Live Music + Gig Reviews

Coldplay @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Johnny Mango

“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 fair? Chris Martin had already assured a baying crowd that…



The Frank And Walters @ Mean Fiddler, London

by Michael Hubbard

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 we are we are The Frank And Walters” from the...

The Nectarine No 9 @ Water Rats, London

by Michael Hubbard

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 out. At times with their thrashier numbers sounding like an...

Soulwax + Brassy @ Charlotte, Leicester

by Andrew Pycroft

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 The Charlotte and I was amazed by just how small...

Radiohead @ Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin

by James McCartney

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 purpose built arena, 150,000 volts, a genuine freakshow and one...

Radiohead + Sigur Rós @ Goffert Park, Nijmegen

by Andrew Pycroft

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 some UK dates! Annoying at the time yes, but having...

Whistler @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Following an excellent acoustic set by two softly-spoken chaps which included a cover of A-Ha‘s Manhattan Skyline, Whistler took to the stage of the Union Chapel’s annexe in front of a film. The film was...

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

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 Universal, Decca Records’ parent company, when they dreamt up the...

Lupine Howl @ Union Chapel, London

by Helen Wright

This was an eagerly awaited gig – the chance to hear the recently formed band Lupine Howl. Born from the ashes of Spiritualized and just signed to Beggars Banquet, after releasing a couple of critically...

Sgt Rock @ Monarch, London

by Michael Hubbard

In a tiny venue up some stairs in Camden we found four people on a stage. One of them looked fairly ordinary, one looked like summint from Little House On The Prairie, still another looked...

Saint Etienne @ Forum, London

by Helen Wright

If the crowd at the Forum and recent press reports are anything to go by, a lot of people out there think Saint Etienne are pretty good. This may or may not have something to...

Brassy @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

Who were those strange people in the very tall hats and very short… shorts? When The Garage’s doors finally opened and when nearly everyone had had the time for at least three drinks, the support...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Black Box Recorder must like the Union Chapel. This is the second time in less than a year they’ve played here, having supported Smog in August 1999. This time, they are supported by a five-piece...

Mojave 3 @ Dingwalls, London

by Michael Hubbard

Quiet, reflective acoustic music came to Camden, with Neil Halstead and his Mojave 3 bandmates wending their way through a set list of old and new tracks, in preparation for the release of their third...

Paleday @ Water Rats, London

by Chris Linosi

Surprises DO happen. Walking towards the Water Rats in Kings Cross last Tuesday, it suddenly struck me how truly awful the pop music scene has been this year. There has been no real talent emerging,...

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London

by Sabina Nenkova

“Goran Bregovic is playing the Barbican,” I was told. I was not quite sure if that would be the same Goran I’d heard of years before who played gipsy-style music with a Weddings and Funerals...

Ute Lemper @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Chris Linosi

One must surely wonder whether Ute Lemper feels angry towards Germany, considering the amount of times she criticised her native country. I’m sure, however, that any German audience members will have immediately forgiven her when...

Black Box Recorder @ Underworld, London

by Michael Hubbard

I can’t think of anyone else who has managed to get three record deals (with Hut, Chrysalis and Nude), always two concurrently, for the same band. Quite what Luke Haines thinks he’s up to remains...

Linus @ 12 Bar, London

by Michael Hubbard

Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons. Whisperin’ Bob put up a patchy but at times excellent...

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London

by Michael Hubbard

This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load of albums. This gig could well be the same as...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Hubbard

“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice appeared on stage in the Shepherd’s Bush Empire for this,...