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Fifty3 Fridays is taking a short holiday so I am afraid there is no new music specifically for today. However, if you missed any of the August columns – what do you mean, you did? – you can recap on 24 marvellous tunes by accessing our Fifty3 Fridays Spotify Playlist August 2023. On the first Friday of each month, I publish a Playlist on Spotify which includes all the songs featured in this column over the previous month. Not just that, but in order too!

So, our Fifty3 Fridays Spotify Playlist August 2023 includes all 24 songs from the month’s Fifty3 Fridays. It opens with “Malus” from the magnificent Paper Anthem and reaches an equally stellar crescendo with Boygenius and “Not Strong Enough”, which conversely of course it is. There is one sad omission this month as Happy As You Like’s excellent solo outing, “You Might Think You're In Heaven”, is not available on Spotify. In such circumstances, I bring on a sub and this time “Ruddy Vile” by Happy’s parent band, The Happy Somethings, does the honours. A biting satire on a misbehaving footballer from the band’s May EP Kickin' The Balls, it seems an appropriate choice for a sub.

Follow me on Spotify at TonyHardy53 for 32 of these monthly playlists plus several others admirably suited to interminable car journeys.


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Music is a great passion of mine. In my teenage years I was an avid record collector and concert goer. Stints as a booking agent, running folk clubs, promoting gigs and even a crack at artiste management followed. While it never became my main occupation, music was always on my personal radar.


In the past 15 years I have written for leading US music website  Consequence and breakthrough  site, BestNewBands. I am a judge for Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and have reviewed the festival for both sites. I am now pleased to curate my very own music site.


Nothing gives me greater pleasure than unearthing great, original new music and championing independent musicians. You’ll find many of them on this site alongside the occasional legend of times past and I hope they will bring  you as much joy as they give me.

Tony Hardy



Selected dates in the London area:

Tue 16 July: Griff, St John's Church, Kingston upon Thames

Wed 17 Jul: Squirrel Flower, The Lexington, London N1

Tue 23 July: Sabina Chantouria, The Bedford, Balham, London SW!`2

Wed 24 Jul: Coming Up Roses, The Social, London W1

Thu 1 Aug: 86TVs, St John's Church, Kingston upon Thames See the Events page for all live shows in Kingston


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