Live Reviews

Reef @ The Astoria

by Johnny Mango

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....

Lupine Howl – Underworld, London


On the back of their debut single release on Beggars Banquet, 125, Spiritualized refugees Michael Mooney, Sean Cook et al took to the stage with...

Leigh Franklin @ Soho Theatre, London


To say that I was looking forward to hearing Leigh Franklin’s first proper London performance would be an understatement. A week before her graceful entrance...

Placebo + Six By Seven @ Brixton Academy, London


A black tab was all the set that was offered to Six By Seven, a relatively new group whose debut album The Closer You Get...

Badly Drawn Boy @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The critics and the public alike loved The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast, the first proper LP from Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy). Among minor...

Badly Drawn Boy @ The Shepherd’s Bush Empire


My first thought regarding the phenomenal performance from Badly Drawn Boy was if you weren’t there to see and feel the Damon Gough experience why...

The Frank And Walters @ Olympia, Dublin


The glass is always half full rather than half empty as far as The Frank And Walters are concerned. Their optimism and self belief were...

Idlewild @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


I feel something of an imposter tonight at the Empire. I may own two Idlewild albums but I certainly don’t live and breathe them like...

Menlo Park @ Shoreditch Town Hall, London


This was not a normal gig. Upon gaining free entry to Shoreditch Town Hall, Menlo Park audience members proceeded through a dimly-lit passageway illuminated by...

Coldplay @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


“Just play Yellow and then feck off!” heckled an obviously bored member of Coldplay’s audience at the ‘Bush Empire last night. Harsh, but was it...

The Frank And Walters @ Mean Fiddler, London


Supported by up-and-coming Irish band The Marbles, Cork’s finest took to the stage amid the customary football chant of “We are we are we are...

The Nectarine No 9 @ Water Rats, London


Transelement are a youthful fullsome threesome from Lancashire, full of angst and with some great pieces of music with which to let the angst flood...

Soulwax + Brassy @ Charlotte, Leicester


I went to the gig after listening to the Soulwax album once and being relatively impressed. This was first time I’d attended a gig at...

Radiohead @ Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin


I left Punchestown feeling distinctly downbeat and subdued long before the final encore. My expectations of Radiohead’s last show in Dublin had been high… a...

Radiohead + Sigur Rós @ Goffert Park, Nijmegen


When I heard that Radiohead had announced a European tour, I bought tickets straight away over the internet and then the day after they announced...

Whistler @ Union Chapel, London


Following an excellent acoustic set by two softly-spoken Irish chaps which included a cover of A-Ha‘s Manhattan Skyline, Whistler took to the stage of the...

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Something new, something different, not run-of-the-mill, an interesting direction. These are perhaps the words that ran through the minds of some the top brass of...