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Quercus, Turner Sims, Southampton

Daily Echo: REVIEW; Quercus

11:17am Monday 14th April 2014

A SMALL but appreciative crowd enjoyed the last in a short tour from acclaimed trio Quercus, led by the wonderful June Tabor and featuring the tenor sax of Iain Ballamy and piano of Huw Warren.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: FM / Europe / Foreigner, Portsmouth Guildhall

Daily Echo: Foreigner in action. Picture by Helen Bradley Owers.

10:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Despite an early start and with the audience still trickling in FM, delivered a fine set, honed from 30 years of performing together on what promised to be some of the best of 80’s AOR.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Bootleg Beatles, 02 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: The Bootleg Beatles

10:39am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

BEATLEMANIA lived again in Southampton last night.

REVIEW: David Rodigan, Orange Rooms, Southampton

Daily Echo: David Rodigan DJs at Concorde 2 on Saturday, November 23

10:16am Monday 31st March 2014

HE is the longstanding bastion of one of the most internationally recognised and cherished musical genres.

REVIEW: Paul Carrack & His Band, The Concorde, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Paul Carrack

10:15am Monday 31st March 2014

IT’S easy to see why his concerts sell out so fast.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Searchers, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Daily Echo: The Searchers with John McNally

11:29am Wednesday 26th March 2014

IT is nearly 60 years ago that a Liverpool teenager got together with his mates and formed a skiffle group.

REVIEW: Takedown Festival, University of Southampton

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

12:42pm Monday 17th March 2014

TAKEDOWN’S ascendence was confirmed this weekend when a couple of thousand students, hipsters, beautiful people and a smattering of goths gathered for the third time at Southampton University.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Answer, The Brook

Daily Echo: The Answer live. Picture by Helen Bradley Owers

10:29am Tuesday 11th March 2014

IT was The Answer’s first time in Southampton and judging by the capacity crowd at The Brook it was long awaited.

REVIEW: Skaters, The Joiners

Daily Echo: SKATERS

12:45pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

New York City is arguably the coolest city on earth.

REVIEW: Bastille, BIC, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Bastille at the BIC, Bournemouth, March 5, 2014. Photo by Mark Holloway Photography

8:52am Wednesday 5th March 2014

AFTER a hugely successful 2013, Bastille look set to continue their steep upward curve.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Bob Pearce Blues Band, The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

10:13am Wednesday 5th March 2014

THE dance was in full swing at a Southampton Youth Club when the band’s lead singer decided to take his girlfriend home.

REVIEW: Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Concorde, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Gerry and the Pacemakers

10:43am Monday 3rd March 2014

IT was more than 50 years ago that Beatles manager Brian Epstein signed Gerry & The Pacemakers as his second band to the Fab Four.

Royal Blood, The Cellar, Southampton

Daily Echo: Royal Blood, The Cellar, Southampton

9:28am Friday 14th February 2014

HAVING bags of confidence is a must for any band starting out.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Daily Echo: Hip-hop with soul and a political conscience: Scroobius Pip, left, and Dan le Sac

9:31am Friday 7th February 2014

A sell-out gig at the Wedgewood Rooms is always going to be fun – such an intimate space creates a very special atmosphere.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Quireboys, The Joiners

Daily Echo: The Quireboys

11:13am Thursday 6th February 2014

THE Joiners had a cosy air of expectancy about it, having enjoyed the support set from Curran. 

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Humphrey Lyttleton Band, The Concorde Club

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

9:35am Thursday 6th February 2014

HE was Britain’s father of jazz whose links with The Concorde stretched back to the early 60s.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: John Newman, 02 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: John Newman. Picture courtesy of

9:49am Tuesday 28th January 2014

AT just 23, John Newman has achieved more than many solo artists could dream of.

REVIEW: Mica Paris, The Concorde Club

Daily Echo: Mica Paris

11:54am Monday 27th January 2014

IF you need a cure for the winter blues then Mica Paris has the prescription.

Last night's review: Chloe Howl at The Joiners

Daily Echo: Chloe Howl comes to Kingston next week

9:53am Saturday 25th January 2014

Last night's review: Chloe Howl at The Joiners

REVIEW: Jacqui Dankworth, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Jacqui Dankworth

11:01am Monday 20th January 2014

ACCOMPANIED by three superb musicians on piano, bass and drums, Jacqui Dankworth delivered smoothly sensual modern jazz to an appreciative theatre audience.

Lamb of God, O2 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: Lamb of God rock 02 Guildhall Southampton. Picture by Mark Holloway

8:48am Monday 13th January 2014

MUSIC should not be about genre, if it’s good then it’s good, and on Sunday night, American metal band Lamb of God were good very good.

Tonight's review: Carols by Candlelight - The Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Tonight's review: Carols by Candlelight - The Mayflower Theatre

11:06pm Friday 20th December 2013

Carols by Candlelight - The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton BRIAN Conley and the rest of the Mayflower’s Christmas panto cast were given the night off on Friday to make way for a glorious evening of Christmas music and song.

REVIEW: To Drive The Cold Winter Away, Turner Sims, Southampton

Daily Echo: To Drive The Cold Winter Away

10:00am Tuesday 17th December 2013

Clearly delighted to be singing “in such wonderful acoustics – better than when we played St Paul’s Cathedral”, folky fourpiece Coope, Simpson, Fraser and Freya featured festive carols with beautiful harmonies.

Imagine Dragons at the BIC, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Imagine Dragons on stage - Dan banging the drum.

9:50am Saturday 14th December 2013

IMAGINE Dragons can be forgiven for underestimating their popularity when they decided to embark on their UK tour.

REVIEW: James Walsh, The Railway, Winchester

Daily Echo: James Walsh

9:23am Thursday 12th December 2013

IF there was ever something to warm you up on a chilly night and get you in the Christmas spirit this was it.

REVIEW: Clare Teal’s Festive Fiesta, The Concorde, Eastleigh.

Daily Echo: Festive Fiesta

9:28am Thursday 12th December 2013

SINGING at Eastleigh’s Concorde is like coming home for Clare Teal.

REVIEW: The Darkness, Salisbury City Hall

Daily Echo: MUSIC REVIEW: The Darkness

9:40am Thursday 12th December 2013

I LOVED the Darkness’ first album, Permission To Land.

REVIEW: Carols With the Band, Southampton Choral Society with the Royal Marines Association Concert Band, Central Hall, Southampton

10:37am Tuesday 10th December 2013

THE festive season felt like it was truly under way at Southampton’s Central Hall with this fantastic seasonal concert.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Big Chris Barber Band, The Concorde, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: The Big Chris Barber Band

9:06am Thursday 5th December 2013

WITHOUT Chris Barber we might never have heard of The Beatles or Rolling Stones.

REVIEW: The Family Rain, The Joiners, Southampton

Daily Echo: We’re keeping it in the family

8:50am Thursday 28th November 2013

IT WAS all about brotherly love, both on stage and in the crowd.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Mallory Knox and Blitz Kids, Mo Club, Southampton

Daily Echo: Mallory Knox

2:41pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

COULD heavy riff masters Mallory Knox be British metal’s great new hope?

REVIEW: Frightened Rabbit, Southampton University

Daily Echo: Selkirk quintet Frightened Rabbit

11:12am Tuesday 12th November 2013

GUITAR based Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit delivered an emotion charged performance to a venue full of enthusiastic fans at Southampton University.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Jessie J, Alive Tour, Bournemouth International Centre

Daily Echo: Jessie J in action

10:30am Monday 11th November 2013

 AS the final note resonated the frenzy of cheering made you realise Jessie J had achieved her aim – everyone felt a little more Alive.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Editors, 02 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: The Editors in Southampton last night. Picture by Mark Holloway of

9:06am Friday 8th November 2013

DID you hear the one about the reporter who went to review Editors?

REVIEW: The Stylistics, Bournemouth Pavilion

Daily Echo: Soul men – the Stylistics

10:37am Monday 4th November 2013

OPENING their four-week UK tour, Philadelphia’s Stylistics brought smooth and sophisticated soul music to a packed Pavilion.

Ben Waters Trio, The Concorde Club

Daily Echo: Ben Waters on stage. Photo from

11:13am Friday 1st November 2013

HE is the king of boogie woogie who has played in front of royalty.

REVIEW: Local Natives, Southampton University Students Union

11:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013

IT’S something of a coup for Los Angeles indie favourites Local Natives to make an appearance in Southampton.

Turin Brakes, The Brook, Southampton

Daily Echo: Turin Brakes at The Brook in Southampton

11:49am Tuesday 29th October 2013

THE turn of the 21st century was a golden age for indie music and last night Southampton was given a gentle reminder of why that was.

Beans on Toast, The Joiners, Southampton

Daily Echo: Beans on Toast

10:11am Friday 25th October 2013

Since he rose from the London folk scene in the mid 2000s Beans on Toast has been stumbling his way from gig to gig and festival to festival, but most importantly into our hearts and minds.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Suede, 02 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: Comeback – Suede are back with a new album and tour

10:26am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

IT IS 20 years since Suede released their debut album and scooped the Mercury Music Prize.

REVIEW: The Manfreds, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Daily Echo: Manfred Mann

10:01am Friday 27th September 2013

BACK on his home ground Hampshire born sixties star Paul Jones included TV’s Match of The Day theme in a marathon harmonica solo.

REVIEW: Fire Within by Birdy

Daily Echo: Birdy

11:08am Wednesday 25th September 2013

HAMPSHIRE teenage singing sensation Birdy released her second album this week. The 17-year-old from Lymington, real name Jasmine Vanden Bogaerde, has proved a huge hit since releasing her self-titled debut, which gave her a Top 20 hit aged just 14, in 2011.


5:07pm Monday 23rd September 2013

On a rare five-date UK tour, American country music award-winning legend Kris Kristofferson delighted a packed Pavilion.

REVIEW: Leonard Cohen, Bournemouth International Centre

Daily Echo: Leonard Cohen in action

10:42am Wednesday 28th August 2013

LEONARD Cohen, the undisputed bard of the bedsit, made a triumphant return to the south coast, delivering a masterclass performance that many of today’s singer, songwriters would to do well to emulate.

REVIEW: Larmer Tree Festival

Daily Echo: Seasick Steve rocks Larmer Tree

11:18am Monday 22nd July 2013

THERE may be a heatwave but I’m feeling remarkably ‘chilled’ right now – having spent a few days at the ‘happiest, friendliest, quirkiest festival in the land’.

REVIEW: Festival Evensong, Winchester Festival, Winchester Cathedral

Daily Echo: Winchester Cathedral.

10:43am Tuesday 9th July 2013

WHILE millions watched Andy Murray finally gain his longawaited Wimbledon crown, festival goers in Winchester sought out the cool, contemplative air of the Cathedral for a special evensong service.

Small, but Sheer Bliss! Blissfields Review

Daily Echo: The crowd enjoying Blissfields

10:55am Monday 8th July 2013

IT may be one of the smallest festivals on the UK circuit but Blissfields still packs quite a punch.

Paloma Faith rocks the BIC in fabulous and flamboyant style

Daily Echo: Pictures:

10:48am Thursday 6th June 2013

ON HER first full tour of the UK, Paloma Faith absolutely rocked the BIC with her fabulous and flamboyant style.

Craig David Southampton Guildhall

Daily Echo: Craig David Southampton Guildhall

7:15am Wednesday 22nd May 2013

“THERE’S nothing better than coming down the M3 and knowing that you’re home.”

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Public Service Broadcasting, Roxx, Southampton

Daily Echo: Wrigglesworth in action for Public Service Broadcasting

3:41pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

THE band of the moment played a tremendous gig at Roxx.


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