Gig review: London Grammar at O2 Academy Leeds

An understated band opens with a glacial introduction, as London Grammar’s recent O2 Academy set signalled its start with simple a dimming of lights and naked, unaccompanied vocal.

Gavin Bryars and Gavin Friday

Music interview – Gavin Bryars and Gavin Friday on Nothing Like The Sun

Musicians Gavin Bryars and Gavin Friday have joined forces through their love of Shakespeare. Duncan Seaman reports.

Ghostpoet. Picture: Steve Gullick

Music interview – Ghostpoet: ‘I don’t like the idea of spoon-feeding an audience’

Autumn may have yet to turn truly chilly but there’s definitely a cool mood emanating from the new album from two-time Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.


Music interview – Marmozets

Marmozets singer Becca Macintyre is meeting Elvis. Not the actual Elvis, she clarifies through a round of chuckles, but rather her best friend’s new-born son, who happens to share his name with The King himself.

Starsailor at Leeds Beckett University students' union. Picture: David Hodgson

Gig review: Starsailor at Leeds Beckett University students’ union

Tell anyone you’re off to a Starsailor gig and the reaction is frequently the same. A far away stare, brow furrowed as they repeat the name, recollecting a warm feeling whilst trying to remember why.

Tom Robinson

Gig review: Tom Robinson at Unity Works, Wakefield

Before he was a disc jockey auteur on BBC 6 Music, the politely astute Tom Robinson was a rock ’n’ roll hero.

Michael Malarkey. Picture: Chelsea Lauren

Gig preview: Michael Malarkey at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Michael Malarkey was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an Irish-American father and a British mother of Arab/Italian origin and is most famous in acting circles for his role as the notorious Enzo in the hit CW series The Vampire Diaries.

Nick Hodgson.

Former Kaiser Chief’s debut solo single is Suitable for further listening

He first found fame sitting behind the drum kit for Leeds indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs.

J P Cooper at Leeds University. Picture: Louis Hobbs

Gig review: JP Cooper at Leeds University Stylus

“Make some noise if you we’re raised under grey skies, it’s such a pleasure to be back in Leeds”, chanted JP Cooper as he immediately made a connection with the sold out northern crowd in front of him at the University of Leeds’s Union Stylus.

Little Mix

Gig review Little Mix and Jessarae at First Direct Arena, Leeds

There’s something grittily resilient about the way Little Mix have outlasted all their talent show peers.

Nadine Shah

gig review: Nadine Shah at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

If one good thing has come out of Brexit then it’s the music. Nadine Shah is the latest artist to respond to the referendum with an album steeped in the socio-politics of rising nationalism and immigration.

Slowdive. Picture: Ingrid Pop

Gig review: Slowdive at Leeds Town Hall

A spiritual, emotional service was held in Leeds Town Hall this week. From their formation in 1989, Slowdive became one of the most iconic shoegaze bands before retreating to other projects in 1995. After a hiatus and a reunion in 2014, a new album surfaced in 2017, and this week’s blinding show at Leeds Town Hall proved that they’re onto a good thing.

Matthew E. White. Picture: Shawn Brackbill

Music interview – Matthew E White: ‘It’s hard to convince people that records are actually made as a team’

Singer-songwriter Matthew E White is on tour, with Yorkshire dates, and keeping things simple. Duncan Seaman reports.


Gig review: KOYO at Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

KOYO are a Leeds five-piece that create a fusion of rock, Prog and experimental guitar music that stands head and shoulders over a scene mired by a dwindling presence of original acts.

The Tenderloins present Impractical Jokers at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Lizzy McEllan

Show review: Impractical Jokers with The Tenderloins at First Direct Arena, Leeds

NEW YORK comedy troupe The Tenderloins are no strangers to a challenge. Their hit TV show, Impractical Jokers, sees the group attempting ever riskier pranks and forfeits.

The Shimmer Band headlined the night at The Wardrobe, Leeds. Picture: Faith Gledhill

Gig review: This Feeling present The Shimmer Band, Bang Bang Romeo, Blackwaters and The Strawberries at The Wardrobe, Leeds

With a tenure spanning over a decade, Mikey Jonns and his team at This Feeling are no stranger to playing host to some of the most eclectic line-ups imaginable.

Zara Larsson

Music interview – Zara Larsson: ‘I feel that sometimes especially women aren’t allowed to say it, but I want to be like Madonna successful, like Beyonce successful’

Zara Larsson has just returned from a work trip to Los Angeles. “It was great, funny, nice,” she reports. “I just felt so relaxed being there.”

Suzi Quatro

Music interview – Suzi Quatro: ‘I will retire when I go onstage in my leather suit, turn my back to the audience, shake my ass, and there’s silence’

Long before the phrase ‘girl power’ was coined, there was Suzi Quatro.

PP Arnold is touring her 'lost' album The Turning Tide.

Music interview – PP Arnold on the release of a lost classic

SHE is one of the iconic singers of the 60s, whose voice resonated through the decades as a reminder of how great the decade was – and she is still belting them out.

Gay rights activist Tom Robinson still glad to be singing debut hits

AUDIO CHAT: Gay rights star Tom Robinson still glad to be touring debut hits 40 years on

GAY rights activist Tom Robinson is still glad to be touring his debut classic hits 40-years on.

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