EDDIE “IRONGRAN” BROCKLESBY interview – Runner’s World, April 2020 issue

They call her Irongran, and although that triathlon suit does look a little like a superhero’s spandex, Edwina “Eddie” Brocklesby is not a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s a 76-year-old grandmother of four who has been demonstrating what’s possible for older athletes since she completed her first marathon at 53. In 2005 she ran the London Marathon… Read more →

JESSIE WARE interview – Evening Standard, 28 Feb 2020

“You just missed the Queen,” says Jessie Ware as she stands to greet me in the bar of the Soho Hotel. She means her mum, Lennie, who is becoming almost as well known as the singer since they started co-hosting a podcast, Table Manners, which has been so successful that next month it becomes a live tour and a cookbook.… Read more →

CARIBOU interview – Evening Standard, 21 Feb 2020

Dan Snaith, who makes electronic music as Caribou and also, sometimes, as Daphni, is telling me about the time he turned down Rihanna. It was 2015 and he was surfing on the success of his last Caribou album, Our Love, which had earned him his first trip to the UK top 10, a Grammy nomination and his second Juno award… Read more →

JUSTIN BIEBER – Changes album review – Evening Standard, 14 Feb 2020

Justin Bieber Changes (Def Jam) 2** It’s obvious on first listen why Justin Bieber’s fifth album is arriving on February 14. From the red sleeve to the heart-eyed lyrics throughout, if these 16 songs were any more loved up they would form part of the M&S Valentine’s Day Dine In meal deal. Bieber, 25, married model Hailey Baldwin in 2018.… Read more →

AGNES OBEL interview – Evening Standard, 14 Feb 2020

Agnes Obel has suffered a bump to the head. A thick white plaster sits near the Danish musician’s left eyebrow, which she forgets about at one point, accidentally touches, and winces. She doesn’t say how she did it, but after a while in her company it’s easy to believe that a major jolt occurred when she finally emerged from her… Read more →

BILLIE EILISH – No Time to Die Bond Theme review – Evening Standard, 14 Feb 2020

The new James Bond theme was unveiled last night: No Time to Die by Billie Eilish, destined for the opening sequence of the film of the same name in April. The Californian follows Sam Smith, Adele, Jack White with Alicia Keys, and Chris Cornell in providing the music for Daniel Craig’s spell playing the philandering martini enthusiast.   Securing the… Read more →

MABEL, Eventim Apollo – Evening Standard, 13 Feb 2020

Mabel McVey has had a long run-up for this, having released her first song in 2015 and been tipped by music industry tastemakers for stardom in 2016. Although it was her older sister Tyson who appeared on Top of the Pops in 1988, inside their heavily pregnant mother Neneh Cherry, you could well say that Mabel was born for it… Read more →

YUNGBLUD, Camden Assembly – Evening Standard, 11 Feb 2020

There are plenty of opportunities to see Dominic “Yungblud” Harrison in the coming months – the newcomer from Doncaster has got Brixton Academy and five nights at the Forum in his packed diary – but this tiny charity show was the only chance to be soaked by his water bottle and feel like he might single you out personally for… Read more →

NATHANIEL RATELIFF interview – Evening Standard, 7 Feb 2020

At the memorial service for Richard Swift, the musician and producer who died in 2018, aged 41, from complications related to alcohol abuse, a friend approached Nathaniel Rateliff. “We can’t do this for you too,” the friend said. “It wasn’t meant in a mean way. It was meant in a loving way,” Rateliff, also 41, explains. He and Swift were… Read more →

LAUV interview – Evening Standard, 31 Jan 2020

I don’t usually get a hug at the start of an interview – sometimes at the end, if I haven’t said anything too offensive. Ari Leff pulls my outstretched hand into a big one as soon as I enter the room. It would have been even nicer if he’d still been wearing his coat, a large bundle of bright purple… Read more →