Music reviews

From Beyoncé to Radiohead, U2 to Paul McCartney, here are some of James’s recent music reviews. Click on link to read.

2017

Robert Plant, Royal Albert Hall, 8 December 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

James Blunt, Hammersmith Apollo, 23 November 2017. The Daily Telegraph ***

Phil Collins, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena, 22 November 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Tears for Fears, Royal Albert Hall, 27 October 2017. The Daily Telegraph ***

Morrissey, Maida Vale, London, 2 October 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Feist, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 28 July 2017. The Daily Telegraph *****

Kano, Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph *****

Haim, Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Stormzy, Glastonbury Festival, 24 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph *****

Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury Festival, 24 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Halsey, Glastonbury Festival, 24 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph ***

Guns N’ Roses, London Stadium, Olympic Park, 16 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph *****

Depeche Mode, London Stadium, Olympic Park, 3 June 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Iron Maiden, The O2, London, 27 May 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

The Beach Boys, Royal Albert Hall, 18 May 2017. The Sunday Telegraph ***

The Orb, Royal Festival Hall, 21 April 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Shakin’ Stevens, Southend Cliffs Pavilion, 18 April 2017. The Daily Telegraph **

Elbow, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 4 March 2017. The Daily Telegraph ****

Rick Astley, The Jazz Café, London, 25 February 2017. The Daily Telegraph ***

Katy Perry’s Brits puppet show was as throwaway as her music, 23 February 2017. The Daily Telegraph

David Bowie: The Last Five Years, 8 January 2017. The Daily Telegraph *****

2016

Deacon Blue, Royal Festival Hall, London, 17 November 2016. The Daily Telegraph ***

Kenny Rogers, London Palladium, 11 November 2016. The Daily Telegraph ****

Petula Clark, Southend Cliffs Pavilion, 16 October 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

Bon Jovi, London Palladium, 11 October 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

Roy Harper, Royal Festival Hall, 13 September 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Billy Joel, Wembley Stadium, 12 September 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Robert Plant, Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, 6 August 2016The Daily Telegraph *****

Pet Shop Boys, Royal Opera House, 21 July 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Glastonbury Festival 2016The Daily Telegraph

Love them or hate them, Coldplay will make great Glastonbury headlinersThe Daily Telegraph

Queen and Adam Lambert, Isle of Wight Festival, 13 June 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

The Who, Isle of Wight Festival, 12 June 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Coldplay, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 5 June 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Radiohead, The Roundhouse, London, 27 May 2016The Daily Telegraph *****

Richard Ashcroft, The Roundhouse, London, 17 May 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

Chris Cornell, Royal Albert Hall, 4 May 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

The Sessions (Beatles show), Royal Albert Hall, 2 April 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

Ellie Goulding, The O2, London, 25 March 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

The Corrs, The O2, London, 24 January 2016The Daily Telegraph ***

2015

Stereophonics, The O2, London, 17 December 2015The Daily Telegraph ***

Kylie Minogue, Royal Albert Hall, 12 December 2016The Daily Telegraph ****

Tom Jones and Van Morrison, The O2, London, 9 December 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

U2, The O2, London, 26 October 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

David Gilmour, Royal Albert Hall, 24 September 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

Jerry Lee Lewis, London Palladium, 7 September 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

Atomic Bomb! William Onyeabor tribute, Royal Festival Hall, 21 August 2015. The Daily Telegraph *****

alt-J, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 18 July 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

Portishead, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 19 July 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 19 July 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

Ten best acts at Latitude Festival, 17 July 2015. The Daily Telegraph

Get the glitter out! How Florence and the Machine will triumph at Glastonbury, 26 June 2015. The Daily Telegraph

Blur, Hyde Park, London, 21 June 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

Paul McCartney, The O2, London, 24 May 2015. The Daily Telegraph *****

Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, 15 May 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

Sinéad O’Connor, Barbican, London, 14 April 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

Eurovision’s greatest hits, Hammersmith Apollo, London, 1 April 2015. The Daily Telegraph ***

Duran Duran, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 20 February 2015. The Daily Telegraph ****

2014

Spandau Ballet, Royal Albert Hall, 1 October 2014. The Daily Telegraph ****

How Kate Bush nearly came between me and my wife, 30 September 2014. The Daily Telegraph

Lauryn Hill, Brixton Academy, London, 21 September 2014. The Daily Telegraph *

Bestival, Isle of Wight, 6 September 2014. The Daily Telegraph ****

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, New Orleans Superdome, 21 July 2014. The Daily Telegraph ****

Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, Wireless Festival, London, 5 July 2014. The Daily Telegraph **

Jack White, Lazaretto album review, 11 June 2014. The Daily Telegraph *****

First Aid Kit, Stay Gold, Album Review, 10 June 2014. The Daily Telegraph ****

Elbow, The O2, London, 17 April 2014. The Daily Telegraph ***

Damon Albarn, 6Music Festival, Manchester, 1 March 2014. The Daily Telegraph ****

Maroon 5, The O2, London, 11 January 2014. The Daily Telegraph ***

2013

Jake Bugg, Crisis at Christmas, Hammersmith Apollo, London, 21 December 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

British Sea Power, Cutty Sark, London, 6 December 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Robbie Williams, London Palladium, 9 November 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Suede, The Garage, London, 17 October 2013. The Daily Telegraph *****

Pixies, The Roundhouse, London, 26 September 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

Roger Waters, The Wall Live, Wembley Stadium, 15 September 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Eminem, Reading Festival, 25 August 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

Green Day, Reading Festival, 24 August 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

Franz Ferdinand, The Electric Brixton, London, 21 August 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Kings of Leon, The O2, London, 13 June 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

Muse, Emirates Stadium, London, 26 May 2013. The Daily Telegraph ***

Vampire Weekend, The Troxy, London, 3 May 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Prior to 2013

V Festival, Chelmsford, 20 August 2012. The Daily Telegraph ***

Blur, Olympics Closing Concert, Hyde Park, 13 August 2013. The Daily Telegraph ****

Blur, Goldsmiths, London, 23 June 2009. The Daily Telegraph

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James Hall

James Hall is a freelance journalist. He writes reviews and features on music, food, consumer affairs, business and lifestyle for The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, FT, The Observer. He also does corporate copywriting and media training.