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Kate Tempest

Festival Review: Best Kept Secret 2019

by Max Pilley

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....

Dido @ Roundhouse, London


After 15 years away from life on the road, Dido announces “It feels surreal!” as she greets the warm and excited crowd at Camden’s Roundhouse....

Melanie De Biasio @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Since she released her debut album back in 2007 Belgian singer and flautist Melanie De Biasio has been spoken of predominantly in a jazz music...

Festival Review: Christine And The Queens @ All Points East, Victoria Park, London


Having kicked off with headline sets from The Chemical Brothers and The Strokes, the first three-day weekend of this year’s All Points East drew to...

Big Thief @ Roundhouse, London


There is a moment towards the end of this valedictory show that clearly illustrates Big Thief’s steady and quiet rise. The audience are cheering and...

Oh Sees @ Albert Hall, Manchester


When the first thundering chords of opener Plastic Plant threaten to crumble the baroque ceiling of Manchester’s Albert Hall, the 2,000 in attendance are momentarily...

Unloved @ Scala, London


Svengali is a term that gets casually bandied around a lot these days. It takes its name from a notoriously antisemitic novel of treachery and...

Hen Ogledd @ Bush Hall, London


It’s Richard Dawson’s birthday, we won’t ask which one, and so his Hen Ogledd harpist bandmate Rhodri Davies asks the spartan attendees of tonight’s show...

Fat White Family @ Ritz, Manchester


Nobody had banked on Fat White Family making it this far. So, the question is, now that they appear to have ridden out their rockiest...

Band Of Skulls @ Komedia, Bath


Going up against the final season premiere of Game Of Thrones would be a daunting assignment for any band. The worldwide television phenomenon certainly worked...

Sleeper @ Forum, London


After what could be described as a long hibernation, Sleeper are now very much wide awake. The Britpop band – who had three Top 10...

Pom Poko @ Lexington, London


Pom Poko are one of the bands who can make even the most jaded of gig goer fall in love with live music experience all...

Beirut @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Zach Condon has got to that stage in his career as the driving force in Beirut where his focus now seemingly lies in subtly finessing...

Midori Takada & Lafawndah: Ceremonial Blue @ Barbican, London


  It begins in darkness with a bell, a tinkling ring that opens proceedings, the bulk of the crowd seemingly still hanging around at the...

Africa Express: The Circus @ Wanstead Flats, London


Back in February 2018 Waltham Forest was named the London Borough Of Culture for 2019 and one of the key events announced was a show...

Snapped Ankles @ Deaf Institute, Manchester


If you go down to the woods today, you’re probably going to take a minute to notice that it’s actually a music venue. Snapped Ankles...

The Hold Steady @ Electric Ballroom, London


The Hold Steady are one of those bands whose popularity is beyond ‘cult’, but inspires the sort of passion those artists court. The setting for...