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Spear Of Destiny

Spear Of Destiny - Yardbirds, Grimsby, 29/9/2021

Denzil Watson at Yardbirds in Grimsby watches an emotive performance from Spear of Destiny to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their third album, 'World Service'.

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett - Apollo, Manchester, 24/9/2021

Neil Swift at the Manchester Apollo watches Steve Hackett plays Genesis' entire double live album 'Seconds Out' as well as highlights from his own back and current catalogue.


Libertines - Rochester Castle, Kent, 16/9/2021

Steev Burgess watches The Libertines play a fiery set of their classic songs at Rochester Catsle.

London Grammar

London Grammar - O2 Academy, Oxford, 29/9/2021

Nick Dent-Robison enjoys a rare, intimate show from stadium-filling act London Grammar at the O2 Academy in Oxford.


Genesis - Arena, Liverpool, 3/10/2021

Despite Phil Collins' ailing health problems, Neil Swift finds Genesis on their 'Last Domino' farewell tour continuing to be an excellent stage presence.

New Order

New Order - Heaton Park, Manchester, 10/9/2021

Denzil Watson watches New Order play a gripping set at Heaton Park in Manchester in their first home city gig in over four years.


Primitives - Live Rooms, Chester, 12/9/2021

Indie pop progenitors The Primitives roll back the years with a career-scanning set delivered in breathless fashion. Richard Lewis reviews

Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland - Police Deranged For Orchestra - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 11/9/2021

Philamonjaro watches and photographs Stewart Copeland rearrange The Police catalogue with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Center in Ohio.

Mike Garry and The Cassia String Quartet

Mike Garry and The Cassia String Quartet - Stamford Quarter, Altrincham, 23/7/2021

Writer Shirley Procter and photographer Amanda J Window watch poet Mike Garry play a gig with The Cassini String Quartet at the Stamford Quarter in Altrincham.

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa - Austin City Limits Livestream, 1/4/2021

For fans of guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa, Lisa Torem discovers that the Austin City Limits livestream is an exciting way to celebrate the old and the new in the comfort of one’s home.

Hector Gannet

Hector Gannet - Live at Polestar Studios

Gus Ironside profiles a new video from acclaimed North Tyneside indie act Hector Gannet recorded live at the iconic Polestar Studios in Newcastle.


Wytches - Signature Brew, London, 22/9/2020

A terrific lockdown gig by The Wytches leaves Peter Cole musing about the nature of live music, what we've lost in 2020 and what we might gain in future.


Idles - Abbey Road Studios, London, 29/8/2020...30/8/2020

Mark Rowland watches Idles play a remarkable three set lockdown session over two days at Abbey Road Studios in London.


Miscellaneous - 3

For the third part of our four part series, in which our writers and photographers reflect upon great venues, Dastardly, Dave Goodwin and Lisa Torem examine Vinyl Deptford in London, Rock City and the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.


Miscellaneous - Comment

Our writers and photographers tell of the bands and acts from the past that they would most like to have seen live.

Tori Amos

Tori Amos - Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, 6/5/2020

Although the popular Chicago Humanities Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, featured guest/singer-songwriter Tori Amos agreed to a live-stream interview. Lisa Torem reviews the highlights.


Miscellaneous - 2

In the second part of our series, in which our writers and photographers reminisce upon great venues, past and present, Nicky Crewe, John Clarkson and Cila Warncke remember The Hacienda in Manchester, the 1980's Loughborough University Students' Union and the 1990's London Camden Palace.


Miscellaneous - 1

In the first part of this four part series, our writers and photographers will be reflecting upon and providing memories of great venues, past and present. Nicky Crewe, Andrew Twambley and Adrian Janes remember 60's club The Magic Village and 70's venues, Eric's in Liverpool and the London Rainbow.

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza Kolektiv - Academy 3, Manchester, 21/2/2020

Denzil Watson watches Balkan ska/punk collective Dubioza Kolektiv play an energetic set at the Academy 3 in Manchester.

Ben Ottewell

Ben Ottewell - Leaf, Liverpool, 5/3/2020

Richard Lewis watches Gomez lead singer Ben Ottewell turn in an excellent solo performance at Leaf in Liverpool.

I Am Lono

I Am Lono - Bodega, Nottingham, 27/2/2020

Dave Goodwin at the Bodega in Nottingham enjoys a night of dark post-punk/synth rock from promising new band I Am Lono.


Supergrass - Alexaandra Palace, London, 6/3/2020

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Supergrass back after a decade away play a set of classic anthems to an enthusiastic crowd at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Big Joanie

Big Joanie - Moth Club, London, 23/1/2020,

Dastardly braves the January cold for some heartwarming DIY punk rock from London three-piece Big Joanie.


Miscellaneous - 4

For the fourth and final part of this four part series, in which our writers and photographers reflect upon great venues, Amanda J Window, Andrew Twambley and Denzil Watson bring things up-to-date with their memories of the Night and Day Cafe and O2 Ritz in Manchester and the Sheffield Leadmill.

Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart

Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart - Jazz Cafe, London, 23/2/2020

Adrian Janes watches Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart preview a new album and range widely and deeply over the bassist’s prolific career.


Libertines - Photoscapes 1

In the first of two galleries Amanda J Window photographs the Libertines at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays - Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 6/12/2019

Richard Lewis enjoys a set of classic hits and more obscure early tracks from the Happy Mondays at the Liverpool date on what might be their last full-scale tour for a while.


Courteeners - (With Miles Kane), Manchester Arena, Manchester, 16/12/2019

Harry Sherriff watches homecoming band the Courteneers play a storming, crowd-pleasing set at the Manchester Arena, but is equally impressed by support act Miles Kane.


Toy - Band on the Wall, Manchester, 9/11/2019

Amanda J Window and her husband spend their wedding anniversary with TOY as the band play a special gig in Manchester.

16 Tambourines

16 Tambourines - : 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. 09/11/2019

Cult late 1980s psych-pop outfit 16 Tambourines reform to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their debut LP ‘How Green Is Your Valley’ with a sold-out hometown gig. Steve Kinrade views.

Tom Keifer/LA Guns

Tom Keifer/LA Guns - Libbey Bowl, Ojai, California, 24/8/2019

L.Paul Mann watches and photographs hard rock acts Tom Keifer and LA Guns rock the Ojai Libbey Bowl in California.


Ride - Ritz, Manchester, 12/12/2019

On the final tour date in support of acclaimed new LP ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ shoegaze legends Ride turn in a storming set on Election Night at a sold-out Ritz in Manchester. Richard Lewis reviews.


Eluveitie - Photoscapes 1

In the first of a two part gallery Andrew Twambley photographs Swiss folk death metal band Eluveitie at a show in Manchester.

38 Special

38 Special - Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, 22/11/2019

In Florida, L. PauL Mann watches and photographs 38 Special, a band keeping Southern Rock alive and well

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley - Albert Hall, Manchester, 7/10/2019

Richard Hawley plays a show in Manchester that clearly means a lot to him. Amanda J Window tells us all about it.


Miscellaneous - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 16/10/2019

Curiosity took Nicky Crewe to the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony, where she discovered an evening full of enthusiasm and celebration, with fantastic musicians and surprising guests.

Above Ground

Above Ground - Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, 16/9/2019

Featuring a highly impressive roster of rock star A listers, Above Ground returns for a second year of mental health awareness and fund raising at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. L. Paul Mann reviews.


Lulu - New Theatre, Oxford, 22/9/20!9

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Scottish entertainer Lulu play to a packed house in Oxford with remarkable energy in celebration of her 55-year career.


Who - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 10/9/2019

Lisa Torem finds The Who’s 'Moving On!' tour at the Blossom Music Center at Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio, off the heels of a new release. drawing from seven albums and embellished by live, local orchestral arrangements.

Pasadena Daydream

Pasadena Daydream - Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 31/8/2019

L. Paul Mann watches and photographs goth rock icons the Cure curate a highly impressive support bill capped with a superb headline slot for their all-day festival in the blazing California sunshine.

Deerstock Festival

Deerstock Festival - Newton, Nottinghamshire, 26/7/2019...27/7/2018

After attending the three day 2019 Deerstock extravaganza in the Nottinghamshire countryside, Dave Goodwin says that it has become the best festival that he has ever been to.

Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts - Regather, Sheffield, 26/10/2019

Nicky Crewe caught a magical evening in Sheffield as Alasdair Roberts performed solo to promote his latest album, 'The Fiery Margin'.

Hollywood Brats

Hollywood Brats - Nell's, London, 31/10/2019

Dastardly watches the first gig by proto-punkers Hollywood Brats for almost half a century.


Purdy - Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 21/9/2019

NIck Dent-Robinson watches vocalist Rebecca Poole AKA Purdy, accompanied by a stellar ensemble, returns to her native Oxfordshire to perform originals and cover tunes.

Van Morrison

Van Morrison - New Theatre, Oxford, 27/10/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a diverse, career-spanning set of blues/rock from Van Morrison at the New Theatre in Oxford.


Revivalists - Vina Robles Ampitheatre, Paso Robles, 26/9/2019

L. Paul Mann watches New Orleans rock band the Revivalists wind up their 2019 tour at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in California.

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley - WOMAD, Charlton Park House, Malmesbury, 24/7/2019

While volunteering at the Womad festival, Shirley Procter checks out a powerful and passionate set from Ziggy Marley.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller - Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, 18/8/2019

L. Paul Mann enjoys a hot Night at the Vina Robles Amphitheater in California with classic rock/blues artist Steve Miller.

Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival - Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, 18/7/2019...19/7/2019

During the first two days of the Bluedot Festival Shirley Procter attends a performance by the Halle Orchestra of classic sci-fi soundtracks and also several of its science-oriented events.

Don McLean

Don McLean - Libbey Bowl, Ojai, 17/8/2019

L.Paul Mann watches and photographs veteran folk rocker Don McLean at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai in California.

Avett Brothers

Avett Brothers - Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, 18/8/2019

b. Paul Mann watches the Avett Brothers bring families together for a sold-out concert at Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles in California.

John Prine

John Prine - Pavilion, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, 8/6/2019

Lisa Torem watches septuagenarian singer-songwriter John Prine at the Pavilion in Ravinia Park in Illinois play a life-affirming set.

Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival - Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, 20/7/2019...21/7/2019

At the last two days of the Bluedot Festival Shirley Procter watches sets by Easy Star All Stars, Omar Souleyman, Jarvis Cocker, Kraftwerk and She Drew The Gun.

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