What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.
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Paloma Faith and the Guy Barker Orchestra, Jazz Festival, Cheltenham
Gregory Porter featuring Jamie Cullum, Jazz Festival, Cheltenham
Sunday 13 May 2012
Jamie is swinging his hammer on the chain gang – but Mrs Overall just swings
Wednesday 09 May 2012
With more than 681 events on the programme this year, the Brighton Fringe has had to get creative with venues. There’s a wealth of site-specific work on offer, from plays in an old prison cell to dance works at the swimming pool.
Sunday 29 April 2012
Friday 20 April 2012
Michele Stodart has decided to stepaway from a successful band to make a country-themed album. By Gillian Orr
What To Do, See & Buy: James Franco; Mystery Jets; Bauhaus: Art as Life; Topshop; Calligaris; Elderflower Fields Festival
Saturday 14 April 2012
Note to self
Wednesday 11 April 2012
A couple of years ago, on an evening that I was regrettably absent from, a few friends of mine ended up partying with Andrew W.K. If you’re familiar with the 32-year-old rock star/celebrated hedonist/motivational speaker, you’ll know that this is a big deal. A very big deal. Because no-one parties quite like Andrew W.K. The man has made it his mission to party; it’s his religion. Why just live, when you can party?
Wednesday 04 April 2012
They were the “future of music”, the band with a quote for every occasion who would revive Britpop’s stadium-filling glory days.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Another young singer-songwriter, another break-up album – though unlike For Emma... the cause of Henson's sorrow remains nameless.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change and be at the centre of communities, says Nicholas Kenyon
Wednesday 14 March 2012
As austerity bites, the temples of culture will have to change, says Nicholas Kenyon
Thursday 23 February 2012
Tuesday's awards ceremony was anodyne and uncomfortable. Andy Gill offers his 20-point plan to inject a bit of danger back into the show
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. A gig that’s so inspiring it leaves you with a lasting smile etched on your face and a burning desire to download every track the artist has ever recorded. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Vieux Farka Touré.
Sunday 05 February 2012
Notes from the day the music died
Thursday 19 January 2012
I knew when I quoted Chris Keates saying last year's teachers' union ballot on pensions proved her union was the biggest in the land, that would not be an end of the matter.
Friday 30 December 2011
Next year promises to be a cultural jamboree, with world-class films, art exhibitions, gigs and theatre performances around the country. Our critics select the most exciting highlights
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