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Live Review: Alex G – Sheffield O2 13.11.15

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Words by Adrian Peel Photos by Maria Escobedo Though this was the last date of a Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott nationwide tour, the first inkling I got that Jacqui might not be appearing was when Billy Bragg (the second support act after Leicester’s Uncle Frank) mentioned Paul Heaton on a couple of occasions, which made me wonder, “Why is he saying …

The Feeling are back after a 5 year break and they’re starting their nights with a little bit of Canadian pop-rock courtesy of Altameda. This Americana style pop-rock 4 piece provide a lot of fun, upbeat tracks during their short time on stage and the head banging pianist is a unique addition to any band. …

It’s 10 to 8 on a cold Sunday night in November and there’s still a massive queue for the main room of the o2 Academy. First act of the night is Tommy LeFroy, a female duo with a hippy pop sound that make for a great start to the evening. After a less than impressive …

40 minutes before Paolo Nutini is due on stage and there is still a sizeable queue outside the o2 Academy in Birmingham. This is a sold out show and the main room is heaving with people trying to get wherever they possibly can to see the show. It’s been 5 years since Paolo has been …

Laura Misch starts the evening off and although you can sense her nerves on stage through her breathing, they don’t effect her voice at all. The crowd a silent – pin drop silent – and between the music filling the room and performance going on on stage, the support act feel more like an art …

This Wednesday night starts off on the right foot with Dude, My Dude & Eli Smart preparing us with some classic indie pop. Eli seems to have more of a rockier edge and alternates between giving both ‘The Feeling‘ & ‘The Beatles‘ vibes with a little of their own personality thrown in too. The o2 …

Cheers for Will Young fill Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as a spotlight lights a lone microphone in front of the burgundy curtains hiding the stage. A clip of his Pop Idol audition plays after an a cappella snippet of ‘Evergreen‘ and as the curtains pull back, we’re greeted by Will Young and his band; this is …

My pace quickens and acorns crunch underfoot. I’ve got the fear. Like the return of a recurring nightmare, I’m late for my lectures, again. October will always herald a new term, a new start and the anticipation of mind-expanding adventures – so welcome to the university of Hampstead aka HowTheLightGetsIn festival. My first lesson is: …

School was cruel. Blessed with an abundant record box of singles I had a passport to the parties but it came at a cost. Spending my paper-round money on vinyl but still clad in jumble sale garb didn’t go unnoticed by my mates, So a throwaway jibe about me being “square” stuck fast. To be …

Words by Adrian Peel Hailed by opening act Union J as “the greatest voice of our generation”, Christina Aguilera stopped off at the O2 as part of a short UK tour – her first since the pandemic – which was due to culminate with a headline appearance at Brighton Pride on Saturday, August 6th. Images of the sultry singer looking every inch the superstar …