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Festival Review: Green Man 2016

by Bekki Bemrose

You’ll be hard pushed to find a more impressive setting for a festival than the one that Green Man resides in. Glanusk Estate is slap…



TOY @ Shacklewell Arms, London


A few hours before TOY’s gig at the tiny Shacklewell Arms, something of a warm-up for the full tour they have coming up on the...

Festival Review: Visions 2016


It’s hard to believe this is just the fourth outing of east London’s Visions Festival; it already feels like such an integral part of the...

Festival Review: WOMAD 2016


With artists this year hailing from Kurdistan to Kinshasa, South Korea to Santiago, Accra to Australia and Bogota to Belarus WOMAD’s geographical reach shows no...

Festival Review: Indietracks 2016


Is there a lovelier festival than Indietracks? Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside at a heritage railway centre, it plays host to a sugary, punky...

Belly @ Forum, London


Belly’s website bio reads as a refreshingly frank account of why they disbanded so abruptly. Quite simply, their sophomore effort, King (1996), didn’t sell enough...

Pet Shop Boys @ Royal Opera House, London


In the inner sanctum of high art, high art pop. The notion that bands have ‘purple patches’ or ‘imperial phases’ doesn’t really apply to a...

Anohni @ Barbican, London


Hopelessness is described by its creator Anohni, formerly of Antony And The Johnsons, as “an electronic album with sharp teeth”. It is this and more;...

Festival Review: Latitude 2016


The thousand yard stare is the common look on Monday (see above). Gazing out across the campsite, you can see various people perfecting it. Sitting...

Festival Review: Lovebox 2016


Once upon a time, Groove Armada’s brainchild Lovebox was a three-dayer, with an urban day (Friday), an indie(ish) day (Saturday) and a gay day (Sunday)....

Festival Review: Citadel 2016


Some tweaks and tucks to the site used for Lovebox over the previous two days and Citadel’s second edition is ready to go. The former...

UNKLE @ Somerset House, London


Billed as ‘a unique audio visual show’, the main impetus for the screen projections on offer at UNKLE:REDUX tonight are the Stanley Kubrick tribute exhibition...

Courtney Barnett @ Somerset House, London


Getting things off your chest can be a huge relief. So when the hashtag #indieamnesty trended briefly on Twitter in early April, hundreds jumped in,...

Coves @ Brixton Academy, London


Even 12 years after their reunion, any surfacing of the mythic Pixies still draws a crowd, selling out the near-5,000 capacity Brixton Academy in short...

Benjamin Clementine @ Somerset House, London


Somerset House feels like an apt setting for a Benjamin Clementine performance. The eccentricities of both his character and music make him somewhat timeless. So,...

Penguin Cafe + Anna von Hausswolff @ Barbican, London


The second night of Possibly Colliding, the three day mini festival curated by Nils Frahm, saw two highly contrasting acts share the Barbican stage. First...

Nils Frahm @ Barbican, London


Nils Frahm’s 2014 show at the Barbican felt like a step up to headline status for the Berlin resident, an inevitable acknowledgement of a singular,...

Festival Review: Fold 2016


Chic maestro Nile Rodgers‘ Fold Festival began life in the US in 2015, from where it found its way across the pond to pitch up...

Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians @ Royal Festival Hall, London


In a week where the UK was plunged into uncertainty and despair at the outcome of the referendum on EU membership this show at the Royal...

Laura Marling @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room has required all of this year’s Meltdown festival shows to be held in the grander surroundings...

Festival Review: Stone Free 2016


The O2 Arena. A silly place for a festival, you might think. But after last weekend’s sodden Download and a slippery time of it at...