SONG OF THE MONTH: Break Up (Bye Bye) by Frock Destroyers (November 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

Ladies – start your engines. We’re big fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and so, when monstagigz favourite MNEK appeared to produce rival girl groups, we thought the results would be good but we weren’t quite prepared for two fabulous versions of a great original song.

  • Read on for reasons including why favourite Cheryl Hole’s Filth Harmony wasn’t our pick

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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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GIG REVIEW: Zara Larsson

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

WHEN: 24/10, tour runs until 3/11

SETLIST: Never Forget You; Sundown; What They Say; Girls Like; Don’t Let Me Be Yours; Make That Money Girl; TG4M; I Can’t Fall In Love Without You; I Would Like; Ain’t My Fault; Only You; So Good; Symphony; Uncover; Carry You Home; Rooftop; Lush Life

We last saw Zara Larsson two years ago supporting MNEK in Heaven. Tonight she’s headlining Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo as part of her first eight-date UK tour.

  • Read on for reasons including how Zara’s popularity is set to grow

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GIG REVIEW: Dua Lipa

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Brighton Dome

WHEN: 5/10, world tour runs until 20/4/18

SETLIST: Hotter Than Hell; Dreams/No Lie; Lost In Your Light; Garden; Last Dance; IDGAF; Blow Your Mind (Mwah); Thinking ‘Bout You; New Love; Genesis; No Goodbyes; Scared To Be Lonely; Begging; Homesick; Be The One; New Rules

We arrive at the venue two-and-a-half hours before the doors open and are greeted by dozens of Dua Lipa fans already queueing to see their idol.

  • Read on for reasons including what we think album two from Dua will offer

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