Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave At Pleasance One

Irish firebrand Camille O’Sullivan brought her inimitable Nick Cave tribute act to the cavernous Pleasance One at Pleasance Courtyard for Edinburgh Fringe Festival. O’Sullivan has forged a fine career as a musician, vocalist and actress, and this marriage with the works of the moody and introspective Cave is fascinating to watch. There is no doubting [...]

Live review: Bear’s Den at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 23/04/2019

Quiet but loud, seared with heartache but soaring with joy; west-London's Bear's Den thrive in the contrasts, the way they tackle sorrow with lilting positivity. Returning to their old neighbourhood for a two-date run at Shepherd's Bush Empire, it's clear Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones have plenty on their mind as they plough quickly through [...]

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, [...]

Live review: Hozier at Eventim Apollo 12/12/18

Back after a four-year break since his wildly popular, self-titled debut album, it is no surprise that Irish troubadour Hozier has somehow managed to sell out two nights at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo despite his recent lack of activity. The final two UK dates before embarking on four shows in his native Ireland, Andrew Hozier Byrne’s [...]

Review: Billie Marten and Isaac Gracie at EartH, 26/11/2018

Fast-rising star Isaac Gracie ended his latest UK tour at Hackney's Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH) with the sort of performance that suggests he could one day fill venues twice the size. It was strange seeing Billie Marten, still just 19, as the support act, such has been the traction she has gained over the past [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013 – The Debrief: Friday

Day two of Sŵn Festival 2013, for us not quite as intense or exciting as day one, but still a great day/night of fantastic music. Here's the second of four daily blogs about our Sŵn experiences, it's The Debrief. Our day started perhaps a little earlier than most people's, we met up with the guys at Quench Magazine on [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Friday’s Band

Band of the Day - Temples It's been a joyful ride. One month and eight days. Seventeen Band of the Day blogs. Seventeen bands on the Sŵn Festival line up that really captured our imagination and tantalised us with their incredible music. The best thing about it is that we have barely scratched the surface. If [...]

SŴN FESTIVAL 2013: Wednesday’s Band

Band of the Day - Annie Eve The time is almost upon us, there's just over a week left until Sŵn Festival 2013 begins and you have the chance to go and discover all this new music we've been talking about for the past month or so. Monday brought us the fantastic Sen Segur and today [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Wednesday’s Band

Band of the Day – Summer Ghost Now that summer is officially dead in the water it's only a matter of months before Christmas is upon us, which means that we are drawing ever nearer to the time of year when it's perfectly acceptable for me to watch The Muppets' Christmas Carol. Now, just as [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Friday’s Band.

Band of the Day - Trwbador: The third door on our Sŵn Festival advent calendar has been opened and behind it lie the electronic/folk stylings of West Wales natives 'Trwbador'. Securing a spot at the festival and gaining high praise from the likes of Q Magazine, Huw Stephens of Radio 1 and BBC Radio Wales [...]