GIG REVIEW: Alphabeat, 86 metres above Copenhagen, Denmark

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: 26/6/20

WHERE?: 86 metres above Copenhagen

SETLIST: I Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore; Vacation; The Spell; 10,000 Nights; Sometimes 2020; Shadows; Fascination

Singers Anders SG and Stine plus band members Anders B, Rasmus, Anders and Troels must enjoy playing midsummer gigs because a year ago they performed their first UK gig since 2013 while at the weekend they staged a Danish show on a hotel roof.

  • Read on for reasons including how to watch this high-rise 27-minute show

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GIG REVIEW: Tim Mahendran via Leave A Light On

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE?: Livestreaming via Leave A Light On courtesy the Theatre Cafe

WHEN: 10/4/20 (matinee)

‘Absolute chaos’, remembers & Juliet star Tim Mahendran of his time in the recording studio with legendary songwriter Max Martin.

  • Read on for reasons including how not even his girlfriend’s DJ malfunction can put Mahendran off his stride

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LAST NIGHT: GIG REVIEW: Reflections on Madonna at the London Palladium

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: London Palladium

WHEN: 16/2/20

We weren’t able to finish this review immediately after Madonna’s last night at the London Palladium on her Madame X theatre tour but have decided in the coronavirus lockdown to return to it and reflect on it.

  • Read on for reasons including our thoughts on how Madonna will reinvent the live experience

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GIG REVIEW: Fra Fee via Leave A Light On

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Livestreaming via Leave A Light On courtesy the Theatre Cafe

WHEN: 10/4/20

‘This does make me sad about theatre and how we all really need it. It will come back better than ever because then people will know how much they need it. We just need to be strong for the time being,’ says West End and Broadway star Fra Fee during this intimate internet lockdown gig.

  • Read on for reasons including how Fee reminds of pop stars Rufus Wainwright and Robbie Williams

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GIG REVIEW: Marisha Wallace via Leave A Light On

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Livestreaming via Leave A Light On courtesy the Theatre Cafe

WHEN: 4/4/20

‘You will be OK, you will get through this – stay positive.’ Wallace, star of Dreamgirls and Waitress, is drawing on her own personal experience to give hope during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Wallace next in the West End in Hairspray

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GIG REVIEW: The Orielles at Chalk, Brighton

BY: Carron Stacey

WHERE? Chalk, Brighton (touring in the US through March)

WHEN? 2/3/20

We were eagerly awaiting the trip along the south coast to watch this cosmic pop outfit from Halifax as we’d missed them at Victorious Festival two years ago.

  • Read on for reasons including why The Orielles are the love child of Orange Juice and Altered Images

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GIG REVIEW: David Baddiel Trolls: Not the Dolls at Portsmouth Guildhall

By Carron Stacey

WHERE?: Portsmouth Guildhall 22/2/20

Never, to my shame, having seen David Baddiel live, this was a Christmas present for Mr Humdrum which, on the morning of the show, almost didn’t transpire when he claimed I’d only bought one ticket. He had, in fact, failed to turn over the print-out.

  • Read on for reasons including why we need more comedy in our lives

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