New Music: Dinosaur Pile-Up – Round The Bend

As irreverent as the name suggests, Dinosaur Pile-Up have reconstituted the finest parts of early 00s punk rock with latest track 'Round The Bend', taken from upcoming album 'Celebrity Mansions'. Utterly anthemic in its super-sized chorus, the band leave nothing out there in sending up the best elements of the Sum 41 era. Fourth album [...]

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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, [...]

Review: Cuzco at Theatre 503 28/01/2019

A rarity in penetrating the rather inward-looking British theatre programme and even rarer still in translating from Spanish to English with such coherence and fluidity, Victor Sanchez Rodriguez's Cuzco offers a welcome signpost for foreign theatre on the English stage. Depicting the gradual deterioration of a couple's relationship on the Inca Trail, Rodriguez's script and [...]

Review: Open at Vault Festival, 26/01/2019

Produced by Full Diclosure Theatre, directed by Will Maynard and starring married couple Timothy Allsop and Christopher Adams, Open offers an intimate glimpse of modern relationships through the lens of two people living it. Completing a week-long run at London's hidden treasure Vault Festival, the enthralling two-handed play documents the pair's relationship from the first [...]

Review: Thomas at Vault Festival, 26/01/19

As with almost everything coming out of Vault Festival these days, Robbie Curran's heartfelt play 'Thomas' has a pivotal message to share. And, like almost everything coming out of Vault Festival these days, it shares that message in poignant yet understated fashion. Centred on Thomas, a young man with Aspergers syndrome played by Curran, and [...]