Live Reviews

S.I.Futures @ The Monarch, London

by Michael Hubbard

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….



The Beta Band @ 93 Feet East, London


You could not buy tickets for tonight’s very special performance by the four orgiastic Scottish rock gods. I am one of the lucky 450 to...

Dilated Peoples @ ULU, London


In October 2001, the hip-hop collective of three known as Dilated Peoples release their second album, called Expansion Team. As their support slot for Limp...

Iggy Pop @ Reading Festival, Reading


Iggy Pop allegedly gave up hard drugs and alcohol abuse in the nineties. But watching him, it was hard to believe. He moved as if...

Ikara Colt @ Reading Festival, Reading


Hot, but not bothered, and barely drunk enough on this scorched afternoon, Colt enthusiasts crushed into the Carling tent. Some sought chaos, others were just...

Billiardman + The Duke Quartet @ Spitz, London


A debut performance by a band who’ve not yet released anything would not normally be attended by quite so many music industry insiders; not to...

Primal Scream + Greedy Souls @ Astoria


Tonight, supporting the fantastic Primal Scream is the second gig of Greedy Souls. How do you get to support Bobby Gillespie and his merry men...

Six By Seven + Parva + King Of Woolworths @ Scala, London


Six By Seven headlined the third of four nights celebrating Mantra Records’ 5th birthday. Rock of Travolta opened with an alluring noisefest. Named like an...

Natacha Atlas @ Scala, London


The Scala is a stunning venue. When you arrive for the first time, you don’t know where to go, you feel lost, but once you...

Gorkys Zygotic Mynci + South @ The Scala


After an interminable wait, South appeared on stage and revealed themselves to be four photogenic young chaps who seemed unable to decide on which instruments...

Richard Hawley @ Spitz, London


Following a solid if sedate support set from an American with an acoustic guitar called David, on came a bespectacled, tall person from Sheffield who...

The Darkness @ Monarch, London


Alice Cooper‘s drama and Mick Jagger‘s arrogance. The set ranged from power ballads to camp rock pastiche. Fancy guitar-work and melodramatic poses were delicately balanced...

Radiohead + Beck + Supergrass + Sigur Rós + Humphrey Lyttelton @ South Park, Oxford


40,000 people under a leaden sky faced towards some scaffolding with grey strips of fabric either side, each depicting the bear-like cartoon character from Amnesiac...

Madonna @ Earl’s Court, London


It was American Independence Day when the lady known as Madge, Mrs Ritchie, The Material Girl or just plain old Madonna ambled into town for...

His Name Is Alive @ Arts Cafe


His Name Is Alive have brought from the American Midwest a selection of songs which have been described as “haunting”, “angelic”, “quirky” pop. Writer-guitarist Warren...

Basement Jaxx @ Brixton Academy, London


With an unprecedented level of politeness from the traditionally distasteful Academy staff, one of whom tonight even smiled at me, the mood was light and...

Outkast @ Brixton Academy, London


On this night, even though you know where you are and how you got there, for a split second you not only question whereyou are...

Madredeus @ Royal Festival Hall


Not speaking a word of Portuguese (and having only the haziest idea of what fado is, other than Portuguese and traditional) is perhaps not the...

Lift to Experience + Biffy Clyro @ Water Rats


Tonight held a pleasant surprise and a delectable trauma: the unpublicised appearance of Biffy Clyro playing support to the mightiest band ever to emerge from...

Ozric Tentacles @ Scala, London


A curious crowd in a curlicued building attended the final date in the Ozrics’ latest UK tour. The capacity audience was an odd mixture of...

Nitin Sawhney @ Ocean, London


Ocean cost millions, is in Hackney, miles from the nearest tube station – and is huge. The number of staff inspecting tickets at the various...