• I Am Not Your Negro Showings

    By Chris Wells on April 24, 2017
    Currently picking up excellent reviews Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary based on the work of the groundbreaking author James Baldwin, is set for a an extended run at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, north London. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film has priceless archive footage of Baldwin discussing racial politics and Civil Rights […]
  • I Am Not Your Negro

    By Chris Wells on April 20, 2017
    Movie Review: I Am Not Your Negro Dir. Raoul Peck Such is the power of this extraordinary feature it would still work if the screen were blank and the voiceover the sole protagonist. Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of excerpts from Remember This House, James Baldwin’s unfinished yet illuminating analysis of race relations in America is so heavily freighted with significance, […]
  • Brass In Pocket

    By Chris Wells on April 10, 2017
    Check out Hot 8 Brass Band on tour during April and May, performing cuts from their new album On The Spot. 11 Apr   Liquid Room, Edinburgh (UK) 12 Apr   O2 ABC, Glasgow (UK) 13 Apr   The Wardrobe, Leeds (UK) 14 Apr   O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK) 1 May    Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (UK) 2 May    O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (UK) 3 […]
  • Two For Badu

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2017
    Erykah Badu has announced two July shows in London. General-release tickets sold-out just five minutes for the July 6 date at the Hammersmith Apollo, but a second date, on the 7th, has quickly been added. Tickets for the new date are available to purchase now from the Neo Luv website.  Badu will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her two-time Grammy-winning […]
  • Legend Of The Fall

    By Chris Wells on April 5, 2017
    Having wowed travellers at London’s St. Pancras International recently with an impromptu live performance on the station piano, the man John Legend has announced a nine-date Darkness & Light UK tour schedule, running from the beginning of September. Thus far the diary is: Glasgow, SSE Hydro [September 8]; Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena [9]; Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena [10]; London, O2 [12]; […]
  • Funk On Fire

    By Chris Wells on March 30, 2017
    The funkmeister himself, George Clinton, is bringing his whole dang ParliaFunkadelicment extravanganza back to the UK real soon. At the moment the run of dates looks like: Glasgow, O2 ABC [May 10]; Leeds, O2 Academy [11]; Manchester, O2 Ritz [12]; Camber Sands, Pontins; Funk & Soul Weekender [12-14]; London, O2 Kentish Town Forum [13]; and Bristol, O2 Academy [15]. Visit […]
  • Supreme Fest Additions

    By Chris Wells on March 30, 2017
    Corinne Bailey Rae, saxman and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, rekindled UK funksters D’Influence and always on fire Mica Paris [bringing her acclaimed Ella Fitzgerald Songbook project] are amongst the final acts added to the line-up for this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex in July. Headliners already announced include Herbie Hancock, George […]
  • 112, Dru Hill & Ginuwine Extra Show

    By Chris Wells on March 28, 2017
    US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill featuring Sisqo and Genuine have added an extra date to their triple-header schedule this Autumn. The London, IndigO2 gig on Friday, October 6 has already sold out, so they’ll be playing the same venue on the previous night – Thursday, Oct 5 – too. They’ll also be at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Sunday, October 8. Tickets start from £32.50 and are available […]
  • Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes

    By Chris Wells on March 24, 2017
    Bristol Jazz And Blues Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol. The chuckle of recognition that greets the MC’s quip about a ‘big man… but you’re in bad shape’ is the quite perfect complement to a freesheet that features Michael Caine, a cold stare and a double-barreled shotgun in the immortal pose from Get Carter. This is Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes, a celebration […]
  • It’s Bootsy… Baby

    By Chris Wells on March 23, 2017
    Making his first visit to the UK in five years, the one and only Mr. Bootsy Collins, a.k.a. Casper The Friendly Ghost, is to play a single headline date in London this summer. Catch him twanging that funky rubber band at the Kentish Town Forum on Friday, June 23. Tickets are sale now from: Expect to pay between £35-£45 […]