Author: Simon Reed

Live: Palace @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

There was a nip in the air as I walked across Shepherds Bush Green tonight. We might be knocking on the door of summer, but momentarily talk of global warming has been suspended. This morning, I was back scraping the windscreen of the car and had icicles on my Ricicles. The green was, however, positively balmy compared to the chilled-out vibe going on at my destination, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and an appointment with London four-piece Palace. Palace are described in their Apple Music bio as “an alternative blues-rock group with an extremely laid-back style”. Anybody speculatively attending one...

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Live: You Me At Six @ Alexandra Palace

Another day, another gig. Tonight, I’m at the rather wonderful Alexandra Palace to see the continued progress of stadium rock band You Me At Six. The band, who hail from Weybridge in Surrey, released their fifth studio album Night People on 13th January and with it signaled a more expansive sound, befitting of the sorts of arenas they are routinely looking to fill. The Alexandra Palace gig was the last date of a UK tour taking in big spaces such as the SECC, Glasgow and Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. They didn’t quite fill Ally Pally to its 10,250 capacity...

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Rock Show: Public Service Broadcasting Announce Autumn Tour

Public Service Broadcasting today announced details of a major UK tour in October in support of new album, Every Valley, released on 7th July. Stopping in twelve cities – including their biggest headline to date at London’s Eventim Apollo, plus a selection of some of the best live rooms across the country – the tour will be the first chance for fans across the UK to experience the band’s new album, the first single release of which was Progress. Every Valley is set against a backdrop of industrial decline and neglected and abandoned communities across the western world, but focuses on the history of...

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Live: The Magpie Salute @ Under The Bridge

  If rock ‘n’ roll history tells us anything, it’s that brotherly love doesn’t necessarily apply between brothers. Ray and Dave Davies, Mark and David Knopfler, Liam and Noel Gallagher. If you invited them round for tea, it would be as well to give them paper plates. You can add to that list Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, whose creative differences meant the wheels were off the ‘Crowes wagon between 2002 and 2005, and have been detached seemingly permanently since 2014. With the atmosphere between the brothers Robinson currently on the prickly side of incendiary, you’d...

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Live: The Amazons @ Dingwalls, Camden

There’s something quite exciting about being in on the ground floor of something big. Last time I got this feeling, it was photographing The Hunna in front of a rabid sell-out crowd at Boston Music Room (capacity 250). Within nine months, I was photographing them in front of a rabid sell-out crowd at the Shepherds Bush Empire (capacity 2000). Tonight, I’m at Dingwalls in the company of Reading four-piece The Amazons and I’ve got the feeling again. It’s a sell-out, and I’m expecting the crowd to be rabid. Of course, I’m no musical Svengali; everyone is talking about this...

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Live: Amy Macdonald & Newton Faulkner @ The Royal Albert Hall

There’s something unbelievably special about live music at the Royal Albert Hall. When you gaze at the ceiling and marvel at the tiers of seats and boxes rising up and up, you can’t help but feel a little humbled to be in the presence of such outstanding architecture. Tonight, we’re equally humbled by the presence of two outstanding artists in the form of Newton Faulkner and Amy Macdonald. Having Faulkner announced as the support for Amy’s Under Stars tour added gloss to an already very shiny product. With a brace of number one albums in the bank; the first...

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Live: Cabbage & Blossoms @ The Roundhouse

I like the Roundhouse. If you can accept the compromised sight lines and sound, there’s something kind of cool about watching a band in an engine shed. It’s run by a charitable trust, which means it’s looked after; your feet don’t stick to the floor. Tonight, the giant dome is hosting the NME Awards Tour 2017, sponsored by VO5 – a fact that single-handedly makes it sound the least rock ‘n’ roll thing to exist since Tony Blackburn. Gracing the tour are a triumvirate of artists from the North West: Rory Wynne, Cabbage and Blossoms. I’m primarily here for...

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Photography: Hothouse Flowers @ Electric Ballroom

Hothouse Flowers were photographed at the Electric Ballroom by Simon Reed, you can see the live review here: http://rockshot.co.uk/25189/live-hothouse-flowers-the-electric-ballroom/           Hothouse Flowers were live at The Electric Ballroom on Saturday 18th March 2017. Photography by Simon Reed   Share +1 Tweet Share Pin...

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Live: Hothouse Flowers @ The Electric Ballroom

The weirdly polarised people that sit either side of the weirdly polarised Jeremy Clarkson debate probably have weirdly polarised opinions about his favourite musicians, Hothouse Flowers. Regardless of your take on either, there’s no denying that the first ten minutes of The Grand Tour – which featured the band occupying a festival stage and blasting their 1990 cover of Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now into an unsuspecting Mojave Desert, has done Hothouse Flowers no harm whatsoever. Truth be told, that’s why I’m at the Electric Ballroom tonight. Whilst I enjoyed The Flowers output in the late eighties...

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Live: Elbow @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

I’m grateful to my wife for so many things. She spots the traffic cameras I don’t. She’s always on hand with salient fashion advice. Her meringues are the stuff of legend. And then there’s Elbow. The first time I saw this band was in 2012 when they were touring Build A Rocket Boys!. I was quite churlish about it. My wife, a long-term fan dragged me there, but I just knew it wasn’t going to be very good. The traffic was awful. We had crappy little seats at the back of crappy big Wembley Arena. The sound was average. It...

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Live: Jo Harman @ The Jazz Cafe Camden

RockShot doesn’t do album reviews. If it did, I’d be able to tell you that Jo Harman’s sophomore album People We Become, released earlier this month to wide critical acclaim, is truly exceptional and you really, really should buy it. Oh. Whilst I can’t do what I just did, I can report on the launch gig for the new record, held in Camden’s iconic Jazz Cafe – my first visit to this venue since it underwent a change in ownership and a radical internal improvement at the back end of last year. Traditionally, this place has bathed its performers...

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Festival: Stereophonics & Elbow Join Madness To Headline Victorious 2017

Having previously revealed Madness as the headliner for the all-new Friday night Opening Party, the festival is proud to announce legends Stereophonics and Elbow as top of the bill for Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating an incredible 20 year career, Welsh rockers Stereophonics are guaranteed to deliver an immense set on Saturday night packed with hits from nine studio albums along with brand new material and a dynamic live performance that has earned them a reputation as one of the best in the business. Support comes from indie-folk troubadour Jake Bugg, power pop trio Feeder, folk rockers Frightened Rabbit, alt-rock...

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Photography: The Hunna @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Last time I photographed The Hunna was in front of a couple of hundred people at a sold-out Boston Music Room in London’s Tufnell Park. Nine months later, they’re back promoting their debut album 100 at a sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire. This time around, the venue capacity has multiplied ten-fold, ticket resale sites are asking stupid money, and touts are out in force patrolling Shepherds Bush Green. It was obvious from the outset that this band were going places and the evidence displayed in and around this splendid West London venue seems to speak for itself… Read the full...

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Live: The Hunna @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Last time I photographed The Hunna was in front of a couple of hundred people at a sold-out Boston Music Room in London’s Tufnell Park. Nine months later, they’re back promoting their debut album 100 at a sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire. This time around, the venue capacity has multiplied ten-fold, ticket resale sites are asking stupid money, and touts are out in force patrolling Shepherds Bush Green. It was obvious from the outset that this band were going places and the evidence displayed in and around this splendid West London venue seems to speak for itself. The Hertfordshire four-piece...

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Photography: The Temperance Movement, Acoustic Live.

The Temperance Movement live acoustic……So, an announcement at the end of November that the band would shortly be playing a series of three stripped back acoustic shows in small venues in London, Manchester and Glasgow was met with considerable excitement and fans rushed to obtain tickets for what might well be the last opportunity to see the band in this guise. The first of these shows was at Bush Hall (a treat in itself) in West London and I was fortunate enough to be there…read more here: http://rockshot.co.uk/23431/live-the-temperance-movement-acoustic-bush-hall/ Photography by Simon Reed. The Temperance Movement at Bush Hall 2nd December...

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Live: The Temperance Movement Acoustic Set @ Bush Hall

I’m lucky enough to have stumbled upon The Temperance Movement whilst they were still playing tiny venues; when much of the set was acoustic and vocals were performed from in front of the microphones. In the last couple of years and on the back of two critically acclaimed albums, they have progressed to share stadium stages with The Rolling Stones and now sell out some of our largest venues. Whilst nobody would wish to deny them their success, a significant part of the fan base (myself included) miss the intimacy of those early days and those very special gigs....

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Live: Electric Six @ O2 Academy Islington

With twelve albums to their name, Electric Six are remarkably prolific for a band primarily known for two hit singles. Danger! High Voltage and Gay Bar were an essential part of the noughties soundtrack, but as loyal fans crow-barred into a sold out O2 Academy Islington tonight will testify, there’s much more to this band than that. This is a weird venue. Purpose built in a nondescript thirteen-year-old shopping centre, it has all the ambience of a nondescript thirteen-year-old shopping centre. As functional as it gets, service ducts and pipework dangle from the ceiling – it’s kind of like...

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Live: ‘Roadstars’ @ The Talking Heads Southampton

Wednesday 16th December saw the first of a sixteen-night tour featuring some of the finest young talent that the heavy blues-rock spectrum currently has on offer. ‘Roadstars’, sponsored by Planet Rock, landed at The Talking Heads in Southampton – and if early indications are to be trusted, it promises to be quite a ride. The tour pitches Stockport four-piece Federal Charm with Chicago born guitarist J D Simo (pronounced ‘Symo’) and eighteen-year-old six-string sensation Aaron Keylock. Each act brings something a little different to the table and the tour is billed as a triple-headliner. Until you arrive, you don’t...

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Live: Music Venue Trust #FIGHTBACK Benefit Concert @ Roundhouse

In Eastney, on the fringes of Southsea in Hampshire lies an empty, unassuming looking pub now hiding behind sagging net curtains and white washed windows. Eighteen months ago, it was The Cellars, a truly special, vibrant live music venue that attracted some of the freshest upcoming talent around. It was a place where I had spent many happy evenings. The fate of The Cellars is being replicated across the country and you don’t need to have lost your local venue to feel the effects. Emerging artists need somewhere to play other than between ad breaks on Saturday evening TV....

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Live: Ramblin’ Man Fair @ Mote Park, Maidstone.

Wow, what a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair in Maidstone’s Mote Park experienced modest audiences, kept in check by wretched weather. The event made a loss and resulted in a change of management, with Spirit Of Rock taking the reins. Roll forward to 2016. Twenty-two thousand people packed out the park. For two days, the sun beamed under blue skies and the mercury resided comfortably in the mid-70s to 80s. Ramblin’ Man Fair is the festival for the people who sew denim patches on their denim patches; a celebration of all things...

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Live: The Struts @ Dingwalls

Every so often, a band comes along that the online music photography community opines as a ‘must have’ in the portfolio. Vintage Trouble are one such artist. I’ve snapped them and can confirm that they certainly lived up to the hype. More recently, The Struts have been listed in the same exalted company, so when an opportunity presented to photograph them performing at Camden’s iconic Dingwalls, it wasn’t one that needed thinking about for very long. The Struts have been active as a band since 2010, although the current line-up of Luke Spiller (vocals), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott...

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Live: Santana @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

It’s been a really awful few weeks. Brexit, no Government, no opposition, defeat to Iceland, Jo Cox, Caroline Aherne. You’d be forgiven for thinking that tonight’s crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo might have reason to be a little agitated right now. In residence was Carlos Santana, legendary guitarist and head of the nine-piece Latin jazz-rock fusion band that bears his surname; and the artistes did engender a few whistles of dissent by emerging close to 20 minutes late. Within a few bars of the opening number Soul Sacrifice however, it was clear the audience were going to at least momentarily...

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Live: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown @ Boston Music Rooms

Nashville born heavy rock and blues 4-piece Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are making significant waves as a support act on AC/DC’s current stadium tour. Tonight, I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in the tiny North London venue that is Boston Music Room. This was the gig for people who wanted to see Bryant without feeling obligated to hang around for a sixty-one-year-old man running around in a schoolboy’s uniform. I am definitely one of those people. Mark Curran, front man of acoustic two-piece first support artist Curran commented that having heard the sound check, he knew...

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Live: PiL @ O2 Indigo

If you can forgive those adverts for the butter (and please do – actually they were pretty funny and they did fund new PiL music, so let’s all just get over it, shall we?), John Lydon must surely be one of the most iconic musical artists still occupying a stage. Tonight’s stage was the O2 Indigo, the second (but still significant) performance space under the East London tent. The gig was part of a tour promoting PiL’s 2015 self-released album What The World Needs Now and the scheduled stage time was 8.45pm. At 8.45pm precisely (it’s all a little...

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Words of Wilko: Don’t You Leave Me Here Book Launch @ Rough Trade East

I’ve documented on these pages once before, that if it wasn’t for Wilko Johnson, I wouldn’t be shooting live music. It was his terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis early in 2013 that made me consider how sad it was that I had no decent lasting memories of any of the many gigs (including Wilko’s gigs) that I’d been to – so I set out to do something about it. Of course, the one artist I thought I would never be able to photograph was Johnson, who by the end of 2013 was supposed to be dead. What happened next is...

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Live: The Dandy Warhols @ The Electric Ballroom

Whilst The Dandy Warhols have enjoyed mainstream success over a number of years, it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that to the general populous, they’re really only known for one song. The royalties from ‘that song’; Bohemian Like You – an instantly recognisable tune that is played hundreds of times a day on rock radio stations across the globe could probably sustain the band in perpetuity – yet ask somebody to name the last time they heard any other Dandy Warhols song on the radio and you’re likely to receive shrugs and the scratching of heads....

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Live: Gov’t Mule @ The O2 Forum Kentish Town

It’s an unseasonably (read ‘unreasonably’) warm night in London; indeed, if the weather got any closer I’d practically be nose to nose with it. I imagine that Warren Haynes, front man of Gov’t Mule and a native of Asheville, North Carolina, is feeling right at home. Gov’t Mule, pronounced ‘Government Mule’ but known almost exclusively as ‘Mule’, are a band that emerged with Haynes and the late Allen Woody from under the wing of The Allman Brothers Band, and much like the Allman’s, when it comes to live performance, they don’t really bother with too much in the way...

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Live: Gregory Porter @ Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

My nineteen-year-old daughter first played me Gregory Porter. It says a lot about the width of the demographic that it was her educating me about a forty-four-year-old American jazz singer, and not the other way around. 2013’s Liquid Spirit rang around our kitchen for much of last summer, so when an opportunity presented to pop down to the Eventim Apollo (I think that’s what it’s currently called, though that could easily have changed by the time this is published) in Hammersmith, to photograph and review a night of Porter’s Take Me To The Alley tour, it wasn’t one I...

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Live: Roger Hodgson @ The Royal Albert Hall

Put one hundred Supertramp fans in a room and ask them if they would rather see ‘Supertramp’ or ‘Roger Hodgson – solo artist and the voice of Supertramp’; and I’d be prepared to bet the mortgage that a significant majority would choose the latter. Pink Floyd isn’t Pink Floyd without Waters or Gilmour; Supertramp isn’t Supertramp without Hodgson. And this would explain why a solo performer that’s not a universally acknowledged household name has successfully sold out the Royal Albert Hall tonight. This majestic auditorium is packed full of avid fans of the man who wrote the majority of...

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Live: Augustines @ Electric Ballroom Camden

Augustines are a band that have had nearly as many name changes as Spinal Tap: (“There was already a band in the East End called the Originals, so we became the New Originals”). Through the various shifts in identity, (Pela became Augustines became We Are Augustines re-became Augustines), two things have remained constant: the pairing of singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy McCarthy with multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson, and the passionate support of a loyal fan base. The latter are out in force tonight at a sold-out Electric Ballroom. I’ve come with my friend Matthew, and he subscribes to the ethos of Augustines fan...

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