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Wilko Johnson: ‘Just get up there and play’

Five years ago, Wilko Johnson never imagined he’d reach 70. But now the straight-talking survivor is celebrating the milestone with his first headline show at Royal Albert Hall.

In the run-up to the gig, he tells us about overcoming a diagnosis of terminal cancer, an unlikely collaboration with Roger Daltrey, learning to live in the moment on stage, the effect of seeing The Beatles and Chuck Berry play live, and pretending his guitar is a machine gun.

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Joe Bonamassa: Don’t fly away

Joe Bonamassa | Royal Albert Hall | 20 April 2017

(Photo credit: Laurence Harvey)

Joe Bonamassa has no trouble selling out two successive nights at Royal Albert Hall. He could certainly afford giant video screens to show his flying fingers in extreme closeup. Or, at the very least, his name in lights.

But this man on the precipice of 40 is not that kind of performer. A class act who’s clearly paid attention to the finest detail, from the subtly monogrammed music stands to the backing singers’ perfectly synchronised sashaying, he’s intentionally created an environment that doesn’t distract from why everybody’s really here: the music.

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The Pretenders going it ‘Alone’ at Royal Albert Hall

Just days before the launch of their first album in eight years, The Pretenders have announced a one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The performance, on 10 April 2017, will follow a US tour with Stevie Nicks later this year.

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Joe Bonamassa returning to Royal Albert Hall

Just weeks after Joe Bonamassa’s triumphant show at Greenwich Music Time, the blues musician has announced his return to London.

Bonamassa – whose Salute To The British Blues Explosion treated fans at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College to the music of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page – plays the Royal Albert Hall on 20 and 21 April 2017.

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John Metcalfe: Just let go

John Metcalfe | Elgar Room | 29 May 2016

Within the space of 30 minutes, John Metcalfe has strapped on an electric guitar, hunched over a bank of keyboards, sat at a red grand piano (which he describes as “a bit Richard Clayderman”), and eked all the emotion from a viola. And that’s just the opening piece of a sublime 90-minute performance that draws heavily from the musician’s equally inspired 2015 album, ‘The Appearance of Colour’.

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Editors & Manic Street Preachers at Royal Albert Hall

Manic Street Preachers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Everything Must Go’ with a major UK tour celebrating the album that features hits like ‘A Design For Life’ and ‘Australia’.

In London, James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, and Sean Moore sold out Royal Albert Hall on two successive nights during which they first played the album in full before picking highlights from their back catalogue, including ‘You Love Us’, ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, and ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’.


John Metcalfe looks to London

John Metcalfe, the composer, producer, arranger, violist, and guitarist who has worked with the likes of Blur, Coldplay, and Peter Gabriel, is taking his solo work out on the road.

The live shows, which include a 29 May 2016 date at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, will find Metcalfe joined by Birdy’s backing singer Rosie Doonan, Red Snapper’s bassist Ali Friend, and Rae Morris’ drummer Daisy Palmer.

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