The Human League @ The Royal Festival Hall

Last night we were down at the Royal Festival Hall to see The Human League as part of their current UK tour, which ends in Leicester on 18 December. Before I get to some thoughts on the main event I’ll tell you about the support band, Performance, a rather intriguing trio (one of whom, Joe […]

Esben & The Witch @ Electrowerkz

This evening we went along to the Electrowerkz venue, a cavernous and maze-like old factory building just around the back of Angel tube station, to see Esben & The Witch in concert. It was an odd evening, starting with a coffee in the unexpectedly charming little Candid Cafe, which is up two flights of stairs […]

Laura Veirs @ The Jazz Cafe

Last night we made our first visit to the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town to see Laura Veirs in concert as part of her short British and European tour. It’s a deceptive venue – it looks quite small from outside but enter and you find yourself in a huge double-height space with a balcony overlooking […]

Muntu Valdo ‘Sawa Blues’ Tour @ The Slaughtered Lamb


With some free tickets in hand, courtesy of Serious, last night S and I went over to the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell to see two fantastic African artists perform as part of Muntu Valdo’s Sawa Blues Tour. Descending into the dimly lit basement performance space of this terribly hip venue, we settled down on one […]

Havana Cultura @ The Barbican


So as I said last week I was at the cavernous and rather confusing Barbican venue tonight for an evening of spicy salsa music and song, from Havana Cultura, the organisation set up by Havana Club to expose new Cuban musical artists. Gilles Peterson was on hand to run the proceedings and we got a […]

Natalie Merchant @ The Hammersmith Apollo


Over the weekend I was lucky enough to see Natalie Merchant at the HMV Apollo as part of her first UK tour in many, many years. She was over in the UK to perform her new album, “Leave Your Sleep”, the first for seven years. It’s a remarkable piece of work, where she sets to […]

Wolves And Thieves


Tonight found me and S at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) for the gig to launch Goldheart Assembly’s debut album, ‘Wolves And Thieves‘. I’ve never been at the ICA before, and what an interesting place it is. They have a couple of cinema screens that show small circulation films and several permanent art exhibitions, […]