GIG REVIEW: Kim Wilde at the London Palladium

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Tuesday 27 September 2022, last night of tour

SETLIST: Rage To Love; Never Trust A Stranger; Million Miles Away; Can’t Get Enough (Of Your Love); If I Can’t Have You; The Touch; The Second Time/Pop Muzik; Kandy Krush; Birthday; Water On Glass; Love Is Holy; Love In The Natural Way; Four Letter Word; Another Step; Cambodia; View From A Bridge; Chequered Love; You Keep Me Hangin’ On; Pop Don’t Stop; Kids From America

Born in 1960, Wilde tells us she grew up listening to The Beatles, was a teenager during punk, glam rock and ABBA, and, perhaps most importantly was 20 in 1980.

  • Read on for reasons including how Wilde was reunited with an extra special duet partner during this show
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GIG REVIEW: Cian Ducrot at Lafayette, London

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Tuesday 20 September, tour runs to 25 October 2022

SETLIST: I’ll Be Waiting; Not Usually Like This; F*cked Up All The Time; Endless Nights; Crocodiles; Make Believe; Both Of Us; Yellow; How Do You Know?; Hurt So Bad; Something About You; All For You

There is a magical moment during this gig when Ducrot steps away from his microphone, straps on an acoustic guitar and sits in the audience as he plays a song they will eventually sing along with.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Ducrot performing on his UK tour this year
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Autofiction by Suede (September 2022) and GIG REVIEW: Suede at PRYZM

WORTH A LOOK?: *****/****

WHEN?: Thursday 15 September 2022, touring until 25 March 2023

TRACKLIST: She Still Leads Me On; Personality Disorder; 15 Again; The Only Way I Can Love You; That Boy On The Stage; Drive Myself Home; Black Ice; Shadow Self; It’s Always The Quiet Ones; What Am I Without You?; Turn Off Your Brain And Yell

SETLIST: She Still Leads Me On; Personality Disorder; 15 Again; That Boy On The Stage; I Don’t Know How To Reach You; Black Ice; Shadow Self; What Am I Without You?; Sabotage; Outsiders; It Starts And Ends With You; Turn Off Your Brain And Yell; Life Is Golden

It’s the night before Suede release their 9th studio album Autofiction and the run-up to it could have not been more perfect if more than a little rough around the edges – although that, of course, is the point.

  • Read on for reasons including why Autofiction is exactly the sort of album Kate Bush would make if she was wanting to go punk
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GIG REVIEW: The Divine Comedy at the Barbican Centre (5-night residency overview)

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September 2022

‘Same time, same place – this is starting to feel like a full-time job,’ reflects The Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon as he arrives on stage at this prestigious venue at 7.30pm for a 5-night residency that will see his band play a total of 113 different songs.

  • Read on for reasons including how Hannon would do a 6-night residency once the band’s released a new album
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GIG REVIEW: Divine Comedy at the Barbican Centre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: 5 gigs, each night between Wednesday 31 August and Sunday 4 September 2022

Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon had 1 word to describe fans joining the band for 5 consecutive concerts at this prestigious London venue to hear 10 of the act’s studio albums in full – ‘weirdos’.

  • Read on for reasons including why you wouldn’t need Desert Island Discs if you were shipwrecked with The Divine Comedy
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GIG REVIEW: Victorious Festival at Southsea Common starring Suede, Little Boots, Metronomy, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Sam Ryder & Example (day 3)

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHEN?: Sunday 28 August 2022

Lean, mean and urging the audience to join in, Suede frontman Brett Anderson seems absolutely on fire during this main Common Stage slot as the sun sinks on a gorgeous day on Southsea seafront.

  • Read on for reasons including how Little Boots apologised for her bangers on the Acoustic Stage
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