There is nothing like the dull ache of a head to remind you that you were out a touch too late last night and that the nectar may have tasted good last night but your body is not in agreement today. This weeks Exploratorium is therefore brought to you by a glass of mango and apple juice, toast and ibuprofen.

What a month it's been, jam packed with festivals, interviews and new discoveries. It's seen me spend time in London, Budapest, Skipton, Liverpool and Rochdale!

I kicked off my month chatting to Emperor Zero about their forthcoming fundraiser gig at Chorlton Irish Centre on the 6th of September, the proceeds of forthcoming single 'Heart Of Iron' and the gig will be going to charity. I finally met Literature Thieves on the spot of where they properly became a band, at well known Manchester watering hole common and then I was lucky enough to get a private viewing of Suzuki/Method's new material in their awesome Salford practice space before I hopped on a flight to Budapest to head to Sziget Festival for a few days.

Budapest's offerings were plentiful: many of the big names Biffy Clyro, Tame Impala, The Cribs, Editors, Franz Ferdinand and I got to chat to a band that played a typewriter on stage as an instrument before turning the type written paper into aeroplanes and throwing them into the crowd; Monophona were fabulous. The 43 degree heat was a bit of a killer but the chilled and tranquil vibes coupled with a couple of trips to their world renowned Spas saw me right.

The annual pilgrimage to Greetings From Beacons Festival in Skipton was always an eye opening experience. I had fun DJing the main stage on the Saturday and also managed to sort interviews with a raft of up and coming artists. Beacons, of all the UK outdoor festivals, seem to corner the new and emerging music market better than anyone else.

As such I got to chat to Only Real, Fun Adults, TRAAMS, Splashh, Dark Bells, Mikal Cronin and Sky Larkin. I also got to see Menace Beach, Cowtown and Royal Blood for the first time. As ever Beacons you were amazing. Liverpool's debut Summercamp Festival saw me experience Royal Blood for the second time as well as catching up with Boxed In who I'm pretty excited about hearing new music from.

Some music work in Rochdale led to me see stirling sets from Little Sparrow, Jake Mattison, The Crookes, The Sundowners and Screaming Maldini last month, they were well worth the watch!

The Tru Luv new music night in Manchester goes from strength to strength and last month offered the raw talents of Blaue Blume and Kidsmoke who played blinding shows. I managed to grab a chat with both, and you can hear these over the coming weeks on my Amazing Radio show!

Finally I arranged a night out with Shield Patterns to get to know them better, I got to hear all about their forthcoming release on Gizeh Records and Claire from the band joined me to swoon at the Ducktails gig at Soup Kitchen too. FUN.

September looks to be a psychmare for me as I head to Liverpool and Angers. But don't worry, I'll tell all next month!

Those five tips for this month?

1. SEAWAVES: Gorgeous dream-pop from this Manchester based duo who are readying their album The Pistol Star for release in the near future.

2. As Elephants Are: I totally fell for the Buckingham four-piece on my first listen to War Cry and my love endures. New single Crystal is magical.

3. Deadbear: Deadbear is the work of producer Nick Donovan. His debut EP Wabi Sabi showcases cultural influences just as much as musical ones.

4. Scenic: Perth does it again, Australia really is kicking right now musically. They released their second EP in July after joining the Future Classic roster back in 2011 whilst they were teens. 'Shockwaves' is an absolute treat.

5. Cutwires: Described as a soft, melodic roller with a sweetly processed, infectious vocals - Cutwires' forthcoming single 'Runaway' is the shock of electronica and good vibes that summer running into autumn needs.