GIG REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys at The 02, London

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Sunday 22 May 2022, tour runs until 16 October 2022

SETLIST: Suburbia; Can You Forgive Her?; Opportunities; Where The Streets Have No Name; Rent; I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Anymore; So Hard; Left To My Own Devices; Single – Bilingual; Domino Dancing; Monkey Business; New York City Boy; You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk; Jealousy; Love Comes Quickly; Losing My Mind; You Were Always On My Mind; Dreamland; Heart; It’s Alright; Vocal; What Have I Done To Deserve This?; Go West; It’s A Sin; West End Girls; Being Boring

We popped our Pet Shop Boys live cherry in 1989 at the old Wembley Arena and this greatest hits gig means we’ve seen the duo, we think, 14 times across each of the last 5 decades.

  • Read on for reasons including how, amidst all the hits, there were 2 very special moments
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GIG REVIEW: Suede at Razzmatazz, Barcelona

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Thursday 19 May 2022, tour runs until 24 May 2022

SETLIST: Trash; Filmstar; Lazy; By The Sea; She; Beautful Ones; Starcrazy; Picnic By The Motorway; The Chemistry Between Us; Saturday Night; It Starts And Ends With You; Killing Of A Flashboy; Can’t Get Enough; The Power; Flytipping; We Are The Pigs; The Wild Ones; So Young; Metal Mickey; Animal Nitrate; New Generation

Most of the gigs we go to these days are in London by Tube and it’s a joy to be able to walk door to door on a balmy evening from Raval to Poble Nou in less than 50 minutes.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about Suede’s new album
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GIG REVIEW: Dua Lipa and Griff at The 02

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Tuesday 3 May 2022, tour runs until 16 November 2022

GRIFF SETLIST: Say It Again; Walk; Forgive Myself; One Foot In Front Of The Other; Head On Fire; One Night; Shade Of Yellow; Black Hole

DUA SETLIST: Physical; New Rules; Love Again; Cool; Pretty Please; Break My Heart; Be The One; We’re Good; Good In Bed; Fever; Boys Will Be Boys; One Kiss; Electricity; Hallucinate; Cold Heart; Levitating; Future Nostalgia; Don’t Start Now

We arrive early at this venue because we want to see support act Griff who was named the Rising Star at 2021’s BRIT Awards and released her debut album last year.

  • Read on for reasons including how Dua Lipa made good on Levitating at this gig
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GIG REVIEW: Goldfrapp performs Felt Mountain live at Royal Festival Hall

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Friday 15 April 2022

SETLIST: Felt Mountain; Paper Bag; Pilots; Deer Stop; Human; Hairy Trees; Road To Somewhere; Eat Yourself; Moon In Your Mouth; You Never Know; Black Cherry; Utopia; Lovely Head; Ride A White Horse; Strict Machine; Train; Oompa Radar

An hour into tonight’s show and singer Alison Goldfrapp announces from the stage that she wants to take a picture of the audience and instructs us to get to our feet.

  • Read on for reasons including how we hope new studio album number 8 is not far off
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GIG REVIEW: Sophie Ellis Bextor at the London Palladium

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Wednesday 30 March, tour runs until 6 March 2023

SETLIST: Take Me Home; Disco Inferno; Wild Forever; Over and Over; All Night Long; Hypnotised; Mixed Up World; Young Blood; There Are Worse Things I Could Do; Love Is a Camera; Dancing Queen; Get Over You; Lady; Groovejet; Sing It Back; Crying At The Discoteque; Like A Prayer; Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer); Murder On The Dancefloor; Our House; My Favourite Things

It’s hard to imagine this Kitchen Disco Tour being quite so successful if Sophie Ellis Bextor hadn’t broadcast shows live from her home on social media featuring her family during the Covid lockdowns.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see clips from the highlights of this show
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GIG REVIEW: Warmduscher at The Boileroom, Guildford

By Carron Stacey, A Humdrum Mum

WHEN?: Tuesday 22 March 2022

Two years waiting to see them, but if we had seen them pre-lockdown, we wouldn’t have the “thing of beauty”, as Marc Riley on 6Music calls it, that is Wild Flowers (from the forthcoming album To the Hotspot due for a July release).

  • Read on for reasons including why A Humdrum Mum is going to see them again in a fortnight
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GIG REVIEW: Regressive Left at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

By Carron Stacey, A Humdrum Mum

WHEN?: Sunday 13 March 2022

Described by their own local paper as “electro art-rock”, Regressive Left surprised me as a support band that I wanted to review separately rather than tagging along with BODEGA, who they are touring with this month.

  • Read on for reasons including how Regressive Left’s female drummer is an inspiration
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GIG REVIEW: Years and Years at PRYZM, Kingston

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Wednesday 2 February 2022, UK arena tour May 2022

SETLIST: Desire; Crave; Sooner Or Later; Shine; Muscle; If You’re Over Me; Play; Sunlight; Night Call; Starstruck; Sweet Talker; King

We’re near the front of the stage in this packed nightclub venue and when the excited audience start chanting: ‘Let go, let go, let go of everything’ during set closer and charttopper King we’re overcome with emotion and on the verge of tears.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Years and Years on tour in May
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