Live Music + Gig Reviews

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

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