COMMON PEOPLE, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE
AS THE final stragglers danced their way from the Common People main stage, the filthy sounds of favourite headliner Sean Paul still ringing around the ears, it was time for the organisers to reflect on how successful this year’s festival was. 40,000 flocked to Southampton’s Common in anticipation of yet another Bank Holiday jaunt on […]
SIMPLE MINDS, MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE
IN SIMPLE terms the word ‘acoustic’ means not having electrical amplification. But as Glaswegian new-wave act Simple Minds triumphantly demonstrated to a packed house at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, definitions are subjective. You would be forgiven for expecting longstanding Minds members Jim Kerr, the idyllic vocalist and endearing frontman since the group first formed in 1977, […]
FEEDER, GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE
FOR quarter of a century, Newport alternative rockers Feeder have adorned playlist after playlist collated by exasperated teenagers, angry at something that they don’t really understand. Their songs have continually found relevance across generations of fans with the likes of smash hit ‘Buck Rodgers’ and ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ firm favourites, whether it be […]
THE STRANGLERS, GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON, LIVE
With a career spanning four decades and 17 albums, The Stranglers, punk rock’s great survivors, show no sign of letting up any time soon. Rarely taking a break from touring The Stranglers have been a regular feature at Southampton’s Guildhall in recent years. Despite it being a Monday night the place was packed and the […]
PET SHOP BOYS, BIC, BOURNEMOUTH, LIVE
AS THE decades roll by and the world becomes a little more volatile, The Pet Shop Boys remain perhaps the only unremitting force out there. The Bournemouth crowd were dropped deep into a tube of hundreds and thousands, where only bright colours surround them. A kaleidoscope of lights. A 1980s cult classic given a modern makeover that succeeds to […]
Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Live
FOR a group that has shifted between elation and disintegration quicker than an alcoholic rattling in a coffee shop, Nottingham-born indie-pop quartet Amber Run may have finally found some unshakable ground. A genuine surprise for a group pitched brashly into the ever-unhealthy realms of the music industry prats after a negligible five gigs, discarded months […]
Ryan Butterworth, The Railway Inn, Winchester
JOINING Mancunian favourites The Travelling Band for a special show in Winchester this month is Ryan Butterworth. Born and raised on the coast of Bournemouth, Ryan has been making waves throughout his burgeoning career. With a bittersweet tone that’s not too unlike fellow singer-songwriters Ben Howard and David Gray, the former Bournemouth University student is picking […]
The Lottery Winners, The Joiners, Southampton, Live
Hailing from Leigh and on the southern most point of the ‘World Tour of the UK’, you could forgive burgeoning indie-pop aficionados The Lottery Winners for any random bout of anxiety. This a group, after all, that has spent years strapped into the revolving gig circuit of the country’s most diverse music scene in the north west, bringing […]
Elvis Costello, Guildhall, Southampton, Live
Beating at the centre of Paddington born songwriter Elvis Costello is a man that has truly experienced every musical occasion from his roots within London’s pub-rock scene to leading the first wave of punk; all modes that have adorned his 38 year jaunt as perhaps Britain’s most enduring troubadours. Costello the maverick; Costello the romantic; […]
The LaFontaines, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Business should scarcely be left in the hands of a group of Motherwell based miscreants. Even less so when it comes to the budget. The LaFontaines – quintessential outfit affiliating the hardened imagery of a pleasant Beastie Boys meet resounding Twin Atlantic refrains – are fortunate enough to be at the augmenting phase of their […]