Jason Manford: Off On Tour We Go, Hammersmith Apollo, London

"I don't get recognised much – well not until recently." So joked Jason Manford of his recent trials at the hands of the tabloid press. If he looked at all peaky tonight, it was more to do with the blue stage lighting than the after-effects of the exposure of his blue Tweets to female fans which led to him stepping down from The One Show. Here was a clubbable man determined to go about his business as usual. And he was duly firm with the inevitable hecklers. "You paid £20 and you brought your own jokes!" Manford riposted, after leaving a silence for his heckler to elaborate on an obvious, albeit well-timed cry of "Twitter!"

Amy Macdonald, Hammersmith Apollo, London

"Ordinary Life" is a somewhat ironic choice of opener for Amy Macdonald. The Glaswegian sings: "I don't care about the spotlight" in a voice that matches Dolores O'Riordan for stridency and adds KT Tunstall's huskiness. Amy, there is a spotlight 40 feet above your head, pointing right at you. It is not the only odd moment in a slick but ultimately underwhelming set.

Mumford & Sons, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

On the airwaves, Mumford & Sons are no longer a band – they're a phenomenon. Just try and listen to a commercial radio station without hearing one or more of their songs in an hour, and you'll have your work cut out.

Grinderman, Hammersmith Apollo, London

There was some debate over Nick Cave's shadow at this outing of the much-discussed "supergroup" comprising Cave and long-time collaborators Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The spotlight banged into Cave's mangled frame and cast a huge silhouette across one wall of the venue. It seems interesting that, because of the sometimes limited views of the stage, this shadow is all some audience members saw of the singer. It wasn't so much an image, as a negative impression of the real performer.

Small is still beautiful for the folk-rockers

There could be a downside to Mumford & Sons and other folk bands playing stadium-sized arenas, warns Elisa Bray

Nas and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Hammersmith Apollo, London

There is a point well into this two-hour concert when Nas and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, arms crossed, stand back-to-back and take in the applause. It is a triumphant moment and one that shows the chemistry that has developed between these two stars of their respective genres.

Penn & Teller, Hammersmith Apollo, London

"Lie, cheat, swindle, rip off, that's what we do!" Comedy-magic pairing Penn & Teller may offer illusions, but they are not under any about what they do.

Flight of the Conchords, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dulcet duo in pretty fine feather

Biffy Clyro, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

"There is no such thing as a naked man," says shirtless frontman Simon Neil, as if quoting from some mysterious book of Biffy logic.

John Bishop: Elvis Has Left The Building, Hammersmith Apollo, London

If you had told me last August that I would be seeing John Bishop's Edinburgh show performed at the Hammersmith Apollo nine months later, I would have bet against it, even after Bishop was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award later that month. Still, the award nomination has precipitated much television work, Bishop's stock is most definitely up and a new TV vehicle beckons in the autumn.

Iggy and the Stooges, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Still crazy after all these years

Diversity, HMV Apollo Hammersmith, London

Let's hear it for the (toy) boys

JLS, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Urban popstars live the scream

Todd Rundgren, Hammersmith Apollo, London

To a certain generation of former furry freaks, now bald retro-rockers, Todd Rundgren inspires fierce devotion. The American eccentric's success as a producer, supervising sessions for the Ramones, Meat Loaf, etc, gave him financial independence. Hence, if he wanted to make something as off-kilter as A Wizard, A True Star, a concept album with no concept, he could. Now he's touring the LP for the first time – 37 years late. Rundgren may be an oddball, but there are 3,500 elders here who see him as a True Star. And they have a point.

John Mayer, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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