Classical and Opera Features

Summer Music Festivals 2024 preview – UK

by Steven Johnson

Our third and final festival preview focuses on those events happening around the UK



Where To Start With… Neil Young

by Chris White

Beginning our new series of deep dives into the work of music legends, Chris White guides us through five albums by way of introduction to Neil Young’s immense catalogue 

Blancmange interview: “It’s worth nothing without the idea”

by Ben Hogwood

As the electronic pop pioneers’ career retrospective Everything Is Connected is released into the world, mainstay Neil Arthur discusses new songs, memories of the ’80s, and the durability of music

In Passing: Steve Albini

by Sam Shepherd

The producer, serial band starter and provocateur leaves behind a complicated legacy

Summer Music Festivals 2024 preview – London

by Steven Johnson

The second part of our festival preview series focuses on those events happening in the capital. Whether indoors or out, London has another appealing selection to choose from this year

Summer Music Festivals 2024 preview – Europe

by Michael Hubbard

The first part of our preview series selects 10 of the best from across mainland Europe, from genre specialists to catch-alls. Where will you be going?

This Music Made Me: The Zutons

by MusicOMH

As the band responsible for writing Valerie return with a liberating, cathartic new album and Nile Rodgers on production duties, frontman Dave McCabe delves deep for the albums that have influenced him most

Reissues Roundup: Record Store Day, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen

by Ian Wade

A bumper edition with an eye on RSD specials alongside the best of April (and beyond). Also starring Luther Vandross, Billy Idol, Tina Charles, Orbital, the Manics and David Bowie

Reissues Roundup: Madonna, Girls Aloud, Air

by Ian Wade

What do Butthole Surfers, Nico, Electribe 101, AC/DC, I Monster and Bananarama all have in common? They’re all in this month’s fancy-new-things-from-old-things crate dive, that’s what

Reissues Roundup: Saint Etienne, Paul McCartney, Sonic Youth head 2024’s first batch

by Ian Wade

Compilations, reboxings, lesser-discovereds and more besides, also starring Andy Williams, Can, The Waterboys and Cocteau Twins

Gruff Rhys interview: “Political activists are my heroes. We live in very, very s...

by Ben Hogwood

The Super Furry Animals singer on music as an anchor, bringing people together in euphoria, and new solo work Sadness Sets Me Free 

musicOMH’s Reissues of the Year 2023

by Ian Wade

Reissues, compilations, retrospectives: this was the year that was, and Ian Wade is back to guide you gently through the joys

musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2023

by Michael Hubbard

Listageddon time is nigh, and these are albums that have stuck with us this year. How many have you heard, and what have we missed? 

One For Keeps: Sinéad O’Connor – The Lion And The Cobra

by Ross Horton

Sinéad O’Connor has died. Reflecting on her life and legacy, Ross Horton discusses her debut album, in honour of her memory 

2023 Music Festivals Preview – UK

by Michael Hubbard

The third of our tryptich of summer 2023 music festival previews is – at last – upon us. Step forward, UK!

2023 Music Festivals Preview – London

by Steven Johnson

Part two of our summer music festivals 2023 preview zeroes in on London

2023 Music Festivals Preview – Europe

by Michael Hubbard

The first of our three-part 2023 music festivals preview zeroes in on 10 of the tastiest events from across mainland Europe this summer, from behemoths to genre specialists

Emilíana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra: “The whole dynamic was about making ...

by Steven Johnson

Emilíana Torrini and Kobe Proesmans of the Colorist Orchestra on the joy of collaboration, navigating extreme weather events, documenting human relationships and creating visual music

Reissues Roundup: De La Soul, Britney Spears, Pink Floyd

by Ian Wade

March’s picks also star OMD, Bacharach & Costello, Chris & Cosey, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Elton John, Public Image Ltd, The Cinematic Orchestra, The Flaming Lips and more from the NOW and Habibi Funk...

Reissues Roundup: Robert Palmer, Whitney Houston, The Auteurs

by Ian Wade

February’s picks also include Mogwai, Imagination featuring Leee John, a-ha, Haircut 100, A Flock Of Seagulls, Bananarama, The Strokes, Farid El-Atrache, Mull Historical Society, 10cc and Small Faces

Reissues Roundup: New Order, Tori Amos, The Maytals, The xx

by Ian Wade

January’s picks also feature Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs’ Winter Of Discontent, The Skatalites, The Blow Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Cymande, Delays, The Rolling Stones and Dinosaur Jr