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Live Reviews


Venue The Courtyard Theatre
Date 23rd Oct 2014
By Joanna Chaundy | 24 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Words cannot describe how mesmerizing Ibeyi are to watch live.Ibeyi are a French/Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. Continue>

DJ Quik

Venue Echoplex, Echo Park, Los Angeles
Date 14th October 2014
By Andrew Kay | 16 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
After visiting Quentin Tarantino’s cinema, the New Beverly, to see Bruce Lee in a atmospheric showing of “The Big Boss.” I headed over to Echo Park to see DJ Quik in a concert dubbed as an album release party, for his new offering “The Midnight Life.” Continue>

This Is Illmatic

Venue AMC Cinema, Burbank, Los Angeles
Date 7th October 2014
By Andrew Kay | 13 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
If lightning only ever struck once for rapper Nas, it was the kind that changed him from Queensbridge project native to someone propelled to superstardom off the back of verses on “Live at the BBQ” and “Back to the Grill”, creating an out and out classic in “Illmatic.” Continue>

Soul City, Ibiza: Summer '14 - it's a wrap!

By Mark Devlin | 10 September 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Soul City has been firing on all cylinders for Summer 2014 - all the more impressive considering it's now held its status as the undisputed king of urban/ black music on the island for over 20 years!  Try as they may, the competition just can't crack the wild atmosphere, friendly… Continue>

Soul City - where the party's at

Venue San Antonio, Ibiza
Date 15th/ 16th July 2014
By Mark Devlin | 20 July 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
It's standard procedure for the superclubs of Ibiza to talk of the fantastic atmosphere they generate. Certainly most are world-class spectacular ... but they sure do come at a price!  With club entrance alone often hitting the 50 or 60 Euro mark, and a single drink setting you back 20… Continue>

Eminem with Dr. Dre

Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Date 11th July 2014
By Andrew Kay | 12 July 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
If nothing else went down tonight, then history was still made. Eminem was the first rapper to play the hallowed Wembley Stadium, long a spectre for England’s football glories. A 90,000 capacity venue, which has played host to many a rock band (Muse, U2) and, of course, Live Aid, Wembley,… Continue>

Lord Finesse

Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date 18th June 2014
By Christopher Mitchell | 24 June 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Lord Finesse has some seriously diehard fans. Despite the fact that the World Cup is keeping millions of men indoors and even more women extremely frustrated with those same men; Lord Finesse still managed to get a couple of hundred people out to the club on a week night. That… Continue>

Damage present a night of UK Soul with special guests

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 6th June 2014
By Joanna Chaundy | 09 June 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Damage have been around the UK R&B/Pop scene for nearly twenty years now and have established quite a nice consistent following. This was evident from the packed out Jazz Cafe for their evening of tributes to UK Soul. Continue>

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Venue The Roundhouse, London
Date 16th May 2014
By Andrew Kay | 17 May 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
If you want to confuse your audience, then play ‘Axel F’ by Harold Faltermeyer. The audience who, collectively, might have been children of the 1980s, but came to get down to some super retro soul and funk from Sharon Jones and her dapper than dap band, the Dap-Kings, were a… Continue>

Southport Weekender 50

Venue Butlins Complex, Minehead
Date 9th-11th May 2014
By Mark Devlin | 16 May 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Although long departed from the location which spawned its iconic name, the crew behind The Southport Weekender pulled out all the stops at their new home of Minehead to create a truly memorable 50th event. The amount of specially-constructed domes and other peripheral venues besides the main four arenas, became… Continue>
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