Posts By: Ben Oldfield

Live Shows Turn Virtual Fans Into Real Ones


Going to concerts is both a privilege and a fun part of my job. Recently, I was able to attend a Kina Grannis show in Paris with my youngest child, 13-year-old Penelope. I found myself taking in the crowd around me, turning my head and watching as the audience reacted, and witnessing casual fans turn into… Read more »

A Tribute in Music to Ibrahima Sylla


I had meant to do my first post of 2014 in a festive spirit: re-living the intensely fun and crazy moments I had as a jury member for The Orchard’s Got Talent at our annual get together. It was something special and the truth is that although I had meant to be sarcastic and harsh… Read more »

WOMEX 2013: Of Playlists and Live Recordings


I recently had the chance to once again attend WOMEX — the World Music Expo, which took place in Cardiff this year, and which I’ve been attending regularly now practically since the conference’s beginnings (first known as the Berlin Independence days and held in what had only recently been called “East” Berlin)… As usual, I wanted to… Read more »