Nicole Parnis

Destination Sound: Soul Searching In Brixton

London is a top travel destination for the Maltese, and with all it has to offer, you can’t blame us! But apart from the usual spots, if you’re planning a...

Johnathan Cilia

Glitch Festival 2017: Malta’s Techno Stronghold

It’s easy to see the success of the Maltese techno and electronic music scene in 2017. With more and more foreign artists coming to the island, bigger festival names entering...

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NBM feat. The Wedding Present / Weval / Happyness / Pional

Hairyamp Promotions and Trackage Scheme, two of Malta’s top alternative music promotion groups join forces this year for another “Nil By Mouth” mini festival, albeit one with a difference. Due...

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Brotherhood: A Story of Metal in Malta

This feature length documentary explores one of Malta’s most engaging underground music scenes: the extreme metal community. Through interviews with established and emerging talent, it sheds light on a long-standing...

Johnathan Cilia

The Glitch House and Techno Fortress Returns

As Malta’s house and techno scene approaches its saturation point, with top level DJs being brought to Malta nearly every weekend for a slew of underground parties, there is one...

Nicole Parnis

Whole Lotta Fuzz

When I was thirteen and clueless I had Kelly Osbourne and Avril Lavigne to look up to as these "alternative girls" in the limelight. Not exactly Janis Joplin or Debbie...

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Glitch Festival announce boat party line-up

Last year, Maltese newbie ‘Glitch Festival’ won the underground with a fresh festival that captured the spirit of the Malta movement, and 2017 looks to go above and beyond, with...

Ramona Depares

Tazza te and some vintage clubbing

Malta, circa 1987: Ċikkulata Catch, ftira bis-sunflower oil and 8am mass. Also Malta, circa 1987: Mohawks, ghetto blasters by the Triton Fountain and smoking weed at MaltaSajf. The glorious contradictions...

Nicole Parnis

8 Things I Learned From IMS College About Succeeding In The Music Industry

I don't "get" electronic music. My grasp of it tailed off somewhere around the release of 'Groovejet'. Tune. I was a kid in the 90s but even then I could...

Ben Mifsud Joslin

Meanwhile, Back at The Ranch

Some may think that a band’s biggest hurdle is releasing its debut album. I’d contest this by saying that the sophomore album is often a greater challenge, especially when the...

Nicole Parnis

Destination Sound: Soul Searching In Brixton

London is a top travel destination for the Maltese, and with all it has to offer, you can’t blame us! But apart from the usual spots, if you’re planning a...

Nicole Parnis

Earth Garden – Unity Through Music

Wow. What a hangover. No, not that kind of hangover, I kept it quite tame this weekend. Malta is waking up to a new dawn after what’s been one hell...

Nicole Parnis

Totally Wired

Once in a while you come across a band by accident which makes you stop in your tracks, turn to your friends and and go “Who are they?!” or, more...

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A night with Indie. Vol III photoshoot

Here are the photos from A night with Indie. Vol III - and what a blast it was! Major thanks to all those who came out and danced and created such...

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Beesqueeze release new single & music video, Complain

Beesqueeze have just released a brand new single and music video called 'Complain'. Complain is a brilliant piece of work that taps the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic rock, and not just...

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DUCKS! PUBLIC PROGRAMME, PRESENTED BY BLITZ

1. Free talk and social Join us for drinks and an introduction to Ducks! and their work Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm at Blitz Blitz welcomes the second incoming residents for...

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April was busy

What a month April was! We started off with Sick of Ants & SCHONWALD (nice one lads!), followed by the plato's dream machine's exquisite album launch held on 2 days...

Johnathan Cilia

Malta’s Most Colourful Musical Contributions

Malta's national discography is varied and, sometimes, just sometimes, a thing of true beauty. In recent years especially, a lot of Malta's music - for better or for worse - has...

Johnathan Cilia

Sliema Arts Festival Cancelled Due To The System

Since 2013, the Sliema Arts Festival has been a major highlight of the summer, with multiples stages for live performances and DJ spots as well as art exhibitions and cool...

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U is for Umbrella

Over the last few years Malta’s alternative music event scene has seen its star rising, with quality events happening every weekend, spoiling the local audience for choice. With an increase...

Johnathan Cilia

One World: An International Fusion of Reggae and Hip-Hop

Malta has historically been a meeting place for different cultures - whether it is President Bush and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev ending the Cold War between the East and the...

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Official ALT NYE 2016 After Movie

Here's the official after movie from that crazyyyy NYE party - ALT NYE! Check it out ;) Shout out to all of you who came down and created such an...

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CRUX release new single & music video, NSKY

CRUX are thrilled to announce the release of their latest single ‘NSKY’ from their debut album ‘Ego vs Ego’ available on all music platforms on the 24th of April 2016....

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Perform in front of thousands of people at the University of Malta

The Food Faculty in collaboration with KSU - Kunsill Studenti Universitarji and Trackage Scheme are launching 'Live Stage' - an artist platform for any type of up-and-coming artists to perform...

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An electronic music video by Shadeena, Trackage Scheme & Electronic Music Malta

A few months ago, Trackage Scheme and Shadeena met up to discuss the production of music videos. We wanted to create a collaboration between professional entities to show the world...

Johnathan Cilia

Prepare For Rock The South 2017

You can’t fight organic growth, especially when there’s ample sunlight involved. Who would expect a standard gig that you had organised for some visiting buddies would blossom into a highly...

Johnathan Cilia

TS interviews Annie Mac from Lost and Found Festival

Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found returns for it’s third year on the Maltese islands. Lost and Found has quickly become a staple of the local electronic dance events, heralding...

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T is for Tracking

When our mission started, it was all about tracking new music which we loved. Our main goal was, and still is, to consistently attract more and more artists, music enthusiasts...

David Grech Urpani

I Love You As Much As God Loves Me

A fortnight with Ġuf, the new album by Plato’s Dream Machine When I was twelve years old and still at a Secondary Church School, I was introduced to (and constantly...

Johnathan Cilia

Malta’s music community reacts to Dax J’s Tunisian prison sentence

It’s standard for DJs to try and dig around for a unique track to play when performing to a new crowd in a new country. Maybe a local hit, or...

Nicole Parnis

Tears Of Joy

Photo by Chris Vella aka  Storbju. L-R: Daniel, Mark, Robert, Samwel & Francesco Plato’s Dream Machine isn’t your ordinary band name, and turns out they’re not your ordinary boys. You...

Sally

Starting Them Young – How to Pick a Child’s First Guitar

Like parents across Malta last year, we were faced with the task of buying our children their first musical instruments. For one of our daughters this meant a piano, which...

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S is for Shop

Trackage Scheme has earned a leading position as Malta’s hub for the alternative music scene through our work and support for artists. Our online shop is used to buy and sell event...

Johnathan Cilia

An Ambient World

Creating a spellbinding soundscape isn’t very straightforward - the open format, overlapping bars, and emotional input needed are all combined to create a challenging predicament for the producer. Forget the...

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Circuits: The First Ever Electronic Music Convention in Malta is back

For the second consecutive year, Electronic Music Malta in collaboration with the Fondazzjoni Kreattivita’ will be organising ‘Circuits’ - its yearly electronic music conference. This year this event will be...

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R is for Rhythm

As you come closer to the venue you hear a distant rumble, echoes of steady beat hit your ear drums from all angles. You don't just hear it with your ears,...

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Glitch Festival is back with a rock solid line-up

After last year’s majorly successful debut, Glitch Festival is coming back with its second edition. This summer, electronic music enthusiasts from all over the world are once again called to gather...

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Q is for Quality

Quality never goes out of style and that’s why we at TS believe that being quality focused is every artist’s key to success in his or her musical journey. We’re...

Johnathan Cilia

VA Album Announced in Memory of Microlith aka Rhys Celeste

Last week brought some of the worst news the Maltese electronic music scene has ever had - 24-year-old producer Rhys Celeste, known as Microlith, was taken in a tragic road accident....

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P is for Photography

We provide photography services for artists and event organisers alike, giving you professionally polished content to be used to boost your image, increase your credibility and ability to reach out...

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O is for Originality

Originality is not an objective concept. Whether or not you label any form of art as original, depends on your own views and perspective. Let us interpret what we mean...

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N is for Newcomers

Trackage Scheme’s aim is to be an open hub for all alternative musicians. Whether it is a solo guitar player, a full band or an electronic music Dj, we are...

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M is for Music School

Join our music school and choose from the following music lessons: Piano lessons, guitar lessons, bass guitar, drum lessons, saxophone lessons, music production, DJ-ing lessons, singing lessons and dance lessons...

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L is for Local

Over the last few years Malta’s alternative music event scene has seen its star rising, with quality events happening every weekend, spoiling the local audience for choice. With an increase...

Nicole Parnis

The Man Behind The Front

His name and reputation precedes him, but Brikkuni frontman Mario Vella’s character is a little more complicated than his crude, straight-talking Facebook statuses will have you believe. A thorn in...

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K is for Kanzunetta

Kanzunetta means "song” - something we at TS are always on the look out for - new, high quality and inspiring ‘kanzunetti’ (plural of kanzunetta). Whenever we come across music...

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J is for Join Us

If you’ve read “The journey so far” article, more recently, “An embarrassing (but funny) story” at our blog, or if you’ve been following our activities from the start you might...

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ALT NYE 2016 Photo Album

Here's the photo album of ALT NYE 2016 Special thanks to: Carmelo & Felix from The Warehouse Club - thanks for all your help and patience guys! <3 TSS Sound...

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I is for Identity

"Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." We couldn't agree more, Mr. Sivananda! As an artist, your aim is to...

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H is for Heritage

With 7,000 years of history, the Maltese Islands are steeped in culture and heritage. However, cultural heritage is often associated very narrowly with museums and archaeological sites. But Malta possesses...

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G is for Graphic Design

Our experienced designers can handle all your graphic design related work. Good design has been at our core since the beginning. We take it very seriously. We have always created...

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F is for Fun

Over the last few posts, we shared our mission and vision for Malta's Alternative Music Scene. We also introduced you to some of our services such as digital marketing and crowdfunding....

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E is for Event Tickets

With our event promotion and ticketing platform, we aim to provide the Maltese music scene with the easy, secure and reliable online event tickets system it deserves. Events ticketing is widely...

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D is for Digital Marketing

Our agency provides digital marketing services that stand alone or can be plugged in to any one of our other services. Online audience engagement and expansion is both time consuming...

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C is for Crowdfunding

Trackage Scheme's Crowdfunding system that makes it incredibly easy to raise money online for the things you need to move your musical career forward. In less than a minute, you’ll...

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B is for Blog

To achieve our main goal – to gain visibility to support and promote Maltese artists and bands we needed to establish a strong awareness about Trackage Scheme amongst all relevant audiences. We...

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A is for Artists

We endorse a multitude of artists across several genres, including bands, producers, and DJs. To us at Trackage Scheme, artists are essential; our core. They are the reason why we even exist....

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Trackage Scheme’s Alphabet Campaign

As Trackage Scheme grows, our range of activities spread far and wide. Since the inception of TS, we have worked on a myriad of projects including the launch of our...

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A look back at 2016

2016 was our busiest year yet, hands down. It’s as if we’ve been on overdrive and I can barely believe it’s nearly over. We sadly lost some of our idols...

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ALT NYE 2016

Ever been to a wicked 'Boat that rocked' boat party? .. indulged in the mayhem & live music at 'Sickfest' or 'Rock the South'? .. or perhaps danced the night...

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Malta Takes London 2016 After-Movie

Here's the official MTL 2016 after-movie! We had such a blast that we're itching for MTL 2017! A big shout out to all the bands and artists who took part...

Nicole Parnis

‘Cuz It Never Gets Easy

HeartsBeatingInTime is the stage moniker of Uma Tee, which in turn is the Facebook moniker of Rebecca Theuma, the 25 year-old Mellieħa girl getting recognised for her dreamy, synth-led songs...

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CRUX – ‘Smiling Man’ Music Video Launch

A Collaboration Between Local Creatives Music  ++  Film  ++  Fashion Sliema, MLT - 2nd November 2016 - CRUX has collaborated with two local creatives to produce a music video for...

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From Funky to London (Malta Takes London 2016 Fundraiser)

Here are the shots from the Malta Takes London 2016 fundraiser - From Funky to London! That was a crayyy night! We're still buzzing from London - full photo album...

Johnathan Cilia

Trackage Scheme’s Services Portfolio

Over the last few years Malta’s alternative music c event scene has seen its star rising, with quality events happening every weekend, spoiling the local audience for choice. With an...

Johnathan Cilia

Strummin’ 2016: Let’s Dance

Every year, a horde of guitarists ascend upon a hall to raise funds for charity and rock out. Strummin’ is Malta’s annual guitar fest, a night dedicated to guitars, music,...

Martin Rieger

On The Spaceship – FDM boat party review

When you're preparing yourself for a boat party, you can never really know what to expect. To be honest, the Spaceship Boat Party was my first boat party ever. I...

Johnathan Cilia

Statix Festival – Malta’s Own Homegrown Talent

Statix Festival burst onto the scene in 2011, bringing something rarely seen in Malta’s electronic circuit: multiple stages featuring different genres right next to each other, with a line up...

Ben Vincenti

Got Glitch? A candid review of Glitch Festival 2016

I’m going to be honest - I was going to skip Glitch Festival. It’s been a hectic summer, I've had my fair share of outings and I wasn’t really in...

Ben Vincenti

An embarrassing (but funny) story

Let's take a trip down memory lane! It’s a bit of a funny story really - you might not know this but Trackage Scheme started off as a Facebook group....

Ben Vincenti

My Biggest Regret

I’ve been thinking if I should write this for ages. It’s a personal story about something I experienced years ago, when I was just 6 years old, and has haunted...

Johnathan Cilia

Dazed & Confused with Dean Demanuele

Any budding producer or DJ would tell you that they want to perform in Berlin. Many others would also tell you that they would like to open their own record...

Johnathan Cilia

The Search for the Oldest Record Store in the World Ends

Check out Part 2 of our Search for the Oldest Record Store in the World here. I wonder if Thomas Edison realised what he was unleashing when he created the...

Nicole Parnis

Staring at the Sun

There are a few sure-fire ways of gauging a band’s relevance in Malta, and packing out a former bocci club in late July to a mixed bunch of frantic gig...

Johnathan Cilia

The Search For The Oldest Record Store in the World Continues

Missed part 1? Check it out here. In the National Archives in Mdina an old metal structure stands that is a testament to the human desire to be heard. Bigger...

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Trackage Scheme at the Sliema Arts Festival

We had an amazing time hosting the Bay Stage and the main area (Independence Gardens) at this year's edition of the Sliema Arts Festival. This was the first time we...

Johnathan Cilia

The Search For The Oldest Record Store in the World

Wouldn’t it be just great if the oldest record store in the world was actually found in Malta? I mean, the Megalithic Temples are claimed to be the oldest free-standing...

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Oddysea – A (super awesome) alternative boat party!

Ahoy mateys! Here are the photos of our first boat party, Oddysea, in collaboration with Sick of Ants. We had a whale of a time abroad the Hornblower where we went...

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‘A night with Indie Vol. II’ photoshoot

Last Friday, 6th May 2016 was crazy with more than 500 people buzzing the whole night away! More important than the number, however, is impeccable vibe you created which made...

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Sacred Noise – The Ranch Album

Here's the shoot from our 10th and final session of 'Sacred Noise' with Frankie Calleja, The Ranch & Chris Radium. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery...

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Sacred Noise – Fuzzhoneys Album

Here's the shoot from our 9th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Fuzzhoneys & Steven Meli. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery id="3166"]

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Sacred Noise – Bark Bark Disco Album

Here's the shoot from our 8th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Bark Bark Disco & G is for Gustav. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery id="3200"]

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Sacred Noise – Lucy’s Last Album

Here's the shoot from our 7th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Lucy's Last & I.YOU. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – Plato’s Dream Machine Album

Here's the shoot from our 6th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Plato's Dream Machine & Clint Spiteri (KNTRL & Dolls for Idols). Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – Massacre House Party Album

Here's the shoot from our 4th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Massacre House Party & LVX. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – The Velts Album

Here's the shoot from our 5th session of 'Sacred Noise' with The Velts & Michael Bugeja. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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The Era after Għera

Written by: Ben Mifsud Joslin Over the years, Robert Farrugia Flores has built himself a great reputation as the frontman of local band Plato’s Dream Machine. He is also recognisable...

Johnathan Cilia

Women in Popular Music: Part 2

Read Women in Popular Music: Part 1 here Maltese women in popular music have sometimes garnered more mainstream appeal than male musicians, with some female artists garnering enough support to tour internationally...

Javier Albelo

Women In Popular Music Part 1

Question: Who is the best female guitar player ever? Nobody knows. Who is the best male guitar player? Mainstream magazine Rolling Stone has the answer: the best male guitar player...

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Sacred Noise – The Busker Album

Here's the shoot from our 3rd session of 'Sacred Noise' with The Busker & DJ Bob. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Blackstar: A tribute to David Bowie – Album

Thank you all for attending "Blackstar: A tribute to David Bowie" and for bringing such an amazing vibe. Check out the full album below. Photos courtesy of Christina Goggi Photography

Johnathan Cilia

Twitchy Fingers

In a time when any 'self-respecting' DJ uses vinyl for breakfast, lunch, dinner - and afterhours - it is easy to forget that to many purists, using vinyl is still not...

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Sacred Noise – The Violent Violets Album

Thank you all for attending the second night of Sacred Noise! Top stuff by The Violent Violets & Joseph Felice - hats off guys! We continue next Sunday with The...

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Sacred Noise Launch Photoshoot

The Areola Treat & DJ Geddumu launched the Sacred Noise sessions with a total blast! We continue next Sunday with The Violent Violets and Joseph Felice (The Chemist). Check out the photos...

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Official Launch: The Sacred Noise sessions /w Areola Treat

Sunday 17th January, we kick off our Sacred Noise sessions with Areola Treat and DJ Geddumu (Hedon Crew). ‘Sacred Noise’ is a series of alternative, indie and rock live music...

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A look back at 2015

With life seeming to be on overdrive, we sometimes forget to take a moment to look back and appreciate the experiences, achievements and life lessons we've been lucky enough to gain...

Johnathan Cilia

Sick Alternative Music

2015 was a good year for alternative Maltese music. With great new releases from the likes of Dolls for Idols, Lucy’s Last, Acidulant, Digby, and weird new groups like Crux...

Johnathan Cilia

Say, How Big Is Your Living Room?

In a time when live gigs are a dime a dozen, it is possible to see world class musicians performing practically every week, and the shows of all your favourite...

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Trackage Scheme presents ‘Sacred Noise’

Following the huge success of our Rooftop Live Sessions last Summer, Trackage Scheme is back with its winter edition. TS, together with Ir-Razzett L-Ahmar, proudly present Sacred Noise – a...

Ramona Depares

On Pique, or Why I only Support My Friends

The culture of extreme factioning and polar opposites is deeply ingrained in our way of life. We have two main political parties, each faction constantly contradicting the other. When it...