Live Reviews

A former Beatle, a near-nude Florence and a lightning storm all collide in Chicago's Grant Park for a momentous weekend. Lollapalooza 2015 does the UK proud The enigmatic singer proves he's soaring a few octaves higher than his contemporaries. The Weeknd live on Osea Island - review Someone warn Noel Gallagher. He's going to be living in a world where Ed headlines Glastonbury. Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium reviewed Pop superstar's edgier, more mature 1989 world tour electrifies Hyde Park. Taylor Swift's Hyde Park show reviewed ★★★★★ Kylie proves that pop definitely deserves more of a place at festivals. Get on the phone Glastonbury, you'd do well to have her back. Kylie's Hyde Park show reviewed ★★★★★ Blur deliver a stunning set, proving they're realms above a mere nostalgia trip. Blur's triumphant Hyde Park gig reviewed ★★★★★ The Strokes defy you to question their influence with a hits-filled set. The Strokes and Beck at Hyde Park reviewed Manchester, Tennessee becomes the centre of the universe as Kendrick, Florence and more pay a visit. Why Bonnaroo is the world's happiest festival Review: The Aussie group take on Wembley and show that the best is yet to come. Why 5SOS are more than teen idols - review The painful pursuit for perfectionism over convenience has paid off. The Maccabees make an exultant return ★★★★ Pop concerts aren't supposed to get hung up on what's artistically credible or consciously fashionable. S Club 7's comeback tour reviewed Just when you think Laura Marling can't get any better, her live show exceeds expectations again. Why Laura Marling is among the greats The trio prove III is the magic number at the opening night in Glasgow. Take That's new tour is curiously compelling Now in its 16th year, Snowbombing shows little signs of slowing down yet. Why Snowbombing is the hottest show on snow A memorable performance from a band who will keep even their devotees guessing. Everything Everything live review ★★★★★ Live review: On the cusp of announcing an arena tour, the band are in their prime. Vaccines live: More confident than ever Tonight's performance is a realisation of just how far Wolf Alice have come. Wolf Alice prove why 2015 is their year Warpaint bring their brand of nocturnal art rock to the Hammersmith Apollo. Warpaint live in London review ★★★★ Vibrant and vital, by rights tonight should be a small step to total pop domination. Charli XCX live in London review ★★★★★ The Brighton band treat Brixton Academy to the best show of their career. Royal Blood live at Brixton Academy ★★★★★ A comeback from a reinvigorated band which will remind loyal fans of their melodic powers. Idlewild live review: A most welcome return We've said it before: McBusted are the masters of being loveable goofballs. McBusted live in Glasgow: Review The band's knack for entertainment and theatre saves a gig marred by poor sound quality. Glass Animals live in London ★★★ Review: Olly Alexander's soulful vocal overcomes anxious lyrics with a quiet confidence. Years & Years live in London ★★★★ London collective bring their brand of infectious funk-pop to town with a slick show. Jungle reviewed live at the Roundhouse ★★★★ The singer performs as part of the theme's park annual celebrations. Kelly Clarkson lights up Universal Orlando Philadelphia six-piece bring their intoxicating blend of krautrock to Brixton Academy. The War on Drugs live in Brixton ★★★★★ The New Yorkers size down to play London's Forum as part of the NME Awards shows. Interpol live: Masters of subtlety The Jarman brothers treat Camden's Electric Ballroom to a 19-song set. The Cribs return: "Musical puritans" The band perform in Shoreditch as part of the NME Awards Shows. Childhood live at XOYO: "Celestial indie" Laura Marling absolutely connects in an out-of-character venue. Laura Marling live at the Silver Bullet Jessie J scales back to deliver a toned down set to the Brixton crowd. Jessie J live at Brixton Academy reviewed The notorious live band play Village Underground for Independent Venue Week. Fat White Family live: "Unflinchingly sleazy" How did alt-J fare for the biggest show of their careers? alt-J live at the O2 reviewed: 'Innovators' Paolo Nutini proves he's on course to be a megastar with a show that ticks all the boxes. Paolo Nutini live at The O2 review ★★★★ 20 years on, The Holy Bible kicks every bit as hard. Manics Holy Bible tour reviewed ★★★★★ What other star in 2014 - after the criticism - would still be having this much fun? Lily Allen live at Brixton Academy review The band prove that they're more than fit to host the last gig at Earls Court. Bombay Bicycle Club live review Thankfully, success doesn't seem to have cost Metronomy their trademark eccentricity. Metronomy live review: A band on the up Singer-songwriter brings his No.1 album to Manchester's O2 Apollo. Ben Howard live: 'Impressive and hypnotic'