Live Reviews

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

“You’ve drunk enough alcohol to float a ship! You motherfuckin’ whores and idiots! You are about to witness demons and hellfire!” said an old bloke…



Tori Amos @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


When this highly original performer floated onto the stage in a sea of blue chiffon and feathers wearing her jeans underneath, we knew it was...

Neil Halstead @ Arts Cafe, London


Mojave 3’s Neil Halstead performed solo in London for the second time in a month, this time at the tiny Arts Cafe. Promoting the release...

Travis @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Travis, a bunch of nice blokes from Glasgow, turned up at the London Apollo. This big barn, with an all-seater layout, is always bizarre for...

Gabrielle @ London Apollo


Gabrielle, the UK’s very own soul diva, returned to the vast Hammersmith Apollo for the second time in six months and, true to form, kept...

Hives @ Astoria


The Swedish five-piece, resplendent in matching black shirts with white ties, command the Astoria stage. They create an odd visual experience. Two of the band...

Neil Halstead @ ICA, London


“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, performing material from his debut solo album for the first time at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, please welcome one of...

Pulp @ Brixton Academy, London


I wish I had long fingers. You can do so much with them. Jarvis Cocker can turn his into birds, creeping plant tendrils and much...

Melys @ Dublin Castle


Melys are an extraordinarily lucky group of people. When the record label they were signed to, Pinnacle, went bust a few years ago they were...

The White Stripes @ Astoria, London


I have never, in all my long life, seen the Astoria hosting such a vast collection of bodies as I did on this White Stripes...

The Divine Comedy @ NEC, Killarney


Sometimes life is bittersweet. One such time for me was seeing The Divine Comedy for the 30th time, knowing that the next time I saw...

Transglobal Underground @ Ocean


Transglobal Underground. That’s “world music”, innit? Possibly, but the Underground is, first and foremost, an accomplished, professional and highly talented band. They’ve been around for...

Hefner @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


On the back of their just-released album Dead Media, Hefner have been touring the UK and tonight finish at the Empire. Supported by bass-driven electro-funksters...

Cooperbrown @ 100 Club, London


The sound of Cooper Brown erupted through the ancient PA system at this Oxford Street haunt. They opened with ‘Sinner’. Heavy bass riffs and strong...

Elbow @ Astoria, London


Tonight we have a treat in store for us down at the ex Crosse & Blackwell pickle factory that is the Astoria. Elbow have been...

Richard Hawley @ Dingwalls, London


Richard Hawley, at the ripe old age of 34, is slightly bemused by the reaction to his newly launched solo career. He seems to think...

Dolly TV @ Barfly, Sheffield


Dolly TV are splendid. They look and sound a bit like Placebo and a bitlike King Adora, but with far, far, far more poise, attitude...

Björk + Matmos @ Coliseum, London


Everybody’s favourite Icelandic pixie was in town for the second time in a month, this time easily selling out London’s largest theatre which is normally...

Diamanda Galás @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Diamanda Galás is not your average performer. She’s been a research scientist, a prostitute and drug addict (and carries the legacy in the form of...

Air @ Royal Albert Hall


The trouble with instrumental bands is that so often one is left with very little to look at in gigs. Air, erstwhile an instrumental band,...

S.I.Futures @ The Monarch, London


In the Camden branch of the burgeoning chain of pub-venues that is Barfly was to be found one Si Begg, this evening known as S.I....