Category: Live reviews

SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES, Barcombe, East Sussex – Evening Standard, 14 May 2018

I am walking in deep darkness through Sussex woodland, part of a shoulder-holding chain of about 25 other audience members, to attempt to hear a singer who’s going to come on very late and may not show up at all. No, not Pete Doherty – Luscinia megarhynchos, the nightingale, who’s just back from Africa and noisily looking for a girlfriend… Read more →

AURORA interview – Evening Standard, 4 May 2018

Aurora Aksnes has just returned to Norway after a trip to perform at Coachella, the huge music festival in the Californian desert. I’ve rarely met someone so happy to be home. The singer-songwriter, who performs under her first name, didn’t like all the dust, which hurt her eyes, and worried for the plants, which looked so dry. Here in Bergen,… Read more →

ISAAC GRACIE, Hackney Empire – Evening Standard, 27 April 2018

Isaac Gracie’s claims of nerves – a pre-show beer to quell a panic attack, early delivery of a song called Terrified – would have rung a lot truer if he wasn’t dressed in a mostly unbuttoned tropical shirt, bright red flares and stack heels. Here was a man who intended to be looked at. The 23-year-old from Ealing must be… Read more →

NASHVILLE IN CONCERT, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 23 April 2018

While The Greatest Showman’s soundtrack is spending longer topping the charts than the film spent in the cinema, the stars of the TV series Nashville put on a show that suggested that they too could live on as singers more than actors. “We film 10 months out of the year and then they let us out of our cages,” said… Read more →

IAMDDB, Koko – Evening Standard, 20 April 2018

It’s still early days for Diana DeBrito, the Manchester R&B artist who takes her stage name from her initials and repeats it in many of her songs. She’s at that slightly awkward stage where she has enough buzz and adoration to put on a sizeable show, but not enough experience to behave as though she belongs there. On the back… Read more →

JACK WHITE, The Garage – Evening Standard, 29 March 2018

Perhaps not since Prince’s guerilla gigs in 2014 have such lengthy queues formed in hope of seeing a big musician in a small room. In addition to this evening’s launch of his third solo album in the 600-capacity Garage, a last minute afternoon pub gig near London Bridge sent London Jack White crazy yesterday. Also like Prince, these days you… Read more →

LILY ALLEN, The Dome – Evening Standard, 22 March 2018

It would be easy to think that Lily Allen’s job is shooting down trolls on Twitter, but she’s actually a singer-songwriter, saddling up to release her fourth album in June. She returned to a small hometown stage last night after a spell in which she’s mostly been in the news for the demise of her marriage, speaking out about the… Read more →

TOM MISCH, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 9 March 2018

Despite the giant silhouettes of his face framing the Roundhouse stage, Tom Misch has managed an impressive rise while remaining remarkably anonymous. Still a month away from releasing his debut album, the south London guitarist has sold out two nights at the Roundhouse this week and played a prestigious outdoor show at Somerset House last summer. We can credit a… Read more →

ED SHEERAN, War Child BRITs Week, Indigo at the O2 – Evening Standard, 20 Feb 2018

This charity warm-up for tomorrow’s BRIT Awards was Ed Sheeran’s first gig in around three months. He’s been off the stage but he’s still been busy: turning 27, getting engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, picking up an MBE and a ninth platinum disc for his ÷ album. His third album has been so popular across the world that the… Read more →

SUPERORGANISM, BILLIE EILISH, Jazz Cafe – Evening Standard, 16 Feb 2018

In a sad week it felt good to be at a concert whose theme seemed to be the triumph of youth. DJ Annie Mac’s AMP Sounds series of London shows, going on in Camden throughout February, here brought together two acts who really ought to have been in bed earlier on a school night. Billie Eilish, just turned 16, was… Read more →