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Helen Tipping - Live Music Reviews

Radical Dance Faction

Radical Dance Faction - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 19/1/2019

Helen Tipping enjoys an upbeat set at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to promote their new album 'Daydream Dystopia' from punk/dub/ska group Radical Dance Faction.

Wave Pictures

Wave Pictures - PIcture House Social, Sheffield, 24/6/2018

Helen Tipping watches acclaimed indie act the Wave Pictures work their magic at a show in Sheffield.

Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures

Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures - Hop, Wakefield, 8/3/2014

At The Hop in Wakefield Helen Tipping watches former Herman Dune member Stanley Brinks and indie rockers the Wave Pictures play a chaotic but likeable set to promote their new joint album 'Gin'

History of Apple Pie

Helen Tipping finds young London-based band the History of Apple Pie's mix of indie pop and shoegaze to be enormously promising, despite sound problems, at a show at the Cockpit in Leeds on their first headline UK tour


Helen Tipping, despite often terrible weather conditions, enjoys sets at the sixth Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire from Allo Darlin', Colour Me Wednesday, Tendertrap, the Just Joans, the Vaselines and Veronica Falls


Helen Tipping finds much to enjoy at punk/alternative festival Endorse It in Dorset, which includes sets from New Model Army, the Alabama 3, the Members and the Rezillos


Helen Tipping finds the fifth Indietracks Festival, which includes sets from Hidden Cameras, Jeffrey Lewis, the Vaselines's Frances McKee and Herman Dune, a fantastic experience

March Violets

At a show in their hometown of Leeds, Helen Tipping watches 1980's Gothic-band the March Violets play a show which incorporates newer influences including dance music

Darren Hayman

Helen Tipping enjoys a night of acoustic rock and razor sharp humour from former Hefner front man Darren Hayman at a solo show at the Brudenell in Leeds

Herman Dune

Herman Dune - XOYO, London, 6/6/2011

Helen Tipping finds French alt. country duo Herman Dune to be funny and witty, but loses out to the heat at a gig in the oppressive atmosphere of the XOYO in London

Esben and the Witch

Esben and the Witch - XOYO, London, 9/2/2011

Despite its sauna-like conditions, Helen Tipping at the XOYO in London finds young Brighton-based band Esben and the Witch's haunting atmospherics to be totally compelling


Helen Tipping is disappointed to find reformed American post-punk act Swans having devlooped a prog rock sound in their fourteen year absence in a show at the Academy in Manchester

3 Daft Monkeys

At a somewhat shambolic gig at the Trades Hall in Hebden Bridge, Helen Tipping sees 3 Daft Monkeys rise above the occasion and play a set of stunning folk dance

Peter Murphy

Helen Tipping sees former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy put on a performance of equal brilliance and disaster at a show the Corporation in Sheffield

Wooden Shjips

Helen Tipping watches American garage act Wooden Shjips play a 60's and 70's prog/psychedelic-influenced set inf front of an ecstatic and packed audience at the Leeds Brudenell

New Model Army

New Model Army - O2 Academy,Leeds, 19/3/2010 and O2 Academy, Liverpool, 20/3/2010

At two shows in Leeds and Liverpool, Helen Tipping watches New Model Army play two very different shows and at the latter show to start to put in early preparation for their next and what will be their 30th anniversary tour


On the last night of a four date mini tour to promote a new album, Helen Tipping watches Brighton-based rockers Brakes play a good-humoured and exuberant set

She Keeps Bees

At the Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge , Helen Tipping is impressed by both Brooklyn-based bluesy indie rock duo She Keeps Bees' enthusiasm as well as talent at a show on their first UK tour

Future of the Left

At the Academy 3 in Manchester, Helen Tipping is impressed as much by Cardiff indie guitar trio Future of the Left's banter and wit as by their energetic songs

Howling Bells

Howling Bells - Academy 2, Manchester, 15/3/2009

Helen Tipping finds Australian indie rockers Howling Bells, in Manchester as part of a British tour to promote their second album 'Radio Wars', lacking the edginess of their past


Despite playing to a drunken, ugly crowd,Helen Tipping finds the Levellers to be on fine form and returning to their political folk-punk roots with their latest material at a show at the Leeds Academy on their latest tour

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 16/9/2008

Helen Tipping is riveted by American singer-songwriter and artist Jeffrey Lweis's blend of Crass covers, politics and comic book stories at a show at the Brudenell in Leeds


National - Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, 1/7/2008

Helen Tipping is impressed by both the accessibility and stateliness of Americana band the National's unique brand of indie rock at a show at the Metropolitan University in Leeds


At a homecoming gig at the end of a troubled European tour, Helen Tipping watches melancholic post-rockers iLiKETRAiNs play an intense and at points surprising set at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club

Oh Sees

Helen Tipping finds former Coachwhips' front man John Dwyer's new band Thee Oh Sees' blend of quirky rockabilly and 60's psychedelia infectious at the Deaf Institute in Manchester

We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists - Academy, Manchester, 15/4/2008

With their off-beat humour, stage banter and anthemic dance tunes, Helen Tipping asks why hardworking American band We Are Scientists still aren't better known after watching them play an enthralling set at the Academy in Manchester


Levellers - Apollo, Manchester, 5/3/2008

At the Manchester date of their recent 'Beautiful Nights' tour to celebrate their 20 years togethers, Helen Tipping finds that, despite a heavy-handed security, the Levellers have lost none of their passion or ability to put on a fiery show


Stars - Academy, Manchester, 31/1/2008

At the Academy in Manchester, Helen Tipping watches eccentric Montreal-based band Stars play an energetic and fun-filled set

Sons And Daughters

Sons And Daughters - Cockpit, Leeds, 19/11/2007

Helen Tipping is won over by both Glaswegian group Sons and Daughters' dark subject matter and on-stage wit at a back-to-bacics gig at the Cockpit in Leeds


Iliketrains - Academy 3, Manchester, 19/9/2008

On a tour to promote their new album 'Elegies to Lessons Learnt', Helen Tpping at the Academy 3 in Manchester finds brooding Leeds post-rock act iLiKETRAiNS' confidence and music to have grown considerably since she first saw them two years ago


Miscellaneous - Escot Park, Devon, 17/8/2007...18/8/2007

The annual Beautiful Days Festival, which takes place in Devon, is run by the Levellers. Helen Tipping enjoys sets from New Model Army, Afro Celt Sound System, Devotcha, Hey Negrita and the Damned


Stations - Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge, 10/8/2007

West Yorkshire-based band the Stations are gaining increasing popularity. With people having to stand outside and listen through the doorway, Helen Tipping is impressed by their fast apced indie music at a local gig at the Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge

Stuffy/The Fuses

Stuffy/The Fuses - Carpe Diem, Leeds, 16/6/2007

At the Carpe Diem in Leeds, Helen Tipping finds Stuffy/The Fuses' unique form of witty indie-rock music very appealing


Ripps - Castle, Oldham, 15/6/2007

In the unsalubrious environment of the Castle in Oldham, and despite having to deal with an obnoxisus audience, Helen Tipping sees Coventry-based punk ska band the Ripps play a surprisingly tight and energetic set

Wedding Present

Wedding Present - Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 31/3/2007

In the unusual venue of the Holmfirth Picturedrome, Helen Tipping enjoys an impressive mixture of old and new songs from the reformed Wedding Present

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman - Academy 2, Manchester, 16/2/2007

Seth Lakeman has attracted a large female following because of his good looks, but at the Manchester Academy Helen Tipping finds him playing a lively and lyrical set, and a much deserved winner of the recent Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year award


Viarosa - Night and Day, Manchester, 10/12/2006

In a show at the Night and Day in Manchester Helen Tipping finds forthcoming Pennyblackmusic Bands Night headliners Viarosa's unique brand of dark alt. country an encapsulating experience

Hey Negrita

Hey Negrita - Academy, Manchester, 28/10/2006

The support band to an acoustic Alabama 3 on their latest tour, Helen Tipping watches Hey Negrita's darkly humorous brand of alt. country have an infectious effect on the audience at the Manchester Academy

Howling Bells

Howling Bells - Club Academy, Manchester, 21/10/2006

Back to see Australian indie rockers Howling Bells for the second time in a space of months, Helen Tipping finds their sound more professional, but wasted on a noisy and unresponsive Saturday night crowd at the Manchester Club Academy

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart - Academy 2, Manchester, 15/9/2006

In the over hot atmosphere of Manchester's Academy 2, Helen Tipping enjoys watching off the wall folk artist Devendra Banhart play a relaxed and laid back set


Miscellaneous - Escot Park, Devon, 18/8/2006...20/8/2006

At the Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, which is organised by the Levellers, Helen Tipping watches sets from the likes of the Crimea, Czech folk band Dikovej Bill, Goldblade, 3 Daft Monkeys and the Eighteenth Day of May


Miscellaneous - Night and Day, Manchester, 14/8/2006

Australian band Howling Bells describe themselves as indie,but have links also to the darker side of alt.country. Helen Tipping sees them play a powerful and diverse set at Manchester's Night and Day in one of the best gigs of the year


Miscellaneous - Night and Day, Manchester, 1/8/2006

Glaswegian female four piece the Hedrons have been attracting good reviews, but Helen Tipping is not impressed by their heavy metal riff guitar theatricals at show at Night and Day in Manchester


Miscellaneous - Joseph's Well, Leeds, 12/5/2006

Leeds/Bradford-based band This Et Al recently played a homecoming gig of sorts at Joseph's Well in Leeds. Helen Tipping, however, finds their music drowned out by the venue's muddy sound system

Hundred Reasons

Hundred Reasons - Academy 3, Manchester, 3/4/2006

Helen Tipping is impressed by Hundred Reasons' energetic performance and show at the Manchester date on their recent tour


Miscellaneous - Joseph Well's, Leeds, 1/10/2005

Screaming Banshee Aircrew combine their unique blend of goth rock with some tongue-in-cheek humour. Helen Tipping watches them play a lively set at Joseph's Well in Leeds


Miscellaneous - Escott Park, Devon, 18/8/2005...20/8/2005

Beautiful Days is a small and largely unsung festival organised by the Levellers. Helen Tipping and her friends enjoy a very special weekend of music, camping and with giant seagulls while there

7 Months

7 Months - The Room, Sheffield, 23/5/2005

Queen Adreena is the latest project of former Daisy Chainsaw stars Katie Jane Garside and Crispin Gray. In the cramped surroundings of Sheffield's The Room, Helen Tipping finds that they have lost little of their ferocious edge


Misterlee - Washington, Sheffield, 14/4/2005

Despite a sparse audience at new and under-promoted venue the Sheffield Washington, Helen Tipping watches Misterlee, "one of the UK's more unusual band, rise to the occasion and put on an empassioned performance

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly - Corporation, Sheffield, 28/4/2004

Irish/American act Flogging Molly's muic owes a lot to traditional irish music. Helen Tipping watches them play an uplifting and lively set to a packed audience in Sheffield

House Of Love

House Of Love - Leadmill, Sheffield, 17/4/2005

Helen Tipping rolls back time with the reformed House of Love who returned to the Sheffield Leadmill in April after an absence of 16 years

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls - Metropolitan University, Leeds, 5/3/2005

At a support date in Leeds to the Dropkick Murphys. Helen Tipping watches the Bouncing Souls play their fast and furious brand of punk and a crowd-pleasing set to an appreciative audience


Miscellaneous - Boardwalk, Sheffield, 26/1/2004

At an unfortunately sparsely attended gig at Sheffield's Boardwalk, Helen Tipping enjoys lively sets from psychedelic Norwegian act Freeshine and Brighton-based punks My Deaf Audio

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