Cate Blanchett is magnificent in Tár

I’ve never really been a movies person, they last too long and I always want the bar/toilet after 20 minutes like at a gig, which stresses me out. But I got myself a BFI membership and once a week I…

A one-line review of every gig I’ve been to in January 2023

This monthly series is probably more for my benefit than yours, but maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll straight past. Maybe you’ll unsubscribe thinking what did I see in this blog in…

m-orchestra live in Walthamstow in February

My first gig of the year, playing my somewhat weird 80s-sounding electronic music about the paranormal, will be at Walthamstow Trades Hall on Thursday 9 February. £5 on the door for non-members, members get in for £3. I’ll be supporting…

The Futureheads at Rockaway Beach 2023

Nobody has asked for these reviews. They are more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It is usually a monthly series but I thought I’d get all of Rockaway Beach off straight away. Boom. Happy new year. Links go…

Desperate Journalist at Oslo Hackney

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

(From L-R): Martin, Willow, Emma, James. Only one of these existed when this blog began.

Journalists are notorious for leaving deadlines to the very last moment, and that is how, having set myself the target in 2002 of “have your own Movable Type server up and running with your own blog by Christmas” I ended…

Ingrid Bergman in Notorious

Another new series, mainly for my benefit not yours. I’ve never really been a movies person as they generally last too long and I always want to go the bar and the toilet after about twenty minutes like it is…

Suede at Electric Ballroom, Camden

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

Marillion at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

Thoughts on … finally seeing Tom Bailey playing the whole Into The Gap album live

At the weekend I went to a very special gig in Aylesbury, where Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins was performing the whole of their 1984 Into The Gap album live for the first time. He rarely does solo shows…