A TASTE OF PARADISIA AT LONDON'S OMEARA

It’s been quite a time for London trio, Paradisia. The year so far had witnessed a highly impressive debut album release and appearances at the iconic Isle of Wight festival, while July sees the band sharing a stage with headliners The Killers in London’s Hyde Park and supporting James at Kew Gardens. As the first to review the May 2016 debut concert by Paradisia, it seemed fitting to return to see how the group had honed its live offering at its latest London show, some thirteen months later. It was not to disappoint. Omeara is a relatively new live music venue, having opened last October under the helm of Mumford & Sons’ Keyboardist, Ben Lovett. Nestled between bars and exhibition spaces,

LOVE WON’T TEAR US APART

The dreadful terrorist attack at the concert by Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena on 22 May followed by a further indiscriminate assault on people out for an evening in London just 12 days later cast a huge shadow over the simple pleasures of enjoying live music and socialising. The young singer understandably flew home, putting the rest of her tour on temporary hold in a measured response giving space to the real focus of the first of these tragedies; that of the 22 victims, their families and friends and those injured, shocked and frightened first-hand. That she was able to return two weeks later to perform quite so spectacularly along with a stellar line up, gleaned at such short notice f

 
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Covid-19 has rather put paid to them but may I commend:

Mondays at 8pm: Cressida Ford's Almost Acoustic Show on Radio Scarborough

 

Wednesdays at 6pm: Hattie Briggs - live stream on FB & Insta

 

Daily on Twitter: Tim Burgess' Listening Party

Anytime for great live sets: KEXP's YouTube channel 

banquetrecords.com: Kingston store may be physically closed but please support online. Check out live streaming shows too!

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