Live Reviews

Outkast @ Brixton Academy, London

by musicOMH

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...

Goldfrapp @ Union Chapel, London


After a stunning gig at ULU in February, Goldfrapp’s two nights at the Union Chapel had sold out almost immediately. With the new single (a...

Melys + Tin Star @ [onefourfour]


If you weren’t at this gig please suspend your disbelief for a moment (if you were there you won’t need to) and consider this: Melys...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Brixton Academy


Fans of Nick Cave overheard at the rather different venue of The Royal Festival Hall the previous evening were worried that their Prince of Darkness...

Total Meltdown @ The Royal Festival Hall


Bringing together past directors of Meltdown before this year’s Meltdown Festival kicks off, Total Meltdown was part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Royal...

Buena Vista Social Club @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik


The legend that is the Buena Vista Social Club goes on. The original album by these veteran Cuban musicians has been for some time the...

Kristin Hersh @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The first surprise was the ticket, which declared that we had downstairs reserved seats. This was the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and, as everyone knows, it...

Natacha Atlas @ Union Chapel, London


Before we launch headlong into Natacha worshipping around here, let us spare a few words for her support act; I’ve no idea what they were...

Eliza Carthy @ Dingwalls, London


She’s got blue hair, luv. Eliza Carthy has more than that of course, starting with stage presence. A folky lady from northern climes, she comes...

Starsailor @ Lomax, Liverpool


This isn’t another New Acoustic band. Starsailor are far too exciting for that. Saying that they’re the band “most likely to do a Coldplay” is...

The Divine Comedy – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


It had been a long week – Glasgow, Cambridge, Oxford, Norwich and now home to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and as Neil put it, “four...

The Divine Comedy @ Junction, Cambridge


With tour-long support from Food’s newest signing Matthew Jay and his motley band of shaggy-haired chums warming the audience up nicely for the rock band...

Fun Lovin’ Criminals @ Ocean, London


It’s not easy to get to Hackney but the prospect of a new 23 Million venue and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals certainly had the potential...

Divine Comedy – Liverpool University, Liverpool


We live in interesting times. Pop-Opera blokeys The Divine Comedy being produced by Nigel ‘Radiohead‘ Godrich? He’s going to make them all depressed! He’s going...

Astrid + DNA @ Lomax


DNA are pure eclecticism. There’s ten of them up there, each operating within their own square foot of the Lomax stage, but this isn’t some...

Lowgold + Brave Captain @ The Lomax


Brave Captain will shortly release an EP entitled Better Living Through Reckless Experimentation. Sounds quite good doesn’t it? Sounds like Martin Carr is carrying on...

Beth Orton + Eileen Rose + Anjali @ Union Chapel, London


Rough Trade had hired what is debatably London’s most atmospheric and beautiful venue, the Union Chapel, for five females of mixed musical tastes. Eileen Rose...