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Live Review: Moncrieff / The Quiet Man – Academy, Dublin 23.04.2022

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Live Review: Ride – O2 Ritz, Manchester 28.04.2022

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Live review: Squid, Falmouth, May 18th: who finer to bring us back to the live experience?

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Not so long ago, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was coming to us solely on video from his home studio. Remember the days when we were trying to keep each other sane from a distance? Gibbard spent over a year online, posting numerous solo performances and like many artists, provided us with some solace …

Another visit to the ever-brilliant venue, Base Camp, and its new gig room. The place had changed since my last visit with a properly raised stage and a tweak to the lighting. They have created a nice intimate noise pit. Set for a busy night with four bands on the list two of which were …

Pixies were the band tasked with finishing off this years run of music at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens.The gardens/park are almost completely surrounded by buildings and only a short walking distance from Dublin City Centre and being surrounded as it is makes it a perfect sound trap as was proven throughout the evening. One of the …

Tonight saw Kenny Hoopla perform to a sold out crowd in Manchester as part of his rescheduled Survivors Guilt UK Tour. Anyone who has managed to catch Kenny live will know that his shows never disappoint – from the back flips to the crowd surfing, it is non stop from start to finish and his …

James Blunt played the Live at the Iveagh Gardens series on Sunday the 10th of July with support from Toucan. He was greeted by soaring temperatures in the Iveagh Gardens on a beautiful sunny Sunday in Dublin. Toucan provided the support on the night laying down some lovely jazzy rock tracks that included electric guitars, …

The Third in the Blumer’s Secret Orchard shows took place on a beautiful summers evening after another days racing. This time it was Imelda May who entertained the crowds late into the evening at Leopardstown Racecourse located below the Dublin Mountains which was then followed by DJArriving on stage at 8.40pm and playing a selection …

In the depths of a long, cold, Christchurch winter (and even longer pandemic), The Black Seeds arrived at the University of Canterbury’s Ngaio Marsh Theatre for a long-awaited album release and the opportunity for fans to connect, warm up and get their groove on. The challenges of making this show happen were significant, with three …

Birmingham’s Supersonic, that compact but perfectly realised gathering which The Quietus have designated ‘the mother of British underground festivals’, returned live to central Brum last weekend after a two year COVID hiatus and, judging by the final day, readily reclaimed its deserved touchstone status. Revered but relatively conspicuous in the festival furore, Supersonic is not …

Photos by Olivia Kenny Primal Scream stunned many when they announced the latest incarnation of Screamadelica Live, a series of live dates that sees the Scottish band playing the seminal album in full and saw them close out the Sounds of the City event at Castlefield Bowl. Formed in Glasgow in 1982 the band began …