GIG REVIEW: Janelle Monae at Camden Roundhouse

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN?: 12/9/18

SETLIST: Dirty Computer; Crazy, Classic, Life; Take A Byte; Screwed; Django Jane; Q.U.E.E.N.; Electric Lady; Prime Time; Pynk; Yoga; I Like That; Don’t Judge Me; Make Me Feel; I Got the Juice; Cold War; Tightrope; So Afraid; Americans

When Monae encourages BAFTA-winning British actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel to join three audience members, including 1 in a wheelchair, on stage for a dance-off during an extended version of I Got The Juice (see 1h 16m in below), you know that you’re witnessing something extra special.

  • Read on for reasons including how this show opens with the 2001 Theme and, astonishingly, lives up to it

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GIG REVIEW: Years & Years and MNEK at Camden Roundhouse

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN?: 10/7/18 and touring to 7/2/19

SETLIST: Sanctify; Take Shelter; Shine; Eyes Shut; If You’re Over Me; Karma; Desire; Palo Santo; Rendezvous; Worship; Hallelujah; Real; All For You; Valentino (with MNEK); King

MNEK has transformed himself into a captivating, all-singing, all-dancing performer in the several years since we’ve last seen him live.
  • Read on for reasons including why this was an arena show in all but name

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ALBUM REVIEW: Palo Santo by Years & Years

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 6/7/18

TRACKLIST: Sanctify; Hallelujah: All For You; Karma; Hypnotised; Rendezvous; If You’re Over Me; Preacher; Lucky Escape; Palo Santo; Here; Howl; Don’t Panic; Up In Flames

It’s been no secret that Years & Years have been struggling to follow up their 2015 chart-topping album Communion and now it’s here Palo Santo sounds more like frontman Olly Alexander’s debut solo album.

  • Read on for reasons including details of Tuesday’s album launch party

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for July

  1. Sacha Dhawan in new Alan Bennett play

Sacha Dhawan (pictured above) won our Best Film/TV Actor monsta last year for The Boy With the Topknot and is here reunited with playwright Alan Barnett and former History Boy Samuel Barnett in a play at the Bridge Theatre marking the 70th birthday of the NHS. Runs 11/7 to 28/9/18. Tickets

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  • Read on for reasons including Sigrid, Mamma Mia 2, Years and Years in Camden and Importance Of Being Earnest

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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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9 reasons why we can’t wait for March

  1. Sheena Easton debuts in 42nd Street

We’ve never seen 42nd Street but are very excited by the West End debut casting of Sheena Easton who we remember as far back in her career as 9 to 5 (see below) and her duet with Prince. Opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 20/3 and booking through July. Tickets Picture via Facebook courtesy 42nd Street.

  • Read on for reasons including Goldfrapp, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? and Marc Almond

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