Live Reviews

  1. Bear Driver

    Bear Driver @ The Queens Head, London 22.07.10

    The cool and chintzy air of the Queens Head upstairs gig venue makes for a great setting for Bear Driver to front. Sandwiched between the synth-happy Dufflefolks, and the calm and quirky James Vincent McMorrow, their own brand of snappy, up-front indie pop spills from the PA.

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2010

  2. Lounge on the Farm

    Lounge on the Farm Festival 09-12.07.10

    Lounge On the Farm festival takes place on a cow farm just outside the historic town of Canterbury. It has been going since 2006, and in the past has featured the likes of Fuck Buttons and The Coral. As one of the crop of new and lower key festivals which have tapped in the British public’s inexhaustible appetite for summer music, it satisfies a whole range of punters with its pleasant selection of niche bands, quirky setting and organic food counters. The atmosphere is like a bohemian village fete, and the relatively small scale (there were about 4000 people attending) make it a very relaxing place to be.

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2010

  3. Part 2: Vieilles Charrues @ Carhaix, 15 - 18 July 2010

    Part 2: Vieilles Charrues @ Carhaix, 15 - 18 July 2010

    With performances from Chapelier Fou, Debruit and Sexy Sushi, Bearded's festival fun in France continues...

    Posted on Jul 23rd, 2010

  4. Part 1: Vieilles Charrues @ Carhaix, 15 - 18 July 2010

    Part 1: Vieilles Charrues @ Carhaix, 15 - 18 July 2010

    Despite copius amounts of cider, or 'cidre' if you want to fit in (i.e. be served) in Brittany, Bearded stays sober (almost) enough to remember the weekend.

    Posted on Jul 22nd, 2010

  5. Sissy and the Blisters

    Sissy and the Blisters @ the Boileroom, Guildford 12.07.10

    A local band in a small, cliquey venue always has the potential to be a raucous event. Guildford-based band Sissy & The Blisters delivered just this in a powerful headlining set, pounding the ears of their home crowd.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010

  6. Vessels

    Vessels / These Monsters @ The Hope, Brighton – 13.07.10

    These Monsters have been gaining notoriety for quite some time now, having played on the line-up with hip London promoters Playground, and due to play Wolves Fest later this month.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010

  7. Memoryhouse

    Memoryhouse @ The Social, London 02.07.10

    After walking into the Social, albeit a tad late, the second band on the bill, How To Dress Well, was already standing behind Harley’s projected screen, opening with an a cappella. Singing to a backing track, it unfortunately appeared to be no more talented than a karaoke performance, and instead, the audience’s attention was fixated on the visuals - an intensely warming display of dreamy, antique family VHS tapes from the 70’s, or what they should look like.

    Posted on Jul 6th, 2010

  8. The Bronx

    The Bronx / The Ghost of a Thousand @ White Rabbit, Plymouth 26.06.10

    “It is officially hotter than hell in here”, Tom Lacey, vocalist of rampant punk upstarts The Ghost Of A Thousand, broadcasts, gasping for breath, to the throng of fanatics - mutually dripping with sweat and hanging off his every word.

    Posted on Jun 29th, 2010

  9. Band of Horses

    Band of Horses @ Camden Roundhouse 09.06.10

    The lights go down and the slightly bloated, slightly older, slightly more hirsute audience in the Roundhouse hushes. Not to be greeted by the American gentlemen we’re here to see just yet, we are instead subjected to the unmistakeable opening passage from Phil Collins’ 'In The Air Tonight'.

    Posted on Jun 21st, 2010

  10. Slow Club

    Slow Club @ The Cockpit, Leeds 29.05.10

    Having released their album ‘Yeah So’ earlier this year, Slow Club seemed to Bearded like a band who would play a calming, airy-fairy acoustic gig punctuated with little other than song announcements.

    Posted on Jun 20th, 2010

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