Tag: Albert Hall

ALT-J, Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 30 Oct 2018

Alt-J tried out some innovative speaker technology as their latest tour drew to a close, but the ears took second place after the eyes during an extraordinary light show. The art rock trio’s two Albert Hall gigs were the UK’s first chance to experience “L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound” – speakers placed right around this circular venue, which literally caused heads… Read more →

BIFFY CLYRO, Royal Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 25 Sept 2018

After seven albums and 23 years together, Biffy Clyro have earned a nice sit down. Last year the Scottish rock trio filmed an acoustic concert for the revived MTV Unplugged series, inspired by the 1993 Nirvana appearance that was a childhood obsession. Now they have taken their chairs on the road to give more fans the chance to see them… Read more →

ARCTIC MONKEYS, Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 8 June 2018

Arctic Monkeys chose a suitably chintzy venue for the UK debut of their new lounge lizard personas. The bearded flamboyance of the Sheffield band’s latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, has divided fans, a piano-led concoction containing nothing for the lager-chuckers to bellow along to, but also featuring frontman Alex Turner’s most fascinating lyrical excursions. While too many working… Read more →

KRAFTWERK, Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 22 June 2017

  While many heritage acts can get away with carting out the old favourites without really trying, there are few more carefully curated legacies than Kraftwerk’s. Theirs is a precious catalogue, responsible for the subsequent arrival of everything from the most minimal techno to today’s EDM eruptions and the digitally altered vocals on almost every current pop single. On their… Read more →

KACEY MUSGRAVES, Royal Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 19 Nov 2015

Kacey Musgraves has charm. Not many singers could persuade their all-male, heavily bearded backing band to roll up at the Albert Hall in pink suits covered in fairy lights. In her matching party dress and cowgirl boots, the 27-year-old singer looked like she usually gets her way. A polite crowd also tolerated her being half an hour late to the… Read more →

COLDPLAY, Royal Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 2 July 2014

The release of Coldplay’s most subdued album is accompanied by the band’s most intimate shows in some time this week. They appeared in the round, with a surprising lack of security between them and ecstatic, constantly filming fans, Chris Martin’s back endlessly patted as he roamed among those who still love him unconditionally.   He and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their… Read more →

THE CURE, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 31 March 2014

Even at £100 for a ticket, no Cure fan could have felt short-changed by the band’s heroic three-and-a-half hour set for Teenage Cancer Trust this weekend. I needed a sports massage and a recovery shake after 45 songs by Robert Smith and his current cohorts. Lipstick-slathered with hedge-backwards hair as ever, Smith continues to look like the world’s most disappointing… Read more →

PAOLO NUTINI, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 27 March 2014

After Ed Sheeran opened this year’s season of gigs for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Albert Hall, Paolo Nutini was the second scruffy troubadour with a new album on the way. That meant a barrowload of previously unheard songs, which can be a privilege or a chore depending on the balance. The Scots-Italian’s crime was a double one too, for… Read more →


A specialist music festival is best when it takes the broadest possible approach to its subject. So it was a thrill to see Robert Plant taking the blues back to Africa and then to outer space with an extraordinary backing band from Bristol, Liverpool and Gambia. Limiting itself to one venue now, this year’s Bluesfest has packed an impressive number… Read more →

ERIC CLAPTON, Royal Albert Hall – Evening Standard, 20 May 2013

As he celebrates 50 years as a performer, Eric Clapton could be excused for becoming rather set in his ways. Every two years, at the exact same time in May, he’s back in the Albert Hall. The number of shows varies, at least. This time it’s seven. He’s ostensibly promoting a new album, though he barely grazed it this evening,… Read more →