Live Review: Andrew Lawrence

January 7, 2011

A review of Andrew Lawrence’s performance at Lincoln Drill Hall, for The Linc.

Tipped as what could be this year’s comedy festival’s hidden gem, there certainly was a buzz around Andrew Lawrence. Following a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination and a UK Headline Act Chortle Award nomination, Lawrence has embarked on his first UK tour.

A special late night showing of his “Too Ugly For Television” tour at Lincoln’s Drill Hall, on Friday October 8th, sees around 100 people in attendance. Not a big audience by any standard, but enough to keep the show intimate and not empty.

Despite not being one of the biggest names in comedy, he knows exactly what he’s doing on stage – even if it doesn’t always seem that way.

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Live Review: Tubelord At SCY In Lincoln

November 11, 2010

A review of Tubelord’s performance at SCY in Lincoln, for The Linc.

Once ten o’clock rolled around Tubelord took to the stage to a huge ovation from the still amassing crowd. The throng of people were all pushing their way to the front in order to see the quartet do what they do best. For this tour though, singer Joe Prendergast was stepping down from vocal duties due to throat problems and Alan Welsh from Colour took over.

As the crowd pushed closer together and further toward the stage the sense of intimacy became more apparent. Tubelord are getting more famous as time rolls on, but they’re still able to tour small venues and give the music a stronger sense of atmosphere.

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Live Review: Fun Lovin’ Criminals At Lincoln Engine Shed

November 11, 2010

A live review of Fun Lovin’ Criminals at the Engine Shed in Lincoln, for The Linc.

After The Chemists had left the stage it was time for possibly the coolest band to have ever played the city to take to the stage. The half-size Engine Shed was fit to burst with Fun Lovin’ Criminal fans who erupted in an explosion of applause and cheers as the New Yorkers kicked into the funkalicious “We, The Three”.

As soon as front man Huey Morgan made his presence known it was obvious he was in control of the stage and audience. The crowd were eating up everything he had to say, even when the joke he tried to tell was ruined by a woman in the crowd – leading to booing from everyone else.

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Review: Silent Witness: Graphic Novels Without Words

August 24, 2010

In a diversion away from my usual music writings, I was asked by Onemetal to write a review of an exhibition at Lincoln’s Collection based on graphic novels.

To some they are just glorified comics, but to others they are an art form. Over the past five years graphic novels have taken a dramatic rise in popularity despite having been in the public domain for many years. Their recent inception into book stores could be attributed to the films Sin City and Watchmen. These adaptations of some of the most popular graphic novels of all time rapidly became cult status and propelled graphic novels into the mainstream.

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Interview: Chris Coleshaw From Gutshot

April 23, 2010

Whilst at the Rock Against Racism gig, I interviewed local punk Chris Coleshaw for his opinions on racism and politics.

Punk music has always been about anarchy and spreading a message to fans all over the world. From legendary bands like The Clash to up-and-coming stars like Frank Turner, artists are trying to give their fans something to think about politically.

Local hardcore punk outfit Gutshot are trying to follow in their footsteps. Bassist Chris Coleshaw has a passion for politics and has strong opinions on the some of the extreme right wing parties in the UK.

“I think in Lincoln we don’t need to worry about the BNP too much, more it’s the English Defence League (EDL) which is basically a bunch of football hooligans that have got a so-called interest in politics. They say they’re against extremist Islam. I went to Nottingham and the EDL were marching through there, ‘Unite Against Facism’ put on a counter.

“I’ve seen with my own eyes people going ‘Sieg Heil’ and doing Hitler salutes. For them to say they’re not racist it’s [lies]. They were shouting things like ‘Allah Allah who the fuck is Allah?!’,” Coleshaw says.

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Live Review: Rock Against Racism At Christopher’s, Lincoln

April 23, 2010

Last week saw the second annual Rock Against Racism gig in Lincoln, here’s the review I did for The Linc.

The second annual Rock Against Racism gig exceeded all expectations when it played Christopher’s in Lincoln on Sunday, April 18th. The event showcased a variety of local bands from differing genres, with the intention of raising awareness of two important causes; racism and prejudice.

The event was originally meant to held at Walkabout, but the venue changed at the last second. This didn’t affect the gig-goers however, with attendance standing at over 130 people who packed the club from start to finish.

Kicking off the gig were Lincoln punk outfit Gutshot. Having headlined the previous Rock Against Racism show, they were back to fight the cause. Powering their way through a short set of fast-paced hardcore punk songs, the crowd were warmed up and ready for more action.

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Live Review: Gorillaz At Lincoln Engine Shed

April 7, 2010

March 28th I went to the Engine Shed to watch Gorillaz strut their stuff. Here’s the review I wrote for The Linc.

Gorillaz, possibly the biggest band ever to grace the Engine Shed, visited our humble city as part of their GClub Live tour – and they didn’t disappoint.

The show, on Saturday March 27th, was the last of the six date warm-up shows before moving on to the bigger, more extravagant performances expected of them later in the year at various festivals.

This run of gigs is intended to be much more intimate and they were originally aimed solely at members of the Gorillaz fan club, although the Engine Shed did begin selling tickets to the public after the initial rush.

Judging by the queue outside, the majority of fans in attendance were part of the fan club as the e-ticket line dwarfed the normal ticket holders.

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