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By on Saturday, 21st April 2018 at 12:00 pm

“There are only two music journalists worth reading: Mary [Chang] and Steve Lamacq.”
– Daniel Hopewell of the Crookes, 19 September 2013, Brooklyn, New York

“This is Mary Chang, our best American champion of British music we have…”
– BBC radio presenter Steve Lamacq, 19 March 2015, Austin, Texas

There Goes the Fear (TGTF) is a UK/US/Irish music Web site, covering live reviews, album reviews, the hottest new artists and the latest tours in the UK and beyond. In 2009, Mary Chang based in Washington DC joined as USA editor, and TGTF was nominated for the first time in the Best Blog category in Record of the Day‘s Music Journalism and PR Awards in 2009. We were nominated again in 2010, 2011 and 2012, until the event was discontinued.

Mary Chang became Editor-in-Chief of TGTF in August 2010. Our contributors are currently based in America. We are actively recruiting for additional writers in the UK and Ireland. Keen on joining the TGTF team? Get in touch via Twitter.

In addition to album, single, EP and live reviews, you’ll also find some pretty nifty interviews with artists and profiles of bands on our radar that we recommend you keep an eye on. You will find on our Soundcloud interviews including those that editor Mary Chang did with musicians at the inaugural ARIA Week in Sydney, Australia in November 2012 and in Austin, Texas at SXSW 2013 and archived podcasts. We will continue to upload quality audio features to our Soundcloud in the coming weeks and months.

In May 2013, we premiered our YouTube channel; the first video to feature on the channel was exclusive footage of the Crookes performing single ‘Dance in Colour’ at Fierce Panda’s 19th Birthday Slamdown at London Scala on 21 May 2013. The name of our Web site “There Goes The Fear” comes from the awesome Manchester trio Doves song of the same name.

Hosting comes from those lovely people at United Hosting. We’ve been using them for over a decade and they never cease to amaze. Great support, and very little downtime. Just amazing.

Reviews and Submissions

We’re more than happy to have a listen to the music you send us, suggest to us, etc. However, we implore you, please review our site carefully so you have a feeling about the kind of music we tend to write about. That way you won’t send your new French didgeridoo recording, only for us to either a) not write about it or b) tear it to shreds. Sometimes the new stuff provides the best surprises and might well change our outlook. And sometimes, it’s just not our thing and it’s not personal.

Important: DO NOT send audio files or images to us larger than 2 MB without prior clearance with Mary. Any emails containing files larger than 2 MB will be deleted without being read. That’s great that you have high-res images of your band, but don’t send them or big audio files to us. They clog up our inboxes. We’ll let you know if we need anything further from you.

Contact Us

E-mail is usually the best way to get in touch. Email hello@tgtf.net is the address to use.

We try our best, but because none of us work on this Web site full time and also due to the high volume of emails we receive, we cannot respond to every demo, press release or gig request we are sent. Apologies.


About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF is edited by Mary Chang, who is based in Washington, DC. She is joined by writers in England, America and Ireland. It began as a UK music blog by Phil Singer in 2005.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it. If you want a track removed, email us and we'll sort it ASAP.

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