JLS, the perennial teenage heartthrobs, made a triumphant return, igniting arenas across the UK with their infectious pop anthems. With shows across London, Glasgow, and Dublin, we caught our musical spectacle took place at Leeds’ First Direct Arena, where the night unfolded with an unexpected burst of energy courtesy of the sensational pop queen SHAB.
There have been several instances in the life of Henry Grace where the light at the end of the tunnel was music, a beacon to hang on to when life became too much to comprehend and depression filled the void. This week at The Lafayette, surely one of London’s outstanding musical venues, he became that light as he not only starred in but organised a magical night of music featuring Jamie Lawson and Elles Bailey alongside his considerable talent.
There must have been something prophetic about the lyrics of a Drake White song back in 2016, when he sang “nobody’s talking but we’re all on the phone”. The song ‘Back to Free’ is a song from country artist Drake and he was one of the stars on Sunday at Kent’s ever more popular Americana, Country and Roots Black Deer Festival but I’m sure even he wouldn’t have foreseen the looming shadow of technology on music as well as our departure from the things that make life and making memories special.
After a string of EP releases and compilation releases, Aly & AJ returned in 2021 with their third studio album ‘A Touch Of The Beat Gets You Up On Your Feet Gets You Out and Then In The Sun’ and with a string of tour dates following suit, including an evening at London’s finest O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.