Live Reviews

Central Cee at Reading Festival: future headliner potential… with some tweaks

The UK rapper is undeniably one of the draws of the weekend. There’s a solid building block here for the future.

The Strokes live in London: a brilliant balancing act, despite sound issues

The indie icons bring big-hitters and less obvious choices to All Points East as they battle, once again, with volume levels

Sam Fender at Reading Festival: everyman champ leaves it all on the stage

Proving that he's so much more than 'The Geordie Springsteen', Fender proves to be the headliner we've been waiting for

Foals at Reading Festival: another peak on their best-ever tour

The band’s second headlining appearance is luxurious, vibrant and potentially inspiring for the next generation

Turnstile live in Manchester: underground heroes continue their push into the mainstream

In their only UK show of the year, the Baltimore group blaze a new trail for where hardcore punk can go next

Green Man Festival 2023: still an understated triumph of the festival season

Beyond awe-inspiring sets from Self Esteem and Devo, there's buried treasure from Fat Dog, Bricknasty and Butch Kassidy further down the bill

Boygenius live in London: a utopia of vulnerability and community

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker ignite pure reverence at their first UK show

Stormzy live in London: rapper’s rainy return offers change of pace

A performance in two acts risks alienating more casual fans but ultimately pays off for Stormzy’s only UK show of the year. Read the NME review

Øya 2023 review: Blur, Boygenius and new beginnings ring out

Sigrid steps up and Lorde goes from Barbie to Oppenheimer as local talent eyes up the future in Norway

Lollapalooza 2023 review: the Chicago mainstay once again hits the music festival sweet spot

Grant Park, Chicago Illinois August 3-6: With staggering moments from Karol G, TxT Lana Del Rey and more the fest proves why it's the best in the US