New Music: Josienne Clarke – Things I Didn’t Need

There's much to enjoy about Josienne Clarke's latest solo release, a haunting and mesmeric three-track offering that can only enhance the reputation of one of the brightest lights on the British folk scene. Released on Rough Trade, Things I Didn't Need has a wintry, melancholic feel. The title track sees Clarke strip it all back, [...]

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Review: George Ezra at The O2 20/02/19

From the living room set-up to Greg James' pre-recorded introduction and the endless string of hits, there was something very familiar about George Ezra's 90-minute performance at London's O2 Arena. By all measures a runaway success after three acclaimed albums, 25-year-old Ezra is gradually mastering the sort of homely, fuzzy-pop that will guarantee a lifetime [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]