Category: Show Reviews

Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Two bands, gently pressed from the same mold, provided an evening of accessible indie/dream pop in the heart of Shoreditch. I seem to be spending more and more time in the trendy East End of London. The Lexington is another of those Victorian pubs with an expanse of craft beers on offer downstairs and a snug venue on the upper […]

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Nova Twins

Fluffer Pit Party – Spring King, Demob Happy, Nova Twins – London (photo review)

The boxing ring had moved to a new warehouse for the latest in the series of Fluffer Pit Parties. As usual, the secret location was revealed shortly before I drove into East London. This time Fluffer Records had laid on the latest of their showcases at Hackney Downs Studios – a hidden away arts centre. I knew that Spring King, […]

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Omnibus Theatre was the venue in August for the first of hopefully many Music Makers Festivals. The cute little theatre was the perfect setting for the two days of music, which were brilliantly organized by Albert Man and Manoja Ullmann. The festival showcased some of the underrated (and even quirky) talent from around the UK and Ireland. Here’s a run […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Japandroids, Bad Breeding, and Yowl (photo essay)

My first visit to the Fluffer Pit Party series held in downtown Dalston, home to the hipsters who can’t afford to live in London’s Hoxton. Tonight’s trio of dynamic bands took to the in-the-round stage aiming to raise the temperature of the room to boiling. I was expecting a mosh pit to end all mosh pits as I walked into […]

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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Deap Vally Not only is Deap Vally‘s Femejism one of my favourite names for an album; it’s quite possibly one of my favourite albums of all-time. Rarely do you find an album where you like every single song! Hearing it live is even better. Fresh from the airport by the sounds of their tales, the Californian duo headlined a night […]

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The Nursery

The Nursery & Adera bring Synth Night to Bar Robo (photo essay)

For those who have not yet visited Bar Robo, they have taken over the space that used to be Raw Sugar in Ottawa’s Chinatown. The space has been renovated significantly, now transformed into an intimate yet contemporary cafe and club for live music. On this particular Wednesday night, the venue hosted the aptly billed Synth Night, as both bands featuring […]

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Thunder on the Left

Thunder on the Left at Fiddler’s Elbow, London (photo essay)

I was in Camden to shoot The Family Jools‘ publicity pics – the usual photos of a group of lads standing about in front of urban decay. The band was also playing at End of the Trail Records‘ showcase event on August 17th, so I thought I would drop in to see what else was on offer. Apart from Jools’ slick […]

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Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 2

Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 2

The Revue’s Paul and Marcus continue their coverage of this year’s very muddy Truck Festival. Yesterday, they covered some highlights from the main stages. Here are some of their favourite bands from the outlying stages. Paul’s hot list: This is where it’s at. Smaller stages always provide the artists that you lose your heart to. So much talent, so little time to write […]

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Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 1

Truck Festival 2017 – Review Part 1

The Revue sent the two-headed photography monster of Paul and Marcus down to Oxfordshire to cover the 20th annual Truck Festival. They found 174 bands, 17 DJs, a great deal of rain, and a few inches of mud. In this report they cover some of what they saw on the two main stages (out of the seven on offer). Watch out […]

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Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night (July 22nd), Canadian rock duo Japandroids made a stop at San Fran in Wellington, New Zealand as part of their world tour in support of their excellent new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. In his review of the record, Ben wrote: (‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’) matches the sonic intensity of Springsteen’s […]

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Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

You may remember Nick Heyward as the front man of Haircut 100, a young man with a big old guitar under his arm and a cheeky smile on his face. Most people will have a soft spot for Nick, who was a peer of the likes of Teardrop Explodes, ABC, and Orange Juice – crucial listening for 1980’s students. On 19th […]

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July Talk

RBC Bluesfest 2017 – In Photos, Part 2

Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest can be a logistical challenge thanks to all the talented artists on the lineup. With the number of performers featured on the multiple stages at one time, schedule conflicts are inevitable. Since we couldn’t attend every gig, here are some quick highlights of memorable sets from the first four days of the fest. Day 5 – Thursday, July 11th […]

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Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Paul from Dirty Water Records looks at me with his piercing blue eyes and warns me that tonight is going to be loud. Nambucca is a half neon-lit bar/half venue a long stone’s throw from Arsenal’s football ground in North London. It is adorned with Jack Daniels and Budweiser logos and has a gallery of earlier star studded gig photos […]

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BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

It’s festival season, which means the majority of female acts unfairly get swept under the carpet whilst the guys take the limelight (see this BBC article as proof). Perfect opportunity for BERRIES’ single release, and what an event it was! The audience at The Old Blue Last in London were treated to tune after tune from the energetic indie-rock band. […]

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Pokey Lafarge

RBC Bluesfest 2017 – First Half in Photos

Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest can be a logistical challenge thanks to all the talented artists on the lineup. With the number of performers featured on the multiple stages at one time, schedule conflicts are inevitable. Since we couldn’t attend every gig, here are some quick highlights of memorable sets from the first four days of the fest. Day 1 – Thursday, July 6th […]

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