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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - New Theatre, Oxford, 20/3/2024

Nick Dent-Robinson watches an electrifying set from seminal electro act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to promote their new 'Bauhaus Staircase' album.

Liam Gallagher and John Squire

Liam Gallagher and John Squire - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 16/3/2024

Eoghan Lyng enjoys a brief but versatile set from Liam Gallagher and John Squire at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen - Empire, Liverpool, 25/3/2024

Paul Clark watches a flawed but compelling set from Echo And The Bunnymen at a hometown gig at the Liverpool Empire.


Yungblud - Camden Market, London, 18/3/2024

Steev Burgess enjoys an enthralling free set at Camden Market in London from cult musician Yungblud.

Dirty Honey

Dirty Honey - La 2 de Apolo, Barcelona 11/3/24

Philamonjaro enjoys and photographs a set of energetic, guitar-driven rock from Los Angeles band Dirty Honey

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 17/3/2024

James Gardner watches rising Cardiff act Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard play as ferocious set at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. Photos by Rob Hadley.


bdrmm - Arts Centre, Norwich,  16/3/2024

Acclaimed shoegaze outfit bdrmm are on thunderous form at the Arts Centre, Norwich to plug their recent LP I' Don’t Know'. Nigl Nudds reviews and photographs.


Libertines - Jacaranda Baltic, Liverpool, 6/4/2024

Amanda J Window watches indie band The Libertines take part in a Q and A and play a short set ar The Jacaranda Baltic n Liverpool as part of their launch tour for their new LP, ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’.

Beat Featuring Ranking Jnr

Beat Featuring Ranking Jnr - Sala Jerusalem, Valencia, 18/2/2024

Philamonjarp watches and photographs The Beat Featuring Ranking Jnr play an energetic set in Valencia.

Mull Historical Society

Mull Historical Society - YES, Manchester, 9/2/2024

Paul Clark enjoys an engaging night of music combined with literature as the Mull Historical Society play tracks from both their debut album 'Loss' and latest LP 'In My Mind There's a Room' at YES in Manchester.

Miles Kane

Miles Kane - O2 Academy, Oxford, 29/1/2024

With Marie Hazelwood providing photos, Harry Sherriff watches Miles Kane put on a classy show despite a lack of atmosphere at the O2 Academy in Oxford.

London Afrobeat Collective

London Afrobeat Collective - 16 Toneladas, Valencia, 21/2/2024

Philamonjaro enjoys a sublime set from the London Afrobeat Collective at 16 Toneladas in Valencia

Brooke Combe

Brooke Combe - New Century Hall, Manchester, 1/2.2024

Jacqueline Crockford finds 24 year old indie / soul singer Brooke Combe, who has been described as a “future megastar” by the press, on dazzling form live in Manchester.


Gustaffson  - Night and Day, Manchester, 21/1/2024

Amanda J Window watches and photographs Liverpool band Gustaffson play a blinder on a cold night in Manchester.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart - IFEMA Palace, Madrid, 14/12/2023

Philamonjaro watches and photographs Rod Stewart play an age-defying and visually stunning set at the IFEMA Palace in Madrid.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith - The Salt Shed, Chicago, 29/12/2023

Lisa Torem finds Patti Smith’s explosive, emotional performance with Jackson Smith, Dee Jay Daugherty, Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan at Chicago’s Salt Shed exceeding expectations.

Music of Big Star

Music of Big Star - Sata Moon, Valencia, 19/11/2023

Philamonjaro is impressed by supergroup tribute to Big Star which features original member Jody Stephens as well as The Posies’ Jon Auer, R.E.M.s Mike Miles, DB’s Chris Stamey and Wilco’s Pat Sansome.

Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies

Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies - Sala Apolo, Barcelona, 29/11/2023 and La Paqui, Madrid, 30/11/2023

Philamonjaro enjoys Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies’ unique brand of southern blues rock at two shows in Madrid and Barcelona.

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes - New Theatre, Oxford, 10/12/2023

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes play an impressive homecoming performance at the New Theatre in Oxford.

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn - Fun House, Madrid, 25/10/2023

Philamonjaro finds The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn making a surprisingly big sound at an acoustic solo gig at The Fun House in Madrid

Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz - Des Plaines Theater, Des Plaines, 14/10/2024

Lisa Torem watches Micky Dolenz, the last surviving member of The Monkees, perform songs from that band, plus other compelling covers, with his talented backing band and sister/vocalist Coco.

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe - La Riviera. Madrid, 6/11/2023

Philamonjaro enjoys a versatile set from Americana duo Larkin Poe, which is fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, at La Riviera in Madrid.

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate - The Grand, Clitheroe, 14/10/2023

Dixie Ernill enjoys a vibrant set from Sheffield indie rock act Little Man Tate on their first national tour in thirteen years.


Squid - Vicar Street,, Dublin, 25/10/2023

Eoghan Lyng enjoys Squid’s unusual brand of prog at Vicar Street in Dublin.

Three Nights of Indie Pop

Three Nights of Indie Pop - Manchester and Glasgow, 6/10/2023....8/10/2023

At three different venues in Manchester and Glasgow across three nights, Dixie Ernill enjoys sets from indie pop acts such as Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans, The Jasmine Minks and The Popguns.

Wigan Casino 50th Anniversary

Wigan Casino 50th Anniversary - Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 22/9/2023...24/9/2023

A mid-September 50th Anniversary celebration in a massive ballroom in Wigan brought Northern Soul enthusiasts together in commemoration.

Echo And The Bunnymen

Echo And The Bunnymen - Royal Centre, Nottingham, 12/9/2023

Dave Goodwin at the Royal Centre in Nottingham watches Echo and The Bunnymen with the help of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra play in a stunning set their 1984 fourth album 'Ocean Rain' in its entirety.

Paul Weller

Paul Weller - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, 18/9/2023

Philamonjaro watches Paul Weller wow a Spanish crowd with a career-spanning set

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band - Miller High Life Theater, Milwaukee, 30/9/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys an uplifting set of classic covers and their own material from RIngo Starr and His All-Starr Band.

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman - Tramshed, Cardiff, 31/8/2023

Steev Burgess watches acclaimed US indie rocker Ezra Furman, while battling against the elements, deliver an impressive, passionate show in Cardiff

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - Vic Theatre, Chicago, 16/9/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys the diversity of the set list when Herb Alpert and Lani Hall draw from a lifetime of classic, plus new arrangements from recent release, ‘Wish Upon a Star.'.

Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 10/8/2023....12/8/2023

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year’s three day Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which as well as Fairport Convention also featured excellent sets from Robert Fripp and Toyah and Nile Rodgers.

House Of Love

House Of Love - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 23/7/2023

Nige Nudds watches 80’s indie act The House of Love play a haunting set at the Norwich Arts Centre

Belle And Sebastian

Belle And Sebastian - Manchester Academy, Manchester, 21/7/2023

Amanda J Window enjoys an exuberant set from Scottish indie pop outfit Belle and Sebastian at the Manchester Academy.


Blur - Wembley Stadium, London, 9/7/2023

On home turf for the second of two Wembley Stadium shows, Blur are on exceptional, energized, poignant form. Richard Lewis reviews Thirty years since a struggling London indie band issued an album

Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival - Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, 20/7/2023...22/72023

Battling against constant rain, swamp-like mud and an accessible campsite that is anything but, Shirley Proctor still finds much to enjoy at Bluedot Festival in Cheshire

Peter and Jeremy

Peter and Jeremy - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 23/6/2023

Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond’ returns to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music with Asher plus partner folk artist Jeremy Clyde, formerly of Chad and Jeremy. Lisa Torem reviews.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Hyde Park, London, 6/6/2023

American icon Bruce Springsteen shows zero signs of slowing down on a lengthy, wide-ranging set at Hyde Park for British Summer Time. Richard Lewis reviews

Lytham Festival

Lytham Festival - Lytham Green, Lytham, 29/6/2023....2/7/2023

Shirley Procter reflects upon her highlights of this year's Lytham Festival.


Riopy - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 11/6/2023

r: Lisa Torem admires French pianist Riopy’s passionate performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Lisa Ducasse

Lisa Ducasse - Institut Francais, London,  21/6/2023

Steev Burgess enjoys a rare opportunity to see one of the rising stars of French music, Lisa Ducasse at the Institute Francais in London.


Who - Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, 14/6/2023

Philamonjaro finds The Who on explosive form as they perform with an orchestra on the first date of an European tour at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell - O2 Academy, Sheffield, 7/5/2023

On the road to support his recent ‘Moments Of Madness’ LP the former Stranglers frontman, long since turned solo artist Hugh Cornwell shows no sign of slowing down.

Martin Barre Band

Martin Barre Band - Des Plaines Theater, Des Plaines. 9/6/2023

Lisa Torem finds the Martin Barre Band rekindling memories of glorious progressive rock in its heyday at the Des Plaines Theater , with Barre’s compelling lead guitar infusions and his bandmates’ endless enthusiasm.


Mono - Arts Centre, Norwich, 2/6/2023

Nige Nudds enjoys an impressive set of exuberant post-rock from Japanese band Mono at the Norwich Arts Centre.

Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs Quartet - Space, Evanston, 11/5/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys a Billy Childs Quartet concert at Space in Evanston which features songs from the jazz pianist’s latest album, ‘The Winds of Change’, a Chick Corea cover and classic chestnuts.

Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel - St. Pancras Old Church, London,  10/3/2023

Dastardly watches Mark Eitzel or ‘Polterg-eitzel’ as he’s now not known conjure magic (and Johnny Mathis) from the walls of St. Pancras Old Church.


Mission - Sala Repvblicca, Valencia, 30/4/2023

Philamonjaro photographs and watches a haunting, career-spanning performance from The Mission in Valencia.

Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill Ryder-Jones - With Clara Mann, Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 24/4/2023

Jay Dyer watches an intimate but brutally honest solo set from Bill Ryder-Jones at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. Photos by Rob Hadley.

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty - Royal Albert Hall, London, 5/5/2023

Steev Burgess watches Peter Doherty play an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall in London which ends in a stage invasion.

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty - O2 Academy, Oxford, 3/5/2023

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Peter Doherty play an intimate and introspective set at the O2 Academy in Oxford.


James - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 7/5/2023

Dixie Ernill at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool watches James play an euphoric set with the aid of an orchestra and a gospel choir.

Graham Nash

Graham Nash - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 30/4/2023

Lisa Torem finds that Graham Nash’s 'Sixty Years of Songs and Stories' makes for a festive and educational night at a sold-out gig at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music.

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