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Dave Goodwin - Live Music Reviews


Humanist - Foundry, Sheffield, 22/10/2021

Dave Goodwin finds that the debut album by storied producer former Exit Calm leader Rob Marshall is realised live on stage with superb effect.

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.

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.

Secret Affair

Secret Affair - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 11/5/2019

Dave Goodwin's been waiting forty years to see Secret Affair live. Here's how it all went down on the night.


Decemberists - Rock City, Nottingham, 11/11/2018

David Goodwin watches American folk/indie rock band the Decemberists play a spellbinding set at Rock City in Nottingham

Deerstock Festival

Deerstock Festival - Newton, Nottinghamshire, 20/7/2018...22/7/2018

Dave Goodwin reviews Nottinghamshire-based fundraising festival Deerstock which returned across three days in July.

Slow Readers Club

Slow Readers Club - Rock City, Nottingham, 12/5/2018

Dave Goodwin watches acclaimed rock band the Slow Readers Club live up to the hype and play an anthemic set at the legendary Rock City in Nottingham.


Deslondes - Maze, Nottingham, 21/1/2018

On a cold and wet night in Nottingham, Dave Goodwin is transported to the American south courtesy of The Deslondes.

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - NIA, Birmingham, 19/11/2017

DAve Goodwin watches 80's legends Depeche Mode play to a packed NIA Birmingham as they tour their new album 'Spirit', 37 years and 14 albums after their debut, 'Speak and Spell'.

Slow Readers Club

Slow Readers Club - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 23/11/2017

Dave Goodwin finds Mancunians Slow Readers Club on the road again and lighting up The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham with their debut album 'Cavalcade'

Deerstock Festival

Deerstock Festival - Newton, Nottinghamshire, 21/7/2017...23/7/2017

Dave Goodwin takes us on a whirlwind tour of Nottinghamshire's small but perfectly formed Deerstock Festival

Future Islands

Future Islands - Rock City, Nottingham, 23/6/2017

Dave Goodwin watches Future Islands make it at last to Nottingham's Rock City where despite excessive heat they play an extraordinary set

Fun Lovin' Criminals

Fun Lovin' Criminals - Rock City, Nottingham, 3/3/2017

Dave Goodwin enjoys a nostalgic but not rose-tinted Fun Lovin' Criminals set in Nottingham

Slow Readers Club

Slow Readers Club - Bodega, Nottingham, 30/3/2017

Riding on the back of their tour with fellow Manchurians James, The Slow Readers Club set off on a tour of their own to massive acclaim especially in Nottingham where they sell out the Bodega


James - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 6/12/2016

Dave Goodwin enjoys a mesmerising performance at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall from James as they tour their latest album, 'Girl at the End of the World'


Spitfires - Bodega, Nottingham, 10/9/2016

Dave Goodwin watches Watford indie rock quartet the Spitfires make a brilliant showing on the live circuit as they take their new album 'A Thousand Times' to The Bodega in Nottingham

English Beat

English Beat - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 5/10/2016

Dave Wakelings 80's ska outfit The English Beat return to Nottingham in good style, lighting up the Rescue Rooms with their own brand of two-tone excellence

Natalie McCool

Natalie McCool - Bodega, Nottingham, 15/9/20!6

Dave Goodwin watches Natalie McCool play a first-rate set at Nottingham's Bodega on the back of releasing her new album 'The Great Unknown'.

Deerstock Festival

Deerstock Festival - Newton, Nottinghamshire,  22/7/2016...24/7/2016

Dave Goodwin spends three days out in the Nottinghamshire countryside with Eddie and the Hot Rods, Funke and the two tone baby and Doggen at this years boutique festival Deerstock

Orphan Boy

Orphan Boy - Spiders Web, Grimsby, 23/7/2016

Dave Goodwin catches up with Orphan Boy in their own backyard at The Spiders Web in Grimsby for a warm and energetic night of anthemic proportions


Shanklins - Woodys Music Bar, Hednesford, 20/8/20!6

Dave Goodwin gives us his personal view on Cannock groovers The Shanklins who are touring their first EP See Through, starting with a home crowd in Hednesford

In Isolation

In Isolation - Chameleon, Nottingham, 9/4/2016

Dave Goodwin watches new wave indie band In Isolation play an excellent home town show to launch their debut album, 'A Certain Fractal Light', at the Chameleon in their home city of Nottingham

Bloc Party

Bloc Party - Rock City, Nottingham, 2/2/2016

Dave Goodwin finds Rock City in Nottingham is the latest venue to witness Bloc Party back to their best, who were headlining the latest 'NME' tour

Gary Numan

Gary Numan - Forum, London, 23/10/2015

Dave Goodwin at the Forum in London watches Gary Numan at the end of a three night residency play all of his 1980 album 'Telekon' and perform an astounding set which Numan has said is probably the best gig of his career

Orphan Boy

Orphan Boy - Victoria Inn, Derby, 3/10/3015

Dave Goodwin watches Orphan Boy, despite sound problems, play an anthemic set at the Victoria Inn in Derby

Deerstock Festival

Deerstock Festival - Newton Cross Country Course, Newton, Nottinghamshire, 24/7/2015...26/7/2015

Dave Goodwin attends Nottinghamshire's growing boutique festival Deerstock Festival which, now in its fourth year and full of both local and international acts, despite heavy rain, shines once again


Lorna - (With the Amber Heard). Bodega, Nottingham, 17/7/2015

Dave Goodwin enjoys a superb night at the Bodega in `Nottingham with two local acts, Lorna and the Amber Herd

Evans the Death

Evans the Death - Chameleon, Nottingham, 23/7/2015

Dave Goodwin attends a busy and frantic but curious night at The Chameleon in Nottinghm that concludes with fuzzy London-based indie rockers Evans the Death playing a storming but awkward set

Jon DeRosa

Jon DeRosa - Rough Trade, Nottingham, 27/4/2015

Despite having missed half of his set, Dave Goodwin watches New Jersey-born singer-songwriter Jon DeRosa put on a mesmeric performance at an unaccompanied acoustic gig at Rough Trade in Nottingham

Bettye Lavette

Bettye Lavette - Jazz Cafe, London, 30/3/2105

Dave Goodwin watches soul legend Bettye Lavette play an extraordinary set in front of a captivated audience at the Jazz Café in London

Luxury Stranger

Luxury Stranger - (Supported by Desperate Journalist), Chameleon, Nottingham, 13/12/2014

Dave Goodwin watches Nottingham-based alternative rockers Luxury Stranger play a stunning set of classic and new material at the Chameleon in Nottingham

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu - Musician, Leicester, 12/11/2014

Dave Goodwin at the Musician in Leicester watches Peru Ubu play a confrontational yet brilliant double set of experimental rock


Invaders - Maze, Nottingham, 30/11/2014

Dave Goodwin watches local hard rock outfit the Invaders play an exceptional set in a rare gig at the Maze in Nottingham

Jesus Jones

Jesus Jones - (Jesus Jones/Amber Herd) Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 10/9/2014

Dave Goodwin watches reformed 90's band Jesus Jones play a fiery set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, but is equally imprressed by local support band the Amber Herd


Poliça - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 14/8/2014

Dave Goodwin watches rising Minneapolis-based synth-rock act Poliça play an exuberant set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham


Miscellaneous - Newton, Nottinghamshire, 25/7/2014...27/7/2014

Dave Goodwin is enthralled by the three-day Deerstock Festival in Nottinghamshire, which saw appearances from a wide range of indie acts


Lois - Jam Cafe, Nottingham, 10/7/2014

Dave Goodwin enjoys Lois's unique blend of 60's music, rock and roll and funk at a home city gig to launch their debut album at the Jam Café in Nottingham

Amber Herd

Amber Herd - Hasland Theatre, Chesterfield, 5/7/2014

Dave Goodwin watches post-punk/alt.rock Amber Herd play a stunning show to launch their debut album in the unusual venue of the Hasland Thatre in Chesterfield

Red Paintings

Red Paintings - Rock City, Nottingham, 13/5/2014

Dave Goodwin enjoys Australian band the Red Paintings' unusual brand of art rock at Rock City in Nottingham

Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank - 1880 Suite, Leicester Tigers, Leicester

At a charity event at the Leicester Tigers, Dave Goodwin watches hip-hop/jazz soul duo Uncle Frank play a remarkable set

Red Paintings

Red Paintings - Bodega, Nottingham, 6/2/2014

Dave Goodwin watches Australian art rockers the Red Paintings play a furious but visionary and captivating set at The Bodega in Nottingham

Dead Letter Office

Dave Goodwin watches South Yorkshire shoegazing/psychedlic band Exit Calm play an intense but anthemic set at The Bodega in Nottingham


Blancmange - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/11/2013

Dave Goodwin sees reformed 80's electronic act Blancmange play an exuberant set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham

Luxury Stranger

Luxury Stranger - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 6/12/2013

Dave Goodwin watches rising post punks Luxury Stranger play an enthralling gig at the Rescue Rooms in their native Nottingham

My Life Story

My Life Story - KOKO, London, 28/11/2013

Dave Goodwin watches offbeat Australian band the Red Paintings play a vibrant and colourful set in support to Mindless Self Indulgence at the KOKO in London

Wille and the Bandits

Wille and the Bandits - Bodega, Nottingham, 15/11/2013

Dave Goodwin is impressed by Plymouth-based act Wille and the Bandits' brilliant 70's-influenced roots rock at a show at the Nottingham Bodega

Luxury Stranger

Dave Goodwin enjoys an acoustic solo set from Luxury Stranger front man Simon York at old theatre Spanky Van Dykes in Nottingham

Gary Numan

Dave Goodwin watches Gary Numan play a set that finds him returning again to the heights of his 80's fame at Rock City in Nottingham

London Grammar

London Grammar - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 22/10/2013

Dave Goodwin watches acclaimed locally formed electronic trio London Grammar return to play an outstanding set at a sell-out gig in the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham

Pearl Jammer

Dave Goodwin watches outstanding tribute act Pearl Jammer play an impressive set at The Diamond in Nottingham

Die! Die! Die!

Dave Goodwin is enthralled by New Zealand punks Die! Die! Die in a furious, intense show at Oporto in Leeds

Dead Wolf Cub

Dave Goodwin enjoys a diverse but enthralling night of music featuring rising bands Dead Wolf Club, the Amber Herd and Luxury Stranger at the Bodega in Nottingham


Miscellaneous - East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, 26/7/2013...28/7/2013

Dave Goodwin finds incredible Nottinghamshire's Deerstock Festival, which saw appearances from over thirty indie acts including Def Digby, the Gorgeous Chans, Leetabix and the Doggen Star Band, which led by Spiritualized's Tony Foster, also includes members of Selecter and the Fratellis


Dave Goodwin is impressed by up-and-coming local bands Swiines, LOIS and House of Thieves at a showcase gig at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham

James Brewster

Dave Goodwin watches New York-based singer-songwriter Nell Bryden, who has recently announced that she is suffering from Alopecia, play an explosive and emotive set at the Bodega in Nottingham


Dave Goodwin at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock in the Midlands enjoys a banterous set from reformed 90's pop rock outfit Dodgy, and is equally impressed by teenage support group Cal22

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