BTS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 10 Oct 2018

With just three letters and seven young members, BTS must be the biggest thing in music globally today. Already huge successes for several years in Japan, China and their native South Korea, this year they have achieved the impossible and converted Western audiences to hyperactive manufactured pop sung largely in Korean. BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts) were… Read more →

RAY BLK interview – Evening Standard, 28 Sept 2018

When Ray BLK was named the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2017 Poll in January last year, she was the first ever musician without a record deal to top the reliable list of future stars that had previously included Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding. There was plenty of buzz on which the Catford R&B singer, now 25, could… Read more →

OCTAVIAN, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 28 Sept 2018

The last time I saw a queue snaking this far down Camden High Street, Prince was playing at the Electric Ballroom. Octavian, who is not one of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children but a France-born, south London-raised rapper also known as Oliver Godji, first had to upgrade this show from the smaller Village Underground venue, then come on half an hour late… Read more →

BIFFY CLYRO, Royal Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 25 Sept 2018

After seven albums and 23 years together, Biffy Clyro have earned a nice sit down. Last year the Scottish rock trio filmed an acoustic concert for the revived MTV Unplugged series, inspired by the 1993 Nirvana appearance that was a childhood obsession. Now they have taken their chairs on the road to give more fans the chance to see them… Read more →

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING interview – Evening Standard, 21 Sept 2018

When I meet Everything Everything on the eve of their appearance at last night’s Mercury Prize ceremony, the band are unanimous on one thing: they’re not going to win.   “I’m going with the bookies and saying it’s going to be Nadine [Shah],” says singer Jonathan Higgs, shortly after arriving in London from his Manchester home for the event’s rehearsal.… Read more →

TASH SULTANA interview – Evening Standard, 14 Sept 2018

“I’m just taking the piss really. Seeing how far I can take this.”   That’s one way to put Tash Sultana’s remarkable rise. The 23-year-old from Melbourne recently became the first artist ever to sell out three nights at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy before releasing a debut album. She’s just put an even bigger London show on sale for 10,400,… Read more →

JUNGLE interview – Evening Standard, 7 Sept 2018

When Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland began writing their debut album as Jungle five years ago, they were two studio hounds, deprived of windows, sunshine and fresh air, creating sounds to match the worlds they imagined. To play their early song The Heat, they pictured themselves in a nightclub beside a foreign beach, blocking out the unspectacular reality of a… Read more →

ALICE MERTON & TOM ODELL interview – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2018

Who sings your favourite male/female duet? Sonny and Cher? Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl? Renee and Renato? It’s a special sub-genre where a song becomes a conversation, where the right two voices can unite to create something greater than the sum of its parts.   London-based singer-songwriter Tom Odell and German-born newcomer Alice Merton are the latest pair to share… Read more →

KASABIAN, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2018

In the middle of another summer of moving the masses at gigantic festival appearances, Leicester’s Kasabian dropped in on Brixton Academy for a little taste of the old days. Guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno spoke of watching DJ Shadow here as a young man and dreaming of standing on the famed stage. Of the many times he has stood on… Read more →

BRUCE TULLOH profile – Runner’s World, Sept 2018 issue

“Our main hope here, the barefooted lightweight wonder, Bruce Tulloh,” the Pathé news reporter says in delightfully plummy tones, over black-and-white shots of the British athlete’s victory in the 1962 European Championship 5,000 metres in Belgrade. “That frail form conceals a lot of strength.”   Tulloh, at under 5’8, close to 8 stone and gently spoken, could have been a… Read more →