It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2018? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2018.
Read on for nominees for the monsta for Gig of the year. 2017 winner: Bananarama at Eventim Apollo
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
We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Suede, Shura and Bananarama are previous winners in this category.
Read on for our top 6 best gigs of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year
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
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
Read on for reasons including Sigrid, Mamma Mia 2, Years and Years in Camden and Importance Of Being Earnest
It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2017? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 13 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2017.
Read on for nominees for the monsta for Gig of the year. 2016 winner: Shura at KOKO
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
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
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