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Stephen Dalton


Suki Waterhouse at Omeara: She’s no punk, but this was persuasive

After a shaky start, Waterhouse fell into her stride with heartbroken melodrama that suggested a burgeoning talent

Jun 9, 2022

Queen + Adam Lambert at the O2: Pomp and circumstance, as it should be

Brit-rock pageantry combined with Vegas production values made for a glorious gig, the first of ten nights at the venue

Jun 6, 2022

Armageddon Time review: A poignant coming-of-age story

Though its insights into race, class and social inequality feel pretty obvious, high-calibre acting elevates almost every scene

May 23, 2022

Everything you need to know about Cannes 2022

It’s back and starrier than ever — Stephen Dalton has your film festival cheatsheet

May 19, 2022

Baby Queen gig review: riot grrrl-lite night of stellar ambition

Star on the rise Baby Queen, AKA Arabella Latham, gave a show that signalled her lofty pop-star ambitions

Apr 28, 2022

Paul Weller review: Two-hour musical marathon stays in comfort zone

Weller was on swashbuckling form at Brixton Academy, but there was too much pedestrian, second-division fare on the setlist

Apr 25, 2022

Slowthai at Brixton Academy: a roof-raiser from the Northampton rapper

His first full London headline show since the release of his second album was powered by a supremely confident performance

Mar 31, 2022

Yungblud with Nova Twins, Royal Albert Hall review: riotously good fun

Supported by stars in waiting Nova Twins, Yungblud threw his irresistible stadium-sized ambition at his Royal Albert Hall show

Mar 24, 2022

Biffy Clyro, St John-at-Hackney Church gig review: All sweet, no spike

By their usual guitar-scraping, drum-clobbering standards, this one-off show felt slightly bloodless

Mar 11, 2022

Wet Leg at the 100 Club review: the honeymoon continues

The Isle of Wight band’s upward trajectory is showing no sign of slipping

Feb 3, 2022

IDLES at Brixton Academy: Subtle? No. Explosively exciting? You bet

They started with a self-effacing joke, then they blew the roof off

Jan 17, 2022

Little Simz at Brixton Academy review: blossoming superstar potential

The rapper-singer-songwriter’s milestone show was sure evidence that she’s destined for the top

Dec 17, 2021

Jingle Bell Ball review: sugary junk food in musical form

Covid left the line-up of this festive musical feast depleted, but Griff and Anne Marie stood out

Dec 13, 2021

Wizkid at O2: A grand-scale spectacular for the Afrobeats star

The Nigerian superstar put on one hell of a show in the first of three huge gigs in the capital

Nov 29, 2021

Suede at Alexandra Palace: wholly predictable and explosively exciting

The band is almost tailor-made to fill the old-school grandeur of Alexandra Palace with its booming swagger

Nov 12, 2021

Jarv Is at the Roundhouse review: now officially a national treasure

He probably could have just read the Shipping Forecast and still received rapturous applause

Nov 10, 2021

Rufus Wainwright at the Palladium: strangely muted, if gently sparkly

The Canadian singer-songwriter kept the crowd happy but played disappointingly few of his own crowd-pleasing hits

Oct 20, 2021

Ellie Goulding at the Eventim Apollo review: sparkly as a sequin

The singer emerged after a long period away from performing with a crowd-pleasing show designed to thrill her fans

Oct 18, 2021

Patti Smith at the Royal Albert Hall: Triumphant set from a rock icon

Smith rose to the occasion for her debut on the hallowed Royal Albert Hall stage

Oct 8, 2021

Johnny Marr at the Electric Ballroom: Smiths classics please the crowd

The indie-rock guitar hero was genial and energised but has more interesting depths than he chose to show here

Sep 24, 2021

Martha Wainwright at Union Chapel: in command, if a little safe

The singer songwriter was on perky form in a set that hinged on songs that explored her recent divorce

Sep 21, 2021