Category Gigs

Foals, Royal Albert Hall, 28 March 2013

It must be a daunting prospect, performing in a venue as grand, open and cavernous as the Royal Albert Hall. With the over 5,000-strong audience crammed against the walls in polite seating, it leaves a dark, blank vacuum between performer and people. Foals’ solution is to fill this gap with a storm: thundering instruments and […]

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Mens Adventures / Superfood / Blackeye / Sisters, Birthdays, 25 March 2013

You can’t get through a night at Birthdays without it being somebody’s birthday, and tonight it’s the turn of the singer/guitarist of Sisters. And he hasn’t picked a bad way to spend his birthday. Sisters’ sound constitutes a bit of a distortion attack. They are noisy, bass-heavy and rhythm-strong, but with high-pitched boy/girl duet vocals […]

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Psalms / Wild Swim, Queen of Hoxton, 27 February 2013

Radio 1 DJ Jen Long’s regular night at the Queen of Hoxton, Simply Rad, is generally pretty dependable for those seeking the hottest new bands, which means, if anything, expectations are extra high tonight. Wild Swim have certainly got their sound locked down. Their lead singer oozes confidence, throwing out every word loud, proud and […]

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The Bronx / Single Mothers / Axis Of, Underworld, 13 February 2013

There are some bands who can’t help but sound like the city that produced them; Joy Division drone like industrial Macclesfield, The Libertines shamble like noughties London and the Ramones, The Velvet Underground and countless others scream New York. Axis Of meanwhile take the big, rocky, grey, physical landscapes of Northern Ireland’s coast and channel […]

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Django Django, O2 Academy Brixton, 23 February 2013

After 12 months of frantic live activity, Django Django headlined the last night of the NME Awards Tour with a set that truly vindicated their status as one of the finest new bands in the UK. Django Django have cemented a truly glorious noise, revisiting elements from almost every popular musical genre of the last […]

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Gabriel Bruce, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 5 February 2013

It’s quite extraordinary just how interested people can be in the most boring of bands. On stage are three punks who appear to have travelled here in a time machine, all dressed in Doc Martens and tartan trousers, playing tedious almost-Sex Pistols cover songs with a frontman barking at the mic like he thinks he’s […]

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G R E A T W A V E S, Village Underground, 1 February 2013

There can be no more than 20 people here. In the dark tunnels beneath a railway bridge in Shoreditch that comprise Village Underground, G R E A T W A V E S are ready to be caught on film performing a short live set. It seems very few got the memo, but the emptiness […]

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