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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LIVE REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Royal Opera House

WHEN: 22/7 runs to 23/7

SETLIST: Inner Sanctum; West End Girls; The Pop Kids; In The Night; Burn; Love Is A Bourgeois Construct; New York City Boy; Se A Vida E; Twentysomething; Love Comes Quickly; Love Etc; The Dictator Decides; Inside A Dream; Winner; Home and Dry; Vocal; The Sodom and Gomorrah Show; It’s A Sin; Left To My Own Devices; Go West; Domino Dancing; Always On My Mind; The Pop Kids (reprise)

We’ve seen Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe at London venues as diverse as The 02, the old Wembley Arena, Clapham Common, Trafalgar Square and the Savoy Theatre.

  • Read on for details of the Pet Shop Boys new Super tour

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LIVE REVIEW: Cyndi Lauper and Matt Henry

WORTH A LOOK: ****1/2

WHERE: Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

WHEN: 30/6

SETLIST: Funnel of Love; She Bop; Heartache By The Number; I Drove All Night; End Of The World; Walking After Midnight; I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart; You Don’t Know; When You Were Mine; Money Changes Everything; Misty Blue; Time After Time; The Goonies ‘r’ Good Enough; Girls Just Want To Have Fun (duet with Matt Henry); Fearless; True Colors.

‘It’s never too f***ing late to do what you want to do.’ 63-year-old Cyndi Lauper is three songs into a set which mixes her latest album of country covers interspersed with her career hits, focusing in particular on debut breakthrough LP She’s So Unusual.

  • Read on for details of the best Prince tribute we’ve yet seen

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LIVE REVIEW: Top 7 Glastonbury Festival 2016 acts

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She did it. We had our doubts about whether her Saturday Pyramid-headlining set would be uptempo enough but in the end it was the mix of revealing banter, heartfelt material and an exceptional voice which made the muddiest ever Glastonbury memorable for so much more than the weather.

  • Read on for acts including Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Hurts and Shura

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LIVE REVIEW: Shura

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: KOKO

WHEN: 1/6

SETLIST: Nothing’s Real; What’s It Gonna Be; Touch; Kids’n’Stuff; Indecision; What Happened To Us?; Just Once; Make It Up; 2 Shy; White Light.

Shura must have been disappointed when she realised her biggest London gig to date earmarked for the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire had to be rearranged from 29/5.

  • Read on for why Shura’s debut album Nothing’s Real will soundtrack the summer

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LIVE REVIEW: Lake Street Dive

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Scala

WHEN: 26/4

SETLIST: Godawful Things; I Don’t Care About You; Side Pony; Clear A Space; Mistakes; Stop Your Crying; Spectacular Failure; Lola; How Good It Feels; Saving All My Sinning; Hell Yeah; What I’m Doing Here; Don’t Make Me Hold Your Hand; Elijah; Just Ask; So Long; You Go Down Smooth; Bad Self Portraits; 17; Call Off Your Dogs.

Lake Street Dive are musical magpies – we think we can hear strains of songs as diverse as The Nolans’ I’m In The Mood For Dancing and the Jim’ll Fix It theme tune at times during their set.

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