Tag: Roundhouse

DIDO, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 31 May 2019

While Dido albums haven’t exactly come along like buses over the years, it’s in concert that the singer has really become a rare sighting. Currently on her first world tour in 15 years, it seems a very long time since her tasteful balladry was as ubiquitous as Adele’s and Ed Sheeran’s have been since.   Sales for her recent fifth… Read more →

CIRCA WAVES, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 29 April 2019

It’s an oddly impressive record: Liverpool band Circa Waves’ three albums have all grazed the edge of the top 10 for a week before plummeting out of the chart again, like a tennis ball failing to reach a tower block window. While it doesn’t look like the quartet are growing in popularity, it has left them with a fanbase fervent… Read more →

THE BLAZE, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 13 March 2019

As with food, film and romance, so with dance music: the French do it in a way that makes you feel you’re not taking it seriously enough. While the hyperactive live spectacles of so many of the biggest electronic acts have become overstuffed monsters, The Blaze have come up with a concept that values visuals in a different way.  … Read more →

YEARS & YEARS, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 11 July 2018

Years & Years, the trio with the doubled-up band name, have increasingly become all about one man as they release their second album. Singer Olly Alexander is the only one on the cover of Palo Santo, the only one giving the interviews, and was the only one wearing PVC shorts with a stairway to himself at this one-off release party.… Read more →

TOM MISCH, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 9 March 2018

Despite the giant silhouettes of his face framing the Roundhouse stage, Tom Misch has managed an impressive rise while remaining remarkably anonymous. Still a month away from releasing his debut album, the south London guitarist has sold out two nights at the Roundhouse this week and played a prestigious outdoor show at Somerset House last summer. We can credit a… Read more →

REAL ESTATE, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 14 June 2017

As festival season progresses, hopefully lots of people will have an opportunity to doze in a sunny field while the songs of Real Estate drift by overhead. There’s a time and a place for the New Jersey band’s gentle jangle, and I’m not convinced it’s in a dark sweaty Roundhouse at their biggest London show yet. With that deliberately bland… Read more →

ANGEL OLSEN, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 25 May 2017

  Manchester’s concert terror did not reduce attendance at Angel Olsen’s largest London show. A thorough bag search and extra body scan were mild inconveniences and there was no obvious dampening of the mood. It wasn’t quite business as usual, however. “Unfucktheworld” read the suddenly vital T-shirts on the merchandise stand, after one of her songs. The line: “I want… Read more →

JAMIROQUAI, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 3 April 2017

    Jay Kay may have been worried that he was losing out to the similarly named James Bay in the “musician mostly famous for wearing a hat” stakes, so has returned after seven years away from pop with his most extraordinary headgear yet. A motorised, illuminated set of prongs inspired by scaly mammal the pangolin, it gave him his… Read more →

LAURA MARLING, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 20 March 2017

During a spell in which every member of her band was encouraged to share a story or make an announcement, Laura Marling’s drummer revealed that earlier in the day, a passing pigeon had relieved itself into his coffee. As ever in the world of the preturnaturally composed singer-songwriter, any troubles happens far from the stage. In the build-up to the… Read more →

GHETTS, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 31 Jan 2017

The Roundhouse’s “In the Round” season allows slightly less prominent acts to perform in the iconic space by reconfiguring it into an all-seater format. That suits soft singer-songwriters, but for grime veteran Justin “Ghetts” Clarke it was an invitation to disruption. By the time an army of pals had piled onto the stage for a climactic Top 3 Selected, including… Read more →