Live Reviews

Hen Ogledd @ Bush Hall, London

by Matt Cotsell

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...

Pom Poko @ Lexington, London


Pom Poko are one of the bands who can make even the most jaded of gig goer fall in love with live music experience all...

Beirut @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Zach Condon has got to that stage in his career as the driving force in Beirut where his focus now seemingly lies in subtly finessing...

Midori Takada & Lafawndah: Ceremonial Blue @ Barbican, London


  It begins in darkness with a bell, a tinkling ring that opens proceedings, the bulk of the crowd seemingly still hanging around at the...

Africa Express: The Circus @ Wanstead Flats, London


Back in February 2018 Waltham Forest was named the London Borough Of Culture for 2019 and one of the key events announced was a show...

Snapped Ankles @ Deaf Institute, Manchester


If you go down to the woods today, you’re probably going to take a minute to notice that it’s actually a music venue. Snapped Ankles...

The Hold Steady @ Electric Ballroom, London


The Hold Steady are one of those bands whose popularity is beyond ‘cult’, but inspires the sort of passion those artists court. The setting for...

Oneohtrix Point Never @ Roundhouse, London


Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) spent much of the latter half of 2018 playing live shows that re-presented music from his Age Of album...

White Denim @ Roundhouse, London


White Denim’s singer and guitarist James Petralli evidently holds himself to very exacting standards. Although his remarkable, fiery and intense band barely stop for breath...

Yo La Tengo @ EartH, London


Yo La Tengo have proved themselves one of the most reliable, consistent live bands in existence. Over the course of their long history (they are...

Wild Nothing @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham


Amid their best material, new songs shone Wild Nothing have always been a fantastic live proposition. It helps that they’ve always seemed to have the...

Neneh Cherry @ Roundhouse, London


Spellbinding, cathartic journey from Raw Like Sushi to Broken Politics “It’s bloody Valentine’s Day!” proclaims Neneh Cherry, as she takes to the stage at Camden’s...

The Residents @ Union Chapel, London


Islington’s Union Chapel seems a fitting venue for a show about ghosts, romanticism and nostalgia. This is billed as the 40th anniversary tour of East...

Tears For Fears @ Brighton Centre, Brighton


“I googled it”, Roland Orzabal had to admit when discussing how long it had been since Tears For Fears last played Brighton. “36 years…36 years…”...

The Wave Pictures @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester


The Wave Pictures do things the old-fashioned independent way. They are not the typical beneficiaries of the usual tastemaking websites. There is no Best New...

Shirley Collins @ Roundhouse, London


The last time Shirley Collins played the Roundhouse was in 1969. Decimalisation was on the horizon; also in the pipeline was a uniting of brothers...

Field Music @ Imperial War Museum, London


“In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.”...

Low @ Barbican, London


Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s voices harmonising in perfect balance surely constitutes one of the world’s purest and most beautiful sounds. When combined with the...