Tag: Shepherds Bush Empire

Live: Ward Thomas @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

In support of their sophomore album Cartwheels, twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas brought their brand of Hampshire based Anglo-Nashville country music to the multiple-tiered beauty of the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday night. The new record, which holds the distinction of being the first country release to make number one in the UK Top Forty album chart, is a move away from some of the twangy Americana found on the debut, From Where We Stand. An altogether smoother, more pop-oriented sound envelops the new record. The most obvious comparison is that of Taylor Swift. Depending on...

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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: Dua Lipa @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Rising London pop star Dua Lipa has been making waves and setting grand expectations since bursting onto the scene back in 2015 with top 10 single Be The One. Last year saw singles Hotter Than Hell and Blow Your Mind (Mwah) continue to show promise along with not one but two sets at last June’s Glastonbury Festival, her name already up in lights behind her. June will see the release of her much-anticipated self-titled debut album, and following a busy pre-album launch tour comprised of a massive 18 dates across the U.S. and Canada, followed by a further 10 across Europe and the...

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Live: Melanie C @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

There are pop stars and then there are The Spice Girls – probably one of the most successful female pop groups of them all – a group comprised of five very different personalities, something that made them stand out from the rest from the off when they broke onto the scene in 1996. And, while probably not the biggest tabloid star of the five, one of the stand-out voices of the group was always, always Melanie Chisholm AKA Sporty Spice or Melanie C, to differentiate between the two Melanies in the group. Proceeding the Spice Girls effective disbanding in 2000, Mel...

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Live: Bush @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

You’d be forgiven for thinking 1990’s rock outfit Bush were an American band, given both their sound and enduring success across the pond. Their 1994 debut studio record Sixteen Stone was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S., it’s follow-up peaked at #1 in the U.S. album charts and many of their singles hit #1 on the U.S. Alt. Rock charts for a decade. But Bush are, in fact, a British band. So much so that they’re named after the area in which tonight’s gig takes place – Shepherd’s Bush! The original line-up of frontman Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge,...

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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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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 journey in the 12 years since the release of her hit debut record Eye to the Telescope, which spawned a series of well-received singles and earned the then 28-year-old a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Fast forward to 2016 and the release of her fifth studio album KIN sees the now 41-year-old upbeat...

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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 tour, is something of a conundrum. Descriptions of Nina span the spectrum from the whispered reverence devoted to the iconic Godmother of Punk, to opera singer with a spiritual message, to teenage actress turned controversially opinionated cult celebrity. Whether it’s her startling fashion style or her musical talent, her genre-traversing career or her...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Seattle-based rockers Band Of Horses released fifth studio album Why Are You OK last month, and following a triumphant John Peel stage performance at this year’s recent Glastonbury Festival, they were back in the UK for a trio of shows, including two stops at London’s newly re-opened Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue. With the record coming from a slightly different place than the previous four, frontman Ben Bridwell having recently become a father for the fourth time and producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin giving it a glance, we have a lot to look forward to. With their American Trucker look of...

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Live: The Shires @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Shires @ Shepherds Bush Empire Hot UK country music duo The Shires lit up Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday evening for the final night of their headline UK tour.  The band, comprising singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, met in 2013 through a mutual friend on Facebook.  Just two years on, who would have predicted that this chance meeting of music minds would be the catalyst for the revival of country music this side of the pond. With strong vocals and oodles of chemistry, it is not difficult to see how the pair have achieved such a rapid...

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Live: The Gaslight Anthem @ Shepherds Bush Empire

“We wanted to let everyone know that we’ll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We’re all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we’d like to step away from the band until we decide what we’d like to do next.” Leading with this statement to followers of the band on Facebook ahead of heading to Europe for a series of headline and festival dates was bound to be heart-breaking for some. But the 2000 or so...

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Live: Fields Of The Nephilim @ The Empire.

Fields Of Nephilim celebrated 30 years of goth darkness with two sold-out shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire at the end of December 2014. Not at all what I expected. In fact they delivered one of the shows of that year. Carl McCoy has developed a Hollywood interpretation of his band, with characters appearing out of the murky mist as post apocalyptic drifters, where the image and brand of FOTN is just as important as the music. Carl McCoy, embraced the look totally with shades, hat, long-dust-drawn coat and warrior boots and looked like he had arrived from the...

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Live: Ellie Goulding & Friends @ Streets Of London.

English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding hosted a unique evening of acoustic music at West London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, sharing the stage with a host of acts from rockers Band Of Skulls to the delicate-voiced Birdy in aid of the homeless awareness charity Streets Of London. Never one to shy away from putting her talent forward for philanthropic causes, Goulding has been a staple at Jo Wiley’s similarly-themed and aptly-named Little Noise Sessions in years past, playing quietened-down and acoustic versions of big hits in smaller environs whilst raising awareness as well as money for Mencap. Goulding also...

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Live Review: White Denim @ Shepherds Bush Empire

If ever there was a rock band who sucked you in, twisted you into a hypnotic trance and spat you out at the end then it has to be White Denim. Their music encompasses many genres from true progressive styles of early  Blodwyn Pig and Wishbone Ash, to Motown to American jazz fusion bands like Hot Tuna. This band on tour are quite DIY and check their own instruments and tuning pre gig and happily take demo cds from the crowd. In  younger days a White Denim gig was a wall of sound an attack on mind body and...

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Live Review: Family @ Shepherds Bush Empire.

Underestimated by the mainstream but largely adored by those in the know Family caused euphoric joy when they reformed for two special shows last year at this very venue.Initially for a one off experience Family are rightly back doing it again exactly one year on ,with this time just the one date at the Shepherds Bush Empire with a home date the night before in Leicester. Family with Roger Chapman and oters plays Shepherds Bush Empire on 1.2.2014 (Solange Moreira-Yeoell)  The sharply dressed guitarist Jim Cregan shone throughout along with original members drummer Rob Townsend and vibraphonist John ‘Poli’...

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Live Review: They Might Be Giants @ Shepherds Bush.

They Might Be Giants are a band whose new work sits comfortably along its established songs and 30 years and 16 studio albums on this is a feat where many others falter. They are seamlessly integrated into the set with comedic explanations that had the audience literally rolling in the aisles. Cue new song and the set opener You’re On Fire. Damn Good Times follow with the rock and roll lifestyle firmly entrenched when all of the photographers are pulled onto stage to join in the act. Everyone said they thought it was a part of the show but...

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Live Review: Graham Parker & The Rumour

Graham Parker & The Rumour performed in London for the first time since 1979 and had a set list to thrill. With lights bright for the opening numbers of Fools Gold and White Honey the over capacity crowd, I mean it was crammed at the Shepherds Bush Empire, went wild. In the last few years the Rumour have been backing GP in the USA and have even been involved in the film This Is 40 directed by Judd Apatow. The film features Parker, as himself, performing in a duo (with Tom Freund) and with the Rumour. “Getting to film...

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Photography: Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor

The Colonel and the Governor came to town and dutifully sat down and played 3 hours of beautiful hypnotic guitar playing. You can also read the live review here. and the whole set here: You can also read the album review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/6444/review/ and the live review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/6649/live-review-emmanuel-taylor-the-robin-2-bilston/ Both written by Tim...

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Photography: Family @ The Empire

Family are a British rock group who formed in the mid 1960’s and split up in the early 1970’s. This concert was their first in 40 years. The Empire in Shepherds Bush, London was packed to the rafters and the fans had an unexpected surprise with the event being introduced by Frank Worthington, the Leicester City and England footballer. The set was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with the versatile 24-105mm lens. Shot at F4 on or around 125 or 160 second. (125 is really to slow) at 1600 ISO. Here is the complete set, click on...

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