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Film Review: Thatcher and the harsh...

Director: Owen Gower Duration: 112 minutes Decimated land and bulldozed communities. Thatcher had called the mining contingent...

Film Review: Grit a-plenty in 'Joe'...

Director: David Gordon Green Duration: 117 mins (US) Nicolas Cage doesn’t help himself a lot of the time. There was the...

Live Review: Ed Sheeran - iTunes Festival

Ed Sheeran - iTunes Festival And so we reach the penultimate iTunes festival gig and our last trip to Camden Taaaaan - to be...

Live Review: Kylie Minogue at iTunes...

Giant lips the size of YOUR MOTHER'S sit plump and red in the middle of the stage as a misty video of a wet Kylie projects...

Live Review: Placebo at the iTunes Festival

Written by Peter Wise. Placebo are six-strong on the Camden Roundhouse stage, and they’re sounding astonishing....

Live Review: First Aid Kit - Albert...

Country music, perhaps more so than any other genre, is frequently shackled and scarred by deep-rooted stereotypes and...

Live Review: Jo Rose - Albert Sessions:...

Standing alone, centre stage and with an acoustic guitar strapped to his person, solo troubadour Jo Rose couldn’t help...

Live Review: Ben Howard at iTunes Festival

It’s Wednesday evening, and instead of settling down for GBBO **sobs** we’re lucky enough to find ourselves at yet...

Live Review: Jessie J at the iTunes...

Some of you might feel that it's rather apt that it's not too far into Jessie J’s set before Primark gets a...

Live Review: Rudimental at iTunes Festival

Written by Selina Clark “SQUEE!” I’m now distracted by the girl next to me who [judging by this noise] has...

Live Review: Ryan Adams and First Aid Kit...

By Kate Prendergast It's unusual attending a show when you're far more into the support act than the headliner,...

Album Review: Jo Rose - 'Spurs'

Perceived from a certain angle, the Americana genre can feel like a strange anomaly. The tapestry of lazy, wonky, plinky,...

Film Review: 'Magic In The Moonlight'...

Director: Woody Allen Duration: 97 minutes (US) Aged 78 and showing no signs of slowing down from his impressive...

Live Review: SBTRKT and Jamie xx at the...

The Roundhouse is so orgasmically beautiful. This is my first time at Camden's eponymous host to the mainstay that has now...

Live Review: Jessie Ware at iTunes...

The Swedish 4-piece, Little Dragon open the show with tricky-to-pin-point smokey electronica. It’s smooth yet oddly...

Live Review: Gregory Porter at the iTunes...

Initially, at the very least, I’m going to make this personal. I don’t usually. As a rule, I like the third person....

Live Review: Blondie at iTunes Festival 2014

Written by Emma Batrick Please don’t sing I’ll Stand by You. That’s all I keep thinking. Pretty insulting to...

Live Review: David Gray Lisa Hannigan :...

By our estimate 42,900 punters have so far enjoyed this year’s iTunes festival for free. Not bad going Apple. I would...

Film Review: As 'The Two Faces of...

Oscar Isaac on being cast in the new Star Wars film, Kirsten Dunst on whether she could have worked with Hitchcock and how the...

Live Review: Paolo Nutini- Live at iTunes...

  After 2009’s Sunny Side Up turned Glasgow’s chip shop prodigy into a household name, hot off the release of...

Film Review: 'The Last Impresario' (2013)...

Director: Grace Otto Duration: 92 minutes His name is Michael White and he is a pioneer. He is also quite possibly the most...

Live Review: Elbow and Nick Mulvey at the...

Review by Kate Prendergast Nick Mulvey opens the stage to an almost full house with his hypnotic acoustic laid-back set. The...

Live Review: iTunes Festival Maroon 5...

Written by Asantha Jayaweera There are some people in life, who you want to do well. Some people who you feel are truly good...

Live Review: Pharrell Williams and Jungle...

Pharrell cements his superstar status at The Roundhouse  Review by Pete Wise A menacing spaghetti western whistle echoes...

Live Review: Sam Smith at the iTunes...

Written by Grace Stewart. I think it’s fair to say that I was one of a few lucky reviewers to be able to attend the...

Live Review: Robert Plant at the iTunes...

There’s a fair bit of electricity crackling in the air of the old converted engine shed in North London. Whilst September...

Live Review: Calvin Harris - iTunes Festival

Calvin Harris review: How To Make Friends and Influence People Review by Asantha Jayaweera “WTF just happened!?”...

Live Review: Tom Odell live at Festival No 6

The stage is set simply with big letters lit up with bulbs to spell out Tom Odell’s name. It all feels a little like the...

Live Review: Spector live at Festival No 6

Spector haven’t quite lit the music scene up in the way that they, or their label, would have hoped. In some ways, they...

Live Review: Steve Mason live at Festival...

Erstwhile Beta Band man Steve Mason cuts the figure of an elder indie statesman these days. With a greying mop of hair, he...

Live Review: Tony Bennet - iTunes Festival

Tony Bennett: Still Living The Good Life Review by Asantha Jayaweera "Chap. I say Chap!"  An impossibly posh...

Live Review: London Grammar live at...

Arriving onstage 25 minutes late, the trio take it in turns to offer an apology. Maybe they sense that the applause greeting...

Live Review: Kasabian at iTunes Festival,...

Kasabian take the gong for being the first proper all-out rock band of the London leg of the 2014 iTunes festival...

Live Review: iTunes Festival: 5SOS Review

5SOS Review: Old is the ‘New’ New By Asantha Jayaweera First things first, Five Seconds of Summer are NOT a...

Live Review: Beck live at Bestival 2014

I saw Beck 8 years ago in Belgium, and he was inanimate, disinterested and utterly entrancing. In 2014, I’m certain that...

Live Review: Woman's Hour Live at Bestival

The Thursday of a festival is always strange; people pouring in, raving in their cars and wondering just how far they can push...

Live Review: David Guetta and Clean...

Written by Emma Batrick Robin Schulz’s name is about 20ft tall on the screens behind him as he kicks off the night to a...

Live Review: Beck live at iTunes Festival

Written by Connor Lundy. Praise Xenu that Beck Hansen has made his return to London for the first time in 70 years, his words,...

Live Review: Deadmau5 live at the iTunes...

Written by Tom Court. For many of us, Monday the 1st of September marks the end of summer – if you are not getting ready...

Live Review: In The Woods Festival 2014:...

IN THE WOODS FESTIVAL 2014 By Kate Prendergast In the Woods Festival has been going since 2006 and last year was my first taste...

Film Review: Interview with Kelly...

Writer/director Kelly Reichardt has taken a step towards the mainstream in her latest release Night Moves. This story of...

Film Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The...

Director: Brian Knappenberger Duration: 105 min (US) In an ideal world, the role of a documentary is to take an important...

Live Review: Reading Festival- Sunday...

With career-defining performances, ridiculous surprise sets and sublime headline acts, it’s a wonder how best to round...

Live Review: Blink 182- Sunday Reading...

As the colossal black sheet cascades in an instant, pop punk heroes Blink 182 spring into ‘Feeling This’, followed...

Live Review: The Kooks- Sunday Reading...

It’s easy to question how much of an impact The Kooks have yet to make on the music scene- with album number...

Live Review: Overview of Saturday at...

Royal Blood’s gnarly dark punk sends fans into moshing chaos, while Peace spread the love on their debut main stage...

Live Review: Arctic Monkeys- Saturday...

After announcing that Reading and Leeds festival seemed like "the perfect place to leave things for a while"...

Live Review: Jake Bugg- Saturday Reading...

How does a twenty-year-old newcomer deal with being second on the bill at one of the biggest music festivals in the world?...

Live Review: The Hives- Saturday Reading...

Never ones to do things half-heartedly, The Hives enter the stage to dramatic, Jaws-like music booming out of the speakers. The...

Live Review: Peace- Saturday Reading...

“We’re Peace and we’re from Earth” announces Harrison Koisser as Peace waltz on stage. He is wearing a...

Film Review: Lucy (2014)

Director: Luc Besson Duration: 89 minutes What a mess. The tragedy placed in audiences' lap in Lucy is that of a director...

Film Review: Interview with Belle and...

Stuart Murdoch is a busy man. Not one to rest on his laurels, aside from being the prominent songwriter with Scottish indie...

Live Review: Eagulls- Friday Reading...

Eagulls, Leeds’ snarling post-punk pioneers take to the stage at Reading festival, fresh from a worldwide tour following...

Live Review: Overview of Friday at...

From Kent, no-nonsense razor sharp post-punk duo Slaves graced the Lock Up stage, stomping around like mad men to an already...

Live Review: Queens Of The Stone Age-...

“FIVE… FOUR… THREE… TWO… ONE…” booms across the Reading main stage as Queens Of...

Live Review: Paramore- Friday at Reading...

As the first evening of Reading festival 2014 begins to fade, it’s time for the first of tonight’s dual headline...

Film Review: Sin City: A Dame To Die For...

Directors: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez Duration: 102 minutes (US) Nine years after the 2005 critical and commercial...

Live Review: Highfield Festival - Germany

Day 1 Fish scales, one eye, horns; no, not the result of too much sun, but the massive creature waiting for you at the entrance...

Live Review: Ought blow us away whilst...

Hippy trousers After a second consecutive day of spotting people with fluorescent, baggy, hemp (or whatever the fuck it is)...

Live Review: Mac DeMarco plunges from...

I’m cruising through the beautiful Black Mountains, a valley away from Sugarloaf Mountain, putting in the last...

Single Review: Polar Beach- 'City Stones'

Hailing from the salty coast of Margate, indie-pop quartet Polar Beach return after their debut EP All The Talk with a brand...

Film Review: The Congress (2013) - Out in...

Director: Ari Folman Duration: 122 mins (Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France) Okay, this is a strange one. Without...

Film Review: Mood Indigo (2013)

Director: Michel Gondry Duration: 94 mins (France/Belgium) Set the quirk factors to eleven. Michel Gondry, fresh off of the...

Film Review: 'Now: In The Wings On A...

Director: Jeremy Whelehan Duration: 97 mins (US) Kevin Spacey has been burning holes through TVs, tablets, laptops and phones...

Film Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone Duration: 81 mins (US) There is a certain kind of hidden, sinister, violent undertone to the...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - Beans On Toast

Having a self-professed drunk in the form of Beans on Toast performing smack-bang in the middle of a Sunday daytime crowd (made...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - De La Soul

Ending Saturday night with a bang were hip-hop legends De La Soul, who this year are celebrating their 25th anniversary as a...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - Sophie...

As a child of the initial Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘boom’, I couldn’t resist myself this one as the sun gave its...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - James

Manchester favourites James gave a hit-filled headline Camp Bestival set oozing verve and passion - not to mention a few...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - Cuban Brothers

The Cuban Brothers continued their love-affair with Rob da Bank yesterday, lighting up the main stage of Camp Bestival. Laiden...

Live Review: Camp Bestival - Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr’s exhilarating Camp Bestival Friday night main stage performance most certainly reinforced one thing: this is...

Live Review: Latitude festival 2014 review

As the lightning snapped and the torrential rain thrashed at the precise moment Damon Albarn greeted Blur cohort...

Film Review: A Hard Days Night - 50th...

Dir: Richard Lester Duration: 87 minutes (UK) Spruced up and dolled up to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its release,...

Live Review: Hozier at Latitude 2014

Walking like a trail of zombies into the bustling tent, the lure of 'Hozier' is undeniable. The raspy voice of Irish...

Live Review: Anna Calvi At Latitude...

Anna Calvi was suprisingly dressed down for her blistering set on the BBC 6 Music Stage on Friday evening. Her casual look...

Album Review: 'Sandscrape' EP by Gang

Born of Nirvana's untamable power, seasoned with Queens Of The Stone Age's twisted desert-rock howl, and left to simmer...

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the...

Director: Matt Reeves Duration: 130 minutes (US) The early indicators and buzz had already been strikingly positive. The...

Album Review: Ed Sheeran 'x'

If the first record felt like a bright debut from a promising new voice, then this very much feels like the spectacular summer...

Film Review: Transformers: Age of...

‘WILL IT NEVER END?!?!’ No, this isn’t the internal monologue of a man/woman sat in the dentist’s chair...

Film Review: Part 2 of our Edinburgh...

Further to our first dispatch from EIFF 2014, you'll find reviews below of Eli Roth's directorial return, Michel...

Live Review: John Newman At Glastonbury...

"Hello Glastonbury!"...   "HELLO GLASTONBURY"   "Hellllllllo Glastonbury".   And...

Film Review: The 2014 Edinburgh...

By Greg Wetherall The winding cobbled streets of Edinburgh, a place more instantly associated with August’s annual Fringe...

Film Review: A Portrait of the Artist -...

In 1915, sculptor Camille Claudel was confined by her own family to an asylum in a remote part of France. As a result of her...

Film Review: Chinese Puzzle (2013)

French director Cedric Kaplisch rallies the troops for a 3rd colourful instalment in the lives of a group French men and women....

Live Review: Field Day festival- Sunday...

  It’s the Sunday of Victoria Park’s Field Day festival and both the sun and the line-up are equally...

Film Review: The Past (2013) - Out on DVD...

Asghar Farhadi shows that lightning can strike in the same place twice in the layered, multi-faceted French drama ‘The...

Film Review: "I did ask Jarvis if I could...

  This year has seen much trumpeting of the 20 year anniversary of the advent of Britpop. It might therefore seem a rather...

Film Review: The National painfully...

  The National's frontman Matt Berninger invites his slacker, louche, unemployed filmmaker brother, Tom, on the road....

Live Review: James at the Electric Ballroom

James - Electric Ballroom 28th May 2014 The floor is sticky to the point of gig-going cliche and the tight space is packed to...

Live Review: Love Saves The Day

Review By Bethany Roberts   Bristol residents are familiar with two things: rain and parties.   Last weekend brought...