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Vanbot Live at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen: Review

The brilliant Swedish pop sensation Vanbot performed tracks from her new album Perfect Storm on Friday 8th May in London. Here's my live review.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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A few weeks ago I ducked out for the first time in what seems like forever to take in a rare treat: the first and only UK show of Swedish pop sensation Vanbot at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen with MAMA Presents. It takes a lot to drag me out in the evenings these days but I was not alone in being eager to see Ester Ideskog perform live, and the small venue soon filled up. Vanbot was resplendent in a puffy pale pink hooded dress over bare legs with hair scraped back, silhouetted against bursts of purple and pink neon. For the brief half hour set she poured pure passion into tunes from new album Perfect Storm, deftly combining her sweetly yearning vocals with a rich electronic soundscape.

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Kate Bush at the Eventim Apollo 2014: Live Review

We catch the iconic singer during her sold out run of London shows on Saturday 6th September 2014.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Kate Bush by Daria Hlazatova This could never be an ordinary show. Not like some 20 minute set at the Windmill, oh no. This was Kate Bush, and Kate Bush […]

Review: Truck Festival 2011

Once a year, a farm deep in the Oxfordshire countryside opens its gate and in rushes the most talented musicians of the moment, kids, babies, lovely people.... and a monster. We wouldn't miss it for the world.

Written by Cari Steel

Truck Monster Illustration by Barb Royal Dancing like a loon to jungle music at 3am. Sitting next to a cornfield in the evening sunshine with a succulent burger in one […]

Jon Hopkins and King Creosote perform Diamond Mine live at the Union Chapel: Review

This sold out event at the Union Chapel on Wednesday 25th May 2011 was a rare chance to see Jon Hopkins and King Creosote perform Diamond Mine live. Not to be missed.

Written by Ferdie Cloak

Jon Hopkins and King Creosote by Jim Design. It was a while before I twigged who Jon Hopkins‘ was: he provided a lovely soundtrack for a piece of contemporary dance […]

Interview: Laura Hocking

"Like biting into a cream cake and finding a razor blade" Intrigued? You should be. We certainly are! Here's our conversation with the folk-tinted freak pop chanteuse, which delves into Expressionism, opera-writing, and how to brew homemade beer.

Written by Cari Steel

Illustration by Georgia Coote As with all the best new music discoveries, my introduction to Laura Hocking and The Long Goodbye began with snippets from light-hearted conversations. By the time […]


Live Music Review: The Unthanks; The Arnolfini, Bristol – March 21st

It was fitting that they transformed their faces to serious and focused, when the first notes were hit. They were deep in the hills of the North of England, singing of shutting the coal door, not in a dark, hot building by the Avon River.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Rob Fuzzard They are wearing dresses that look like fresh versions of the past. And their hair is worn long and embracing of its natural waves and kinks. […]

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The Irrepressibles and Gabby Young & Other Animals, Live Review at the Barbican

A riotously theatrical show in London by these two creative and dramatic acts

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Kayleigh Bluck She strutted on stage, knees rising high and her umbrella twiddling like a fairy’s shield.I wanted to take in the art work that was Gabby Young. […]

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Album Review – Anna Calvi

Her debut album is self titled, and vibrant red. Red with passion, lust and womanly desires.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Abby Wright Rider to the sea starts. With slow, sensuous notes, running then halting. We wait. This is like some sort of Spanish guitar tease; the heroin with […]

Live review: Chromeo at the Roundhouse

Synth superstars Chromeo wowed the crowds at the Roundhouse…

Written by Miranda Williams

All photography by Matt Cheetham On Friday 12th November Chromeo, Montreal’s finest electro export, took The Roundhouse by a sexy, synthesized storm. Camden’s iconic venue, The Roundhouse, is humming with […]

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Bellowhead Live Performance Review

On their first night of their November tour, I join the mighty Bellowhead for a charming evening of joy inducing hardcore folk.

Written by Helen Martin

On their first night of their November tour, I join the mighty Bellowhead for a charming evening of joy inducing hardcore folk.

London Fashion Week S/S 2011: Triumph International Awards

Pre-Fashion Week kick-off, Triumph held their International Awards for lingerie design with a 'Shape Sensation' theme. Florence Massey reviews the event, with illustrations from Katie Harnett.

Written by Florence Massey

Illustration of Justin Singh’s entry by Katie Harnett The calm before the storm, the eve of London Fashion Week (16th September) was the night of the Triumph International Awards at […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2011: Fashion Scout

A quick rundown of London Fashion Week's S/S 2011 Vauxhall Fashion Scout at Freemasons Hall with short bios and signature styles including all four Ones to Watch...

Written by Florence Massey

Illustration of Charlotte Taylor by Paolo Caravello 21 fashion shows over five days is no mean feat. The London Fashion Week experience is not complete until you see the sheer […]

The Big Chill 2010: Review

A review of The Big Chill 2010 Festival weekend at Eastnor Castle Deer Park (was it worth the four mile trek round to the purple gate entrance?)

Written by Sophie Parker and Daniel Sims

All Photography by Daniel Sims, do not use without permission. For anyone who doesn’t know, The Big Chill Festival is located at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire, surrounded by […]

Festival Review: Glastonbury!

As our coverage of Glasto draws to a close, we take one last look at the many highlights of this sun kissed and magical weekend. Many thanks go to our contribuor Emma and our team of fabulous illustrators.

Written by Emma Barlow

Illustration by Natasha Thompson There is no denying Glastonbury 2010 was a really special one. So if, like me, you are still feeling a touch of the post-festival blues read […]

Interview: Kirsty Almeida

In every aspect of her creative and colourful life, this musical dynamo blazes her own trail.

Written by Cari Steel

Photograph by Hannah Kinver Miles There is nothing generic about Kirsty Almeida; she was not artificially created from a record labels wish-list, nor manufactured during an X Factor audition. Navigating […]

A Silver Mount Zion – Live Review

Post-rock legends perform some new material, as reliably brilliant as their other unique work

Written by Emma Tucker

Illustrations by Harry Williams Awhile ago, post-rock had a kind of heyday. There were the obvious big players of post-rock – Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, […]

New Young Pony Club – Live Review

A tetchy performance from the hype band, though this bodes well for their ability to progress their sound

Written by Laura Nineham

Photographs by Dan Smyth The first night of the New Young Pony Club tour kicked off in Portsmouth last week, in front of a half empty crowd at the Wedgewood […]

Dimbleby & Capper – Interview

An unsigned singer with a backing band of birds, making some mighty beat-filled dream-pop

Written by Ian Steadman

Illustrations by Daniel Almeroth A surprisingly balmy (well, if 14 degrees can constitute ‘balmy’) evening at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen beckoned me in last week, where I was promised […]

:Kinema: – Interview

Talking to an indie-dance band from the south coast, who peddle an exciting brand of pop that matches brain to boogie

Written by Ian Steadman

Hailing from Brighton, :Kinema: (yes, those colons are an intentional and integral part of the band’s name) haven’t been around for long but have already managed to put out a […]

DJ T – Fabric 51 – Album Review

The latest mix from the legendary London club, which for this release enlists the skills of German house legend Thomas Koch

Written by David McNamara

Fabric has established a solid reputation for providing first-class house and techno mixes by enlisting the services of international heavyweights including Jay Haze, Claude VonStroke and the mighty DJ A-Trak. […]