Live Reviews

Live: Hinds @ Academy 2, Manchester.

Saturday evening at the Academy 2 in Manchester was an evening of two halves: the support acts and the headliner. It isn’t often, but on occasions, the support acts outshine the headliners, and Saturday night was one of those occasions. Setting aside the greater depth...

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Live: White Lies @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

White Lies have been away for three years since the release of their last album Big TV, they are back touring with their new album, Friends.  Although a solid, well received album, Big TV did little to expand their fan base past the original promise of debut album To...

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Live: Rachael Yamagata @ Kings Arms, Salford.

On the road, promoting her latest album Tightrope Walker, Rachael Yamagata treated a crowd of dedicated music aficionados to a very special night of low-key and introspective musical delights at the King’s Arms Ale House in Salford. Playing a mixture of old and new...

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Live: Paradisia @ MOTH Club, London.

After a successful debut with the single Silent Lover, London-based band Paradisia have released their second track Warpaint. The single is scheduled to be released in November and follows up a premiere show at London’s MOTH Club. Edyta K went along to photograph and...

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Live: KT Tunstall @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

“Good evening London” KT Tunstall screamed. “It’s so lovely to be here, what a strange, strange day” she said. “But we couldn’t be in a better place than one of the best venues in the world!” Scottish singer, songwriter and musician KT Tunstall has been on some...

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Live: Kongos @ Islington Academy, London.

American rhythm specialists Kongos brought their mighty and fascinating sound to London. On the day after the US presidential election in which Donald J Trump was chosen as the 45th President of the USA, they rocked into town in a shocked state. They are all brothers...

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Live: The Big Moon @ Scala

November 3rd 2016 will definitely be remembered as the day when Scala went mental!  I have not quite seen anything like this before. An up and coming band, headlining a sold-out gig with the audience jumping around so heavily that the walls and floors were shaking...

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Live: Ben Watt & Michele Stodart @ Union Chapel

Live: Ben Watt feat. Bernard Butler @ Union Chapel, London After a hiatus of some 30 years, Ben Watt released his second solo album Hendra in 2014. However Ben certainly hasn’t been lazy during that time; having recorded 11 albums as one half of Everything But The...

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Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical & Meat Loaf.

In the 1970's Jim Steinman wrote a musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C.  Jim had always intended these songs to be theatrical and a larger than life opus. When he met Meat Loaf the opportunity to realise the "rock and roll dream".. came true. Many...

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Live: Kacey Musgraves @ Royal Albert Hall

Rising star Kacey Musgraves played the first sold-out show by a Country music act at London's historic Royal Albert Hall venue in 12 years. That's some feat for 27-year-old Musgraves who was playing to some 350 fans under two years ago at West London's Bush Hall. And...

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The Veils @ KOKO, London

The Veils @ KOKO, London The lights dim, before Finn Andrews even takes to the stage his presence is palpable. As The Veils make their appearance, the atmosphere is charged and the rising anticipation in the crowd can be felt. The hunger of the crowd is juxtaposed by...

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Live: Michael Franti @ Heaven, London.

Michael Franti returns with his uplifting, positive and political message, this time ostensibly as an acoustic duo tour, with guitarist J. Bowman. However, if you expected to be in for a quiet, mellow time of it, watch out – tonight’s show was one of the rowdiest,...

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Live Review: Wovenhand @The Dome, London.

Arriving onstage to a roar of excitement from the crowd, frontman David Eugene Edwards, thrusts his arms up demanding a greater noise, the crowd oblige whooping and hollering.  An exciting line-up of musicians take to the stage, when touring gentler albums this...

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Live: Lonely The Brave @ The Marble Factory, Bristol.

It’s an early start for tonight’s show in Bristol. Spirits are high. There’s a contagious buzz infecting the room with anticipation and with the recent praise that Lonely The Brave have received from their newest album raise, it’s no surprise why. Each member of the...

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Live: Moose Blood @ Y Plas, Cardiff.

Live: Moose Blood @ Y Plas, Cardiff On tonight’s line up are four young, hotly discussed and justifiably hyped bands ready to wave the flag for the new generation of emo, each ready to provide something unique. Although Cardiff was the last show to sell out, from the...

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Live: Goo Goo Dolls @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, veteran American rockers Goo Goo Dolls returned to the UK for a run of shows, kicking off in Norwich last week and concluding at West London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in support of the group’s eleventh studio album Boxes, released in May....

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Live: The Pretty Reckless @ Scala

Taylor Momsen-led American rock four-piece The Pretty Reckless returned to London for the first time since playing their biggest UK headline show at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy in November 2014, this time playing a tiny pre-album launch show for third studio...

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LIVE: LLOYD COLE @ UNION CHAPEL, LONDON.

On this tour Lloyd Cole is only performing his classic songbook covering a period from 1983 – 1996 which comprises of hits from albums Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces, Mainstream, Lloyd Cole and Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe.  Union Chapel is an intimate and relaxed setting...

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Live: Blossoms @ The Forum, London

Stockport rockers Blossoms’ story is one that truly endears them to their audience and the music industry alike. They’re young, fresh and full of energy, but with an understanding of the struggle it takes to succeed in the music business, each member having tried and...

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Live: Nina Hagen @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.

Nina Hagen hasn’t played in the UK for a full 14 years, apparently, so there is tangible anticipation amongst the crowd tonight for this rarely seen and curious artist. Trying to pinpoint Nina Hagen’s role and legacy in the musical vista, on this, her 45th anniversary...

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Live: Autumn Ruin, We Make Our Own Luck.

AUTUMN RUIN: WE MADE OUR DAMN LUCK, FRESH EP FROM MANCHESTER JUST IN TIME FOR THE COLD SEASON With Autumn now here, the debut EP from Autumn Ruin has been released. This Manchester's five has been playing for over a year now and after three successful singles they put...

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Live: Together The People Festival Review

Together The People, set in Preston Park, Brighton, seems an apt name for a festival created by local people for local people. The organising commitee involves housing trusts, arts centres and creatives from around the region. So how on earth does a festival like this...

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Live Review: L7 @The O2 Forum Kentish Town

There was a time in musical history in which angry women ruled the earth.  In the musical domain, where are all of the angry women now?  Were they pacified by Girl Power?  Did they all grow up, give in to marriage and have kids?  Are the last remaining handful all in...

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Live: Butserfest 2016, Tenth Anniversary.

2016 brings the tenth Butserfest to Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean. It is an event that has been cherished as an alcohol-free home for teenage fans of pop punk since 2007. That said, some bands might be a bit too profanity-laden to be ‘for all the family’. We...

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Live Review: Thee Oh Sees @ The Coronet, London.

This San Francisco garage band have been a band in the making since 1997, at the nearly twenty year mark they are moving from cult following to essential band.  They are playing entirely by their own rules, no pretence, no political messages or life lessons to sell,...

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In Photos: Communion Turns 10!

Independent record label, live music promoter and publisher Communion is 10 years old! Growing from a monthly live music night at Notting Hill’s famous basement Arts Club venue, the artists and fans-based supportive community nature of Communion expanded from that...

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Live: Victorious Festival 2016

Victorious refuses to stop growing. Every year causing a massive shutdown of the city, as the festival performances expand to dominate every square inch that southern Portsmouth has to spare. One can't begin to imagine what pressure is on the musicians, to be the...

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Caught by the River Thames @ Fulham Palace

Caught by the River is reminiscent of the early days of festivals, when they were more like gatherings at which multiple interests were represented, where fashion and showing off are abandoned in favour of relaxation, and letting it all hang out. All ages, all...

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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...

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Live: Citadel Festival 2016

CITADEL Festival @Victoria Park, London Rising from the ashes of the Lovebox site in Victoria Park, Citadel is a very different kind of festival. Arriving early means you can still see the more generic remnants of the previous festival. It may share some of the stalls...

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Live: Truck Festival 2016

It would possibly come as a surprise to Truck Festival first timers, that it was in fact celebrating its 19th birthday. A well struck balance between the feel of a small, friendly festival whilst attracting big headliners, Truck thrives on avoiding the traps of...

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Live: 2Cellos @ Greenwich Music Time

Almost everyone has a bucket list. No matter if you are interested in fashion, music, travel, photography or you want to gain some personal goals. Mine contains mostly bands I want to see live for the first time. 2CELLOS has been on top of that list since a friend of...

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