Category: Festivals

ED SHEERAN, iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 30 Sept 2014

As this year’s iTunes Festival draws to a close with just Placido Domingo to go, sticking out like a ginger student in this month of stars was pop’s biggest anti-hero, Ed Sheeran. The hard-gigging singer who broke through with The A Team is now A-list and on the surface he hasn’t changed – same scuffed look, still playing solo with… Read more →

MAROON 5, iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 12 Sept 2014

It has been interesting to watch the progression of Maroon 5 from lightweight Red Hot Chili Peppers-aping funkateers to the kind of band towards which people hold up signs saying: “Adam, can I lick you?” “No, you cannot lick me,” replied Adam Levine, sometime Sexiest Man Alive according to People magazine. But bearded and dressed down, he had good reason… Read more →

LOVEBOX FESTIVAL, Victoria Park – Evening Standard, 21 July 2014

It has been a summer of tinkering for London’s music festivals, with Wireless and Calling moving to different parks, Field Day expanding to two days and Lovebox shrinking to the same number. At the latter, two days was enough for it to feel rammed with tempting musical options, and people. Scuffles at the gate kept security and police busy and… Read more →

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL review – Evening Standard, 30 June 2014

Once again, Glastonbury was such a challenge that it felt like attendees should have been asking for sponsorship, but the rewards for the committed were immeasurable. It was a weekend of extremes, from Dolly Parton to Metallica, sunburn to mudbaths.. Rain did not dominate as it had threatened to, but there was enough to cut Rudimental short and delay a… Read more →

FIELD DAY FESTIVAL/PIXIES, Victoria Park – Evening Standard, 9 June 2014

This year Field Day expanded to comprise two days in a field, a balmy opportunity for people in cooler T-shirts than you to acquire an overview of the hippest bands of the moment, and sunburn. It was a strangely imbalanced pairing, with twice as many bands and stages on offer on the Saturday. This may have reflected the current skew… Read more →

UK FESTIVALS GUIDE 2014 – Evening Standard, 25 April 2014

Who’s up for a festival then? The first of the season, Wychwood, is upon us in just over a month and after that there’ll be somewhere pretty much every weekend where you can wear wellies and be drunk near a band. While Glastonbury may feel increasingly like Eton, in that you have to put your name down for a ticket… Read more →


Better get the jester hat out of the loft now — festival season will be upon us before you know it. It’s the bands I feel sorry for. As the calendar grows across the world, it’s now possible to slog from one indistinguishable car park to another every weekend from Easter to autumn. I’ve seen them, wild-eyed in the backstage… Read more →


The London Film Festival is sounding good as well as looking good this year, with a strand of 10 music documentaries that can take cinemagoers on a journey from Italian opera to Egyptian electro. The must-see must be The Punk Singer, a biopic from first-time director Sini Anderson following Bikini Kill bandleader and chief Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna. As movie… Read more →

CAMP BESTIVAL – Evening Standard, 5 Aug 2013

Camp Bestival is a topsy-turvy world in many ways, where you can stroll easily to the front row at 10pm but Mr Tumble causes a roadblock first thing. It’s precocious Lola to Bestival’s cooler Charlie, the six-year-old sister of DJ Rob Da Bank’s original event on the Isle of Wight. It’s also the pinnacle of the boutique festival concept in… Read more →

ONE-DAY MUSIC FESTIVALS – Evening Standard, 15 March 2013

Don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of the extent to which being a live music fan involves buying a tent, putting up a tent and actually sleeping in a tent. On the ground. Almost inevitably adjacent to an insomniac who has packed an acoustic guitar. I’ve already been bewitched at Glastonbury, trampled at Reading and blinded by branding… Read more →