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Dastardly - Live Music Reviews

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb  - (With support from Ashley Campbell and Thor Jenson), Cadogan Hall, London. 27/5/2022

Dastardly watches a captivating performance by Jimmy Webb proving he’s as skilled a raconteur as he is songsmith.

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.

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.

Love Band

Love Band - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5/7/2019

Dastardly watches The Love Band featuring original guitarist Johnny Echols play their final gig in the UK.

Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something

Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something - Shacklewell Arms, London, 8/11/2018

Dastardly discovers the ghosts of Glam Rock alive and well in the shape of Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something in the arches of an East London hostelry.

Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh - Rough Trade East, London, 25/10/2018

Dastardly leaves home in South East London, late as usual, and risks losing his sanity in rush hour traffic for Kristin Hersh's intimate set at Rough Trade East.

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock - ULU, London, 12/5/2018

Dastardly watches Robyn Hitchcock thrill a London audience with a full band line up, psychedelic banter and a forty- year straddling set.

Bash and Pop

Bash and Pop - Music Hall, Ramsgate, 30/6/2017

Dastardly takes cover as Replacements' bassist Tommy Stinson's band Bash and Pop storm the Music Hall in Ramsgate.

Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel - Rough Trade East, London, 13/2/2017

Dastardly watches Mark Eitzel conquer the flu and launch his new album in style at an in-store at Rough Trade East in London

L A Salami

L A Salami - Servant Jazz Quarters,  London,  11/7/2016

Dastardly opens the Sunday papers, reads an article about L A Salami then next day finds himself face to face with the talented South-East London troubadour in the Servant Jazz Quarters

Bob Mould

Bob Mould - Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Academy, London, 11/2/2016

Dastardly suffers midlife crisis on way to see Bob Mould at the O2 in London before Mould heals him with his deafening sonic euphoria.

Ger Lane

Ger Lane - Horse and Stables, London, 27/10/2015

Dastardly watches Irish singer-songwriter Ger Lane make a triumphant iceberg-dodging maiden voyage with new crew at Top of the Horse and Stables club night in London’s Waterloo


Replacements - Roundhouse, London,  2/6/2015

Dastardly catches 80's alternative rockers Replacements on hoverboards at the first of two gigs at the Roundhouse in London on their reunion tour

Wet Dog

Wet Dog - Brixton Electric, London, 24/4/2015

Dastardly watches Wetdog reward the earlycomers in a support slot to The Fall at the Brixton Electric in London

Desperate Journalist

Desperate Journalist - Lexington, London, 22/1/2015

At the Lexington in London, Dastardly watches rising indie stars Desperate Journalist come of age at a launch gig to promote their eponymous debut album


Godfathers - Lexington, London, 31/10/2014

Dastardly watches London-based rock and roll/punk legends the Godfathers unveil their new five-piece line-up in typically blistering form at the Lexington in London


Fall - Under the Bridge, London, 10/6/2014

At Under the Bridge in London, Dastardly watches Mark E. Smith and the Fall make a caustic and abrasively triumphant set


Drenge - O2 Academy, Oxford, 4/6/2014

At the O2 Academy in Oxford, Dastardly watches sibling duo Drenge play an intense and anarchic set

Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel - De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 25/5/2014

In the beautiful surroundings of the De La Warr Pavilion at seaside town Bexhill-on-Sea, Dastardly watches former American singer-songwrter Mark Eitel play a life-confirming set of his classic songs

Courtney Bartlett

Courtney Bartlett - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 29/5/2014

At the Assembly Hall in Islington Dastardly is impressed by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter's Courtney Barnett's wit and stomping psychedelic pop

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts - Green Door Store, Brighton, 23/11/2014

At the Green Door Store in Brighton, Dastardly watches Brooklyn-based post punks Crystal Stilts play an effortlessly enthralling show

Desperate Journalist

Desperate Journalist - Finsbury, London, 17/10/2013

Dastardly enjoys local act Desperate Journalist's energetic indie guitar rock at a show at the Finsbury in London

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