Category: Gigs

Live | Laura Marling @ Union Chapel

In an alternate universe, Laura Marling would have just wrapped up an extensive North American and UK tour during which we’d have got a first listen to music from her seventh album Song For Our Daughter, scheduled for an August…

Live | Ian Prowse @ Blackpool Opera House

Across four decades in the industry – as frontman for Amsterdam and Pele, and as a solo artist – Ian Prowse may never have scored a hit but he has built up a bit of a cult following through the…

Live | Bear’s Den @ Cambridge Junction

What was perhaps intended to be a warmup show might have accidentally become the jewel in the crown of this final handful of live shows for the third studio album from Bear’s Den. Before outings to larger venues in London…

Live | Sam Lee @ EartH

Entering EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) for the first time, I was almost overwhelmed by its beauty. Its simple and stripped bare architecture. Its sloped wooden seating reminding me of a US school gymnasium hall. A slogan draped across the front…

Live | Smoke Fairies @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

“If we started a cult now, would you all join?” It’s funny where a conversation about being stuck in a lift can go, but as Katherine and Jessica sort their tunings for ‘Elevator’, they’re apparently contemplating a new concept for…

Live | Blanco White @ EartH, London

The evening’s venue is tucked away on the western edge of Hackney. Accessed through an unassuming door, the renovated auditorium is enjoying its second year of a new life. After being locked up and left derelict for 40 years, EartH…

Live | Bill Callahan @ Manchester Albert Hall

As he stands in the splendour of Manchester’s Albert Hall, Bill Callahan almost looks like he is enjoying himself. He cracks the odd joke and flashes an occasional smile. ‘This is the first time we’ve played Manchester since Mark E…

Live | Cambridge Folk Festival 2019

‘Good to see you again, folks!’ read the screens next to stage one on Thursday, the opening evening of 2019’s Cambridge Folk Festival; a not unfounded assumption that audiences return year after year. Thursday night has traditionally been a soft…

Live | Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago

The heat index was topping out at 108 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) as Pitchfork began. Even hotter than the temperature was the performance of the Great Black Music Ensemble, a 13-piece band under the direction of AACM’s Ernest Dawkins.…

Live | Cambridge Folk Festival 2019 Preview

Cambridge has always been much more than ‘just’ a music festival, and this year’s programme again demonstrates what has become their trademark: forward-thinking, confident belief in the potential of people gathered together around music and ideas. Throughout the weekend there’ll…