YOUNG T & BUGSEY interview – Evening Standard, 20 March 2020

“Our career so far has taught us to be patient,” says Doyin “Bugsey” Julius, the more talkative half of Nottingham’s foremost rap duo Young T & Bugsey. “Wait your turn. Don’t wait for ever – you still have to grab it – but our time will come.” Signed to a major label record deal four years ago, 2020 finally looks… Read more →

JOHN LEGEND, Instagram Live – Evening Standard, 18 March 2020

With concerts across the world cancelled for the forseeable, a temporary entertainment replacement is taking shape on Instagram. Planned in collaboration with the World Health Organization and activist group Global Citizen, the #TogetherAtHome series saw Coldplay’s Chris Martin messing around in his music room on Tuesday. Last night it was John Legend, with his model wife Chrissy Teigen (wearing a… Read more →

NOAH CYRUS interview – Evening Standard, 13 March 2020

I ask Noah Cyrus whether she considered, when launching her music career, the possibility of using just her first name, Adele-style, or choosing a different name altogether. “I came up with so many aliases. I think I wanted to wear a mask so I didn’t have to deal with my insecurities,” the 20-year-old admits. “But I’m very happy I didn’t… Read more →

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 11 March 2020

We suspend our disbelief all the time, of course. We happily believe that Robert De Niro is young in The Irishman, that New Zealand is Middle-earth, and that our cats love us. But how much artifice is too much? When Whitney Houston, who died in 2012, materialises centre-stage at the Apollo in hologram form, I’m partly glad she’s here again… Read more →

SIMON ARMITAGE/LYR interview – Evening Standard, 6 March 2020

“Poets have collaborated on libretti and hymns and lyrics for songwriters right back to the beginning, so it’s not unusual,” says Simon Armitage of his move to mix music with poetry, although starting a band, LYR, is particularly unsurprising behaviour for him. Surely the indie-est of poets with his floppy hair and loudly proclaimed obsessions with The Smiths and The… Read more →

BLOSSOMS, Lafayette – Evening Standard, 6 March 2020

London’s newest music venue, Lafayette, is box-fresh but designed to transport gig-goers to old-time New Orleans with its wooden ceilings, exposed brickwork and low-lit cocktail bar next door.   With a capacity of 600, it’s the kind of wide space where even if you’re at the back, you’re at the front. It just found room for Stockport indie band Blossoms,… Read more →

EDDIE “IRONGRAN” BROCKLESBY interview – Runner’s World, April 2020 issue

They call her Irongran, and although that triathlon suit does look a little like a superhero’s spandex, Edwina “Eddie” Brocklesby is not a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s a 76-year-old grandmother of four who has been demonstrating what’s possible for older athletes since she completed her first marathon at 53. In 2005 she ran the London Marathon… Read more →

JESSIE WARE interview – Evening Standard, 28 Feb 2020

“You just missed the Queen,” says Jessie Ware as she stands to greet me in the bar of the Soho Hotel. She means her mum, Lennie, who is becoming almost as well known as the singer since they started co-hosting a podcast, Table Manners, which has been so successful that next month it becomes a live tour and a cookbook.… Read more →

CARIBOU interview – Evening Standard, 21 Feb 2020

Dan Snaith, who makes electronic music as Caribou and also, sometimes, as Daphni, is telling me about the time he turned down Rihanna. It was 2015 and he was surfing on the success of his last Caribou album, Our Love, which had earned him his first trip to the UK top 10, a Grammy nomination and his second Juno award… Read more →

JUSTIN BIEBER – Changes album review – Evening Standard, 14 Feb 2020

Justin Bieber Changes (Def Jam) 2** It’s obvious on first listen why Justin Bieber’s fifth album is arriving on February 14. From the red sleeve to the heart-eyed lyrics throughout, if these 16 songs were any more loved up they would form part of the M&S Valentine’s Day Dine In meal deal. Bieber, 25, married model Hailey Baldwin in 2018.… Read more →