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Nick Dent-Robinson - Live Music Reviews


Supergrass

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.


Lulu

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.


Purdy

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.


Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire,  8/8/2019...10/8/2019

Despite torrential rain, Nick Dent-RObinson finnds plenty to enjoy at this year's Fairport's Cropredy Convention, which as well as a three-hour set from Faiport Convention, included performances from Richard Thompson, Gogol Bordello and the Waterboys.


Francis Rossi (Status Quo)

Francis Rossi (Status Quo) - Hexagon Theatre, Reading, 8/5/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a spoken word gig at Hexagon in Reading by Status Quo guitarist and frontman Francis Rossi to promote his new autobiography, ‘I Talk Too Much’.


Zoots

Zoots - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, 23/5/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson finds infectious the enthusiasm and energy of 60’s covers band the Zoots at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.


Mike And The Mechanics

Mike And The Mechanics - New Theatre, Oxford, 12/3/2019

Mike Rutherford, on tour with his band, Mike and the Mechanics, played a series of Genesis hits at Oxford's New Theater that rekindled fond memories for his enthusiastic fan base.


Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood  - Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, 2/3/2019

Nick Dent-Robinson at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames watches Jacqui Dankworth, accompanied by her husband and Memphis-born pianist Charlie Wood, play a superb and versatile set that extends far beyond her jazz origins.


Purdy

Purdy - Corn Exchange, Wallingford, 10/11/2018

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Purdy, the new name for Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Rebecca Poole, play a stunning set of jazz classics and her own material in a homecoming gig at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford.


Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11/8/2018

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys French Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord's recent performance at Fairport's Cropredy Convention.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, 2/8/2018...5/8/2018

Music is just one element of the UK's most freewheeling and eclectic summer festival, Wilderness, says Nick Dent-Robinson. Nile Rodgers gets a rapturous reception while a celebrity cricket match prompts a record number of streakers.


Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshiire, 9/8/2018...11/8/2018

Brian Wilson plays an unforgettable set at Fairport's Cropredy Convention in North Oxfordshire.


Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 13/7/2018...15/7/2018

Despite organiser Hugh Phillimore declaring that last year's Cornbury Festival would be its last, Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys its resurrection this year and an impressive set from veteran reggae star Jimmy Cliff


Truck Festival

Truck Festival - Steventon, Oxfordshire, 20/7/2018...22/7/2018

Nick Dent-Rpbinson enjoys the Truck Festival, which in its 21st year was originally started by indie band Goldrush from the back of a truck and is now one of Oxfordshire's largest music events.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Kingston, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...26/8/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's Big Feastival, Blur bassist Alex James' annual festival of food and music in Oxfordshire.


Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival - Thame, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...28/8/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson admires Oxfordshire's friendly four day Towersey Festival, which this year featured sets from KT Tunstall, Eliza Carthy, Newton Faulkner and the Blockheads.


Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys - Henley Festival, Henley, Oxfordshire, 6/7/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson asserts that 1980's icons Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have as the Pet Shop Boys, 'constantly pushed the boundaries' since their inception. He enjoys two dynamic sets of synth pop at the prestigious Henley Festival.


Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 7/7/2017...9/7/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson attends the final Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire which this year saw performances from Bryan Adams, the Pretenders, Kaiser Chiefs and Jools Holland and speaks to organiser Hugh Phillimore about why he has decided to stop.


Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk - New Theatre, Oxford, 6/6/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson finds electronic pioneers Kraftwerk still sounding futuristic with a set of their now classic material at the New Theatre in Oxford


Jacksons

Jacksons - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 18/6/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson watches the Jacksons play a hit-packed set to celebrate their 50 years in music at the final night of this year’s Nocturne Festival at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire


Stornoway

Stornoway - New Theatre, Oxford, 12/3/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson watches critically acclaimed local indie-folk band Stornoway play an emotive final gig at the New Theatre in Oxford


Sam Brown

Sam Brown - Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, 9/12/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson finds much to enjoy at Sam Brown's annual pre-Christmas International Ukulele Club show at the Kenton Theatre on Henley-on-Thames


Chas and Dave

Chas and Dave - O2 Academy, Oxford, 4/12/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson watches the still undervalued Chas and Dave play an unglamorous but solid set at the O2 Academy in Oxford


Bestival

Bestival - Isle of Wight, 9/9/2016...11/9/2016

Despite appalling weather conditions, Nick Dent Robinson still finds much to enjoy at this year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight, which saw performances from Damian Marley, Caravan Palace, Ride and a three hour set from the Cure


Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Hannigan - O2 Academy, Oxford, 16/10/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson explains why he feels Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan is a one-off entertainer after watching her perform a gig at the O2 Academy in Oxford


Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11/8/2016...13/8/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by this year's Fairport Cropredy Convention, which took place over three days in Oxfordshire


Elton John/Ennio Morricone

Elton John/Ennio Morricone - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 23/6/2016...26/6/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's sedate Nocturne Festival at Blenheim Palace, which saw excellent performances from Elton John and 87-year old composer and conductor Ennio Morricone who appeared with a 200-piece orchestra


Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 8/7/2016...10/7/2016

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by this year's Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire, which this year included performances from Bryan Ferry, Seal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beverley Knight, Booker T and Wilko Johnson


Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 13/8/2015...15/8/2015

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's Fairport Cropredy Convention, which as well as Fairport Convention, also saw sets from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, the Proclaimers and Fish


Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury Music Festival - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 10/7/2015...12/7/2015

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by the Cornbury Festival which saw sets this year from Martha Reeves, Lulu and Tom Jones and a fantastic greatest hits performance from the Trevor Horn Band, whose members also include Lol Crème from 10CC and Stewart Copeland from the Police


Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry - New Theatre, Oxford, 9/5/2015

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry play a flawless and masterful et the New Theatre in Oxford


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Nr.Thame, Oxfordshire, 21/8/2014...25/8/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys Oxfordshire's week long Towersey Festival, which celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, saw performances among many others from Eliza Carthy, Richard Thonpson, Seth Lakeman and the Bootleg Beatles


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Henley, Oxfordshire, 8/7/2014...12/7/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by this year's Henley Festival, which included a stunning performance from Burt Bacharach


Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 7/8/2014...9/8/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's Fairport's Cropredy Convention, which as well as Fairport Convention also saw sets from Chas 'n' Dave, Marillion, Steve Hackett's Genesis Extended and remarkable Welsh singer-songwriter Deborah Rose


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, 4/7/2014....6/7/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys Oxfordshire's annual Cornbury Festival, which saw performances from Georgie Fame, Suzanne Vega, 10cc, Jools Holland, and Simple Minds and a highly impressive set from the Gypsy Kings


Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck - New Theatre, Oxford, 17/5/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson watches former Yardbird guitarist Jeff Beck, who is seventy this year, play a dynamic set at the New Theatre in Oxford


Hazel O Connor

Hazel O Connor - Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, 4/4/2014

Nick Dent-Robinson watches 80's star Hazel O'Connor play a stunning set of both her own material and covers at an intimate show at the the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot in Oxfordshire


Blur

Blur - Kingham, Oxfordshire, 31/8/2013...1/9/2013

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by the Big Feastival, the annual food and music event staged by Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist Alex James at James's farm in Oxfordshire and which this year saw sets by Basement Jaxx, the Feeling, Rizzle Kicks, Dodgy and KT Tunstall


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Cropredy, Oxfordshire 8/8/2013...10/8/2013

Nick Robinson is impressed by Fairport Convention's annual Cropredy Convention which, as well as surprise headliner Alice Cooper and Faiprot Convention themselves playing two sets, also featured 10cc, the Levellers and the Mediavel Baebes


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire,, 4/7/2013...7/7/2013

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by Oxfordshire's Cornbury Festival, which saw headline performances from Van Morrison, Echo and the Bunnymen and Squeeze, as well as excellent sets from 'Downtown Abbey' actress Elizabeth McGovern's band Sadie and the Hotheads and Scottish duo Hunter and The Bear


Simple Minds

Simple Minds - New Theatre,  Oxford,  2/5/2013

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Scottish rockers Simple Minds, who are now in their fourth decade, play an elative set a show at the New Theatre in Oxford


Spooky Hi-fi

Spooky Hi-fi - New Theatre,  Oxford,  29/3/2013

At the New Theatre in Oxford Nick Dent-Robinson watches 60's folk legends Steeleye Span play an oddly directionless set


Joe Brown

Joe Brown - The Anvil,  Basingstoke,  24/3/2013

Nick Dent-Robinson watches sometimes under-appreciated 60's icon Joe Brown play a stunning set combining both his own and other classic rock songs at the Anvil in Basingstoke







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