Live review: Keston Cobblers’ Club at Islington Assembly Hall, 12/10/2019

Now four albums and ten years old, ultra-folksy quintet Keston Cobblers Club brought their eight-date UK anniversary tour to a close at London’s Islington Assembly Hall to a rather fervent crowd numbering around the 1,000 mark. There is plenty of self-indulgence from the Cobblers throughout, but it is hard to begrudge them a second of [...]

Preview: Ones to Watch at Bushstock Festival, 15/06/19

Quick as a flash, the festival season is back upon us. Away from the tents and temporary toilets and tipis is a festival that has, for ten years now, brought a host of stunning artists to London's W12. Topping the bill at Bushstock this year is Matt Corby, Nova Amor and Gang of Youths, but [...]

Preview: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 – Music

Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August. With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year's selection. For 2019, we are taking a slightly different tack and will be looking [...]

Live review: Manic Street Preachers at Shepherd’s Bush O2, 17/05/19

Twenty years on from their landmark 'This Is My truth, Tell Me Yours', Manic Street Preachers have opted for another anniversary tour in celebration of the triple platinum seller. While it had a transformational effect on the band and propelled them to the highest echelons of British music, it's never easy to judge how it [...]

Review: Ben Howard at O2 Academy Brixton, 18/01/19

It's a tricky relationship to manage, that one between artist and audience during a live performance. Some refer to an unwritten code, that in return for the performer giving it their best, the crowd will respond in kind; cheer when required, silent when needed. But live music rarely cares for such intricate rules and guidelines, [...]

Multi-award winning violinist Sarah Chang to play one-off show at Cadogan Hall

Former child prodigy Sarah Chang will return to the UK for one show only at London's Cadogan Hall on February 13. The Juilliard-trained musician has performed with Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Montreal Symphony and many others in her native USA. Her performances have also taken across the world, including a 2002 [...]