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Live Review: The Carpels at Strawberry...

Shows in front of a subdued, hungover crowd is always difficult - however, The Carpels took to the stage with determined edge....

Live Review: The Cuban Brothers Live At...

It’s hard to pinpoint the highlight of this show. Was it frontman Miguel Mantovani asking whether he was “the only...

Live Review: The Dash Live At Strawberry...

Early evening approached and food beckoned. When I caught the end of local-reggae act Paradimes, I felt that The Strawberry...

Live Review: Young Blood Live At...

Youth, vigour, determination and vitality spring to mind when you hear Young Blood. I first saw them at Power’s Bar in...

Live Review: Flight Brigade at Oakley...

Our international guests are treated to a very British affair today. Ladies wearing flowery dresses and men wearing honest...

Live Review: Morrissey and Marshall at...

With the opening Olympic ceremony just hours away the buzz in the Oakley Safehouse was electric. People were giddy with the...

Live Review: Adam Barnes at Oakley Safehouse

First things first; you can't ignore the surroundings. We're sitting here in what accounts to the sort of club Soho...

Live Review: Rolo Tomassi at Costa de...

And now for something completely different: Rolo Tomassi. Formed in 2005, whether you like them or not, this mathcore band from...

Live Review: Costa de Fuego 2012

Making its debut this year in the beautiful town of Benicassim in Spain, Costa de Fuego gave Metal, Heavy Rock and Hardcore...

Live Review: Lacuna Coil at Costa de...

Playing on the second stage at the same time as headliners Guns N’ Roses, Lacuna Coil did themselves proud by attracting...

Live Review: War Cry at Costa de Fuego 2012

From the start of their set it was evident that War Cry weren’t afraid of playing to the audience, putting on a...

Live Review: Guns N' Roses at Costa de...

Kicking off with a bang – literally, for all the pyrotechnics involved – Guns N’ Roses opened the show with...

Live Review: Angelus Apatrida at Costa de...

Angelus Apatrida began their set with a siren sound – perhaps a warning sign of the sheer scale of noise that was about...

Live Review: New Order at Benicassim 2012

The crowd were jumping excitedly around for the duration of New Order's set. A combination of 80’s electro synths and...

Live Review: Ed Sheeran at Benicassim 2012

Opening with an extended version of ‘Give Me Love’, immediately the entire audience were in the palm of his hand....

Live Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying...

Performing the vast majority of their debut album, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds went down like a storm at this...

Live Review: The Stone Roses at...

Since their reunion there has been a great deal of conversation surrounding The Stone Roses. Many fans that had seen them the...

Live Review: The Antlers at Benicassim 2012

The Antlers take a bit of time to get into. If you've just entered the festival you might be tempted to carry on past them....

Live Review: Crystal Castles at...

At 3am Crystal Castles take the stage for the unofficial nightly "party slot", which is often a dance based act to...

Live Review: Little Dragon at Benicassim...

Little Dragon certainly know how to get the crowd going! Cool simply oozes out of front woman Yukimi Nagano, who was leaping...

Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at...

Lined with gigantic cut-outs of the band logo, the stage was aglow with faint lighting. Nobody was even on the stage yet, as...

Live Review: The Horrors at Benicassim 2012

The Horrors feel as though they have blossomed into a band that are easily capable of being big headliners. Their laid-back...

Live Review: Maverick Sabre at Benicassim...

Blending the genres of Hip-Hop and Soul is a tricky one, and for the most part Maverick Sabre manages to balance it well....

Live Review: The Maccabees at Benicassim...

The Maccabees attracted a crowd so enormous that it was worth taking a picture (literally – one of the band members took...

Live Review: At the Drive-In at...

The news of At The Drive-In’s comeback earlier this year was, for want of a better word, unexpected. Since their hiatus,...

Live Review: Buzzcocks at Benicassim 2012

Pockets of pogo open up in the crowd as Buzzcock's emphatic old-school pop-punk thunders around the stage. It's...

Live Review: Jessie J at Benicassim 2012

Ten billion girls sprint towards the stage as Jessie begins. It's like a slice of jam toast being left outside an ants...

Live Review: Noel Gallagher talking to...

A disturbance is brewing outside our media tent. Venturing out into the VIP area a small mass of about 100 people have...

Live Review: Ham Sandwich at Benicassim 2012

Straight outta County Meath, Ham Sandwich take to the stage as about a thousand Irish fans dash over from watching fellow Irish...

Live Review: Django Django at Benicassim...

Django Django are one of the more intriguing upcoming British bands at the moment. A Primal Scream-esque party feel combines...

Live Review: Bob Dylan at Benicassim 2012

You may recall that we reviewed Bob Dylan less than two weeks ago at Hop Farm. We couldn't come to a definite agreement, so...

Live Review: Miles Kane at Benicassim 2012

Miles Kane is greeted with a rapidly growing crowd, people throwing baloons in the air, and a woman holding up a "Marry Me...

Live Review: Chin Yi at Benicassim 2012

The event programme lists American singer-songwriter Zola Jesus for this slot. As you can tell by the review title, it turns...

Live Review: Disappears at Benicassim 2012

After Los Tiki Phantoms surprised a lot of people with their opening set yesterday, it's impossible not to excitedly...

Live Review: Arp Attack at Benicassim 2012

This is, Arp Attack! Opening the second stage on the second day is the exciting Supajam-backed trio, Arp Attack. With frenetic...

Live Review: De La Soul at Benicassim 2012

After Florence + The Machine pulled out of her headline billed slot, De La Soul were moved from the second stage to fill the...

Live Review: Pony Bravo at Benicassim 2012

A chanting gothic intro to a track gets spirit-fingers flickering high into the evening sky. A striding bass kicks in. A young...

Live Review: Los Tiki Phantoms at...

Los Tiki Phantoms come on stage in matching dress. Black trousers, black shirts, yellow waistcoats... and black skull masks. Is...

Live Review: Tuya at Benicassim 2012

A jagged, angular song early on during Tuya's set transcends into moments of softness. The Madrid 4-piece are making sounds...

Live Review: SupaJam Gibson EP Launch Vol.3

After the wild boat shenanigans of our last EP party, we were back on dry land in the ever welcoming surroundings of the...

Live Review: Bob Dylan at Hop Farm 2012

After seeing Bob Dylan play at Hop Farm on Saturday the SupaJam office was torn asunder-- was he a bonafide legend constantly...

Live Review: My Morning Jacket At Hop...

With my jumper thoroughly soaked, twilight approaching and my nose suffering from a surprising case of sunburn, I had been...

Live Review: Lights at Hop Farm 2012

Lights is her legal name apparently. So we're already off to a winner. Her music is a mesh of synth-heavy Indie-rock with...

Live Review: Kool and the Gang live at...

It comes as no surprise: Kool and the Gang are the synchro dancin', hit bustin', bass poppin', crowd pleasin'...

Live Review: Indigo Earth at Hop Farm 2012

First thing I notice was that three of the band had flowers either drawn on their face or draped around their person. Very...

Live Review: Tallest Man On Earth at Hop...

The Tallest Man On Earth is actually not the tallest person on the planet. When calling yourself The Tallest Man On Earth you...

Live Review: Lewis Floyd Henry at Hop...

As I roll into the SupaJam ticket tent on Sunday afternoon (late, grumpy, tired, stinking, etc) I was surprised - nay...

Live Review: David J. Alexander at Hop...

The Powers Bar stage has a small, brave crowd who are weathering the rain. Their prize is one of the finest gems on the London...

Live Review: Taj Mahal at Hop Farm 2012

I had to double check the times on this one. Was the legendary Grammy winning bluesman Taj Mahal really on second on the second...

Live Review: Early Ghost at Hop Farm 2012

Early Ghost are the final band of the weekend that Supajam has got onto the Hop Farm bill, hopefully they'll be really good...

Live Review: The Sheepdogs at Hop Farm 2012

Time for some ballsy Southern Rock, from Canada. Saskatoon to be precise. A goliath of a sound that wakes up absolutely every...

Live Review: Declan Zapala at Hop Farm 2012

Handsomely bearded with intricate fingering (behave), Declan Zapala is a little different from your average busker. Holding his...

Live Review: The Goodtime Family at Hop...

I think that's their name, they shouted it. If it's not, sorry. These guys were busking behind the Supajam tent and...

Live Review: Special Needs at Hop Farm 2012

The singer is wearing what looks like a trench coat. Come on man, there’s kids here. I digress, thoroughly enjoyable...

Live Review: Gary Numan at Hop Farm 2012

Bathed in red, blue and white lights, Numan and his band look exceptionally cool in silhouette. The band churned out tortured...

Live Review: Patti Smith and Her Band at...

Dressed in jeans and a black jacket, Patti looks as if she could’ve strolled straight out of the crowd. Starting chilled...

Live Review: Yngve and The Innocent at...

It’s pronounced Ing-Vuh. Glad we got that out of the way. Anyway, these guys should be on a bigger stage. They should be...

Live Review: The 'A' Train at Hop Farm 2012

The 'A' Train are ideal mid-afternoon festival music. Lay down and let the sun, grass and regrets of last night...

Live Review: The Datsuns at Hop Farm 2012

As Bruce Forsyth finished, a sizeable portion of the crowd drifted towards the Big Tent Stage to check out The Datsuns. If you...

Live Review: Bruce Forsyth at Hop Farm 2012

The biggest crowd of the day, by a long way, has assembled to see Bruce Forsyth’s first ever festival appearance. There...

Live Review: Kate Stapley at Hop Farm 2012

Kate Stapley takes to the Power’s Bar stage in a flowing green dress, ready to attend to the desires of a small...

Live Review: Nitin Sawhney at Hop Farm 2012

Nitin Sawhney commands a dedicted following. Whilst many casual punters at Friday nights Hop Farm drift over to wallow in Peter...

Live Review: Bellowhead at Hop Farm 2012

My friend Toby has been telling me for years that I need to see Bellowhead. Every time he wants to win cool points he'll...

Live Review: Adam Barnes at Hop Farm 2012

Another act that Supajam has gratuitously inserted into the Hop Farm line-up is Adam Barnes. He is greeted with a reasonable...

Live Review: Some dude busking by a fence...

Nobody knows his name. *UPDATE: Turns out his name is Jim* Kazoo in mouth, resonator guitar in hand and drums attached to feet,...

Live Review: Funkadelic at Hop Farm 2012

Half way through George Clinton's stanking funk explosion I realise that I've been listening to tunes built on his...

Live Review: Dr John at Hop Farm 2012

Or to give it the full title, Dr John & The Lower 911 ft. Jon Cleary... at Hop Farm 2012. Before we continue, just take a...

Live Review: Lianne La Havas at Hop Farm...

Oh man, Lianne La Havas has a voice that's more sensual than Barry White pouring butter over Katy Hill. Her music veers...

Live Review: Joel Sarakula at Hop Farm 2012

The Power's Bar Stage is basically a silver caravan that folds out into a stage. It's no bigger than an average...

Live Review: Sian Sanderson at Hop Farm 2012

A diminutive songstress, despite some killer heels, Sanderson has a boss of a voice. Strong and controlled with more delicate...

Live Review: Gomez at Hop Farm 2012

Gomez seem remarkably laid-back. Obviously you'd expect that from a band that won the Mercury Prize with their debut album...

Live Review: Holy Moly and The Crackers...

Holy Moly & The Crackers are the second band of the day that Supajam has slipped into the festival line-up. Opening the...

Live Review: Mary Epworth and The Jubilee...

Mary Epworth has a bearded banjo player in a chequered shirt. It's the perfect way to open the main stage of a festival at...

Live Review: Yossarian at Hop Farm 2012

It's technically still morning when Yossarian take the stage as the opening act on the Big Tent stage. It's the...

Live Review: SupaJam Gibson Jubilee Boat...

  After the total wash out of Sunday’s Jubilee celebrations, we approached Mondays gig with a touch of...

Live Review: The Vaccines - Brighton...

We managed to catch the last of their four-legged seaside tour… with the four London chaps, absolutely killing the...

Live Review: Camden Crawl - Saturday 5th May

There’s no denying it; Camden’s looking a bit knackered. The glory days of The Good Mixer belong in 90s nostalgia...

Live Review: SupaJam and Gibson EP Launch...

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, 1st of May, 2012. So how was the first SupaJam/ Gibson EP launch? OK, well obviously we're biased...

Live Review: Spector - The Farmhouse,...

Spector - The Farmhouse, Canterbury 28.04.12 If you haven’t heard of Spector before, it won’t be long… The...

Live Review: Fast Track to Strawberry...

Well this was it; after months of searching & hundreds of entries The Live Grand Final for SupaJam’s “Fast...

Live Review: Live Review: Coachella 2012

After what appeared to be the hardest season for music festivals in UK and Europe this year, with Sonisphere’s...

Live Review: Odd Future at Brixton...

Odd Future have been reigniting indie kids love of hip hop by bolting the kinetics of a rock show onto the pared street boom...

Live Review: Two Jackals - Bullies - Fat...

ORIGINAL OUTSIDER// THE SOCIAL// OXFORD CIRCUS// MARCH 20TH If it feels a bit like an end of year school show at The Social...

Live Review: Toy at The Shacklewell Arms...

Toy take to a stage flooded with the lava lamp projections of a Ken Kesey happening. They look part- long hair, 60s gear,...

Live Review: KT Tunstall at Union Chapel

KT Tunstall at the Union Chapel, Tuesday 8th November 2011 as watched by Helen Thomson You might think you know who KT Tunstall...

Live Review: If You Went Down to the...

  Critically acclaimed indie rockers British Sea Power and their 10 foot bear Ursine Ultra were the climax to Woolfstock...

Live Review: Bestival Festival - Should...

Is the Bestival festival going to be worth the treck? . . . James Wharton discusses   It's festival time boys and...

Live Review: Wilderness Festival

Upon arrival at Wilderness Festival we believed that the most extrovert offerings this idyllic countryside had to offer us...