across the US and Canada. Father John Misty hits the road with special guests Tess & Dave from March 30 until April 30. We last saw Father John Misty Toronto in June, when he...
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Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem reunite to headline Coachella 2016

January 5, 2016
Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem reunite to headline Coachella 2016

The rumours are true. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will play again on stage for the first time since the mid 90s, as Guns N’ Roses reunite to headline Saturday at Coachella 2016. LCD Soundsystem will also re-form to be the Friday night headline act for Coachella, which takes place...
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DJ Carl Cox helps free Coxy the turtle

October 6, 2015
Coxy the turtle

Coxy the turtle Today, dance music DJ Carl Cox helped to release a turtle back into the wild. Coxy the turtle was found near the island of Conejera in San Antonio, Ibiza. The turtle got caught among some plastic net ropes tied to three plastic bottles. Coxy was rescued and thankfully survived his ordeal, thanks to...
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WayHome photos – Hozier, July Talk, St. Vincent, Broncho and more

July 28, 2015
Wayhome main stage fans - photo Brian Banks

July Talk thrilled a packed crowd from the WayBright stage – photo Brian Banks Hozier What: WayHome Where: Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada When: 24-26 July 2015 In one word: Vibes WayHome photo gallery featuring Hozier, July Talk, Sylvan Esso, Broncho, St. Vincent, Alt-J, The Highest Order, Fucked Up and lots of beautiful Wayhomies! Click on any of...
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Photos: Neil Young at WayHome

July 27, 2015
Neil Young at Wayhome, 24 July 2015 - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

Neil Young performs to wild flowers on stage at WayHome festival What: Neil Young at WayHome Where: Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada When: Friday 24 July 2015 In one word: Classic I never imagined that in my lifetime I would get the chance to see Neil Young perform live. WayHome music festival brought this dream to...
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Review and Photos: Common at Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica: ‘the greatest show on Earth’

July 22, 2015
Common at Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Knock-out! Academy Award-winning rapper Common on stage at Reggae Sumfest – photo Brian Banks What: Reggae Sumfest Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica When: 16-17 July, 2015 In One Word: Incredible After a decade as a music writer and blogger, I have been to visited some incredible places to see some incredible concerts: from Iggy Pop inside the...
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Video: Common speaks at Reggae Sumfest: on Jamaica, reggae and rights

July 17, 2015
Common, T.I. and Jeniffer Hudson at the Reggae Sumfest Press conference, 17 July 2015 - photo Brian Banks

Academy Award-winning artist Common spoke earlier today at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was joined at a press conference by Jennifer Hudson and T.I. with all three artists headlining at Sumfest this weekend. It is Common’s first time in Jamaica. He chatted about that, before moving on to discuss...
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Field Trip 2015 in 55,000 words…

June 9, 2015

    55,000 words in pictures from Field Trip 2015… Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Arkells, Rhye, Temples, De La Soul, Lee Fields, Kevin Drew and Andy Kim, Mariana and the Diamonds, The War on Drugs. All photos by Toronto photographer Brian Banks. Click to enlarge… © Brian Banks, Music...
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