Friday 15th December 2017
Photo: Richard Gray
Mid-set at Long-Beach in 1971, Pete Townshend once famously spat, “This is a fucking rock and roll concert, not a fucking tea party!” But which of these shindigs, I wonder, is a Mogwai gig more akin to? Certainly, at the crest of their cochlea defying crescendos, the Glasgow band could make The Who sound almost polite – and yet, far from keeping company with the March Hare and the Hatter, the crowd is as deferential as a reception at the most mannerly of tearooms.
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Friday 17th November 2017
“There are fewer more distressing sights, than that of an English man in a baseball cap’’; so quoth The Libertines back in 2004. And a preponderance of you city youts probably agreed, donning your sixpence and raising a glass to Pete’s perspicacious wit. But now the baseball caps are back in droves, sent to the Capital with bulk orders of Vans and plaid shirts – for Mac DeMarco and his band from British Columbia, Canada are playing three sold out nights at The Elephant & Castle.
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Wednesday 15th November 2017
Photo: Imogen Thomas
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”; if there’s any festering sibling rivalry between The Lemon Twigs’ frontmen Brian and Michael D’Addario, it certainly doesn’t come through on stage. As all followers of the baroque-rock mullet revivalists will be aware by now, in their live shows lead guitar and drumming duties are divided equally amongst The Brothers Of Destruction, each member of this formidable tag team taking his turn beneath the spotlight and behind the kit by virtue of a tactical half-time substitution.
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Monday 28th August 2017
Photos: Emma Viola Lija
In no particular order, picking out the brilliant and redeeming performances from the ostensible shit-show of this year’s Reading Fesival.
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Monday 10th July 2017
Headliners Metronomy and The Cinematic Orchestra stepped triumphantly up to the mark, but the smaller acts deserved far greater recognition than they got at this year’s Blissfields Festival
Photo: Niall Green
The attendance at Blissfields has increased continually since its conception in 2001, a fact due in no small part to its consistently eclectic, if not entirely discerning, musical line-ups. Vanguards of modern British music like Tricky and Super Furry Animals have played here, as did Wolf Alice and Laura Marling in their formative years, but an unfortunate preponderance of “Radio Friendly Unit Shifters” have also been invited to perform at the Hampshire festival, ensuring that it always attracts both music fans and veritable non-fans alike.
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Friday 30th June 2017
“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes” – a guitar band is playing a gig in the back of a shoe store in Camden. Is someone, somewhere, trying to exhume the tired corpse of an old music scene? No, curb your cynicism – ‘cos the guitar band is called The Orielles, and they’re one of the best new groups to emerge from England’s dreaming this year.
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Saturday 3rd June 2017
A feature I co-wrote with Cai Trefor on this year’s Field Day festival at Victoria Park.
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