End of the Road Festival… I’d half hoped it might be at the foot of the A303, but sadly it’s nearer Wiltshire. That’s about the only disappointment though, and it’s a trivial one.
For a festival once described as – with sun and sand instead of mud and rain – it’s somewhat ironic that, even at a fairly sweltering 30°C, it’s hotter in London this year.
In the grand surroundings of Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall, Gonzales strides on stage dressed like an outré Noel Coward in monogrammed dressing gown and slippers.
Modeselektor and collaborator Apparat deliver their brand of good-humoured heavy Berlin techno at a one-off date at The Roundhouse, London.
Lovefoxx and the rest of the Brazilian five piece still have the same sense of fun after four albums as they did way back in 2006 when they released ‘Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above’, and when Death From Above 1979 were actually around.
Adam and the Ant’s huge hits in the early 1980s – at one point he had eight records in the charts simultaneously – are indelibly burnt into anyone who remembers them. Children remember the flamboyant costumes, over the top videos, catchy choruses. Those old enough remember the hard-edged post-punk sound finessed with a touch of
Tonight Chvrches face the challenge of a room full of hipsters in this brick Shoreditch temple. The rites begin with the kickdrums of ‘Lies‘, foreboding bass tones that recall early Gary Numan.
A spectacular slice of winning electro-pop that could inspire religious fervour in the hardest heart…
Foals play a triumphant gig at London’s cavernous Royal Albert Hall touring their highly-acclaimed third album Holy Fire. Pictures originally published in issue 85 of Clash magazine, April 2013
For the opening date of their tour it also strikes a tone for the rest of the set, in turn salutatory and melancholy.