MADISON BEER interview – Evening Standard, 23 March 2018

It’s obvious why Madison Beer has picked her particular life goal: “I always said that I want to sell out Madison Square Garden before I turn 21,” she tells me. If only the 19-year-old New Yorker had been christened “Islington” she could have ticked off a more manageable namesake gig this weekend, when she arrives at the north London Academy… 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 →

H.E.R. interview – Evening Standard, 16 March 2018

I’m a little worried that my interview with H.E.R. is going to have to be conducted behind a screen, like a protected witness in court, or using the voice of an actor, like Gerry Adams in the late Eighties.   Actually, I’m surprised that we’re meeting at all. The Californian R&B singer wants to keep her true identity a secret,… Read more →

UK FESTIVAL GUIDE 2018 – Evening Standard, 9 March 2018

Glastonbury is having a year off in 2018. Better spend the summer on a Netflix deep dive and keep the jester hat in the loft for another 12 months right? Wrong! Did you know that a host of music festivals that aren’t called Glastonbury have been going on this whole time, and we haven’t even noticed? Here’s a selection of… 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 →

PALE WAVES interview – Evening Standard, 2 March 2018

Arriving in the bar of the Oxford venue where Pale Waves are due to perform later, I walk straight past singer Heather Baron-Gracie. She’s sitting on a sofa with a glass of white wine, talking to some young folk who look like fans of the band. With her pale face, black hair and panda eyes, I assume she must be… Read more →

STEFFLON DON interview – Evening Standard, 23 Feb 2018

Stefflon Don has brought her mum to the interview. Ordinarily that would be a little unusual but fine, an excuse for a bit of cosy background chat about what the 26-year-old rapper was like as a little girl. However, in this case I’m a bit unnerved.   “Diss my mother then your skin start bleed/So don’t bother mess with my… Read more →

BRIT AWARDS 2018 commentary – Evening Standard, 22 Feb 2018

It was worth watching the BRIT Awards all the way to the end – traditionally the point when the Lifetime Achievement winner is trudging into their ninth song – to see, instead, Stormzy demonstrating why he more than deserved his status as man of the night. First seen on the BRITs stage as part of Kanye West’s backing crew in… 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 →

JAMES BAY interview – Evening Standard, 16 Feb 2018

It’s three in the afternoon in a terraced house in Mile End and I’m in bed with James Bay. Sorry ladies, if you’d spent a whole year at Journalism school like me maybe it could have been you, but I’m the one with the qualifications here.   The singer-songwriter from Hitchin has spent the morning having his picture taken in… Read more →