THE RIDER: OH MAN THE EIGHTIES

30 July 2015

THE RIDER this week opens with a ton of brilliant tunes that sound very 1980s indeed. Then there is some film talk and a ton of hysterical laughter. Disappointingly the show is 78 minutes long. It should be 74… Anyway, …
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THE RIDER: CALLING CARD

23 July 2015

YOU want good music? Tons of good music? You are in the direct place. Neil Atkinson is joined by John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia. Ten great records with talking in between. Everything you could hope for. It’s The Rider. http://traffic.libsyn.com/theanfieldwrap/RIDER2307.m4a

THE RIDER – FEATURES OF PEACHES

10 July 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia are in an unfamilar studio but still have 9 great songs. All about the memories of Glastonbury both there and at the telly and the bangers are well and truly out. http://traffic.libsyn.com/theanfieldwrap/The_Rider_07-07-15-2.m4a

THE RIDER – THE MISSING SHOW

9 July 2015

OK. Stephanie emailed me. Said there’s a show missing. I (NA) went, no. Can’t be. She said there is. There is a show missing. And she was correct. Very correct. There was a show missing from a couple of weeks …
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THE RIDER – OUT THE HOUSE

28 May 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia talk about their enormous weekends while playing ten great songs. Out the house? The Rider is never in. Put your feet up and enjoy. DIRECT DOWNLOAD – http://traffic.libsyn.com/theanfieldwrap/The_Rider_-_Out_The_House.m4a

THE RIDER – SOUND CITY SPECIAL

20 May 2015

SOUND City Special with us locked in a tiny room with only two mics. But Stephanie Heneghan walks us through Friday, John Gibbons Saturday before Adam Melia rounds off the weekend with great tunes and tears. Throughout click the screen …
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THE RIDER: THE BIG CHAPITEAU

14 May 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia welcome back a John Gibbons in full voice. And what voice. What songs this week. The Rider has ten absolute crackers. A joy to behold. Along with all the usual nonsense. All of …
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THE RIDER: TIDALWAVE

9 April 2015

ONE Hundred And One Dalmations. One Hundred And One Riders. Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia are back in the saddle and getting their teeth into Tidal, Action Bronson and Sufjan Stevens. All the good stuff and …
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THE RIDER – PAY ATTENTION

21 March 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia get into the reaction to Kanye’s booking at Glastonbury, Kendrick Lamar’s new album and they ease their way through the first half of the show. It feels like an album week. …
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THE RIDER: EQUIDISTANT

7 March 2015

NEIL Atkinson, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia plan an award ceremony, talk more flute and ruminate around the name Jeff. Jeff! Jeff? Jeff!  Ten great songs but you guessed that already. It’s everything you could want in one …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – EVERTHING TAKES FOREVER

26 February 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia pick ten absolutely brilliant songs. They also focus on Neil’s mum’s birthday, find out about Landon Donovan’s current relationship status and don’t bother asking John about either of his holidays. What …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – SOZ IT’S LATE

25 February 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia are late, are late, for a very important date. They are also in possession of ten great songs and the sort of cauliflower chat you never saw coming. What else? Well it’s hard …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – BEST PODCAST

14 February 2015

Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and John Gibbons are back with ten more terrific songs. They also have harsh words for the Grammys and lovely words for almost everything else. Plus further bracket talk. The Rider then. Nominated and …
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GIG OF THE WEEK: RED SAILS RELEASE PARTY

6 February 2015

THERE is a game of football on this weekend. You may have heard. But the city of Liverpool beats on and there is plenty going on to distract nerves on Friday or help you celebrate Saturday (and into Sunday) if …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – ABBREVIATIONS AND UNICORNS

30 January 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia talk about Paul McCartney, Aaliyah and the swaying as they record. Joined on the phone by international rock and roll star John Gibbons from Utah. The Rider then. Everything you need. And the …
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THE RIDER: SUNDAY SERVICE BLURB

22 January 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia have some punk, some arguments over placement, some jokes and a load of great songs. Belle & Sebastian talk (aka The Lads), two rude songs and the inevitable discussion of spelling. …
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THE RIDER – CHANGING NAMES

15 January 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia work through Ikea related issues, films and mystery bands with 10 albums. The Rider then, all that plus ten great songs. Why wouldn’t you listen?’ Direct link to Rider: Changing Names …
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THE RIDER – HANDSOME MEN

9 January 2015

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia all get round a New Year Campfire and play ten songs. They’ve had to work hard for them but you will not be disappointed. Also – a Denmark digest, Diane Keaton …
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THE RIDER – THE END OF 2014

31 December 2014

Adam Melia, Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and Stephanie Heneghan take stock of what they have picked on since July 2014 and talk through the year’s songs, highs and lows. So it’s a magnificent dozen for The Rider. Twelve great songs …
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THE RIDER – CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

24 December 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan pick their Rider songs of all time. They also play their midnight NYE songs and offer their Christmas messages with different levels of reluctance… 12 songs for all time. All time. …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – EMOTICON

18 December 2014

ON THIS WEEKS  RIDER – ADAM MELIA, Stephanie Heneghan, John Gibbons and Neil Atkinson talk about the Darwin Award, Emojis, a COMPETITION, the billing order AND MORE. Can you imagine? Great news on this week’s Rider. And great songs, ten …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – SPECTACLE

15 December 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia get into X-Factor, Indie and the Sound of 2015. Ten great songs, all the fun of the fair. There will be jokes and dancing. Look! Adam opens the show. Get on …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – DEBATE

4 December 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia decided what isn’t up for debate, what can be bought for Christmas within the 10 and 15 pound price range and what can be done without surprises. That’s The Rider. All …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – VIBES

27 November 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia get into some sad songs, some songs by people Adam doesn’t like, some albums and some issues. The Rider – the tunes have their chakras aligned…’ Ten great songs should go …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – DO YOU LIKE THIS?

21 November 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia welcome back John Gibbons and talk about developments in Liverpool, Band Aid, Clicking The Links AND MORE… Ten great songs should go without saying. In case it doesn’t…ten great songs. Direct link to …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – THE BIG FIVE

13 November 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia power on in John Gibbons’s absence with all sorts of chitter chatter about Flyte chocolate, a new drink called a Housemartini and there are gingerbread biscuits. The Rider – will satisfy your hunger …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – Ms HAVERSHAM

6 November 2014

JOHN IS AWAY. So Neil Atkinson, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia have to hold the fort. They do so with massive openers and a chilled finish. All the usual nonsense to refresh the palette as you go. That’s The Rider. …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – 11 SEGMENTS

30 October 2014

John Gibbons has brought his bad day. Stephanie Heneghan has brought donuts. Adam Melia has brought his partner, Linny. Neil Atkinson has brought his stuff. He has a train to catch. What fun could ensue? Between them they are packing …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER

27 October 2014

Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan welcome Shit Robot onto the show to talk about his Liverpool Halloween gig amongst other things. PLUS – Liverpool Music Week, HMHB and Steph’s new phone thing. Ten great songs too. …
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TAW MAGAZINE #13

24 October 2014

Another month, another #TAWMAG in issue 13 Neil Atkinson, John Gibbons and Andy Heaton have a sit down with Stephen Warnock about his progression from Academy to the Liverpool first team and career after Liverpool, the mag is live now on …
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GIG OF THE WEEK – SUPER WEIRD HAPPENINGS 18/10

16 October 2014

THIS Saturday in the lovely surroundings of Constellations in the Baltic Triangle, Greg Wilson and Kermit Leveridge bring us their touring collaboration Super Weird Happenings. It’s hard to know where to start describing it to be honest. The easy part …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – BRING ME SUNSHINE

16 October 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan welcome Greg Wilson to the show to talk about his live event at the weekend. In addition they talk about last week’s show to be meta, marathons, California and Adam not going to Amsterdam.’ …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – LONESOME

9 October 2014

NEIL ATKINSON and John Gibbons are on their own in the studio but joined on the phone by Dave Giles to discuss recent You Tube community controversies. As ever, it’s ten great songs, just two lonely men introducing them, high …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – MELIA OR NO MELIA

2 October 2014

WE’RE against the clock with the studio booked out and three quarters of The Rider leaving on a jet plane, but we still manage to play a game that explores the depths of Adam’s soul. We also have 10 belting …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – MINOGUE

24 September 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia are displaced by Kylie and joined by Adrian Cooke from Norwich Sound And Vision. Expect East Anglian talk, loads of jokes and ten great songs. Direct link to The Rider – …
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TAW MAGAZINE #12

19 September 2014

  WE’RE absolutely made up to be able to announce the release of issue 12 of #TAWMAG featuring a World Exclusive interview with Steven Gerrard,  you can download #TAWMAG via iTunes or view it on other devices as a web app. In addition to the Gerrard …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – VINO

18 September 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, Steph, John and Adam talk about marathons and shirts and play ten fantastic songs. That is all what the Rider is all about. Direct link to The Rider – Vino Podcast RSS feed iTunes

MUSIC: THE RIDER – THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW

16 September 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan are joined by Chas Smash from Madness to discuss the group and his solo work. They also get into milk, Kes and Pop Star friends. The Rider. And the tunes are …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – THE DISEASES OF FOAM

4 September 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Stephanie Heneghan and Adam Melia talk about everything and nothing. Foam, genres and when it acceptable to send a song all come up. Why wouldn’t they? The Rider, ten great songs, all sorts of nonsense.   …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – FAST MATHS

22 August 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan discuss maths, semi-bangers and discussing things. And not discussing them. The Rider, ten great songs and loads of drinks of water.’ Direct link to The Rider – Fast Maths Podcast RSS …
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MUSIC: THE RIDER – LADDISH

13 August 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan have Craig Pennington joining them to talk about the Liverpool International Psych Festival along with ten good songs and the band name Adam Melia says is the worst he has heard …
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TAW MAGAZINE #11

8 August 2014

AFTER a brief Summer hiatus, issue 11 of The Anfield Wrap’s digital extravaganza is now live and available to download via iTunes or as a web app. In the latest issue amongst the usual suspects we’ve got Stephen Morris on the life …
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THE RIDER: GAME OF OPINIONS

6 August 2014

NEIL ATKINSON, John Gibbons, Adam Melia and Stephanie Heneghan have ten fantastic songs and almost as many good links as they talk about seemingly everything in the world. Go them. They are the water, the songs are the wine, your …
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THE RIDER: JOHN’S NOMINATIONS

30 July 2014

NEIL Atkinson, John Gibbons and Adam Melia are joined by Stephanie Heneghan on the phone from an undisclosed location. They listen to one of the songs, talk about the songs John has chosen for each of them and look forward …
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THE WRAP PARTY: AUGUST 15 2014

28 July 2014

THE VIPER KINGS, KOF, CITY WALLS THE FIRST Liverpool International Music Festival in 2013 was a resounding success, leaving the The Mathew Street Festival it had replaced a distant memory. This year it looks better again, with artists such as Ian …
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