Classical and Opera Features

Jónsi & Alex Somers, Kronos Quartet, Jane Weaver… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week gets off to a strong start with a show at the Barbican on Monday by Jónsi & Alex Somers who will be playing…



75 Dollar Bill: “Build the thing so you can make the sound you are after” &...

by Daniel Paton

Formed in New York in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill have been exploring a part-composed, part-improvised and highly meditative sound world for several years, eventually coming...

Turning Tides Festival, The Soft Cavalry, Xylouris White… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees yet another festival squeeze itself into the crowded London itinerary but it looks to be an intriguing one. Turning Tides take place...

This Music Made Me: The Soft Cavalry – Rachel Goswell and Steve Clarke’s mo...

by musicOMH

The Soft Cavalry‘s eponymous debut album is out this summer. A work of intense cinematic drama, the album speaks of midlife crisis, fear, hope and...

Preview: UK Festivals 2019

by Steven Johnson

We’re only a few weeks away from the summer UK music festivals getting underway in full. If you fancy experiencing the thrills of live music...

Richard Hawley: “We are being led by psychopaths.” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Richard Hawley declares himself “well braindead” on arrival. He has been doing a day of interviews, chatting about new album Further, with each one overrunning....

Spotlight: Tiger Bay – Saint Etienne’s Masterpiece at 25

by Rob Mesure

“There are some nice parts of London / You can see them from here” – Archway People “Rainy cafe, Kentish Town, Tuesday / Barry’s looking...

Lucy Dacus, Jambinai, Tame Impala… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Lucy Dacus has been busy of late. Last year she released her second album The Historian and also featured alongside Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker...

Preview: Daylight Music – Summer 2019

by Steven Johnson

Earlier this year Daylight Music celebrated their tenth anniversary and their 300th show. If you’re not familiar with the event it is a series of...

Filthy Friends, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie De Biasio… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Some of the best gigs we’ve been to have been those by artists playing venues that are frankly *way* too small for them. There’s a...

Big Thief, Aldous Harding, Saint Etienne… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Two of the most positively received albums released over recent weeks have been UFOF by Big Thief and Designer by Aldous Harding and both play...

Preview: London Festivals 2019

by Steven Johnson

Another excellent selection of festivals takes place in London this year, featuring both established names and promising newcomers. As it’s that time of year when...

These New Puritans, Soap&Skin, Marissa Nadler… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

These New Puritans are a classic example of a band that gets better with each album they release. Fourth album Inside The Rose was released...

Beirut, Robyn, Sleeper… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week’s gigs in London seem to strike a perfect balance between those by new, exciting, buzz-generating artists and those featuring experienced, much-loved outfits that,...

Midori Takada & Lafawndah, Steve Gunn, Hannah Peel… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

The back end of this week is loaded with gigs we’d like to be at. The Barbican have had an excellent few years on the...

Africa Express, Doves, Sauna Youth… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project reach London with a show on Friday at Wanstead Flats. The show is part of Waltham Forest’s...

David Gray: “I’m about dispatches from NW3, walking the dog in Hampstead”...

by Ben Hogwood

David Gray is in a chipper mood. There are several reasons for this – the brightness of the cold, wintry morning on which we connect...

Vampire Weekend, Charlotte Adigéry & Sarah Davachi…This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

It feels like London has been in need of a shot of sunshine and warmth for a while now and the return of Vampire Weekend...

Interview: Rocket Girl’s Vinita Joshi – “Music gave so much to me, I ...

by Sam Shepherd

Fully 20 years ago in London, after her time with Cheree and Che Records, Vinita Joshi was taking her first steps towards launching Rocket Girl...

Blick Bassy, You Tell Me & Ibibio Sound Machine… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

1958 by French-Cameroonian artist Blick Bassy could well be the album released so far this year with the most interesting story behind it. It focuses...

We walk through mindfields: The Prodigy’s Keith Flint remembered

by Ian Roullier

The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint, who has died aged 49, was one of the most recognisable figures in modern music, a pioneering life force of a...