Category: Profiles

PRINCE OBITUARY – Evening Standard, 22 April 2016

They stood in line along Camden High Street all day on February 5 2014. The chance to be among just 1,000 people watching Prince in the Electric Ballroom – for 10 pounds! – felt like the bargain of the century. When the lucky ones were finally granted entry for an 8pm show by the Minneapolis superstar and his heavy, new,… Read more →

DAVID BOWIE musical appreciation – Evening Standard, 11 Jan 2016

News of David Bowie’s death would have been less surprising during the decade-long silence between his 2003 album, Reality, and 2013’s The Next Day. Then, articles worrying about his health were regularly published. In 2011 the American psychedelic band The Flaming Lips even released a song entitled Is David Bowie Dying?   Lately, however, Bowie had seemed rejuvenated, following the… Read more →

Virtually Famous: IZZY BIZU – Evening Standard, 26 June 2015

Among the hopeful up-and-comers at Brighton’s Great Escape festival last month, Izzy Bizu stood out in one the city’s gritty venues like a glass of champagne in a kebab shop. Half English, half Ethiopian, the south Londoner has the looks of a supermodel and a slinky soul voice honed by long periods of Winehouse worship as well as Ella Fitzgerald… Read more →

JUSTIN BIEBER vs ONE DIRECTION – Evening Standard, 13 Nov 2015

Today is a historic day. Today the young women of the world scream as one, for today is the day that both Justin Bieber and One Direction release their latest albums. It’s Blur vs Oasis all over again, but with more tattoos and fancier hairdos.   As Bieber’s fourth, Purpose, and 1D’s fifth, Made in the AM, hit the shelves,… Read more →

ED SHEERAN IN NUMBERS – Evening Standard, 10 July 2015

Three is the magic number for Ed Sheeran this weekend. A hat trick of concerts in Wembley Stadium will be the triumphant culmination of years of hard gigging, and that isn’t even the end of a world tour that began in Japan in August last year. He’ll keep going til almost Christmas, with more stadiums to come in Ireland, the… Read more →

AMY WINEHOUSE’S CAMDEN – Evening Standard, 26 July 2011

The clocks have not stopped in Camden. Pool balls still clatter in the Good Mixer. Primal Scream’s hymn to good times all the time, Loaded, blares out of the Dublin Castle while another young indie band soundchecks loudly in the next room and dreams of a record deal. Amy Winehouse’s still-marvellous hit Rehab drifts from the doorway of Out on… Read more →

LONDON OUTDOOR GIG/FESTIVAL GUIDE 2015 – Evening Standard, 17 April 2015

Calling all lightweights! London must be the best place in the world to be someone who loves festivals but hates all the peripheral stuff: the dew, the dirt, the guy two tents down who brought an acoustic guitar. As the nights get longer it’s time to make plans to see some outdoor music right here, where there are the options… Read more →

UK FESTIVALS GUIDE 2015 – Evening Standard, 27 Feb 2015

Now the Brits are done and dusted it’s time to start thinking about the other massive events on music’s calendar. Glastonbury, anyone? Or indeed, Reading? And what about T in the Park? With most of the summer’s tent-based entertainment already announced and on sale, now’s a good time to start selecting your favourite field. You may choose based on the… Read more →

LAURA DOGGETT profile – Evening Standard, 9 Jan 2015

Her first ever song was written for a cancer charity while she was doing her GCSEs, and six years later she’s soundtracking a murder. Laura Doggett’s music doesn’t shy away from the dark side – her low, powerful voice suits the shadows. This week’s return of ITV’s hit murder mystery series, Broadchurch, has been using the Bath singer’s new single… Read more →

TOP 10 DJs PASSNOTES – Evening Standard, 7 Nov 2014

Calvin Harris is likely to knock Taylor Swift off the top spot in the albums chart on Sunday, with the follow-up to an album that produced more hit singles than Thriller. Then David Guetta reappears with a new album later this month, his last one having sold three million copies. Meanwhile, these two and their clubland peers are jetting all… Read more →