Live Reviews

Doves @ Somerset House, London

by Steven Johnson

The return of Manchester trio Doves this year after an extended spell away may not have coincided with any new material but it has shown…



Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps @ Barbican, London


2009 was a time of change for Sigur Rós and frontman Jónsi. The band had just released their fifth album Með suð í eyrum við...

Kate Tempest @ Broadway Theatre, London


Hanging in a pub window opposite tonight’s venue, Catford’s 800-capacity Broadway Theatre, a sign reads: ‘WE LOVE YOU KATE’. It’s a reminder, if one was...

Festival Review: Field Day 2019


Established in the peak-festival mid-noughties at east London’s Victoria Park, Field Day has latterly undergone something of a nomadic journey in search of a home....

Matmos @ Jazz Cafe, London


“Star quality. Some plastic objects have it, some don’t”. Drew Daniel throws out this deadpan quip early in Matmos‘ set. He’s referring to a giant...

Tame Impala @ O2 Arena, London


Tame Impala’s journey from a band in thrall to mid-period Beatlesy guitar psychedelia to one playing emotion-baring, electronically bolstered stadium rock has been striking. While...

Festival Review: Best Kept Secret 2019


It really is a well-kept secret. A short drive from the North Brabant city of Tilburg in the southern Netherlands, a three day festival has...

Death & Vanilla @ Shacklewell Arms, London


Appropriation and deviation are the cornerstone of any great work of Art. First you appropriate a chosen style, by researching, doing cover versions – or...

Filthy Friends @ Garage, London


Musical terminology can be a troublesome thing at times. ‘Collaboration’ is seen as a positive force to be applauded yet there’s something about the term...

Finn Andrews @ St Pancras Old Church, London


In a recent interview Finn Andrews confessed to “fully embracing being miserable”, yet his music on this solo tour is making fans anything but. While...

Ex Hex @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham


Ex Hex walked through the crowd at the Hare & Hounds, making their way to the stage, in what seemed like a perversion of natural law....

Dido @ Roundhouse, London


After 15 years away from life on the road, Dido announces “It feels surreal!” as she greets the warm and excited crowd at Camden’s Roundhouse....

Melanie De Biasio @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Since she released her debut album back in 2007 Belgian singer and flautist Melanie De Biasio has been spoken of predominantly in a jazz music...

Festival Review: Christine And The Queens @ All Points East, Victoria Park, London


Having kicked off with headline sets from The Chemical Brothers and The Strokes, the first three-day weekend of this year’s All Points East drew to...

Big Thief @ Roundhouse, London


There is a moment towards the end of this valedictory show that clearly illustrates Big Thief’s steady and quiet rise. The audience are cheering and...

Oh Sees @ Albert Hall, Manchester


When the first thundering chords of opener Plastic Plant threaten to crumble the baroque ceiling of Manchester’s Albert Hall, the 2,000 in attendance are momentarily...

Unloved @ Scala, London


Svengali is a term that gets casually bandied around a lot these days. It takes its name from a notoriously antisemitic novel of treachery and...

Hen Ogledd @ Bush Hall, London


It’s Richard Dawson’s birthday, we won’t ask which one, and so his Hen Ogledd harpist bandmate Rhodri Davies asks the spartan attendees of tonight’s show...

Fat White Family @ Ritz, Manchester


Nobody had banked on Fat White Family making it this far. So, the question is, now that they appear to have ridden out their rockiest...

Band Of Skulls @ Komedia, Bath


Going up against the final season premiere of Game Of Thrones would be a daunting assignment for any band. The worldwide television phenomenon certainly worked...

Sleeper @ Forum, London


After what could be described as a long hibernation, Sleeper are now very much wide awake. The Britpop band – who had three Top 10...