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Richard Lewis - Live Music Reviews


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.


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.


Ride

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.


Dandy Warhols

Dandy Warhols - Albert Hall, Manchester, 30/1/2019

Richard Lewis watches Portland, Oregon alt. rock legends the Dandy Warhols celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary by playing an eclectic and career-spanning set at the Albert Hall in Manchester.


Lemonheads

Lemonheads - Ritz, Manchester, 12/2/2019

Richard Lewis at the Academy in Manchester watches US alt. rock legends the Lemonheads play a rapidfire set of tracks from across their lengthy career.


Stranglers

Stranglers - (With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018

Richard Lewis watches punk legends the Stranglers showcase their impressive live firepower at a full capacity, extremely hot O2 Academy in Liverpool with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? in support.


Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays - Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017

Richard Lewis finds seminal Manchester band Happy Mondays rolling back the years with an all-conquering Greatest Hits set at the Liverpool Olympia.


Ride

Ride - (With Ulrika Spacek), O2 Academy, Liverpool, 14/11/2017

Richard Lewis watches shoegazing pioneers Ride turn in an impressive set in Liverpool to plug excellent comeback set ‘Weather Diaries’ with rising London alt. rock crew Ulrika Spacek in support.


Killers

Killers - Arena, Manchester, 14/11/2017

Richard Lewis watches the Killers, visiting the city they call their ‘musical spiritual home’, turn in a stunning career-spanning set to a rapturous capacity crowd at Manchester Arena.


Jesus And Mary Chain

Jesus And Mary Chain - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017

Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.


Evan Dando

Evan Dando - Gorilla, Manchester, 19/5/2017

Richard Lewis finds Lemonheads mainstay Evan Dando is ramshackle and superb in equal measure at Manchester Gorilla on a tour to support the reissue of 2002 solo LP ‘Baby I’m Bored’


Jesus And Mary Chain

Jesus And Mary Chain - Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017

Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy


Blue Aeroplanes

Blue Aeroplanes - O2  Academy, Liverpool, 11/1/2017

Richard Lewis reviews Bristolian art rock stalwarts the Blue Aeroplanes' highly impressive return to the stage on the opening night of their first UK tour in years


Black Grape

Black Grape - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 17/11/2016

Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays' front man Shun Ryder's other band Black Grape make an excellent return to form in a comeback gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool


Embrace

Embrace - Olympia, LIverpool, 15/12/2016

Richard Lewis watches resurgent quintet Embrace turn in an impressive career-spanning hits set at the beautiful Liverpool Olympia


Alarm

Alarm - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 8/3/2016

Marking their 35th year as a band, the Alarm plays to a sizeable crowd supporting the Stranglers at the Liverpool Academy


Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 13/11/20115

Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays, touring their classic album 'Pills 'n’ Thrills and Bellyaches' for its twenty-fifth anniversary, play a stunning show at a sold out Liverpool Academy


Scott and Charlene's Wedding

Scott and Charlene's Wedding - Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 7/8/2013

Richard Lewis is riveted by Australian-formed but New York-based group Scott and Charlene's Wedding's shambolic but yet surprisingly tight brand of alternative rock at a show on their first UK tour at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Camp and Furnace, Liverpool, 29/9/2012

Richard Lewis is impressed by a dazzling debut outing for the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, an all-day event headlined by Dead Skeletons, Wolf People, Mugstar and Time and Space Machine


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Liverpool, 17/5/2012...19/5/2012

Richard Lewis at the three day Liverpool Sound City festival enjoys sets amongst others from Mystery Jets, Dan Croll, Willis Earl Beal and James Vincent McMorrow


Pinkunoizu:

Pinkunoizu: - Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 25/4/2012

Richard Lewis watches Danish post rockers Pinkunoizu play an unconvincing and messy show at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Leaf Cafe, Liverpool, 27/4/2012

Richard Lewis attends the GIT Awards, which dubbed 'the Scouse Mercury Prize', saw performances from ten of the twelve acts on the shortlist


Francois and the Atlas Mountains

Francois and the Atlas Mountains - Leaf, Liverpool, 30/1/2012

Richard Lewis watches French act Francois and the Atlas Mountains, using their own odd instrumentation at their debut gig in Liverpool, play a complex, but enthralling set


Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys - Echo Arena, Liverpool, 9/11/2011

Richard Lewis watches the Arctic Monkeys play a fiery and crowd-pleasing show at the Liverpool Echo Arena


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Liverpool, 19/5/2011...21/5/2011

At the three day Liverpool Sound City, Richard Lewis watches sets from among many other the Kooks, Cast, Miles Kane, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Fly with Vampires


Sad Day for Puppets

Sad Day for Puppets - Leaf Cafe Bar, Liverpool, 20/4/2011

Despite running nearly an hour late, Richard Lewls is impressed by Swedish group Jeniferever and local act the Wild Eyes' emotive post rock at a show at the Leaf Cafe Bar in Liverpool







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