Tag Archives: Sophie Armour

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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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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Shiny Darkly / Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band, Old Blue Last, 29 January 2013

With no introduction, a tall, slim, bespectacled man – a sort of blonde version of Darren Hayman – steps onto the stage at the Old Blue Last. He announces he and his bandmates are the long-windedly named Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band, all the way from Copenhagen, before they dive into an impressive set […]

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The Caulfield Beats, The Wreck, 17 January 2013

The ARAF Collective have set themselves the noble task of putting on free nights for bands and artists who are struggling financially. This evening at The Wreck in Camberwell is their first ever event, but you wouldn’t know it. The tiny upstairs room above this South London pub is surprisingly rammed for headliners, The Caulfield […]

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South London Soul Train, Bussey Building, 5 January 2013

Down an alleyway, through a courtyard, up two flights of stairs in Peckham is a space in an old warehouse where people come from far and wide to blow off steam. Tonight the promise of soul has brought everyone, from art school hipsters and local Rastafarians to middle class mums who heard of the place […]

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A retrospective festival circuit

“John Peel to have new music festival named in his honour,” spouts Guardian Music today as yet another temple is erected to the hallowed memory of music’s saviour. Worship this time takes the form of a shiny new festival (because it’s not like the music festival market is so saturated that several large events have […]

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