UK Gigs

Love Gigs? Just One Loud Event Is Enough To Permanently Damage Hearing, Experts Warn

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re a festival-goer, gig-regular or love nothing more than hitting the dance floor on a night out, we have some bad news. Experts have weighed...

Surviving As A Musician In London

Juan Luis Ayala | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Juan Luis Ayala

I work as a musician, music producer and songwriter. When I was 18, I moved to London on my own, leaving my entire known world behind in my tiny seas...

Can We Fight Back Against The Robot Touts Ruining Live Music?

Andy Webb | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Andy Webb

I used to pride myself on always being ready and able to buy a hot ticket, poised to click at 9am. Now, massive venues such as Alexandra Palace are sold out within minutes, and tickets appear moments later on resale sites such as Seatwave at hugely inflated prices. Anti-tout campaigners say Internet "bots" are being used to mass purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. Thousands of tickets can be bought in minutes, leaving you and I out of luck.

I Beat Cancer and Tonight the Music Starts

Pepi Lemer | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Pepi Lemer

Well, here I am. Backstage at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, ready for my comeback gig. I can't say this journey has been easy. Getting back on stage at the age of 72 is hard enough. But coming back from beating cancer of the oesophagus has made it almost impossible at times.

Rod Stewart Plays Hull - Gig Review

Roger Crow | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Rod Stewart is stood a few feet away, that unmistakable shock of hair, a face that looks like it was carved out of granite, every line tells a story. ...

Barry Manilow Plays Leeds - Gig Review

Roger Crow | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

He's never been seen as cool Barry Manilow. An artist to poke fun at perhaps, but he's usually the first to do that. He may never have had movie star ...

Disclosure: One Night at Ally Pally

Lucy Karsten | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Karsten

Their concert doesn't disappoint: from a simple stage, which consists of perpendicular decks and the artists themselves, they fill the cavernous space of Ally Pally with music and light.

Out With the Ticket Tout

Chloe Kenyon | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Kenyon

There are few things more devastating than waking up bright and early on the morning that gig tickets for your favourite band go live, logging onto the website, finding the tickets you want and hitting purchase, only to realise the concert is sold out and, quite frankly, have your heart broken...

This Group Of Young Women Is Fighting To Stop Groping At Gigs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group of young women has launched a campaign to stop sexual harassment at gigs, after one of its teenage members was groped at a concert. Girls A...

You Realise You're Getting Old When You Find Yourself Knocking Back Rennie at a Gig

Alfie Evers | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I take another glance at the unwarranted queue at the bar and breathe a heavy sigh at the thought of queuing twenty minutes for a bog standard lager served in a plastic cup. And then, it happens. I reach into my pocket and remove the packet of fruit flavoured ant-acid tablets.

Getting Out

Naomi Hefter | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

So for now, it's back to my temp job ( I'm sat here now with nothing but this computer, my phone and people walking past this reception desk either ignoring me or being told "I smell delicious" by an old man), and some good comedy gigs to look forward to. Have a good weekend and if you don't enjoy your job, walk out. NOW (you won't regret it).

Safe Gigs for Women - How Do We Get There?

Tracey Wise | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tracey Wise

So now it's out there, how do we achieve Safe Gigs for Women? Writing this in the week we've seen debate on whether women only carriages on the tube, it feels like the debate around achieving safe spaces for women is difficult at best. But here's my ideal.

Kings of Warwick Castle - Kaiser Chiefs Gig Review

Roger Crow | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

When offered the chance to see Kaiser Chiefs at Warwick Castle as part of the Sounds in the Grounds festival, I didn't need to think twice. My last ...

15 Years of Attitude is Everything

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Suzanne Bull MBE

Clearly, promoters and venue owners who embrace accessibility are attracting a whole new audience, eager to join their friends and share their passion. In fact, these days, I hardly recognise anybody on the viewing platforms - which is perhaps the ultimate sign of progress.

Challenge The Live Music Industry, Turn the Lights Off: Pitchblack

Pippa Moyle | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Pippa Moyle

Stood in the darkness, with only the occasional sighting of a silhouette or a small stream of light through the cardboard covering the windows, I foun...

Live Review: The Dodos Orchestral, Village Underground

Peter Yeung | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The Dodos rehearsing with the stargaze orchestra (Image: Emanuel Florakis) The Dodos are a band of two, clean-cut halves. One of the duo was a stud...

Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler - The Gig Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Roger Crow

With 1,900 people in one venue, I imagine my wife and I weren't the only ones who trekked to see the Mock the Week host in action.

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - The Harajuku Girls

Piney Gir | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Piney Gir

Okay, I know, it's slacker and 'Oh-So-Western' to go to Starbucks when we should be eating the more traditional okayu (rice porridge), tamagoyaki (an omelette type of thing), tsukemono pickles (random pickled things), nori (dried seaweed) & natto (fermented soy beans).

Winning Fans One Living Room at a Time

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I've previously written about Josh Savage a very talented singer songwriter. In addition to possessing prodigious talent, Josh has to be one of the h...

The Fear of Missing Out

Dipo Faloyin | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dipo Faloyin

On the surface of things, it appears too easy to experience all the experiences, to feel all the feels, to dance all the dances, drink all the drinks, to gig all the gigs - to generally consume until your heart's content. But what happens when you think your heart is fully content?

Top Ten Gigs Not To Miss in 2015

Georgina Langford | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

The British festival circuit may have more options on offer than ever before, but before everyone starts readying their wellies for the summer months,...

Why Go to Small Live Music Venues?

Chloe Bevan | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chloe Bevan

Over recent years the likes of Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, as well as, London have all since some of their smaller music venues lost to time and the lack of an audience, but why? When the underground rock music scene is healthier than it has ever been, with even more great and unique bands coming up the ranks.

Enjoying Live Music Is Not Always Easy When You Have a Disability

Vicki Dennis | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Vicki Dennis

About ten years ago, I tried to book tickets for the Reading Festival. I had to go through a long process to prove I was disabled so they would give me a ticket. And when I looked into it further, I found that the viewing platforms for wheelchair users would have given me a restricted view, so it put me off going.

Finding Secret Adventures in London

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

After the concert finished we packed up, headed back to the boats and motored out onto the canal proper. As we moored up at the towpath and re-joined the London we knew, it was like returning from Narnia.

Save Live Music in the UK, Support Independent Venue Week 2015 

Andy Parker | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Andy Parker

Why are music venues in the UK dropping like flies? Is it due to abatement notices and local council bureaucracy? Is it down to young people now believing that music careers are achieved by attending auditions for TV shows? Thanks a bunch, Simon Cowell!