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Live Reviews

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>

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>

Large Professor

Venue Hoxton Bar & Grill, London
Date 15th December 2013
By Andrew Kay | 18 December 2013
Published in: Live Reviews
Just over from the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley  (AKA London’s Old Street) a scientist from another era was setting up in his lab not more than a few hundred yards away, about to break atoms for the hip-hop faithful. Continue>

Large Professor Live In London

Venue Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Date Dec 15th 2013
By Andrew Kay | 04 December 2013
Published in: Live Reviews
What can be said about Large Professor that hasn’t already been said? From being a genius beat-maker for the likes of Rakim and Kool G Rap whilst he was still in secondary school, to penning and producing the timeless classic album ‘Breaking Atoms’ in 1991 to a steady and prolific… Continue>
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