Tag: Brixton Academy

EDITORS, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 25 Oct 2018

Slow and steady seems to be doing the trick for Editors, who this year sent their sixth consecutive album into the UK top 10. In contrast to the boom and bust trajectory of so many indie rock bands, the Birmingham quintet have benefitted from having no single song that everyone knows, and no specific album on the list of things… Read more →

JORJA SMITH, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 18 Oct 2018

Here’s one good reason why it’s generally better to watch gigs in London: more musical mates. Jorja Smith’s UK tour, which has passed through the regions without incident, last night featured spirited cameos from female rapper Little Simz, Irish singer Maverick Sabre and, earning the biggest cheers of the night, Dizzee Rascal. It was, surprisingly, an inaugural onstage team-up for… Read more →

KASABIAN, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2018

In the middle of another summer of moving the masses at gigantic festival appearances, Leicester’s Kasabian dropped in on Brixton Academy for a little taste of the old days. Guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno spoke of watching DJ Shadow here as a young man and dreaming of standing on the famed stage. Of the many times he has stood on… Read more →

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 25 May 2018

I received a few startled replies when I asked if anyone fancied Cigarettes After Sex in Brixton with me this week. The Texas-formed, Brooklyn-based band have a saucy name that sticks out on those all-important Spotify playlists, and a smouldering, post-coital indie rock sound that suits it precisely. A self-titled debut album from last year has been a word of… Read more →

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 →