Category: Profiles

WHITE RIOT/ROCK AGAINST RACISM documentary – Evening Standard, 18 Sept 2020

“This ain’t no Woodstock – this is the carnival against the fucking Nazis!” That was Rock Against Racism co-founder and carnival compere Red Saunders’ blunt summation of the huge outdoor concert that took place in Victoria Park on April 30 1978. On that day around 80,000 people marched from Trafalgar Square to Hackney to demonstrate their opposition to the rise… Read more →

KANYE WEST/DONDA profile – Evening Standard, 24 July 2020

In the run-up to the release of a new album, it’s standard practice for musicians to make as many public appearances as possible, give interviews to the press and use social media to excess. Up to now, that hasn’t included holding an impromptu rally as a potential Presidential candidate, telling a business magazine that a coronavirus vaccine would be “the… Read more →

EEL PIE ISLAND documentary preview – Evening Standard, 27 March 2020

While we can’t watch any live music in person at the moment, at least we can hear about it. Friday nights on BBC Four have long been the place for pop nostalgia, with music documentaries airing after vintage episodes of Top of the Pops. And nostalgia’s what we all need right now, sitting at home dreaming of packed dancefloors and… Read more →

GUEST SINGERS – Evening Standard, 12 July 2019

Ed Sheeran’s latest album, out today, proves that the two most important letters in pop today are “ft”. His No. 6 Collaborations Project contains 22 guest stars across 15 tracks – pop music’s Avengers: Endgame. Meanwhile, the top three singles in the UK this week are credited to Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran ft.… 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 →

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 →