Category Music

On a Bloodbuzz: the National at Alexandra Palace

Set high on a hill in North London, the grounds surrounding Alexandra Palace offer stunning views of London.  On a still, clear night, I make my way up to “the People’s Palace” to see the National and I survey the cold lights of the city stretched out before me. From this perspective, the city in […]

The Lumineers in the City of Light

L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, Paris Performance date: 28 June 2013 Touring a debut album of under 40 minutes in length could be problematic. The Lumineers, a 5-piece folk outfit based in Denver, Colarado, ignored any qualms and rode the wave of blithe enthusiasm which permeates their music and gave a stomping, if short, performance in Paris […]

Night + Day: Late Twenties festival going

Night + Day, Hatfield House Performance date: 22 June 2013 Attending a music festival in your (very late) twenties can be an entirely different experience from the heady teenage years of Big Days Out, featuring mini-champagne bottles with straws, losing your friends for hours on end and making new ones in the bar queue, being […]

David Bowie Is… Unavoidable

David Bowie Is The Victoria & Albert Museum, until 11 August 2013 Attended 10 June 2013 Coming late to a pop culture idol can give you a warped impression of the idol’s career and influence. As a child of the 80s, my earliest memory of David Bowie was his performance as the Goblin King in […]

Going Postal

The Postal Service Brixton Academy Performance date: Sunday 19 May 2013 “How many of you saw us in 2003?” lead singer Ben Gibbard asked the peppy, preppy crowd halfway through the joyous concert by the Postal Service at the O2 Brixton Academy. About six people shouted back. “That sounds about right,” he cheerfully replied, before […]

Nina Kristofferson’s The Billie Holliday Story

Charing Cross Theatre, London Performance date: Friday 17 May 2013 Lady Day is a hard act to follow, and although the UK’s Nina Kristofferson makes a valiant effort at bringing the talented, tortured soul to the stage, she doesn’t pull it off. Kristofferson, along with a 5 piece band, perform Holliday’s hits interspersed with her […]