Live Reviews

Natacha Atlas @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

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...

I Am Kloot @ University, Liverpool


There’s a storm warning. There’s a hurricane coming. Its really not a big deal though, so get out from under the table, and put away...

Goldfrapp @ ULU, London


Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp’s debut album, appeared in September 2000 on Mute Records and caused an awful lot of excitement. Sublime, decadent, twisted and elegant were...

Ani DiFranco @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The usual compliment of hyperventilating teenagers, lesbians in dungarees making a point of kissing each other and random hacks feeling just tad nervous had piled...

The Divine Comedy @ Temple Bar, Dublin


“Old forms equals new life?” New label, new direction, new pressures? Choosing a new direction is a hard and dangerous business. For reasons as varied...

Melys @ EuroSonic


We are in northern Holland for EuroSonic 2001. Radio stations across Europe are presenting their own nations finest and most promising talent. The result is...

The Wonder Stuff @ Forum, London


Tonight we are going to be treated to the very best of the Wonderstuff. And they really have got some wonderful stuff in their back...

Reef @ The Astoria


Jimmy Page-like riffs and Jack Bessant’s throbbing basslines reverberate around the Astoria. There are going to be a good few cases of tinitus tonight. The...

Le Tigre + Electrelane @ Garage, London


T’was the night of the indie gurrrls in Highbury. Nu Yawkers Le Tigre, headlining, were supported by two all-girl groups, of which the second was...

Moby @ Wembley Arena, London


“There is something terribly masturbatory about standing on stage at a venue called an arena with a loud electric guitar.” Moby is preparing us for...

Magnetophone, Upstairs @ The Garage


Starting very late and with no support, Magnetophone had their work cut out from the start with an audience of around 100, some of whom...

Talvin Singh @ Union Chapel, London


We flocked in our hundreds to see London-based Singh’s second Untouched concert, at which we were to expect spiritual music in a definitively spiritual setting....