Tag: Evening Standard

ANNA CALVI interview – Evening Standard, 15 June 2018

It was in April that everything first turned red for Anna Calvi. The south London singer-guitarist saturated every new image on her Instagram page with the colour: bodies, her own face, models of ambiguous gender. Then, last week, she revealed that the title of her third album would be Hunter, unveiled a bright, loud new single called Don’t Beat the… Read more →

KATY PERRY, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 15 June 2018

An international pop superstar could struggle to stand out in the crowd in London this month. June is positively awash with divas round here, with Shakira, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Camila Cabello all dropping in, plus Ed Sheeran bringing even more crowds and slightly less glamour. All of which meant that Katy Perry, on a mere pair of… Read more →

SHAKIRA, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 12 June 2018

The night after Demi Lovato cancelled her O2 Arena show at the last minute due to injured vocal cords, Shakira arrived on the same stage to show her what’s hopefully in store. The Colombian star, 41, faced a bleak musical future after a vocal haemorrhage caused her to postpone this tour. Seven months later she was back and in fine… Read more →

TOVE STYRKE interview – Evening Standard, 8 June 2018

Among Tove Styrke’s victories this year – invites to tour North America supporting Lorde and Europe with Katy Perry, and the release of a third album that is her best by some distance – the Swedish singer also experienced her most embarrassing moment as a musician.   “On the first night of the Lorde tour, I sang with no music… 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 →

LIONEL RICHIE, Hampton Court Palace – Evening Standard, 6 June 2018

Ever since his ecstatically received set in the Sunday Afternooon Legends Slot at Glastonbury in 2015, Lionel Richie has been on an apparent lap of honour. With more than enough hits for an enjoyable if predictable 90 minutes, the 68-year-old hasn’t needed to release any new music since 2009, and it’s not just gig bookings that keep rolling in –… Read more →

THE XX interview – Evening Standard, 25 May 2018

It’s a few days before the Royal Wedding and the gates of Buckingham Palace are surrounded by scaffolding. Yards away, members of the public queue to meet quiz show host Alexander Armstrong. Meanwhile, all anyone wants to talk about is Star Wars.   I’m at Elstree Studios, currently home to Netflix series The Crown and BBC television’s Pointless, where the… 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 →

THE ROLLING STONES, London Stadium – Evening Standard, 23 May 2018

  At a time when a farewell tour would be easy to announce and simply putting their collective feet up would be even easier, there’s satisfaction in seeing The Rolling Stones speeding onwards with no sign of a brake pedal. A strutting, peacocking advert for the joys of working beyond retirement age, the heavily furrowed septuagenarians were as entertaining as… Read more →

ALMA interview – Evening Standard, 18 May 2018

When you’re a singer from a country that hasn’t produced a major pop star before, the normal rules don’t apply. Alma-Sofia Miettinen, who trades as Alma, lives in Helsinki with her parents and is both visually and geographically a very long way from mainstream pop’s glossy perfectionism.   “I never had dreams of being Katy Perry. That’s unreachable for me.… Read more →