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Live Reviews

Southport Weekender 52

Venue Butlins, Minehead
Date 8-10 May 2015
By Andrew Kay | 11 May 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
This was only my second time at the legendary Southport Weekender, the last being in 2011, and to dub it just an ‘experience’ doesn’t really do it justice.  It’s a movement that’s been around since 1987, and has been an undeniable stalwart of the UK black music calendar. Continue>

Flying Lotus, Jay Electronica & Shabazz Palaces

Venue Brixton Academy, London
Date 1st May 2015
By Andrew Kay | 02 May 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
Before tonight, I hadn’t been back to the Brixton Academy in over 20 years, the last being Ice Cube, who gave an excellent show. I noticed how the area had becomes so gentrified with skinny jean twerps (hipsters), who, incidentally, made up most of the audience at Flying Lotus this… Continue>

PRhyme: Royce Da 5'9 and DJ Premier

Venue Islington Assembly Hall, London
Date 20th April 2015
By Andrew Kay | 21 April 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
I have to confess: I wasn’t impressed with PRhyme’s album when I first heard it, or the second or third time. It took the release of the instrumental album for me to really appreciate it- the intricate, almost cinematic orchestration of hip-hop beats, layered, playfully, skilfully, over one another and… Continue>

Marley Marl & Craig G

Venue Trapeze, London
Date 3rd April 2015
By Andrew Kay | 04 April 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
Well, there’s little that needs to be said about Marley Marl. A pioneering rap music producer who formed the Juice Crew with some talented, up and coming (at the time, 1987/88) rappers.  Cats like Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Tragedy and Kool G Rap all owe much of… Continue>

Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson & Teedra Moses

Venue Indigo2, London
Date 28th Feb 2015
By Joanna Chaundy | 03 March 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
It's not often that you get every single act of an evening performing incredibly well, but these three divas showed London how it was done on Saturday night at the Indigo2. Continue>

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – Renegades of Rhythm

Venue The Forum, Kentish Town, London
Date 5th Feb 2015
By DJ Taylor | 06 February 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
There's no easy way to put this and some of you are going to be green with envy. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to spell it out. If you weren't at Kentish Town Forum for Renegades of Rhythm you missed the gig of the year. In fact, scrub… Continue>

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – Renegades of Rhythm

By DJ Taylor | 06 February 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
There's no easy way to put this and some of you are going to be green with envy. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to spell it out. If you weren't at Kentish Town Forum for Renegades of Rhythm you missed the gig of the year. In fact, scrub… Continue>

Alexander O'Neal

Venue 02 Academy, Oxford
Date 29th December 2014
By Mark Devlin | 30 December 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Black music legends active in the 80s and still alive to do be doing it today are in rather short supply, so it tends to be a good idea to catch 'em when you can. So it was with an opportunity to absorb one of the biggest soulful crossover acts… Continue>

Halloween Allnighter at Aura

Venue Aura, Manchester
Date 1st November 2014
By Mark Devlin | 05 November 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Though you might think otherwise upon visiting certain swanky 'celeb' venues, an upmarket clubbing experience in a premium venue doesn't have to mean a compromise in music quality. It's a maxim that's borne out by the team behind the cool and classy Aura Bar and Lounge in Central Manchester. Black… Continue>

Capone-N-Noreaga

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 20th Oct 2014
By Izu Chukwudinma | 24 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Hearing that Capone 'N' Noreaga would be performing 'The War Report in its entirety, at London's Jazz Café was a treat to say the least for hip hop heads. No real surprise, as this has become a bit of a trend for the golden era artists. Continue>
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