Tag: Hackney Empire

ISAAC GRACIE, Hackney Empire – Evening Standard, 27 April 2018

Isaac Gracie’s claims of nerves – a pre-show beer to quell a panic attack, early delivery of a song called Terrified – would have rung a lot truer if he wasn’t dressed in a mostly unbuttoned tropical shirt, bright red flares and stack heels. Here was a man who intended to be looked at. The 23-year-old from Ealing must be… Read more →

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS, Hackney Empire – Evening Standard, 4 April 2016

While his Arctic Monkeys bandmate Matt Helders is off playing in Iggy Pop’s band, Alex Turner has retreated to the familiar embrace of his old friend Miles Kane and reignited their 2008 side project. Kane has so far proved something of a liability – in one of the duo’s most significant comeback interviews, the journalist spent half of her article… Read more →

FKA Twigs, Hackney Empire – Evening Standard, 9 Oct 2014

“This show contains haze and smoke,” warned a notice outside the theatre at the first major London show for FKA twigs. It could have been referring to her music, a bewitching electronic fug that sounds like sexually charged R&B in the time of Bladerunner. Despite her daring, awkward songs the singer, born Tahliah Barnett in Cheltenham, is racing towards mainstream… Read more →