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Kate Bush - Hammersmith Apollo, London - Tuesday, August 26 2014

Kate Bush - Hammersmith Apollo, London -...

“Where’ve you been?” Kate Bush asks nonchalantly, beaming widely as the second standing ovation of the night greets the close of her first song, ‘Lily’. Thirty-five long years in the waiting, and at first, incredible as it was to even...

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Eurosonic Festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands

Eurosonic Festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands

Ordinarily Groningen is an unassuming and traditional Dutch town. There’s the monolithic central cathedral, a cobbled town square and a criss-crossing grid of canals. And lots and lots of students riding bikes. Once a year the serenity is...

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Palma Violets

Palma Violets

Palma Violets have come a long way since they stumbled out of their south London lair to release debut album ‘180’ in February this year. Tonight’s venue – the biggest they’ve ever played – is rammed, and the 2,500 people inside are...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

“For all those people who felt uncomfortable dressing up,” says Win Butler in his fancy trousers and jazzy jacket, “I’m not sorry.” Arcade Fire are feeling playful, and they’re not being polite about making you join in. But all those...

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Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. We haven’t seen Mac DeMarco on these shores since he played The Garage back in May, and he and his band haven’t seen each other for a month while Mac’s been holed up alone writing and recording his new...

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MIA

MIA

On the same day that MIA's rabidly anticipated new album ‘Matangi’ is released, the rapper chooses an unusual act to introduce her Terminal 5 show. As the evening begins, a video of Wikileaks founder and inspiration for MIA’s 2010 Vicki...

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The Orwells

The Orwells

“Where are your fucking parents?” yells a strip-club bouncer in the direction of an oblivious Mario Cuomo as The Orwells’ frontman staggers down New Orleans’ boulevard of broken dreams and damaged livers, Bourbon Street. “They...

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City Of Stars

City Of Stars

At a time when Britain and America's major festivals are becoming ever more homogenised, corporatised and sanitised, it's good to know that there's still somewhere on earth where a festival can be truly unique. It's a long way from the English...

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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

That James Dean Bradfield used to holiday as a kid in the Welsh village of Portmeirion adds to the sentimentality of Manic Street Preachers closing Festival No 6. With it being 15 years to the day since the band first went introspective on 1998...

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Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

As the rumbles of set opener 'Suzanne & I' boom around the walls of Wilton's, the coloured stage lights flash onto a backdrop showing a barren, brooding landscape. London singer Anna Calvi is onstage, conjuring up her own storm, and turning the...

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