Tag: Brixton Academy

DUA LIPA, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 7 Nov 2017

“I’ve got new rules, I count ‘em,” Dua Lipa sang on this evening’s encore – her first number one single, New Rules. It’s a song about how to behave around your ex, but could also be about the London performer’s approach to being the biggest homegrown pop star of the year. No costume changes or confetti explosions for this 22-year-old… Read more →

THE XX, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 9 March 2017

  As if a seven night stint at one of London’s largest venues wasn’t impressive enough, The xx’s hometown comeback could also stake a claim to be the first music festival of the season. Night + Day is an impeccably curated week of shows that includes different support acts every evening, club nights and cinema screenings elsewhere, a radio show… Read more →

PIXIES, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2016

Many years distant from their heyday, Boston’s Pixies are doing their best to remain a going concern against the odds. First there was the departure in 2013 of bassist and founder member Kim Deal, long the soft-voiced antagonist to Black Francis’s centre-stage screamer, having already left the band once to play with The Breeders 20 years earlier. More recently, the… Read more →

THE 1975, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 7 March 2016

On the day that they knocked Adele off the top of the albums chart, The 1975 had Brixton Academy block-booked like an oligarch marking a big birthday. Five nights here is unusual, an indication that the Macclesfield band are already popular enough for arenas but are shying away, presumably saving an inevitable O2 announcement for later this year. Or perhaps… Read more →

MASSIVE ATTACK, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 4 Feb 2016

Since their 1998 album Mezzanine especially, Massive Attack have specialised in a kind of creeping dread, offering pre- then post-Millennial tension on songs that groan and clank and occasionally rise up to real beauty. More recently their concerts have also served as a mood-wrecking global news ticker, thanks to a dizzying LED lightshow by United Visual Artists. Getting a barrage… Read more →

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 11 May 2015

Anyone frustrated by Friday’s election result would have found a satisfactory outlet in the Super Furry Animals’ traditional set closer. The Man Don’t Give a Fuck, a song with more F-words than a Scorcese film, was a fulfilling angry howl concluding a much quieter anniversary celebration. The band were back after six years of side projects to mark 15 years… Read more →

JESSIE WARE, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 30 Jan 2015

Wearing all black and what appeared to be a cape, Jessie Ware was understandably feeling like a superhero last night. Newly married and nominated for British Female at the BRITs for the second time, the Brixton girl was on stage for the first of two major homecoming shows. “I was more chilled on the wedding day than I am tonight,”… Read more →

BLINK 182, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 7 Aug 2014

Reading Festival “warm-up” was right. It was unbearably hot in Brixton Academy, while the long-running American pop-punk band who aren’t Green Day prepared for their festival headline slot at the end of this month. Hard-rocking Reading has always held a torch for this frenetic, goofy sound even when its fortunes have waned, though there is renewed interest right now thanks… Read more →

JANELLE MONAE, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 12 May 2014

What is Janelle Monae doing in the Brixton Academy, home of the reasonably popular indie band, when the woman is so plainly a superstar? The talent wattage emanating from the stage was blinding from the moment the Atlanta-based soul singer did her first shimmy. A white-coated roadie doubled as a mock doctor, trying to make her leave while she jitterbugged, crowdsurfed… Read more →

NME AWARDS TOUR, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 28 March 2014

The NME’s annual four-band tour is a useful way of taking the temperature of alternative music. Past line-ups have exposed future giants (Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Florence Welch have all served) but the music mag’s tastemakers don’t always select a bumper crop. This year wasn’t a vintage one, with a bill topped by a big act on the fade —… Read more →