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SOPHIE

SOPHIE @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

Introduced on stage by Meltdown curator Nile Rodgers as one of his favourite producers, whose music he called “didactic” and “primal”, SOPHIE confirmed with this…



Johnny Marr @ Royal Festival Hall, London


It would be easy for Johnny Marr to sit back and rest on his reputation as one of the best guitarists of his generation but...

Jungle @ Royal Festival Hall, London


It’s fair to say that Jungle have had a good year. They’ve played shows across four continents (North America, South America, Australia and Europe) including...

Thundercat @ Royal Festival Hall, London


There was a time when bassist Stephen Bruner was best known for collaborating with other artists such as Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar...

Festival Review: Visions 2019


One of the most charming things about East London’s Visions Festival is its lack of showiness. Year after year it quietly goes about its business...

Festival Review: Indietracks 2019


Indietracks always feels special: the annual takeover of a heritage railway centre features owls, real ale, steam trains, and a packed line-up of indie pop...

Festival Review: WOMAD 2019


All music festivals may be partly about escapism and adventure but each year WOMAD seems to outdo itself, offering an abundance of opportunities to immerse...

Advance Base @ Prince Albert, Brighton


Here he is in earthly form, the flannel clad sprite of modern malaise. Clad in the requisite thick acrylic glasses, and stood scruffily beatific behind...

k.d. lang @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


The lights go down, a familiar rhythmic patter strikes up, and the chords of Save Me, the opening track on k.d. lang’s once ubiquitous Ingenue...

Lucinda Williams @ Barbican, London


On playing London’s Brooklyn Bowl back in 2016, Lucinda Williams had seemed somewhat perplexed. “Whawwwt is this dive?” she enquired in her distinctive southern drawl....

Doves @ Somerset House, London


The return of Manchester trio Doves this year after an extended spell away may not have coincided with any new material but it has shown...

Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps @ Barbican, London


2009 was a time of change for Sigur Rós and frontman Jónsi. The band had just released their fifth album Með suð í eyrum við...

Kate Tempest @ Broadway Theatre, London


Hanging in a pub window opposite tonight’s venue, Catford’s 800-capacity Broadway Theatre, a sign reads: ‘WE LOVE YOU KATE’. It’s a reminder, if one was...

Festival Review: Field Day 2019


Established in the peak-festival mid-noughties at east London’s Victoria Park, Field Day has latterly undergone something of a nomadic journey in search of a home....

Matmos @ Jazz Cafe, London


“Star quality. Some plastic objects have it, some don’t”. Drew Daniel throws out this deadpan quip early in Matmos‘ set. He’s referring to a giant...

Tame Impala @ O2 Arena, London


Tame Impala’s journey from a band in thrall to mid-period Beatlesy guitar psychedelia to one playing emotion-baring, electronically bolstered stadium rock has been striking. While...

Festival Review: Best Kept Secret 2019


It really is a well-kept secret. A short drive from the North Brabant city of Tilburg in the southern Netherlands, a three day festival has...

Death & Vanilla @ Shacklewell Arms, London


Appropriation and deviation are the cornerstone of any great work of Art. First you appropriate a chosen style, by researching, doing cover versions – or...

Filthy Friends @ Garage, London


Musical terminology can be a troublesome thing at times. ‘Collaboration’ is seen as a positive force to be applauded yet there’s something about the term...

Finn Andrews @ St Pancras Old Church, London


In a recent interview Finn Andrews confessed to “fully embracing being miserable”, yet his music on this solo tour is making fans anything but. While...

Ex Hex @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham


Ex Hex walked through the crowd at the Hare & Hounds, making their way to the stage, in what seemed like a perversion of natural law....