Kate’s Dates

Our correspondent grumpily rants about the disproportionate cultural importance given to London in the UK — and Kate Bush somehow gets caught up in the middle.


Peter Hook and the Light: He’s Got Control

Joy Division began the 80s as an obscure footnote in the rock encyclopedia. Critically acclaimed, mainstream success eluded them. New Order, the band they became after the suicide of lead vocalist Ian Curtis, found fame that was always denied to Joy Division.


Mike Watt: The Hyphenated Man Live

Mike Watt, bass legend of fIREHOSE, The Minutemen and, latterly, the reformed Stooges is in the UK to “play us some of his own music”. Days later it’s still messing with our heads. We report from The Brudenell in Leeds.


The Proclaimers at Holmfirth Picturedome

The Proclaimers who came out on stage at Holmfirth were men. Voices mellowed by age, but no less strong and astounding in range. We went there to review them, but we left as fans.