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Festival Review: Visions 2017

by Bekki Bemrose

Considering all the festival horror stories hitting the headlines currently it’s heartening that the small, but perfectly formed, Visions Festival finds itself thriving. Historically, multi-venue…



Mercury Rev and Royal Northern Sinfonia @ Barbican, London


Scheduled as part of Bella Union’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this collaboration between the long enduring Mercury Rev and the Royal Northern Sinfonia provided, according to...

Ezra Furman: That’s When It Hit Me @ Barbican, London


Performing at the Barbican to celebrate 20 years of Simon Raymonde’s Bella Union label, to which he is signed, Ezra Furman seems overwhelmed to be...

The Cinematic Orchestra @ Somerset House, London


For the last 18 years Jason Swinscoe has perfected his evocative blend of jazz, soul, beats and soundtrack-friendly sounds as the creative force behind The...

Arcade Fire @ York Hall, London


In the red corner: Arcade Fire, indisputably one of the world’s greatest live bands, known for knockout shows and punchy, emotional music. In the blue...

New Order @ Old Granada Studios, Manchester


Before New Order + Liam Gillick this evening – or rather, the wonderfully and pretentiously titled ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif), for which the formula will be unpacked shortly...

The Maccabees @ Apollo, Manchester


The Maccabees paid a fond farewell to Manchester at a party which didn’t disappoint. Throughout the band’s final gig at the city’s Apollo on Wednesday...

Tindersticks: Minute Bodies: The Intimate World Of F Percy Smith @ Barbican, London


“The house in which he works is crammed from basement to top floor with every conceivable device for filming animals, vegetables and minerals”, wrote documentarist...

Diamanda Galás @ Barbican, London


In a career spanning over 30 years that has brought her renown as one of the world’s most original vocalists, it’s hard to know where...

Festival Review: Bushstock 2017


Shepherd’s Bush isn’t exactly known as a hot bed of nightlife and gig venues. Sure it’s got the massive Shepherd’s Bush Empire and that dearly...

Ride @ Village Underground, London


The recent shoegaze revival has proved to be more successful than anyone could have reasonably predicted. Slowdive have returned with a beautifully enriched album that...

Festival Review: Field Day 2017


After last year’s slippery conditions, the run up to Field Day 2017 is spent nervously checking the weather, preparing for the worst. We needn’t have...

BadBadNotGood @ Forum, London


IV by youthful Canadian jazz outfit BadBadNotGood was one of the standout albums of 2016, expanding their take on modern jazz in innovative and wide-ranging...

Erasure @ Roundhouse, London


Erasure has been a going concern for over three decades, in a career spanning songs in the hundreds, gigs in the thousands and sales in...

Bing & Ruth @ LSO St Luke’s, London


The genre of modern classical may be getting a slightly crowded place to be these days but albums like No Home Of The Mind by...

The Unthanks @ Milton Hall, Barbican, London


Amid the UK’s quietly thriving but often rather cosy folk scene, Northumbria’s The Unthanks have long stood out for their willingness to boldly blur the...

Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson @ Royal Festival Hall, London


An evening in the presence of a master of minimalism and an avant-garde multimedia artists might lead you to assume a hefty side order of...

Penguin Cafe @ Omeara, London


The leader of Penguin Cafe, Arthur Jeffes, recently explained that the band’s third album had been inspired in part by thinking about the imperfections of...

Music In Twelve Parts @ Barbican, London


At early performances of Philip Glass‘s Music in Twelve Parts, held in Manhattan lofts in the 1970s, the audience could wander around or lie on...

Festival Review: Desertfest 2017


The concept of Desertfest is somewhat misleading. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than a list of insanely heavy bands brutalising the...

Kasabian @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London


Kasabian kick off their show just minutes after the final whistle of their beloved hometown team Leicester City’s battling defeat in the European Champions League...