Kill All Hippies - Islington Academy, London 13 Oct 2006
Taking as few prisoners as ever, The Others, Action Plan and Humanzi line up for the relaunch of the capital's most debauched indie crossover night at its new home Angel. Dirty faces all round then...
Peter, Bjorn & John - Louisiana, Bristol 26 Sep 2006
Young folks, old folks, a chap that resembles Sloth from The Goonies and a shouting crank who doesn't understand where the bird's gone, squeeze in and sweat to Swedes...
The Rolling Stones - Twickenham, London 25 Aug 2006
They're the oldest swingers in town and after 40 years at the top they're still the biggest draw in rock and roll. So can the Stones justify their ludicrous ticket prices on their return to Blighty?
Massive Attack - Westonbirt Arboretum 02 Aug 2006
Amidst truly impressive trees in the great outdoors of Gloucestershire, Massive Attack's one-off concert is the closest the boys are likely to get to a home coming this year...
The Horrors - 100 Club, London 25 Jul 2006
They may look like Russell Brand being buggered senseless by The Sisters of Mercy in an experimental Stanley Kubrick porno, but The Horrors sound about ten times more insane than that...
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Earls Court, London 14 Jul 2006
Whether 'Stadium Arcadium' is overblown self-indulgence or a work of genius is neither here nor there. Tonight there is but one question: can the Chillis still put on an incredible live performance in front of 30,000 fans?
The Holloways - Sleazys, Glasgow 13 Jul 2006
Having flown several hundred miles for a weekend of northern fun, training Oxfam volunteers ahead of their new festival in October, the last people we expect to literally bump into are The Holloways...
The Spinto Band - Dingwalls, London 12 Jul 2006
Separating fact from fiction has always been a challenge when it comes to oddball American misfits hanging off the back of Pavement's lapels...
Nitzer Ebb - Islington Academy, London 09 Jul 2006
Angry, violent and driven by a rythmn section that will rattle your fillings - Nitzer Ebb return to the live arena with a blazing show that is taking Europe by storm.
Muse live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 28 Jun 2006
No amount of bombastic metaphors or pretentious decoration could do Muse justice. At a club gig in London to celebrate the release of their fourth LP, they prove their status as the band of our generation.
Funeral For A Friend - Manchester Apollo 27 Jun 2006
Boy, is someone in trouble. It's about halfway through Funeral's set and Matt Davies has found the "fan" who lobbed an egg at Fightstar's frontman less than an hour earlier...
Cat Power, London Barbican 21 Jun 2006
Outrageously passive-aggressive, soaring, Southern folk from the cultest of cult indie figures. To many, Cat Power is a hero, to some she's an enigma. Others are just glad she didn't cancel this time.
Foo Fighters - Hyde Park, London 20 Jun 2006
One weekend Isle Of Wight, the next Hyde Park. Foo Fighters cement themselves as one of the world's biggest rock bands by retreading a path of rich musical heritage - and some of that 'heritage' is here to help out...
Guns N' Roses - Hammersmith Apollo, London 07 Jun 2006
It wouldn't be GNR without a pretext of ultra-drama and the tension in the air is electrifying; the crowd - and Axl - know this show can only play out one of two ways: Magnificently or disasterously. It's judgement day for GNR. Welcome to the Jungle baby!
Blackbud - 100 Club, London 02 Jun 2006
A trio from the West Country with a passion for all things Jeff Buckley, Blackbud are probably the band most mourning Glastonbury's absence in 2006, having cruelly fallen victims to last year's site-swamping storms...
Keith - Islington Academy, London 01 Jun 2006
Keith raise into question the interesting relationship between style and content, or more specifically to what extent can a band pull off a gig without exhibiting style?
Morrissey - Whitehaven Hall, Cumbria 15 May 2006
The mixture of misfits, cool kids and balding middle-aged men can mean one of two things - it's either a dole queue or a Morrissey gig.
The Charlatans - Birmingham Academy 14 May 2006
Tim Burgess and the boys show that despite meddling with more styles than a footballer's wife with Alzheimers, those singalong anthems do more than enough to fill in the occasional blank...
Snow Patrol - London Royal Opera House 26 Apr 2006
Playing to screaming fans at a free gig in the middle of the day in one of the capital's most impressive venues might not be the most risky way of introducing your new album. Better be good then...
The Rolling Stones - Telstra Stadium, Sydney 12 Apr 2006
Itís a whistlestop visit down under for Sir Mick and the boys as the 'A Bigger Bang' world tour arrives in Oz. Will the band pull the necessary punches to justify the name? Or be as limp-wristed as Mr Burns in an arm wrestle?
The Kooks - Islington Academy, London 29 Mar 2006
Big hair, bigger tunes, and teenage Brighton swagger, with songs of love, relationships, seasides and not being able to get it up, The Kooks could just be the soundtrack to your summer...
Ladytron - Korova, Liverpool 23 Mar 2006
When Ladytron play a special US-tour warm up gig at their Liverpool H.Q. Korova, there is no bat-biting debauchery or streaming fake blood and yet it has to be admitted - they are still a little bit scary...
Pure Reason Revolution - London Scala 23 Mar 2006
Repeat after us: "Prog is no longer a dirty word." A new art riot of sound and visuals, Pure Reason Revolution are like a knife fight between The Cooper Temple Clause and Pink Floyd. Oh yes.
Dirty Pretty Things - Liverpool SU 06 Mar 2006
Jerking around stage with his new ciggie-chaining, beer-swigging unit Dirty Pretty Things, stirring in the mist of rock clichťs and leather jackets, there's a glint in Carl Baratís eyes that says he's desperate to get this right.
Boy Kill Boy - King's College, London 27 Feb 2006
Destined to be obliterating both sexes in festival fields from Balado to Berkshire this summer, Boy Kill Boy give a taste of what's to come in the more initimate confines of King's College London...
Louie - London Metro 26 Feb 2006
Described by one writer as 'cuter than the Olsen twins', it's perhaps apt that Louie are about to hit the road supporting Dirty Pretty Things - but first there's the matter of completing their own headline tour...
This Et Al - Islington Bar Academy, London 24 Feb 2006
Dressed sharper than a dinner date between The White Stripes and Kraftwerk and boasting a sound that literally punctures holes in a venue far too small to contain, This Et Al are all that and then some...
Dead 60s / The Kooks - London Koko 20 Feb 2006
The city of Liverpool has thrown up a mixed bag of musical fortunes; The Beatles, The La's and The Zutons on the one hand, Space, Cast and The Farm on the other. So where do the Dead '60s fit into the jigsaw?
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - London Koko 10 Feb 2006
Maybe falling a few places in the NME's annual cool list persuaded Pete Doherty it would be a good idea to jump on the bandwagon of the uber-hip Clap Your Hands Say Yeah...
Broken Social Scene - London Astoria 08 Feb 2006
Packing the stage with a range of instruments, band members, beards and bohemian mystery, Broken Social Scene follow Arcade Fire as Canada's latest buzz band and prove it's far from grim up north...
NME Awards Tour - Manchester Academy 04 Feb 2006
Mystery Jets, We Are Scientists, Arctic Monkeys and Maximo Park line up for the latest leg of the Northern Men Everywhere tour - but there's only one band everyone's really here to see...
The Strokes - Doncaster Dome 28 Jan 2006
Even as recently as a few months ago, the idea of Julian Casablancas throwing serious rock star shapes in the badlands of South Yorkshire may have appeared a tad incongruous. Not anymore...
The Flaming Monkeys - Islington Academy 19 Dec 2005
Following on from opening Xfm's Winter Wonderland at Brixton Academy the Monkeys come back down to earth but show us just what they really are made of!
Coldplay and Ashcroft storm Earls Court 16 Dec 2005
They've sold millions more than any other British band in the last five years, toured the planet, and saved EMI. Coldplay come home for three nights and bring Dicky Ashcroft with.
XFM's Winter Wonderland 2005 (pt 2) 12 Dec 2005
The second instalment of XFM's annual Christmas warmer at London's Brixton Academy sees Athlete, Richard Ashcroft, and Supergrass playing in the (fake) snow in aid of Shelter.
Mohair - 12 Bar Club, London 08 Dec 2005
Perfectly formed, Hammond fuelled pop makes this smallest of venues bounce with a collective smile so infectious that no one in the packed crowd would be surprised to see these boys playing much bigger venues in zero six.
Sigur Ros - Brixton Academy, London 29 Nov 2005
The majestical Icelandic quartet bring a bevvy of musicians with them for a rare live appearance to plug their new LP, Takk. As if we needed any proof, they remind us that big really is beautiful.
Chris Tye - Bush Hall, London 22 Nov 2005
Hotly tipped midlands troubadour Chris Tye shows why he should be playing in every sunset slot in every green field next summer....
'Taste Of Chaos' tour - Manchester Apollo 03 Nov 2005
Funeral For A Friend, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Story Of The Year, Rise Against, and Reggie & The Full Effect. Packed into the Manchester Apollo there's literally nowhere to hide...
Cut Copy - ULU, London 29 Oct 2005
What happens when Daft Punk aren't interesting anymore, Depeche Mode are no longer relevent, and the summer stumped Aussies need some cheering up? Countrymen Cut Copy should help...
Pollen - Islington Academy, London 21 Oct 2005
Unconcerned with ticking boxes, sounding like Franz and wearing silly suits, Pollen rock like Muse, psych out like Elbow and more importantly, come from Manchester.
Editors - Astoria, London 13 Oct 2005
If R.E.M. had grown up in the Hacienda, this is what theyíd sound like. Itís funereal rock Ďní roll from the dark side of Brum, and it needs little in the way of correcting...
Queen Adreena - ULU, London 12 Oct 2005
Latest album 'Butcher And The Butterfly' sums up Queen Adreena's Katie Janes perfectly; as ethereal as she is angst tempered, she'll bare her breasts and then bite you if you dare get close.
Mozez - Serpentine Gallery, London 21 Sep 2005
Like Sia and Sophie Barker before him, Mozez is the latest Zero 7 singing sensation to venture off and record a solo album. Debuting material tonight, will it be zero to hero, or solo to dole queue?
Stereophonics - Hammersmith Apollo 20 Sep 2005
Stereophonics sounded great at Live 8, but so would anyone preceded by Dido and that demonic duelling of Elton and Pete. How will they stand up at a London gig all of their own?
Trivium: Nokia Raw Tour 2005 18 Sep 2005
The London Astoria must still be recovering in the wake of Trivium, after the four piece from Florida hit the capital for the opening show of the 150 gig Nokia Raw Tour.
The Offspring - Brixton Academy, London 17 Sep 2005
Getting old holds fewer barriers for rock bands these days, but when your core fanbase is skate kids and your career peak was 10 years ago you'd better look lively if you're going to pull it off live..
VHS Or Beta - 93 Feet East, London 16 Sep 2005
Curry-eyed and sweating like a postman, Brick Lane is experiencing a similar revelation to when The Killers played The Barfly. Tonight it's VHS Or Beta packing the place.
Elbow - Koko, London 13 Sep 2005
You wouldn't find Guy Garvey leading his audience through a rousing singalong of 'The Littlest Hobo' this time last year. Has indie's most mornful Mancunian stumbled across a sense of humour?
Oceansize live in London 18 Aug 2005
Imagine Mogwai in a street fight with Tool and The Mars Volta and Oceansize are as complex as you can legally get without being prog. Manchester's best rock band unveil their new chaos theories.
Amplifier - Barfly, Camden 15 Aug 2005
Several dates scattered around the UK supporting Oceansize sees the Manchester based trio trying out their newest material in preview of the up coming EP, The Astronaut Dismantles HAL.
Idlewild - Somerset House, London 05 Aug 2005
Round four in the beer guzzling Summer Set House sessions brings us Brit-rockers Idlewild showcasing their latest material. Here's what we made of it all...
Starsailor - Somerset House, London 02 Aug 2005
Shtopp! The Grolsch Summer Set is back with the first of six nights headlined by Starsailor - the perfect summer soundtrack, or duller than a scuba diving lesson in the Thames?
R.E.M - Hyde Park, London 16 Jul 2005
Itís the last night of their mammoth world tour and R.E.M. still know exactly how to work their audience. But while the classics are always bound to delight, how will this crowd take to their newer material?
Bright Eyes - Somerset House, London 15 Jul 2005
After all the talk, the New Bob Dylan put his foot in it at Glasto, slagging off Make Poverty History. Now, bringing his beautiful doom music to town, can he even the score?
Snoop Dog - Manchester MEN Arena 13 Jul 2005
Snoop may have dropped the 'doggy', but he's still dirtier than George Bush's terrier after a night in the White House war room. Still honking from T In The Park, the US rapper drops in on Manchester.
Green Day - Milton Keynes Bowl 2005 06 Jul 2005
It's a glorious day for Green Day's largest UK gig to date. There's no denying they're a mega-sized band now - the event's being filmed for a DVD and they're selling foam hands at the merch stalls!
Oasis - Clapham Grand, London 22 May 2005
Imagine no Oasis. Itís easy if you try. No bi-annual retread of Ďitís better than Definitely Maybeí and certainly no regular circulation boost for the NME. The Clapham Grand though, jolly nice place for a gig.
Kasabian live at London Alexandra Palace 28 Apr 2005
Beat carving, scarve beating, nu-baggy retro terrorists they may be. You could fill arenas with those who hate Kasabian, but you could also fill them with people who love 'em.
Willy Mason - ULU, London 21 Apr 2005
Much has been said about Willy Mason, with many labelling the hapless singer songwriter 'the new Dylan'. But it's some cross to bear and a mighty hard hand to hold.
The Lancaster Bombers - The Boogaloo, London 18 Apr 2005
Will The Lancaster Bombers be credited as the force of nature that brought Pete and Carl back together? Whatever happens, it is fantastic to see the two Libertines cuddling on the sofa tonight.
The Sweet Chap - 93 Feet East, London 15 Apr 2005
In an ongoing series of showcases from the trailblazing e-label, Protest Recordings, The Sweet Chap displays the power to hold a crowd ehthralled with music that breaks all the boundaries.
Happy Mondays - Brixton Academy, London 26 Mar 2005
Hidden amidst the fray of burliness outside the Brixton Academy you can smell Shaun and Bezís accountants feeding off the whiff of re-union payday.
Lemon Jelly - Brixton Academy, London 11 Mar 2005
Itís difficult to know whether leftfield lumberers Lemon Jelly should be taken seriously or not - or whether Big Chill's favourite mischief mixers will prove any more insightful indoors.
The Bravery - The Cockpit, Leeds 25 Feb 2005
Already dubbed one of 'the' bands of 2005, a new and improved Strokes, and successors to the Kings Of Leon in the high-living womanising stakes, it's time to brave it to see what all the fuss is about.
Embrace - Doncaster Dome 24 Feb 2005
From heroes to zeros and then back again, itís no wonder the boys from Embrace appear to be living every minute in the limelight as if itís their last.
Willy Mason - Southampton Joiners 23 Feb 2005
Touted as the next Bob Dylan, US nu-folker Willy Mason trades desert tumbleweed for south-coast snowflakes and proves a transfixing draw wherever he roams.
Panic Cell - The Alma Inn, Bolton 11 Feb 2005
Bolton in the rain. Only the chance to see Italy's answer to Iron Maiden and hotly-tipped English metallers playing to a bunch alcohol fuelled head bangers can make a trip like that worthwhile.
Mylo - Birmingham Academy 2 26 Jan 2005
Until last year, the gap between dance and rock was about as vacuous as Jordanís thighs. That is until, in Kofi Annan mediator-style, Milo came along and brought the two together in beautiful harmony!
Velvet Revolver - Manchester MEN 16 Jan 2005
Ok, so Axl Rose may have gone bonkers with his raggedy gang of hired hands tarnishing the name of Guns N' Roses, but Velvet Revolver are proof thereís still life in some of these old dogs yet.
The Used - Manchester Academy 1 15 Jan 2005
The Used have already had their fair share of shit times in recent months, so you'd think they deserve a break. Guess the start of a European tour is the wrong time for that ...
Muse - Earls Court, London 20 Dec 2004
If anyone can finish off 2004 safe in the knowledge that 'this was their year' then it's Muse. Tonight they obliterate any indictions of overkill, showing that this is just the beginning.
British Sea Power - Leeds Cockpit 17 Dec 2004
Itís full steam ahead for British Sea Power at this banging pre-Christmas gig Ė trees aplenty on stage, the usual military effects, and a livewire performance. And this oneís all for charideee.
The Magic Numbers - London Borderline 10 Dec 2004
The Magic Numbers are Heavenly Records' (Doves, Starsailor, Vines) new signing. Set to be THE band of 2005, if there's one group of hippies destined to make the sun come out at Glasto, this is they.
Groove Armada - Leeds University 08 Dec 2004
Adverts for their new 'best of' album tell us we know more Groove Armada than we think. Their live set goes right ahead and proves it, but also shows that they've got nothing new to offer.
Intervurt - London Metro Club 06 Dec 2004
Another gut-wrenching and soul-searching performance from a South London's band who are preparing to beat a path to your door...a truly explosive event!
Whitestar - Battersea Barge 19 Nov 2004
Whitestar rocked the boat tonight as they showcased in front of a select group who had flocked to the Battersea Barge in order to catch an hour and a half of beautiful and engaging songs from South Londonís brightest rising stars.
Bright Eyes - London ULU 17 Nov 2004
Stripped down to its inner-most basics, an entrancing set by Bright Eyes (or should that just be Conor Oberst?) shows that, sometimes, that's all you need.
Hayseed Dixie - Islington Academy 16 Nov 2004
Bluegrass rockers with hearts of gold and banjo skills to die for - Hayseed Dixie are four hillbilly hicks who hail from darkest Appalachia and blend their original honest humour with classic rock covers.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Brixton Academy 11 Nov 2004
Having thrown out a guitarist, picked up a gospel choir, shed some demons, found some more, Nick Cave leads his band through three nights of euphoric fury at Brixton Carling Academy, London.
Goldie Lookin' Chain - London Astoria 02 Nov 2004
Looking like an illicit liaison between So Solid and Blazin Squad under a Newport bus shelter, Goldie Lookiní Chain get the Astoria bubbling with delight and show the joke isnít wearing thin just yet.
Mab: Queens of the Apollo! 31 Oct 2004
What can we tell you about HIM at the Apollo except that it was this weekís hot ticket? Let us tell you one thing though Ė support band Mab are a volcanic force that who are set to intrigue your eyes and ears.
Blues Explosion at Shepherd's Bush 21 Oct 2004
Supported by Martina Topley-Bird, the Blues Explosion demonstrate their mastery of deep, murky, skuzzed up blues...miss them at your peril!
Kasabian - Islington Academy 21 Oct 2004
Kasabian are riding a triumphant path right now - we tipped them for greatness way back last year, and at this Xfm live session they are proving us as right as we could be...
Cherubs - Camden Barfly 15 Oct 2004
Last year, Cherubs were supporting The Libertines out in Scandanavia, getting skint and having to blag their way home. Their future looks brighter now ... Heavenly you could say.
Ian Brown - Leeds University 13 Oct 2004
The former Stone Roses front-monkey has at last opened up the band's nostalgic back catalogue to thrill audiences on this latest tour. He still canít sing but itís energy knocks about 10 years off you.
Psychic TV: London Forum 09 Oct 2004
Psychic TV launch an aural assault on London's Forum, generating a multi-layered live experience that takes the imagination on a waltzer ride through three decades of experimental pop.
Maroon 5 - Leeds University 08 Oct 2004
In the tradition of Dido and David Gray, Maroon 5 have landed, proving once again that you donít have to be particularly interesting to be successful and tonight coming over averagely off-colour.
Hugh Cornwell: video from latest tour 02 Oct 2004
Warming up for his latest tour of the UK, Hugh Cornwell returns to The Horn in St Albans, an intimate and sweaty pub venue that he last played at three years ago.
club:Hedonistic Free club - free video clip 27 Sep 2004
clubHEDONISTIC launched at last, headlined by capital faves, Ludes, along with Redjetson, Riff Random and organisers, Hedon. It took place at The Archway in north London and was packed to the rafters.
The Lovegods: A triumphant homecoming 26 Sep 2004
The Lovegods are a band that you won't forget in a hurry. Blisteringly exhuberant, they slice through the baggage of the last forty years of rock and carve out a place to call their own.
The Music - Welcome to N1 25 Sep 2004
The Music prove that an apparently common or garden bunch of northern nerds can continue to hold an audience enthralled as they mesmerize the Islington Academy crowd at tonightís latest XFM live session.
Remedy: Review from Sound 22 Sep 2004
Remedy come packaged up in just the right way, with a singer who has heaps of charisma just waiting to pour through your expectant eyes and ears.
EXCLUSIVE: R.E.M. - worship at the Church of Stipe! 16 Sep 2004
St. James' Church in Piccadilly was the venue for another of R.E.M.'s now infamous intimate invite-only shows, and VF were privileged to be there to report back on proceedings...including a very special collaboration!
City Showcase: Art Brut, Lopez, Apartment 06 Sep 2004
The City Showcase festival does exactly what it says, doing its bit to give up-and-coming new acts a chance to shine under the spotlight of industry big wigs and the capital's discerning music fans.
The Streets - Xfm free show @ Neighbourhood 25 Aug 2004
Suburban bling comes to Notting Hill and it's chardonnay and Japanese lager (all courtesy of Jameson's of course) that replaces the usual rounds of Stella at tonight's performance by The Streets.
Blues Explosion Rocks Brick Lane! 11 Aug 2004
Jon Spencer is back, and The Blues Explosion will be flashing across the UK later in October. Tonight a lucky few get a taster of things to come, as well as a healthy dose of Brit pop-punk from KaitO.
Grolsch Summer Set: Air v Basement Jaxx 06 Aug 2004
Set in the grounds of London's Somerset House over five nights, the Grolsch Summer Set features performances from Snow Patrol, Beverley Knight and Turin Breaks - we opt for the other two.
Living With eating Disorders lead from the front 04 Aug 2004
There are some bands who you just know will stick in your memory long after the gig doors have closed and the broken plastic beer glasses have been swept away...LWED is one of those bands!
Campag Velocet - Album Launch at Cargo 15 Jul 2004
Their name inspired by Stanley Kubrick's classic film 'A Clockwork Orange', Campag Volocet are back after a five year hiatus to see if the world is ready for them this time around.
The Polyphonic Spree return to London 06 Jul 2004
Is it a cult? Is it a mushroom induced reworking of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? Or is this the soundtrack to a Lloyd Webber musical chewing on Starbust and spitting sunshine in the wind?
Bloc Party, Blowout, Manchester 16 Jun 2004
Bloc Party prove they can rock the party north of Camden, exploding in front of Manchester's elite. Spiky East End indie from one of the country's best upcoming new acts. Do they deserve the hype?
Pixies' five night stand at Brixton Academy 13 Jun 2004
Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back. Pixies are back.
Morrissey Exclusive: Meltdown photos and news 12 Jun 2004
Mozza made a euphoric return to the British festival circuit last night, kicking off Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall. Combining a triumphant set of new and old material he slammed former label, EMI as well as Keane.
Morrissey live at the Los Angeles Wiltern 06 May 2004
Chances to catch your heroes in LA are few and far between, so it's with immense pleasure that we bring you a review and photos from one of the time greats playing a packed out residency in California.
The Lovegods - Live in London 16 Apr 2004
Fresh from winning Radio 1's unsigned competition and having been shortlisted for the finals of Glastonbury's unsigned bands play-off, we catch the trendy Brighton fourpiece in Putney.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs live in Manchester 14 Apr 2004
The consensus seems to be that their doting audience will accept a wealth of new material without the need to inflect any sonic swagger or personality. VF catches up with post-hype Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Levellers Tour Diary: in 3 parts 09 Apr 2004
what can we write about The Levellers that hasn't been written before? This is a band who have made touring a way of life. We joined them at three of their dates to see what makes them tick these days.
Squarepusher live in Brighton 05 Apr 2004
This collaborative billing, where Warpís loopy electro experimentalists tour alongside the London Sinfoniettaís fine contemporary art music players, was always going to be hard work...
Kasabian and Mad Action live at the ICA 30 Mar 2004
Kasabian are the country's best new rock band. New art warfare and killer tunes, somewhere between Happy Monday, The Cult and early-Roses. At last, a good band from Leicester...
Grand Transmitter - Water Rats - 25 March 27 Mar 2004
London-grown fourpiece Grand Transmitter take us on a dogged trip, teetering towards the shallows of Radiohead and Mercury Rev without ever leading anywhere quite so bleak.
Gisli - XFM Exposure Night 26 Mar 2004
Effervescent, atmospheric, literate and silly, tonightís show is an appealing mix of observations, acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats and musical noises that are basic yet colourful.
Ash - Free In Angel, London - Thursday 17 March 18 Mar 2004
Back with a new logo, and a grizzly beard Ash continue to grow up before our eyes. Tonightís whiskey-stained incarnation is a mash up of new album, Meltdown and a torrent of classics...
Rock Against Racism : It's Back! 17 Mar 2004
We want rebel music, street music. Music that breaks down people's fear of one another. Crisis music. New Music. Music thet knows who the real enemy is. Rock Against racism. Love Music: Hate Racism! ('Temporary Hoardings' #1)
The Alarm Review - Kings Cross Scala 05 Mar 2004
Heard of The PoppyFields lately? Well you surely know that the single '45RPM' was really by The Alarm. Rejuvinated and fired up by success they rock The Scala with style and aplomb.
The Backlash has begun! 25 Feb 2004
Recalling some kind of shape-shifting planetary rock contortion, The Backlash are the twisted wet Primal Scream dream that Debbie Harry would have if she fronted Guns n' Roses...
NME Awards Tour crashes into town 11 Feb 2004
Funeral For a Friend are loud, The Rapture bounce, The Von Bondies look a bit bruised and Franz Ferdinand are everybody's darling indie band. Entertaining but nothing 'award' winning...
Shane MacGowan at the Boogaloo 02 Feb 2004
The Irish have a passion for the drink, and Shane MacGowan sets a fine example to his entire race! But tonight the talent wins out over insobriety at the Boogaloo - and we were all in for a treat.
White Stripes Live at Alexandra Palace 26 Jan 2004
Free from bloodshed and fighting but sadly the atmosphere and claustrophobic sting of the Stripes' caustic blues also get lost amidst the emptiness of Ally Pally.
The Libertines lay the smack down in London 24 Dec 2003
Twin headed, no-holds-barred nu-wave rock action. The Libertines are back to full power and with a festive reminder of what we've been missing we have an exclusive review and Photogallery.
Alabama 3 Live in Liverpool 18 Dec 2003
Happy 60th to Keith Richards, who once claimed that he wanted his epitaph to read "he passed it on". Well, looks like he finally has done, though this time there's an entire spawn of them!
The Strokes - Exclusive photos and review 15 Dec 2003
When bands play wide open spaces like Alexandra Palace they normally have the charisma and the tunes to fill in some of the void. The Strokes seem content to just play it note for note, though.
XFM Winter Warmer - Review 15 Dec 2003
It's winter, and XFM try their best to make us all warmer. With the press of the capacity Astoria crowd and the knowledge that we're all helping Shelter they may have just succeeded!
Electric Six Live at Brixton Academy 10 Dec 2003
Supported by Junior Senior and Kid Symphony, Dick Valentine and his sleazy cohorts gyrate in south London. But now that the festival smoke has cleared, will everyone still be singing 'Gay Bar'?
Electric Six Live in London at Brixton Academy 09 Dec 2003
When it comes to summer festival anthems, Electric 6 pretty much had it tied up last season with Gay Bar, which for at least one year,replaced the old "BAAAAARYYYY!!!" cries across the campsites of Glastonbury.
Pink Grease & Chikinki - Live 09 Dec 2003
Think of a messy looking thing like a plate of spaghetti bolognaise...on the face of it a shambles, but if you've got fresh ingredients and the right seasoning, then you're onto a winner!
The Levellers Live in London 2003 06 Dec 2003
Short nights and cold days are a long cry from the heady summer of 2003, so what better way to keep the frost at bay and festival memories alive than a night with The Levellers as they hit London on their current tour?
Muse & Elbow live in Brighton - Review/Photos 03 Dec 2003
Elbow and Muse share a rainbow of technicoloured, romantic brilliance, skewed by exquisite musicianship and a fascinating sense of alternative style. Exclusive photos and a full review.
Radiohead's Earl's Court Triumph 30 Nov 2003
Maybe we're all blinkered sycophants living on cloud cuckoo land, or maybe Radiohead get better with time. It's a momumental gig, captured here along with the only online photogallery.
The Coral live in London 2003 21 Nov 2003
The world's first review and photos from the final night of The Coral's pair of sold-out Brixton Academy gigs. We wanted to see how the band would adapt to their big new following of Virgin Radio listeners. Did you?
Ludes - The New World Disorder Tour 20 Nov 2003
Ironically held between Gap and the Warner Village Cinema, the night is a fantastic showcase for Ludes, who stand out among a pack of ferociously exciting new bands.
The Coopers & Kasabian take on London! 20 Nov 2003
A double-barrel wet November eve sees Kasabian, The Raveonettes and The Cooper Temple Clause at Shepherds Bush. First reviews, best photos.
Oceansize Finish Tour In Style 11 Nov 2003
Oceansize make swarming, glacial soundscapes. Psychedelic and psychotic; often quite beautiful. Elefant on the other hand sound like Mansun and look like The Strokes. See for yourselves...
Suede Residency at London ICA 05 Oct 2003
Celebrating Suede's ten year, five LP career ahead of their Singles album release, the band play each album in turn over a week at the ICA witha whole bunch of exhibitions showing off art work and videos too. VF is there for Dogmanstar and Coming Up.
Muse at Islington Academy - First Review & Photos 24 Sep 2003
XFM hire out Muse for the night and what better venue than at the new Carling-ed up Islington Academy? Showcasing their new album, the band were typically amazing on their eagerly anticipated UK live return...
Killing Joke at Camden Underworld 15 Aug 2003
Warming up for V2003, Killing Joke packed out the Underworld with an XFM sponsored gig that had die-hard fans wetting their pants in anticipation...
Koreans Kick Off New Record Label 22 Jul 2003
Sacrificing our passes for the T3 Premier, we watched The Koreans launch the new Drowned In Sound record label after their tip-top performances at last weekend's Truck Festival.
Marilyn Manson @ Brixton Academy 04 Jun 2003
Brixtonís dirty streets are swarming with children of the night. Fishnets, black on black, Emily Strange, plastic hair in all colours, a man with a thinning Mohawk/mullet (a mulhawk?), impossibly huge boots; and they are all here to see the king of f**k
Radiohead + Shepherds Bush = Mind Blowing 26 May 2003
Just because we're still 'fresh' from Homelands, doesn't mean we can't bring you the FIRST review of Radiohead's filmed-for-MTV London show, along with EXCLUSIVE live photos from the concert.
Widescreen & Miss Jersey @ The Telegraph 10 May 2003
Widescreen have just signed up to Sony Records, and this current tour of small venues will hopefully bring them to the attention of the record buying public...
VF EXCLUSIVE - Blur's Live London Return 08 May 2003
The first report from the first London show by Reading headliners Blur in their five night residency at London's Astoria. Once again we are first with exclusive live photos and coverage from the gig.
Hot Hot Heat at ULU with Har Mar and The Bandits 07 May 2003
If we interrupted your evening by drunkenly shouting 'BAN-DA-GES!' in your face on Friday, here is the blame. Anyone with curious red spots on their skin should probably look no further than Har Mar...
Massive Attack's Five Night Stand 03 May 2003
You haven't done anything for nearly five years and need to quickly re-establish your importance as the world's leading force in alternative/dance crossover. Five night's trip hopping at Brixton is always a good start.
Calexico Live In Bristol 02 May 2003
Eternally understated but nevertheless, one of the most beautiful bands around, Calexico's sonic 'Wish You Were Here?' is the stuff of summer dreams.
Mayday Rock = Hell Is For Heroes + Kinesis 02 May 2003
THe riots may well have been let down, but that didn't stop VF favourites, Hell Is For Heroes and Kinesis causing a bit of well mannered sonic damage to the Astoria on Mayday.
The Cooper Temple Clause Are Back 02 May 2003
Everyone's favourite six-headed home counties rock dragon has returned to show up the rest of British indie music for being the bunch gutless little goose-poppers they really are.
The Bluetones and Ambershades Live 01 May 2003
VF travels to Cambridge for a bit of indie-reminiscence. The Bluetones' new material is a much needed shot-in-the-arm of punchy, punky, post-Britpop adrenaline whilst Ambersahdes sound like they've been munching magic-mushrooms in a crackhouse in Evan Dan
Coldplay In Their Place (Earl's Court) 24 Apr 2003
Go on admit it, you despise them. Yes, you love them don't you?! Like everyone else, we went to Earl's Court, but we can exclusively reveal what happens if you hate Coldplay.
Placebo & Eighties MBD @ Brixton Academy 23 Apr 2003
We were wondering whether Placebo will be able to match up the Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster's storming support. In the end though, quality counts!
Sepultura - Low-key Live Show in London 21 Apr 2003
They don't get much bigger or angrier than Sepultura, and as London venues go, they don't come much smaller than the Underworld. It all makes for a truly explosive gig, as VF found out...
White Stripes = Overhyped Shites 15 Apr 2003
The members of VF that aren't being hunted by the sobriety police in Camber Sands are packed in at Brixton for The White Stripes two-night London rout. Here's a rare opportunity to read a bad review.
Burning Brides Live at the Garage 14 Apr 2003
Grungey heroics separate this from falling into the stinky arse of the current glut of Nirvana and AC/DC wannabes. There's something a little special here.
Hybrid Live at Fabric 13 Apr 2003
A bit hit and miss, but a rare live set from Hybrid made it worthwhile.
One Minute Silence - Louder Than Bombs 13 Apr 2003
OMS have been wasting around for a few years now, but whereas many third-rate metal acts have disappeared back up into the arse of RATM, this lot seem to have regrouped and found a bit of form.
Sugababes: How do you eat yours? 10 Apr 2003
VF is mightily unimpressed by Parlophone's new boy band, whilst Sugababes put on a 'professional' performance for all the glow-horned little girls packing out London's Empire, featuring an SWV cover, and chairs and stuff...
The Warlocks Live In Bristol 08 Apr 2003
VF hunts down The Warlocks in the West Country only to find a smoking great wall or sound, full of intense Floyd-style prog-isms and wearing big evil leather jackets. You'd think they invented rock n roll...
The Darkness - The UK's favourite cult band 06 Apr 2003
The Darkness piss all over those other rock bands you're supposed to like. Why? Because they are Bon Jovi from 1986 playing Bohemian Rhapsody Queen in the style of AC/DC. It's the final excuse we need to burn Starsailor.
Athlete - Epitomising British Summertime 29 Mar 2003
Side stepping everyone, Athlete represent everything that's fantastic about new British music. VF catches up with them on the final date of their tour at ULU.
Mock Turtles II - return of the turtles 27 Mar 2003
There will be those of you who can only remember those four (in)famous turtles who went under the names of rennaissance painters. However ten years ago the Manchester scene spawned the Mock Turtles, and now they're back.
Discordinated Live in London 22 Mar 2003
Twenty-first century seedy sexual disco electronica has never sounded so good. Unrelenting and deeply unsettling, Virtual Festivals checks out Discordinated at Oxford Street's Metro club.
Reef & The Cognition @ London Astoria 22 Mar 2003
Reef have somehow managed to become great without anybody really noticing. All they need is for the rest of the world to wake up to this fact. Meanwhile, The Cognition are just taking their first baby-steps...
David Holmes Presents The Free Association - Live 21 Mar 2003
Bristol gets its share of Free Ass as Holmes' crew kick through their eccletically luscious genre-trashing soundscapes. Dance, hip hop, soul, jazz, funkadelic, all with Holmes on decks at the helm.
Massive Attack - Live in Australia 20 Mar 2003
The cosmic joker is at work again, dropping Bristolís Massive Attack in Adelaide on the very day that Operation Iraqi Freedom begins. During the 1991 Gulf War, the band was forced to cut their name to 'Massive' to ensure continued Radio play!
RJD2 - Exclusive Live Review and Photos 18 Mar 2003
Because music doesn't start and end with guitars, VF is proud to bring you coverage of one of the most groundbreaking new acts to reach out shores in recent months. Introducing the new DJ Shadow, meet Rjd2.
Longwave and White Light Motorcade Live 17 Mar 2003
Two of NYC's hottest bands land in Camden. Longwave are mates with Strokes and like Radiohead, WLM are mates with all things leather and sound like an orgy of petrol and loudness.
Opeth - Live at the Mean Fiddler 17 Mar 2003
Something genuinely new, Opeht bash back the boundaries of progressive, heavy rock music. Progressivem penetrating, dark and unrelenting it's not for the faint at heart.
The Kills and The Futureheads at the 100 Club 17 Mar 2003
Hoxton's new favourite band and a bunch of Sunderland kids who think they are Gang Of Four. Recipe for a riot? We think so. Virtual Festivals canvasses the 100 Club for signs of decent new music.
Placebo: The Fanny Comeback Show 11 Mar 2003
Exclusive first review and photos of Placebo's fan club show in London; their first in over a year and half. Same sound for us, new haircut for Molko; and a live intro to their new LP 'Sleeping With Ghosts'. Spooky, sexy, cool.
Lemon Jelly - Live In London - 1st Review 09 Mar 2003
The most popular cult-dance band of the last couple of years, Lemon Jelly's groundbreaking musical and visual extravaganza jollies up in Kentish Town for three dates. Start praying now that they book themselves up for a festy or two.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Shoot Up London! 08 Mar 2003
The world's biggest band take over London for the weekend. We have the first review and photos from the V Festival headliners' Docklands show as the LA funksters show us all what world beaters should sound like.
Feeder's Biggest Headline Tour Hits Brighton 17 Feb 2003
Valentines Eve non-threatening rock fair from Feeder and Serafin. One of those gigs where you get bitten if you try and take someone's place at the front. VF hits the coast to catch 'Comfort In Sound' on the road.
The Libertines Live 14 Feb 2003
After their explicit and explosive debut single, 'What A Waster' there was little to stop The Libertines in 2002. Their firey live shows have made many headlines and by comparison their NME show was quite serene...
The Sleepy Jackson - NME Show First Review 12 Feb 2003
Emotional, that's what it is. The Sleepy Jackson tug your heart strings with their sweet melodies and rip out your lungs with the gut-wrenching rawk action. Like Kings Of Leon they look fantastic. Shame about The Basement.
Mew: Live At Metros 11 Feb 2003
Scandinavian melodic-popsters Mew turn London's grimiest indie disco into a Michael Jackson-esq dreamland. Except, without any of the plastic noses or child buggering allegations. A more indie Sigur Ros.
Datsuns, Polyphonics, Interpol, The Thrills 10 Feb 2003
The annual NME Awards tour is nothing if not eclectic, but tonight the garage cock rock of The Datsuns is totally shown up by the irrepressible Polyphonic Spree who continue to convert the world to the realm of smiles.
Kinesis Kick Off Tour in Bath 09 Feb 2003
In the year since Kinesis burst onto the live scene, they've left a trail of American politics books and looted ideologies behind them. They embark on their first headline tour in Bath with Reuben and Miss Black America.
Har Mar Superstar - Naked in Camden 08 Feb 2003
A short fat balding nearly naked American prancing to a backing tape or the best musical novelty thang since Andrew WK rolled into our fine shores? If Har Mar Superstar isn't, then More Fire Crew certainly are!
Lockdown Project - Live In London 07 Feb 2003
Out of the snows of east London, warming up for the release of their stunning debut, 'Everybody In The Morning' we catch the Latin-guitar doused rap collective, Lockdown Project.
Starsailor, Nada Surf, Hope Of The States NME Show 04 Feb 2003
Hope Of The Staes put most other new British bands to shame despite never having rleased anyting. Nada Surf are shiny happy Americans and Starsailor's James Walsh is moonwalking like he's at Wembley.
The Boxer Rebellion - This Is Why You Need Music 02 Feb 2003
Forget what the style press and the marketing driven glossy music mags tell you is cool, cos you'll have done so in six months anyway. We present one the most ear-shatteringly great live acts of the last decade. And they're not even signed yet!
Colour Of Fire - UK's HOTTEST New Band 30 Jan 2003
In the shadow of HM's Brixton Prison, we catch two of the UK's best new live outfits, Seachange and the mighty Colour Of Fire. Pure, unadulterated musical genius. File under: not exactly Feeder.
InMe live at Mean Fiddler 29 Jan 2003
Young, brash and talented - InMe look the part and deliver a sound that hits all the right notes...we checked them out as they played London's Mean Fiddler after an earlier Virgin in-store free gig.
Manics Live in London 08 Dec 2002
For many the Manics are the band of their generation. Having transformed from art-rock terrorists in purveyors of the finest pub rock; is their retrospective LP and tour an epilogue to ten years of glitter and confusion?
Kinesis' First London Headliner 06 Dec 2002
Meet Michael, Conor, Tom and Neil. They are your new rock heroes. You will worship them and buy their records and remember where you read about them first. Just out of school, and already in a class of their own!
Adam Snyder at the Barfly 04 Dec 2002
Enchanting, affecting and deeply beautiful, the former Mercury Rev keyboardist melds Neil Young with The Band and throws in the deeply moving melodies and stories from his debut LP, 'Across The Pond'.
Doves and Delgados Drop Jaws at Brixton 02 Dec 2002
Mesmerising. Truly amazing. Hyperbole cannot capture the essence of one the best gigs of the year. VF has the first review of Doves and Delgados' London show, with exclusive photos.
The Levellers Live in London 2002 29 Nov 2002
Folk-punk may be as fashionable today as your black school plimsoles, but if you enjoy singing along loudly, dancing arm-in-arm with your mates, all having the craic of your lives, to great, uplifting songs then this was the best gig of the year by far.
Badly Drawn Boy Live in Sheffield 27 Nov 2002
The pint-sized beanie-clad wonder may be as ubiquitous a festival fitting as the noodle stalls, but on his own stage he blew us away beyond any doubts, with a stunning and refreshingly ego-free live performance...
Suede Live at Shepherd's Bush 20 Nov 2002
Anyone who describes Suede as 'merely a tribute act to what they were' is totally missing the point. A rejunvinated Suede take on three nights at of electric sweat and sex in London and win.
Hundred Reasons Come Of Age 14 Nov 2002
Hundred Reasons completed their biggest tour yet, covering some of the country's biggest venues with huge sell-out dates. We caught them in Bristol with the country's best new rock band Kinesis.
The Vines Blown Apart by The Bandits and Nada Surf 10 Nov 2002
The Bandits commit grand-theft-audio on a scale akin to their weed habit, whilst Nada Surf upstage The Vines with songs from the stunning LP 'Let Go'. Beware: The first honest review of The Vines.
Ill Nino and Raging Speedhorn at the Astoria 07 Nov 2002
A night's metal asylum throws Corby's loudest outcasts 'Raging Speedhorn' in the pot with glossy Samba-thrashers 'Ill Nino'. File under 'not exactly Sigur Ros at the Royal Festival Hall'.
Four Star Mary Review 04 Nov 2002
Dingoes Ate My Baby are probably more well known than FSM...although they are one and the same band. If you know Buffy, then you'd have known that anyway.
The Darkness, Sweatmaster Live in London 03 Nov 2002
It's not all stadiums and posh parties as VF keeps it real at the centre of the toilet circuit admiring the skidmarked ideals of Sweatmaster and the full throttle menace of The Darkness.
The Polyphonic Spree with Athlete 28 Oct 2002
Pure, unadulterated, love-up cool. The 'Spree's choral pop Disney musical affair has been the talk of the town for months now. Read the first review and check out our photos from their London show.
Coldplay & Idlewild @ Wembley 24 Oct 2002
Idlewild have perfectly evolved, Coldplay have perfect chord changes. This tour is nothing less and than a travelling rainbow machine and provides Wembley with one of the finest gigs of the year.
JJ72 Live In Bristol 21 Oct 2002
Virtual Festivals.com's new western correspondent finds JJ72 darkly delightful and manages to keep his cool despite the sight of ice-queen bassist, Hilary Woods, live in black, playing.... a whole note!
Paul Weller - Live In Brighton 13 Oct 2002
The first night of The Modfather's 'Illuminator' tour. Twenty years on from the end of The Jam and he's back in Brighton. Check out our exclusive photo gallery and read the first review.
Prince - One Night Alone 04 Oct 2002
A once in a lifetime opportunity to catch the little purple genius enthralling an intimate crowd at the cosy Hammersmith Apollo. Not something we could pass by! Check out our seemingly exclusive review right here!
The Boxer Rebellion - First Review 04 Oct 2002
Their jaw-dropping psychedelic hallucincation of a live show is the reason this London-based fourpiece are the hottest new rock property. Naturally, we have the first review and exclusive photos.
The Cooper Temple Clause's Misplaced Homecoming 01 Oct 2002
The Cooper Temple Clause rip up a pub, going back to their early gigging days and celebrating their success. It's in London, though we probably wouldn't 'claim' Reading either if that was our home.
Richard Ashcroft's Live London Return 18 Sep 2002
Grand Mad Richard plays an intimate solo show ahead of his tour for new LP 'Human Conditions'. Guess who he has on keyboards! We have the live review, and the exclusive photos.
Kinesis Live at London Mean Fiddler 14 Aug 2002
The youngest band on the bill for Reading and the best British band since the Manics kick up a storm at the intimate Central London venue. Look out for these future festival headliners. You heard it here first!
Halo at the 100 club 07 Aug 2002
Halo kick off their latest headline tour and showcase new album material at a hot and sweaty 100 club gig
Idlewild Virgin Instore Signing 15 Jul 2002
As part of the promotion of their new album "The Remote Part" Idlewild played an acoustic set to a packed Oxford St. Virgin Megastore - and stuck around to sign some stuff as well
Primal Scream @ Shepherds Bush Empire 20 Jun 2002
The Scream ditch the Delica and let their hair down at star-studded festival warm-up gig, refreshingly devoid of predictable 'hits'. Check out the first review and photos here.
The White Stripes: A Tale of 2 Cities 22 May 2002
Unlike many, we didn't have to re-mortgage our houses to see the band at their intimate Shepherds Bush Empire gig. So, with the money we saved, we decided to hop across the Atlantic and see them all over again, in their Hometown of Detroit!