Live Reviews

Optimus Alive

Optimus Alive exists in a parallel universe to UK festivals. Rain is basically an alien concept, people wait until after it’s dark to get...

Benicassim

Are there actually any Spanish here?” asks a puzzled Ian Brown from Benicàssim’s main Maravillas stage. Browny’s been gamely greeting the crowd with more...

Wireless

After criticism from some quarters for schizophrenic line-ups, Wireless has found itself a delicious groove this year by turning the focus to R&B and...

MIA

MIA must be wondering what’s she got to do to get a break. First there was Truffleflavouredchipsgate. Then the duet with Madonna on ‘Give...

Regina Spector

There’s a pleasing irony to tonight’s proceedings. Regina Spektor is playing her first UK show to promote an album called ‘What We Saw From...

Suede

After the seemingly endless charge of reuniting ’90s heroes, it feels like we’ve finally reached phase two of the operation. Blur have unveiled their...

Isle Of Wight Festival

"I’ve seen champions come and go,” sings Bruce Springsteen. “So if you got the guts mister, yeah, if you’ve got the balls/If you think...

The Vaccines

"People think this happened quickly for our band, but all of us were playing venues this size for 10 years,” says Vaccines frontman Justin...

Sonar Festival

If Sonar Festival didn’t already exist, there’s no way you’d ever think of inventing it. Divided into Sonar By Day and Sonar By Night,...

Lovebox

If 2012 is the year to celebrate great British accomplishments, then add Lovebox to the list of things to raise a glass to. This...
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