Live Reviews

Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Recent years have been a productive time for Canadian post-rock forefathers Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since returning from a period of inactivity they’ve released three…



Festival Review: Latitude 2018


The public image of Latitude probably goes something along the lines of a collision between BBC 6 Music connoisseurship and BBC Radio 4 intellectual comedy,...

Paul Simon @ Hyde Park, London


While the legendary Paul Simon’s farewell UK performance was understandably the main draw at Sunday’s final British Summer Time Hyde Park concert, two other veteran artists...

The Cure @ Hyde Park, London


People clad in black in 31 degree heat, round the corner from London’s Pride march, and with a revitalised England playing in the World Cup....

Sigrid @ Somerset House, London


“I forgot to say that the last song was my new single, which came out today”, Sigrid announces from the stage, with a slight chuckle....

MGMT @ Somerset House, London


Time travels quickly. Surely it can’t be a decade since MGMT burst onto the scene with Kids, their take down of hedonist living? Yet as...

Iggy Pop @ Finsbury Park, London


This final weekend of mini-festivals at Finsbury Park will, despite the incredible performances of many artists, surely go down in history as one of the...

Kristin Hersh @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Kristin Hersh was among the pioneers of music crowdfunding, ending her contract with longterm label 4AD and striking out on her own, into a forever...

Nine Inch Nails @ Royal Albert Hall, London


From Royal Festival Hall to Royal Albert Hall. Three days, two dates, a mini-tour of venues frequented by the Queen: what a way for Nine...

Festival Review: Bushstock 2018


Amongst the ever expanding plethora of one-day musical festivals across the capital, Bushstock stands out. Now in its eighth year and sprawling across seven venues in...

Liminal @ Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, London


One of the more intriguing parts to Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival programme was the three late-night performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer of Liminal,...

My Bloody Valentine @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Live shows by My Bloody Valentine have long held a special, elevated status. They’re infrequent enough to provoke genuine excitement when they do happen and...

Nine Inch Nails @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Trent Reznor explodes on to the stage. Strobe footlights flash furious and immediate as the band launch straight in to Somewhat Damaged, a track made...

Mogwai @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Over the years Robert Smith has regularly expressed his admiration for Mogwai and he’s also recruited them as tour support in the past, so it was...

Moon Duo @ Purcell Room, London


How does rock music behave in a confined space? Or, to put it another way, how does space rock music work in the Purcell Room? Traditionally...

David Byrne @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Of course, we’d heard in advance that tonight – the latest stop on David Byrne‘s American Utopia tour – might be A Bit Special. It was...

Death Cab For Cutie @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Day four of Robert Smith’s Meltdown sees the return to London of American alt rockers Death Cab For Cutie. It’s been three long years since...

Manic Street Preachers @ Royal Festival Hall, London


“You’ve been amazing – considering all these seats we’ve had to contend with,” enthuses a visibly satisfied James Dean Bradfield before signing off for the...

The Libertines @ Royal Festival Hall, London


What became of the likely lads? Well, they grew up – sort of – and ended up playing a gig, at the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown...

The Psychedelic Furs @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The last few Meltdown festivals may have been a bit more low key than we’ve come to expect, whether due to leftfield/unanticipated choices of curator...

Hilary Woods @ St Pancras Old Church, London


Hilary Woods mentions, at the end of the show, in pretty much the first indication of acknowledgement of the people who sit in front of...