Live Reviews
Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place

Ride @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Recent years have seen a range of bands from the 90’s reform and return to the live arena. Many have been nostalgia-driven, focused on reprising…



L’Épée @ Concorde 2, Brighton


Front and middle is a sword, dull, silvery and old. No explanation is given to its significance (although devotees may well recognise it from the...

Klaus Johann Grobe @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton


As they take their places onstage, front man Sevi Landolt sardonically proclaims “Yeah, it’s Klausy baby” to the delight of fans. Perhaps we should add...

Hayden Thorpe @ Cecil Sharp House, London


The songs of Hayden Thorpe’s former band Wild Beasts were famed for their sensuous chronicling of desire and lust and Diviner, Thorpe’s first solo album...

Band Of Skulls @ Thekla, Bristol


Time can be a cruel mistress, especially when it comes to music. While anniversary tours often sound like a good idea on the surface, the...

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Concorde 2, Brighton


Who wears tartan shorts in England in December? Nic Offer, he of New York punk funk inspired disco iconoclasts !!! (Chk Chk Chk), does and...

The Chemical Brothers @ O2 Arena, London


It has been another stellar year for The Chemical Brothers. On the 20th anniversary of one of their best and most enduring albums Surrender, they...

A Celebration Of Talk Talk & Mark Hollis @ Royal Festival Hall, London


When former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis died in February earlier this year there was a public outpouring of love for his music despite it...

Omni @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton


Omni are, as always, present and potent. They don’t say much between numbers to the Brighton crowd, certainly nothing of note, instead preferring to hurtle...

Little Boots @ Garage, London


A decade ago, Victoria Hesketh had all stars aligned and was set to join them. Little Boots’ monster single Stuck On Repeat announced her arrival,...

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 @ Various Venues, London


As always, the EFG London Jazz Festival offers up such a range of exciting and challenging music that negotiating its contours can be quite demanding....

The Twilight Sad @ Forum, London


2019 has been significant for Scottish post-punkers The Twilight Sad. Having released their fifth album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, their first...

TR/ST @ Heaven, London


TR/ST is the beat-drenched, dungeon-dwelling electrogoth secret brought to cultish consciousness by charismatic Canadian Robert Alfons, with occasional assistance from Austra associate Maya Postepski. Over...

Billy Bragg @ Islington Assembly Hall, London


These are hard times to live in for progressive, liberal types and it’s a state of affairs not lost on Billy Bragg. This run of...

Herbie Hancock with LA Phil/Dudamel @ Barbican, London


The London Jazz Festival has a long history of bringing artists together for collaborations, and one of the standout events in this year’s line up...

Sleaford Mods @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


“So”, says Stewart Lee, “they’re not Mods and they’re not from Sleaford.” Cue the veil being lifted. Cue 4,000 people seeing the truth. 4,000 people...

Kathryn Joseph @ EartH, London


During the course of 2019, Scotland’s Kathryn Joseph has been on the road a great deal, in support of her album From When I Wake...

Earth @ Old Market, Brighton


It begins with the most simple of introductions; tonight’s being unusually fast as the band is a power trio once more. In a tone soft...

The Raincoats @ Komedia, Brighton


Maybe they were not as confrontational as The Slits, or as snide as Bush Tetras, but The Raincoats were real and their 1979 debut album...

Warmduscher @ Chalk, Brighton


Irony is a hard act to sustain. Initially it emphasises a certain sense of intellectual superiority to that which is being mocked, yet sustained exposure...

Deerhunter + Cate Le Bon @ Crossing, Birmingham


Deerhunter and Cate Le Bon have had a lot of fun together over the past couple of years. Le Bon spent the summer of last...