Tag Archives: Gig Review

Nicola Hardman, Gig Review. 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. Threshold 2017

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

It is not always about the extravaganza, the mighty venue, the plush carpet and the comfortable seats; it is rarely about that but some seem to believe that the experience of attending a gig is defined by the circumspect, the additions, the price tag or the illusion. It is a shame that the world has gone down the route of seeing things for their glitter and not for their honesty, for the very sense of real that comes over in an performance that capture the imagination and send your brain swimming into overdrive; all that glitters is not even palladium nickel, it is tarnished with that very illusion that makes it in the end cheap and bruising.

Merry Hell, Gig Review. Philharmonic Music Rooms, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

The bench mark so keenly set out by the month of January is normally set at a medium position, the year to come not wanting to have to work so hard to leap past records as if produced by the great Lyn Davies or Jonathan Edwards, the quick jump into the musical express never one to be truly expected as the audience and band alike always find themselves unravelling their web like bones from a season of warmth and inside festivities.

Jimmy Rae & The Moonshine Girls, Gig Review. Philharmonic Music Rooms, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is a crime to miss out on a filled room with like mind, appreciative people, a crime which is exonerated if the venue is sold out but not when things such as television, just things, unwarranted intrusions in to the life of going out and being social, of supporting musical talent in any form or guise; it is a misdeed, a felony to miss out on the man with the pencil neck tie and a smile as broad as the Mersey, Jimmy Rae and the Moonshine Girls.

The Human League, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

You only have to go by the sound of the crowd to understand what music means to the people. In the end it is not about mass popularity, the endless soul destroying fight with fame and supposed fortune, it is how your art makes others feel deep in their souls and if you can have a sold out Philharmonic Hall audience singing their hearts out, making the foundations and the walls shake slightly in anticipation and the low moan of pleasure in the ears as hearts spill open over 35 years worth of love and affection for arguably one of the architects of British Synth Pop, The Human League, then the crowd cannot be wrong.

Kangarilla Pig, Gig Review. Hanger 34, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

A strong heart, a powerful stance and a set list you could ask out for dinner and watch it devour the entire meat section with passion in its eyes and a drool forming on your lips, it might have only been the fourth time that Kangarilla Pig have performed live as a unit but the steam, the energy they give off is enough to make both the Flying Scotsman and the and Rajadhani Express seethe with jealousy and their drivers ask for the number of their coal supplier.

Deacon Blue, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Deacon Blue just keep coming back to the Echo Arena, it would be astonishing if they didn’t turn up at the venue, unlock the door and make themselves several discerning cups of tea, such is the passion for performing in Liverpool and their fondness for the city’s crowd.

David Essex, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Some people should know better, the rush of excitement though becomes too much and whilst not done in malice, it could see such moments of venues tolerating the rush to the front to see the sex symbols, the musical icons and the true stars of longevity, disappear into the night quicker than a reality television star’s career. No harm done of course as the interloper to David Essex’s stage was dealt with in the same off hand manner that accompanied the likes of Rugby pitch invader Erica Rowe, but it did for a moment detract from what was the power of a man to whom there never has been any doubt, his place in the annals of British music.

P.J. Proby, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Such is the hypocrisy embedded in the national psyche that it allowed the dichotomy of the 60s to be one where the flowering of the nation started to really take great strides forward in terms of art and enjoyment but it allowed the self appointed harbingers of supposed moral supremacy to flourish unchecked and take down those they found to be objectionable; it is always a pleasure therefore surely to watch a singer who upset the blue rinse guardian Mary Whitehouse.

Ste Neildsey, Gig Review. Constellations, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

In amongst the hirsute and the abundant floral facial decorations stood on stage a man to whom looked equally as impressive but also indomitable in his pursuit to be the very best man on display inside Constellations on a day when the wind and rain were conspiring to make every male in the city look blustery and windswept. Whilst others were going over their looks, quite rightly in appreciation of Beerdfest and everything facially follicle, the every impressive Ste Neildsy was marking out a path of his own and it was that excellent to witness, especially with one whose own reputation is taking great strides.