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Festival Review: Indietracks 2019

by Helen Clarke

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....

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...