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Field Day, Victoria Park, London

“Be healthy! Be strong! Have no fear! Be free!” yells Patti Smith from Field Day’s main stage, arms outstretched like a priest addressing their congregation. The reformed Ride might be…

Brandon Flowers – Brixton Academy, London

His lamé jacket flashing gold in the spotlights, rock’s homeliest hero punches home his story like Mayweather hammering Pacquiao. During opener ‘Dreams Come True’ he sings, “The highway was teasing…

Liverpool Sound City

Wayne Coyne dressed as a frog surfing the crowd in a giant bubble, Fucked Up’s blood-spattered frontman Damian Abraham brawling with an audience member, Lias Saoudi fondling himself in his…

The Strokes, Mac DeMarco, Run The Jewels: Primavera Sound 2015, Barcelona, Spain

“Where the fuck are you going? Where the fuck are you fucking going?” Jason Williamson’s demented barking stops a departing crowd in its tracks. It’s the last night of Barcelona’s…

Foo Fighters – The Stadium Of Light, Sunderland

There is no grand entrance, no overblown fanfare, not even a hint of pomp and circumstance. Dave Grohl simply guns it onstage from behind a curtain, grinning like a child…

The Prodigy – Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading

Beneath five large dishes suspended in front of a massive photograph of an insouciant fox, Prodigy MC Maxim stalks in a full-length fake fur coat with the hood up, like…

The Strokes – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta

Striding out to greet a 30,000-strong crowd, The Strokes look ready to tear hearts and eardrums apart. It’stheir first gig of 2015, and their first since Julian Casablancas revealed they…

Super Furry Animals – Cardiff University Great Hall

For a band with such a forward-thinking outlook as Super Furry Animals, it seemed initially surprising that the main reason behind their first tour in six years is to mark…

Coachella 2015

In between sightings of Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber, you’ll be surprised to find that Coachella is actually a music festival, not simply a sun-swaddledcelebrity zoo. This year’s…

Nicki Minaj, The 02 Arena, London

"Who here got someone they wanna shit on tonight?" Nicki Minaj asks the O2 Arena before launching into faecal-themed brag track 'Did It On 'Em'. Though her performance has arena…

Morrissey, Leeds, First Direct Arena

Before a swooning version of ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, Morrissey arches an eyebrow so high it practically nudges the Gods. “I can’t in my wildest dreams – and…

Warpaint – Birmingham Institute

Despite the brace of new tunes, Warpaint’s latest UK tour is essentially a victory lap for last year’s feted, self-titled second album. And tonight, fans in Birmingham have brought their…