Crack in the Road

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Crack in the Road
Type of site
Music / Culture
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
  • Josh Dalton
  • Andrew Hill
  • Ben Blackburn
LaunchedApril 2010[1]

Crack in the Road is an independent music and culture blog-site in the United Kingdom. The site focuses on pop music, independent music and electronic music.[2]


Crack in the Road was started in April 2010 by Josh Dalton, whilst studying Architecture at Dundee University. The site's writing, design and organisation was initially and most notably shared between Dalton, Andrew Hill, Ben Blackburn and Joel Chima.[3]

In March 2013 the website hosted a joint unofficial SXSW day-party with Belgium blog-site Disco Naivete, featuring 4AD artist SOHN, alongside Pacific Air, Young Dreams, Eddi Front and DENA, amongst others. The website has also hosted SXSW shows featuring the likes of Hozier, The 1975, Wolf Alice, ILoveMakonnen, Christine and the Queens and Metro Boomin' amongst others.

In 2015 Crack in the Road was in the news when its editor published an article decrying the lack of female musicians in the lineup for the Reading and Leeds Music Festival,[4] publishing a revised schedule with the all-male bands omitted.[5][6][7]

Unearthing New Talent[edit]

Crack in the Road's music content usually consists of new music posts or introducing articles on new artists.[8] Since its formation in 2010, the website has followed several now successful artists from the beginning of their careers, including The Neighbourhood, Youth Lagoon and Pacific Air. The site also offers up interviews, live reviews and festival features. Although predominately focusing on pop music, independent music and electronic music, Crack in the Road is not restricted to specific genres, and has covered rock music and metal music in the past.

The site has been quoted on The Guardian, The Fader, Crack Magazine[9] and Pitchfork, amongst many other music websites,[10][11][12] and Dalton has been called on to comment as a music expert.[7][13]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  2. ^ " A to Z of Music Blogs" Archived 2015-04-21 at the Wayback Machine. Sounds Good to Me Too.
  3. ^ "Meet a Blogger: Crack in the Road". Portals. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ "How these music festival line-ups look without all-male bands". BBC Newsbeat.
  5. ^ "The Reading & Leeds 2015 line-up if it only included bands with female members looks pretty sparse". The Independent.
  6. ^ "Where are all the women at Reading & Leeds this year?". Entertainmentwise. by Adam Miller February 25, 2015
  7. ^ a b "Edited Reading and Leeds line-up poster reveals astonishing lack of women", The Telegraph.
  8. ^ "The Death of Pop - A Teachable Moment". Under the Radar Magazine. Jan 26, 2015 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - By Frank Valish
  9. ^ "Photo emerges of Jai Paul in the studio with Miguel" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. Crack Magazine.
  10. ^ "New Band of the Day - Star Slinger (No 940)". The Guardian. London. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  11. ^ Cooper, Duncan (2013-04-13). "Download Jai Paul's Self Titled Debut LP". The Fader. New York. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  12. ^ Snapes, Laura (2013-04-15). "Confusion Surrounds Jai Paul Album Release". Pitchfork. New York. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  13. ^ "The band “Okkah” plays live in FOX 13’s studio". November 14, 2014, by Lacy Jamison" Fox 13.

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