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Ella Eyre, O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Daily Echo:

11:18am Thursday 16th October 2014

THE Bournemouth crowd loved Ella Eyre from the minute she bounded into the public's view.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Pop Group - We Are Time

Daily Echo:

11:04am Thursday 25th September 2014

From the moment you play this CD it seems inevitable that The Pop Group would be the first artist pencilled into a playlist by John Peel in the day.

ALBUM REVIEW: She Keeps Bees - Eight Houses

Daily Echo:

11:01am Thursday 25th September 2014

EIGHT Houses is a remarkable offering of minimalistic, achingly beautiful blues-rock, delivered with the energy of Dylan the Rabbit after a particularly “heavy” weekend.

REVIEW: The Saturdays, Bournemouth BIC

Daily Echo:

9:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE UK’s most popular girl band put on a dazzling display to get the working week off to a glamorous start in Bournemouth.

Review - Rock of Ages, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo:

10:20am Wednesday 10th September 2014

IT was the era of heavy eye-liner, hairspray – stacks of it – and Spandex. And that was just the blokes.

CD review - Distraction, by Bear Hands

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4:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Radio DJ Stewart Dennis reviews the latest releases

Victorious Festival - Portsmouth

Daily Echo:

8:31am Sunday 24th August 2014

When Dizzee Rascal took to the stage at a Hampshire music festival it went truly bonkers.

Album review: Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity

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10:11am Friday 22nd August 2014

Radio DJ Stewart Dennis reviews that latest album releases

Album review: Twin Atlantic - Great Divide

Daily Echo: TWIN ATLANTIC: Bristol Fleece on May 11

10:06am Friday 22nd August 2014

Radio DJ Stewart Dennis reviews the latest releases

James Blunt - Wickham Festival

Daily Echo:

6:57am Friday 15th August 2014

IT WAS a surreal start as the tiny village of Wickham welcomed an astronaut jump-suited James Blunt to a bulging canvas topped muddy field.

Hollywood star Steven Seagal plays Southampton after Vladimir Putin controversy

Daily Echo:

8:08am Friday 25th July 2014

Controversial Hollywood tough guy Steve Seagal played The Brook in Southampton last night after being dropped from a music festival for his support of Vladimir Putin.

Bands, beats and big top at Larmer Tree Festival

Daily Echo:

3:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AFTER Tom Jones and Winchester’s Frank Turner got this year’s festival off to an awesome start, Saturday’s offering at the Larmer Tree Festival was a bill of perhaps less wellknown artists.

Lee Desty - On Roosevelt

Daily Echo:

6:02pm Friday 4th July 2014

It’s hard to discover a rival is even more talented than you imaged, writes Daily Echo Editor Ian Murray.

REVIEW: The Searchers, The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Searching out the hits of the 60s

10:47am Monday 23rd June 2014

IT was like a Remembrance Day hit parade for the children of the Sixties.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Hoosiers, The Joiners, Southampton

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1:11pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE HOOSIERS broke into their summer festival schedule to play a tremendous gig at The Joiners.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Mike Sanchez and his Band, The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Worcestershire’s very own boogie boy Mike Sanchez

9:45am Thursday 29th May 2014

IT is not easy to go rock-a-bye baby when your daddy is setting the keyboards on fire with some blistering boogie woogie.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Foxes, The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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9:18am Tuesday 20th May 2014

SOUTHAMPTON singing superstar Foxes has taken the world by storm.

REVIEW: Music lovers roll up for festival fun in Big Top

Daily Echo: The Big Top event at Stoneham Park. Picture: Jesse Olu

11:47am Tuesday 6th May 2014

ONE thing always springs to mind as soon as the weather warms up and the sun appears – festivals.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Kyle Eastwood Band, the Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Clint Eastwood’s son brings grand tour-ino to Wimborne

9:23am Wednesday 30th April 2014

WHEN your dad is Clint Eastwood then you could not be blamed for wanting to follow the acting trail of a movie icon who first hit the screen as the legendary cowboy Rowdy Yates.

Gary Barlow, BIC

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8:08am Thursday 24th April 2014

AT the last Gary Barlow concert I went to there was a marriage proposal live on stage and comedian James Corden turned up to join in a song and dance routine.

REVIEW: Ray Gelato's Giants, The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

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3:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

IT was just as well that I remembered to switch off my mobile phone.

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

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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.


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