Denzil Watson - Live Reviews

Jesus And Mary Chain

Jesus And Mary Chain - Albert Hall, Manchester, 19/11/2021

At a concert at the Albert Hall in Manchester featuring classics from their brooding 1987 second album, ‘Darklands',’ Denzil Watson finds The Jesus and Mary Chain rendering a refreshingly subtle and dynamic range.

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate - 02 Academy, Sheffield

Denzil Watson watches indie guitar act Little Man Tate make a triumphant return after a twelve year absence across two nights at the Sheffield O2 Arena.

Spear Of Destiny

Spear Of Destiny - Yardbirds, Grimsby, 29/9/2021

Denzil Watson at Yardbirds in Grimsby watches an emotive performance from Spear of Destiny to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their third album, 'World Service'.

New Order

New Order - Heaton Park, Manchester, 10/9/2021

Denzil Watson watches New Order play a gripping set at Heaton Park in Manchester in their first home city gig in over four years.

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza Kolektiv - Academy 3, Manchester, 21/2/2020

Denzil Watson watches Balkan ska/punk collective Dubioza Kolektiv play an energetic set at the Academy 3 in Manchester.

Patrick Duff

Patrick Duff - Greystones, Sheffield, 24/3/2019

Denzil Watson witnesses a raw and intimate Sheffield gig by former Strangelove frontman Patrick Duff.


Stranglers - 02 Apollo, Manchester, 30/3/2019

Denzil Watson at the Apollo in Manchester watches the Stranglers play a powerful and often surprising set on the last night of their recent UK tour.

Theatre Of Hate

Theatre Of Hate

Theatre Of Hate - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/12/2018

Denzil Watson watches reformed 80's post punks Theatre of Hate, despite frontman Kirk Brandon battling a stomach bug, play an impressive set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.

Dubiosza Kolektiv

Dubiosza Kolektiv - Academy 3, Manchester, 7/11/2018

Denzil Watson has fallen in deep, deep like with Balkan ska-rap-punk-Balkan folk act Dubioza Kolektiv. They deliver a barnstorming set in the basement of Manchester Academy.

British Sea Power

British Sea Power - The People's Concert, Albert Hall, Manchester, 11/11/2017

Denzil Watson watches British Sea Power play an eccentric but brilliant headline set to commemorate the centenary of the original People's Concert at the Albert Hall in Manchester

Paul Draper

Paul Draper - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 14/9/2017

Denzil Watson at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds watches ex-Mansun vocalist Paul Draper make an understated but impressive return after an absence of fourteen years to full live work to promote 'Spooky Action', his debut solo album.

Kirk Brandon

Kirk Brandon - Greystones, Sheffield, 23/8/2017

Denzil Watson catches the opening night of Kirk Brandon taking his extensive back-catalogue of songs with Spear of Destiny and Theatre of Hate on the road in stripped-down form with vocals, guitar and cello from Sam Sansbury.


Stranglers - Rock City, Nottingham, 13/3/2017

Denzil Watson watches the Stranglers play a powerful set of their hits and also little known material at Rock City in Nottingham

Spear Of Destiny

Spear Of Destiny - Greystones, Sheffield, 14/10/2014

Denzil Watson watches 80's cult band Spear of Destiny play an explosive set at the Greystones in Sheffield to promote their latest album, '31'

Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg - Apollo, Manchester, 26/4/2012

Denzil Watson watches the reformed New Order, even without the presence of iconic bassist Peter Hook, play an ultimately magical set at the Apollo in Manchester

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg - Leadmill, Sheffield, 15/11/2011

Having already played one gig at an Occupy Sheffield demo earlier that day, Denzil Watson finds Billy Bragg to be on still fiery form at a show at the Sheffield Leadmill

Jessie J

Jessie J - Sheffield, Plug, 25/10/2011

Denzil Watson finds Magazine to be as relevant now as they were in their late 70's/early 80's heyday at show to promote their first album in twenty eight years, 'No Thyself', at the Plug in Sheffield

Young Knives

Young Knives - Venue, Derby, 25/10/2011

Denzil Watson enjoys eccentric former Mercury Music Prize nominees Young Knives' refreshingly unique brand of indie rock at a show at the Venue in Derby

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys - Don Valley, Sheffield, 10/6/2011

In the first of two home shows in Sheffield in two years, Denzil Watson watches local heroes the Arctic Monkeys play an explosive, yet playful set to promote their new 'Suck It and See' album