[Review] MEN @ Bush Hall, London (07/06/11)

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Walking into Bush Hall ten minutes before the headlining band are due to take the stage and finding the room a third full doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that a heady night of exhiliration is ahead of you. Thankfully, the people who made up that third didn’t seem to care, singing to Michael Jackson songs playing over the PA, and dancing energetically before Brooklyn’s MEN have broken out even a single beat. The room fills up a little more before JD Samson, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Michael O’Neill burst onto the stage, looking full of energy and ready to show London a good time. « Read the rest of this entry »


[Review] The Kills @ The Roundhouse, London (03/06/11)

June 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

The only adjective that comes anywhere close to describing The Kills is this: magnetic. Their live shows don’t have any of the gimmicks you might find at other artists’ live shows; a leopard print background, some lighting, and the two band members are all they need to create an outstandingly electric atmosphere. As someone who became a fan after seeing the band perform live, I was expecting a lot from their set, and the duo (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart – or Hotel and VV to give them their correct Kills stage names) did not disappoint. « Read the rest of this entry »

Warpaint @ HMV Forum, London (25/05/11)

May 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Warpaint brought their hypnotic, intimate yet powerful melodies to the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles foursome have garnered respect and admiration from critics and audiences alike since the release of their debut album The Fool, and tonight they set out to show exactly why they are deserving of the praise they have received.

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Niki And The Dove @ Electrowerkz (24/05/11)

May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

With some gigs, it’s all about the venue. Acoustics, lighting, capacity, proximity of bar from stage…these things create the atmosphere which contributes to the success or failure of the night. Other times however, all of these things pale into insignificance as the band you watch transport you to another place all together. Never have I witnessed this happen quite like it did on Tuesday night as Niki And The Dove played Electrowerkz (Angel, London). « Read the rest of this entry »

Lady Gaga @ M.E.N Arena 02/06/10

June 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

The last time Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour came to the UK, tickets were £27.50. This time they came with a heftier price tag of £50-75. So I guess the big question is, was it worth the money? The answer – a resounding yes.

Having been to my fair share of female pop star shows, I can tell you that it’s not what the tour is made up of that will make or break it, it is how it is pulled off, and if there is talent to back it up. You can have all the gimmicks in the world, all the dancers and pyrotechnics and sparkling costumes that money can buy, but if you stumble on stage and proceed to re-enact Whitney Houston’s X Factor debacle, no-one is going to be impressed.

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Dot to Dot Manchester (a.k.a. the day I saw 19 bands in 12 hours)

June 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

Dot to Dot has been running since 2005, but 2010 saw it travel to Manchester for the first time. I’ve always been one to admire the line-ups of one-day festivals, forget about them, and later indulge in a great deal of self-berating as everyone talks about just how fantastic this set was, and how unmissable that performance was. So when the Dot to Dot flyer landed in my lap, I thought to myself “Not this time.” (Perhaps the abundance of spare time due to my prevailing unemployment played a big part in the decision making process, perhaps not, I’ll let you make your own minds up). Either way, a how to link in aline-up that included Wild Beasts, Blood Red Shoes and Beach House was not something I wanted to miss. So off I trotted to buy my ticket and wait for the 31st to come around… « Read the rest of this entry »

Marina & the diamonds @ Manchester Academy 23/05/10

May 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

The last time Marina & the Diamonds played Manchester, it was at the 200 or so capacity Deaf Institute, a charming and much loved venue, but ultimately just a room above a trendy bar. Whilst that crowd had its fair share of Diamonds (they’re the fans, come on you now that by now), this time there is a much more palpable excitement in the air. It could be the heat of what is likely to be Manchester’s only weekend of sun that has caused the energetic buzz in the room, but most likely it’s the anticipation of seeing what audible and visual treats will be thrown out to the crowd by Ms. Diamandis tonight. « Read the rest of this entry »

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