Live Music + Gig Reviews

The Divine Comedy review, Barbican, London – Thirty Years Of The Divine Comedy

by Michael Hubbard

Five nights, 10 albums and 113 songs celebrating 30 (32) years in the business: Neil Hannon’s Barbican residency was by any measure an extraordinary achievement

Surprise Chef @ Patterns, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Australian funk and jazz enthusiasts bring the spiciness of forthcoming third album Education & Recreation to the south coast

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds review, All Points East, London

by Steven Johnson

Topping an already impressive bill, the scale and intensity of this exhilarating performance will live long in the memory

Fleet Foxes @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

Robin Pecknold and co play songs from latest album Shore and beyond, proving how they still occupy a special place in the hearts of many

Cola @ Prince Albert, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Former Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy bring the spatial dissonance, overwrought motorik momentum of new album Deep In View to the south coast

Festival Review: WOMAD 2022

by Steven Johnson

40th anniversary event offers a thrillingly diverse selection of global sounds, its magic flourishing in spectacular, life-affirming fashion

Festival Review: Kew The Music 2022

by Michael Hubbard

A pleasantly genteel, picnic-friendly gathering of household names, from Will Young to Bananarama, amid the bucolia of Kew Gardens

The Rolling Stones @ BST Hyde Park, London

by Steven Johnson

A joyous procession through some of the most celebrated and iconic moments in the history of rock music confirms how Mick Jagger and co do large scale, euphoric musical events like few others

Jack White @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Neil Dowden

Former White Stripes frontman balances tracks from his more experimental recent solo output alongside classics from his past

Laura Veirs @ Union Chapel, London

by Ben Hogwood

Songs from new album Found Light offer an endearing reminder of the Portland singer’s compelling storytelling

Elton John @ BST Hyde Park, London

by Ian Wade

A stellar, diamond-studded farewell show from an irreplaceable icon

Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Neil Dowden

The Boy Named If tour reaches London, offering a career spanning set of undimmed showmanship

Bob Mould @ Riverside, Newcastle

by Steven Johnson

The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman provides an unrelentingly loud, visceral blast through his back catalogue

Sharon Van Etten @ Institute, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

A superb show from an unmissable artist hitting her prime as a songwriter and performer

John Grant @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Ian Wade

Confessional singer songwriter brings his bruised bangers, brutal perfection and self-deprecating beauty to Grace Jones’ Meltdown

William Basinski & London Contemporary Orchestra @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Seminal work The Disintegration Loops is given a clever, well executed orchestral reimagining as the worlds of avant-garde, ambient and minimalism are successfully merged

Parquet Courts @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

New York quartet’s geometric art rock and expansive repertoire resonates on the south coast

Festival Review: We Love Green 2022

by Michael Hubbard

The weather gods disrupt an otherwise laid-back vibe at the 10th anniversary edition of the eco-conscious Paris event

Jessie Ware @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

Songs from What’s Your Pleasure? are given a long-overdue live airing to rapturous effect, aided by the appearance of a certain special guest

Yard Act @ Academy, Leicester

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Thrilling show by Leeds outfit proves they are on an undeniably ascendent trajectory and will be selling out far larger rooms soon

Man On Man @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Joey Holman and Roddy Bottum celebrate queerness in Brighton with a show that is all physical projection and gentle compassion