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Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit @ St. John Hackney – Gigslutz

It’s hard not to equate a gig to a spiritual experience when it takes place in a church. The acoustics are perfect, the audience is rapt, and the lighting is usually simple, but effective. This was the case when Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit took the stage at St. John at Hackney. This is the only time I will mention this hackneyed metaphor, because what Flynn and his band delivered wasn’t divine or heavenly: it was human. Real, down to earth musical talent that just so happened to take place in a holy space. The set list was comprised of old classics and more recent material. It was clear that the die-hard fans had already memorised the words to the newer songs. Yet, even during the most well known ones, the audience sing-along wasn’t as overwhelming as one might expect. Whether out of respect for Flynn, or simply wanting to hear his dulcet singing, not the kid next to you, one can’t be too sure. The few moments where the audience let loose came …

LIVE: Beans On Toast & Will Varley – Rockwood Music Hall, NYC 12.10.16: Gigslutz

Home is a funny thing. It can transcend the physical, or be so rooted in location and proximity that it is almost inescapable. On Wednesday night, Beans On Toast and Will Varley brought a taste of home to, well, my home. In the tiny stage one area of Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side (my birth place), the two English folk musicians filled the room with their equally unique, disparate, and yet complimentary sounds. It was a breath of fresh English air (which I have adopted as the one that fills my lungs) in the cool October New York City evening. Read more…

A Night in Paradise: A Fundraiser at the Ministry of Sound – Guestlist

On Sunday 30th November Ministry of Sound, one of London’s biggest dance and house music venue, is hosting A Night in Paradise: the official HIV fundraiser consists of a night of seminal US and UK garage music. Coinciding with World AIDS Day, the event aims to raise £20,000 to be split evenly between two major HIV charities, New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis and UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust. Read more…

Blink 182 @ o2 Brixton – The Metropolist

The o2 Academy in Brixton was filled with the smell of damp, beer, and sweat. Throngs of rain-drenched gig goers filled the venue, bristling with excitement, nostalgia, and impatience for Blink 182 to appear. No one wants to wait an extra thirty minutes for the headlining band to take the stage, but all annoyance was forgotten as soon as Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker stepped out into the spotlight. Read more…

Benjamin Clementine @ KoKo

When one hears Benjamin Clementine for the first time, there is an element of being transported into another world. His velvety voice has just the right amount of grit in it. His expert piano playing has just enough frenetic energy in it. His interactions with the audience have just enough spontaneity to them. Those lucky enough to fill the room, and balconies, at Koko witnessed something incredible when Benjamin Clementine took the stage. Illuminated by a single shaft of light, bathed in Tyndall scattering, Clementine perched himself on the too-high-stool and wrapped his arms around his torso, as if he had just walked into a chilly, windy Paris metro station. As he unwound himself and placed his fingers upon the keys, gig-goers were instantly transported to his world, to the darkness and brilliance that lives inside Clementine’s mind. Read more…

Alkaline Trio & Bayside @ The Forum – Noise Cannon

For one brief flickering moment in time, Kentish Town was chock-a-block with the most peculiar gathering of concert goers. A crowd one might expect at The Borderline, tucked away in a back alley, instead flooded Kentish Town High street – all eagerly awaiting Alkaline Trio’s arrival. The Forum played home to the American band and their opening acts – most notably New York City steadfast punk-ish band Bayside. Read more…

Lloyd Yates @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

On the last night of February, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen played host to a rag tag group of bearded, dreadlocked folksmen, led by Lloyd Yates. The Channel Islands born group, now settled in South East London, have a particular sound that sets them apart from the ever growing indie folk scene. Similar in practice to Swedish folk musician ‘The Tallest Man on Earth’, Lloyd Yates crafts a distinct and purposeful vocal sound. A voice that defies description, the only way to understand Lloyd Yates’ brilliance is to hear him live. The other distinguishing feature for Lloyd Yates is the brand of heavier driving bass and drum beats that accompany otherwise melodic folk music. Read more…

John Smith @ Union Chapel

Union Chapel is a functioning church that provides services not only of the religious type. A music venue, a community centre, and a place of worship, its navy blue luminescent spire beckons one inside – it was here that John Smith held forth, preaching, in a manner, to those congregated to share in the splendour of his music. Not to mention it was the biggest gig of Smith’s life. Read More…

David Grey @ Emannuel Centre

The Emmanuel Centre in London is a great place for an artist to stage a comeback. David Gray’s guerrilla London show was sold out, and for good reason. David Gray has been around for over 20 years, performing and releasing solid folk rock albums since 1993. After a brief absence from the limelight, it seems the man is doing his best to make his way back into the public eye. Read more…