Live Review: The Blanks At Walkabout In Lincoln

January 7, 2011

I reviewed The Blanks’ performance at Walkabout in Lincoln, for The Linc.

Sadly one of the most successful American sitcoms of all time was cancelled this year, but its spirit still lives on. “Scrubs” ran for nine series but was cancelled due to poor ratings after Zach Braff left the show, but this didn’t stop hundreds of fans heading over to Walkabout last night for a special treat.

Named in “Scrubs” as the Worthless Peons, real-life a capella quartet The Blanks are on their debut tour of the UK. Featuring Sam Lloyd who plays the hapless lawyer Ted in the show, there was a definite Scrubs fanbase in the crowd.

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Live Review: Gorillaz At The O2 Arena In London

January 7, 2011

I reviewed Gorillaz’ performance at the O2 arena for The Linc.

Still riding high on the success of “Plastic Beach”, Gorillaz are one of the biggest commodities in UK music today. With their star-studded array of guest vocalists and stunning live performance, Damon Albarn and co. are on top of their game.

Before they were due to play possibly the biggest arena in the UK, the crowd was already alive and fists were pumping for De La Soul. The New York trio were the perfect warm-up act and worked the ever-growing crowd into a frenzy.

Even though some of those in attendance didn’t know much about De La Soul (besides featuring on two Gorillaz tracks) it didn’t stop everyone from having a good time and dancing along.

Playing hits such as “Me, Myself And I” and “Stakes Is High”, the thousands inside the O2 couldn’t get enough. Even an impromptu version of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” made an appearance.

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Live Review: Howard Marks

January 7, 2011

A review of Howard Marks’ performance at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, for The Linc.

On Wednesday, October 20th one of the biggest drug smugglers in the world came to Lincoln. Now retired from his former life as a drugs baron, Howard Marks brought his stand-up show to the LPAC.

Having previously worked with the IRA and the Mafia, Marks is definitely one for stories. He once reportedly controlled 10% of the entire world’s hashish distribution, which he seemed most proud of.

The audience was made up of primarily students which isn’t too surprising given the subject of Marks’ life. He too was once a student, at Oxford University, achieving a degree in nuclear physics and post-graduate qualifications in philosophy.

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Live Review: Everything Everything At Leeds Cockpit

January 7, 2011

A review of Everything Everything’s performance at the Cockpit in Leeds, for There Goes The Fear.

It was a cold Sunday evening in Leeds and it was gradually getting darker. Not an ideal environment by anyone’s standards. But rescue was just around the corner at the Cockpit. Not the most interesting looking venue from outside, but it’s what’s inside that counts.

Inside were 400 music fans of all ages with eyes transfixed on the stage waiting for Manchester’s hottest property, Everything Everything. Before the poptastic quartet came on stage though came London’s Clock Opera.

Clock Opera have recently released a remix of the headliner’s ‘MY KZ UR BF’, but tonight wasn’t about remixes – it was about the band. Despite the crowd never really getting moving, Clock Opera still put on a great show. Some of the music they could produce was excellent, even utilising utensils such as a tea pot and mug as percussion instruments. Not exactly whipping the crowd into a frenzy but warming them up nonetheless, Clock Opera looked happy with their performance and the reception they received from the Leeds music community.

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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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