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AAA Music | 29 May 2016

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The Joy Formidable – Live @ OPEN Norwich

25 May 2016 |

Wednesday 18th May, Norwich

Last time I saw Welsh trio The Joy Formidable, I thought they were on the verge of something huge and would soon be doing the stadium rock arena thing. How refreshing it is, then, that they … Read More

Magnum – Live @ Norwich Waterfront

25 May 2016 |

Monday 16th May, Norwich

The queue outside the Waterfront in Norwich consisted of mainly 50s/60s aged guys. Obviously, when I last saw Magnum back in the Mid-Eighties the crowd was thirty years younger. Inside the venue it was as if … Read More

GoGo Penguin – Live @ KOKO

9 May 2016 |

Thursday 5th May, London

The only traditional thing about Chris Illingworth (pianist), Nick Blacka (bassist) and Rob Turner (drummer) is their piano-trio composition. Manchester’s Jazz piece skillfully blend several genres to create something entirely unique. An addictive cocktail of … Read More

Deafheaven – Live @ Musik & Frieden Berlin

4 April 2016 |

Thursday 24th March, Berlin

Hipster Metal, Emo Black Metal and, my new favourite, Backgaze… these are just three of the derogatory terms whipped up by supposed metal ‘purists’ to demean the critically adored sound of California’s Deafheaven. Yes, the … Read More

Jim Beam Homegrown 2016 – Live Review

4 April 2016 |

Saturday 2nd April, New Zealand Waking up and hearing absolutely drilling rain isn’t the lift off you wish for on festival day, but for Homegrown on the 2nd April, that’s exactly what we were faced with. The annual event takes over … Read More

Glen Hansard – Live @ The London Palladium

24 March 2016 |

Wednesday 16th March, London

Glen Hansard, the warm and versatile Irish singer and guitarist from Dublin rock band The Frames, is also half of folk rock duo The Swell Season with ONCE star Markéta Irglová. As an actor, he appeared … Read More

The 1975 – Live @ O2 Apollo Manchester

22 March 2016 |

Tuesday 15th March, Manchester

Having never seen tonight’s headliner in a live setting I was very excited. This was the last of four consecutive nights that The 1975 were performing at the venue, so expectation was undeniably high. The venue was packed out, … Read More

Afro Celt Sound System – Live @ Islington Assembly Hall

16 March 2016 |

Saturday 12th March, London

The exhilarating band Afro Celt Sound System, formed in 1995 by producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, continues to fuse European contemporary electronic dance with traditional Irish and West African music. Their adventurous 1996 debut Volume 1 was a … Read More

GoGo Penguin – Live @ Village Underground

3 March 2016 |

Thursday 25th February, London

The impressive avant-garde trio GoGo Penguin, from Manchester, comprises Chris Illingworth (piano), Nick Blacka (bass) and Rob Turner (drums). They adventurously mix scattered percussion, powerful bass lines and catchy piano melodies and are influenced by John … Read More

Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe – Live @ St. James Theatre

25 February 2016 |

Sunday 21st February, London

The extremely gifted jazz singer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin, O.B.E., has spent decades perfecting her performances, producing 18 albums and achieving international critical acclaim. Amazingly she’s won the British Jazz Awards seven … Read More