Live Music + Gig Reviews

OMD @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Souvenir with a loving crowd, the band belie their name by shining a decadent light on the know-it-all glories of youth



Shame @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The south Londoners bring Drunk Tank Pink to the coast in bacchanalian, destructive style

Katy B @ Village Underground, London

by Michael Hubbard

The sometime dubstep pop queen’s first London headline gig in five years debuts a laid-back vibe

Tony Allen: A Retrospective @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

Intended as an 80th birthday celebration, this retrospective brought together music and musicians from across 50 years of an artistic giant’s career

Festival Review: Mutations Brighton 2021

by Matt Cotsell

The Brighton festival was better than measly fireworks: with Yard Act, Scalping and Pillow Queens on the bill, this was dynamite, and the directions for where to stick it

Snapped Ankles @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Vengeful motorik manifestations and humorously compelling ceremonial mayhem make for fiery musical bloodletting

Public Service Broadcasting @ Dome, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Showcasing this year’s album Bright Magic amid smoke and lasers, the quartet bring 1970s Berlin to 2020s Brighton

Teleman @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Reading’s finest indie pop soft rockers break from convention and mess with expectation

Maxïmo Park @ EartH, London

by Steven Johnson

Sounding fresh and galvanised, they’re very much a band that knows their role and can execute it with precision and power

Ane Brun @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Hubbard

A much-rescheduled tour at last brings After The Great Storm and How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow to spirited life

The Vaccines @ Concorde 2, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Five albums in, they are making some of the best pop music out there, snappy anthems with instantly memorable lyrics.

Do Nothing @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

With Chris Bailey and co around, none of us will ever be subjected to the horrors of an awkward silence again

Damon Albarn @ Shakespeare’s Globe, London

by Steven Johnson

A career-spanning two hours from a much-loved musical polymath who continues to move forward with confidence

Róisín Murphy @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

A joyous, euphoric evening of familiar feelings and something more from an endlessly inventive originator

LoneLady @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Julie Campbell brings the glistening, paranoid techno experience of new album Former Things to Brighton

The Sisters Of Mercy @ Roundhouse, London

by Michael Hubbard

At their 40th anniversary, Andrew Eldritch’s outfit remains a band with a considerable and under-appreciated canon of work, directed by a man with a singular vision

Sonic Boom @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Last year’s All Things Being Equal album is improved upon in new and remarkable ways in Brighton

Bicep @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

The Belfast duo underlined that, while their ascent to electronic music’s top step was a little delayed, they are undeniably and deservedly now upon it

Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

by Daniel Paton

A pandemic-curtailed experience still opened up bold, uncompromising and personal musical visions from the likes of Yazz Ahmed, Dinosaur and Sarathy Korwar

Richard Dawson @ Barbican, London

by Alan Ashton-Smith

His songs are compelling yet often unsettling, telling the tales of fragile souls living through tough times

Erland Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Selections from his trio of Orkney Islands inspired albums are brought to life in a special show at the Barbican