Author archive for Chris Wells

  • Tina – The Musical

    By Chris Wells on April 20, 2018
    Aldwych Theatre, London If you’re going to stage an all-singin’, all-dancin’, rags-to-riches bio-jukebox musical, then few life tales come as tall as Miss Turner’s. You literally couldn’t make it up. Tina careers through four decades of triumph and tragedy: taking in snapshots of everything from the shameless racism encountered touring the south in the ‘60s and her abusive marriage to Ike, to […]
  • Trojan 50th: Events/Releases Announced

    By Chris Wells on April 18, 2018
    Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Trojan Records are proud to announce first details of a year-long celebration of their unique history, taking in a series of live events, catalogue music releases, a documentary and definitive coffee table book. Named after the flatbed truck that revered producer Duke Reid used to move his soundsystem around Jamaica, Trojan was launched in […]
  • MARCH 2018 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on April 16, 2018
  • Up The Nile

    By Chris Wells on April 13, 2018
    The singular Mr. Nile Rodgers and his legendary oufit Chic have lined up a series of live shows across the UK during the summer. Right now they are down for: Blenheim Palace [June 14]; Isle of Wight Festival [22]; Scarborough Open Air Theatre [24]; Manchester, Castlefield Bowl [27]; Glasgow, Fiesta x FOLD 2018 [30/July 1]; Greenwich Music Time [July 6]; […]
  • Rhythm & Reaction

    By Chris Wells on April 10, 2018
    [London, Two Temple Place] As the saga of Brexit brings new contortions to Britain on a daily basis, this excellent exhibition, about to enter its final weeks, is a timely aide-mémoire of the longstanding dance that has taken place between ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, as in culture from afar. Curated by Catherine Tackley, Rhythm & Reaction casts a fascinating eye over […]
  • Join ‘The Q’ In June

    By Chris Wells on April 9, 2018
    The icon, the legend, the hitmaker, the one and only Quincy Jones is coming to London on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to play a special live show at the O2 – where he will be backed by an amazing array of guest performers: Caro Emerald, Jess Glynne, Lalah Hathaway, Mick Hucknall, Beverley Knight, Jonah Nilsson, Mark Ronson, Jack Savoretti, Andreas […]
  • Love Supreme Fest: Final Additions

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2018
    The Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from June 29-July 1, has just added its final list of top name acts to the schedule – including Lalah Hathaway, Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, MF Robots and Dave & The Drumhedz. They join an already broad array of stars performing at the three-day event including Earth […]
  • Ceci N’est Pas Noire/Clay/Izindava

    By Chris Wells on April 3, 2018
    Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London. These three dance shows are a striking example of the increasingly adventurous programming at the multi-discipline BGAC in Tottenham, a venue that still has a relatively low profile outside the borough of Haringey. The SystemsLAB double bill of Alesandra Seutin’s Ceci N’est Pas Noire and Asha Thomas and Yinka Esi Graves’ Clay presents dynamic and […]
  • Thicke/Pharrell Lose Gaye Appeal

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2018
    An appeal by Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams against copyright infringement by their Blurred Lines hit of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up has just been heard – and decided against them. In California, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided [in part] with a lower court by stating that Got to Give It Up was “entitled to broad copyright protection […]
  • Armatrading Single/Album/Tour

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2018
    The unmistakable Joan Armatrading is back, with a new single, out today, March 22, entitled I Like It When We’re Together. It’s also the first track on her new album Not Too Far Away, released on May 18. Not Too Far Away is Joan’s 21st album and, once again, she has written, sung, arranged and produced all the tracks as […]