LIVE REVIEW: Goldfrapp

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 27/3

SETLIST: Utopia; Lovely Head; Anymore; Train; Ocean; Moon In Your Mouth; You Never Know; Dreaming; Slide In; Everything Is Never Enough; Become The One; Systemagic; Number One; Ride A White Horse; Black Cherry; Shiny and Warm; Ooh La La; Strict Machine

Goldfrapp last played in London when they headlined an Albert Hall gig in November 2014 and were joined onstage by kindred spirit John Grant to close the book on their downbeat, cinematic and folky Tales Of Us album.

  • Read on for reasons including what new album Silver Eye sounds like

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LIVE REVIEW: Marc Almond

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 22/3, UK tour runs to 28/3

SETLIST: Adored and Explored; Stories Of Johnny; A Lover Spurned; The Days Of Pearly Spencer; Tears Run Rings; The Idol; Where The Heart Is; Child Star; Desperate Hours; Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart; Scar; Torch; A Kind Of Love; Jacky; Bedsitter; What; Down In The Subway; Soul Inside; Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go; Hand On My Heart; Memorabilia; Say Hello Wave Goodbye

We’ve seen Marc Almond several times over the last four decades but never performing such a lengthy greatest hits set – until tonight.

  • Read on for reasons including Marc’s emotional tribute to Soft Cell partner Dave Ball

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LIVE REVIEW: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: KOKO

WHEN: 1/3

SETLIST: Wild Forever; Death of Love; The Deer And The Wolf; Unrequited; Don’t Shy Away; Cassandra; 13 Little Dolls; Mixed Up World; Today the Sun’s On Us; I Won’t Change You; Get Over You; Young Blood; Crystallise;  Love Is The Camera; Come With Us; Take Me Home; Lady; Groovejet; Sing It Back; Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer; Murder On The Dancefloor; Here Comes The Rapture

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s most recent two albums have seen her step away from the dance floor where she made her name and try her hand at something a little more ambitious.

  • Read on for reasons including who Sophie’s surprise guest was

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LIVE REVIEW: Go West and Nik Kershaw

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Indigo2

WHEN: 23/12

SETLIST: Everybody Wants To Rule The World; Wide Boy; Don Quixote; Wings; Call Me; Faithful; The One and Only; Crazy; Dancing Girls; When a Heart Beats; The Riddle; I Want to Hear It From You; Don’t Look Down; Black and Gold; Would I Lie To You?; Wouldn’t It Be Good; We Close Our Eyes; I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me; King of Wishful Thinking; Sex On Fire.

We email the Indigo2 in advance of this gig to find out when the support act’s on because we don’t want to miss them, whether they’re Go West or Nik Kershaw.

  • Read on for reasons including why George Michael’s death means we should cherish our 80s icons

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LIVE REVIEW: The Smyths

By Carron Stacey

WHERE?: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

WHEN: 22/10/16

The Smiths tour The Queen is Dead. I am 15, heavily into them, and can’t go because I’m on holiday in Spain. Yes it was a lovely holiday. No I’m not over it. I can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible.

  • Read on for why these words saved your life

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LIVE REVIEW: Billy Joel

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Wembley Stadium

WHEN: 10/9

SETLIST: Miami 2017; Angry Young Man; Just the Way You Are; The Entertainer; Zanzibar; My Life; Vienna; The Lion Sleeps Tonight; The Longest Time; Movin’ Out; Leningrad; Allentown; New York State Of Mind; Don’t Ask Me Why; Sometimes A Fantasy; Highway To Hell; We Didn’t Start The Fire; She’s Always A Woman; Keeping The Faith; The River Of Dreams; Nessun dorma; Scenes From An Italian Restaurant; Piano Man; Uptown Girl; It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me; Big Shot; Only The Good Die Young; You May Be Right.

Welcome to Billy Joel’s only UK gig of 2016 and his first concert on these shores since November 2013.

  • Read on for the thoughts of someone who’s never listened to much Joel, until recently

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