Live Music + Gig Reviews

Kae Tempest @ Academy, Leicester

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Wise and moving lyrics might have lured out many of tonight’s crowd, but it is their writer’s presence as a performer that will bring them back again



Portishead @ Academy, Bristol

by Andy Baber

Portishead and Idles excel in Bristol in a one-off War Child UK benefit show raising funds for Ukraine

Tindersticks @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Neil Dowden

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the chamber pop outfit give a concert that does full justice to their splendid, ongoing career

Ride @ Roundhouse, London

by Neil Dowden

Reformed shoegazers celebrate the 30th anniversary of debut album Nowhere, sending fans home with ears ringing and blood pumping

Low @ St George’s Church, Brighton

by Steven Johnson

Minnesotan trio’s effortlessly transcendent show confirms they’re still a breathtaking live proposition, offering up experiences to be cherished forever

Protomartyr @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

Cerebral, muscular post-punk played with suffocating intensity, embellished by enigmatic vocals and lyricism. Like The Fall, just better

Wet Leg @ Institute2, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

One of the most hyped, and most hype-worthy, bands of the last few years bring unbridled glee to Birmingham

Vashti Bunyan @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

A career spanning set that shows these are not just impossibly pretty songs of fragility and tenderness but also poetic, moving ruminations on life itself

Cate Le Bon @ Mill, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

Confidence in recent album Pompeii is evident in a set of ever-developing, ever-shifting art-pop that also finds space for tracks from Reward and a cover paying tribute to her truest artistic ancestor

Imarhan @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Algerian five-piece communicate universally emancipating, sentimental truths in support of new album Aboogi

Yīn Yīn @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Dutch retronauts bring NuYorican frisson and vernacular disco of sensual and euphoric second album The Age Of Aquarius to a hyped up crowd

Los Bitchos @ Patterns, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

This London-based, pan-continental female instrumental four-piece’s surreal and creative bricolage approach fits perfectly in our everything all at once age

Patrick Watson, Jules Buckley & BBC Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

The Canadian singer-songwriter reinterprets his catalogue with orchestral backing, securing a triumph for the sensitivity and sensuality found in his songs

Dry Cleaning @ Mill, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

The dry, ice-cold, black art-rock sound of debut album New Long Leg is given a perfect airing, confirming the London outfit as true genre heavyweights

audiobooks @ Komedia Studio, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Showcasing recent album Astro Tough, Evangeline Ling and David Wrench perceptively read aloud the foibles of this new world in a beautiful cadence all of their own

Suzanne Vega @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Her An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories album is brought to life with unassuming warmth and homeliness

Jane Weaver @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The Manchester songwriter showcases recent album Flock’s dazzling technical brilliance and melodic exoticism

Fontaines DC @ Dome, London

by Tim Lee

Dublin’s troubadours with a tendency towards the really loud downsize for War Child while showcasing songs from new album Skinty Fia

The KVB @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

There’s nothing cold about the waves romantic synth pop duo Nicholas Wood and Kat Day create

Klein @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

A fascinating show from a shapeshifting, innovative performer operating at the intersection of music, art and youth culture

James + Happy Mondays @ Wembley Arena, London

by Ben Hogwood

Two very different bands bring the musical spirit of Manchester to the capital