EMPATHY TEST Live In London
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The truth can be so tragic and beautiful… It’s been quite the year for London-based electronic outfit Empathy Test. Their successful PledgeMusic campaign saw the band reach over 600% of their target – an effort that also resulted in the … Read More

OMD + TINY MAGNETIC PETS Live at Guildford
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OMD return to Guildford after a lengthy absence The last time Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark performed in Guildford was in June 1985 at the Civic Hall, prior to the release of their sixth studio album. In fact, this particular … Read More

22rpm Electronic Music Festival
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A day of esoteric electronic tunes… Holding an electronic music festival inside a church might seem to be a strange choice of venue, but in practice it certainly lends a distinctive atmosphere to proceedings. The location of St. John’s Church … Read More

A-HA – MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice
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Acoustic love from Norway’s finest… “Suddenly we’re a band again, suddenly we understand why we’re together, and we’re in agreement like never before.” – Morten Harket “This current process has given us an incredible team spirit and a creative exchange … Read More

SPARKS Live In London 2017
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Iconic pop duo bring their hippo to the house at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire… Over forty-five years since their formation, the inimitable Sparks continue to delight and surprise fans and critics alike. Fresh from the critical and commercial success of … Read More

SYNTHETIC CITY 2017 LONDON
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Global electronic acts descend on London for this packed synthpop extravaganza… Among the many electronic music events of the year, the Synthetic City Electronic Music Festival was certainly one of the more ambitious affairs. Boasting 11 bands and artists from … Read More

ELECTRO PUNK PARTY
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An evening of electronic swagger… This year has seen a broad variety of multi-band line-ups for electronic music events. Getting the right balance on the selected artists can be a tough trick to pull off, but the Electro Punk Party, … Read More

SILICON DREAMS 2017 Review
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The electronic musical festival returns with an impressive lineup… This summer saw the return of SILICON DREAMS, the electronic music festival whose roots were founded in the Vintage Computer Festival back in 2010 (an event which also featured OMD performing … Read More

KRAFTWERK – Nottingham
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The German electronic pioneers bring their visually impressive performance to Nottingham… “For beauty we will pay” Never a truer word as (like the rest of the tour), these tickets immediately sold out when they went on sale last September, such … Read More

DEPECHE MODE – Stadium Spirit
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The Mighty Mode deliver a powerful London performance… London Stadium, Saturday 3rd June 2017 It’s a mild Saturday afternoon and I’m following a vast throng of Depeche Mode fans into the former Olympic Stadium; the setting for triumphant UK athletes … Read More

SYNTH CLUB PRESENTS Feat. BLACK NAIL CABARET & VILE ELECTRODES
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A showcase of diverse synthpop acts delivers an evening of captivating tunes… Earlier this month, Islington’s Electrowerkz venue played host for a showcase of electronic acts curated by Synth Club, a promotion outfit (formerly known as Analogue Nights) who are … Read More

AUSTRA at Village Underground
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Toronto’s finest pay a visit to London… Austra’s Future Politics album was a timely release that explored themes of human nature, politics and the environment. In a particularly turbulent time, Katie Stelmanis outlined a manifesto of sorts in which everyone … Read More

AUTOROTATION at Collage Nights
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Autorotation drop in for a live show and VR demo… International Women’s Day falls on the 8th March each year, which opens up opportunities for both articles discussing women in electronic music and also special events to coincide with the … Read More

SUSANNE SUNDFØR Live in London
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While the Nordic charms of Susanne Sundfør have been present for several years, it was the release of her latest album Ten Love Songs that appears to have pitched her music career into a much more noticeable spotlight. Now with … Read More

SINESTAR – Singularis Launch Event
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Bristol synthpop outfit release their debut album… Sinestar all hail from the Bristol area and got together in late 2011, formed from the ashes of Jagged. Their debut I Am The Rain EP was released at a launch party at … Read More

AUSTRA Live at Koko
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It takes a lot to draw us out into a chilly November evening, but Austra provide a suitably attractive prospect. Following on from the release of critically-acclaimed new album Olympia, the sold-out Koko in Camden is proof of the Canadian … Read More

PERFUME Live in London
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There was a point not that long ago where the idea of an outfit such as PERFUME performing in the UK would have seemed absurd. Following on from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s performance earlier this year, however, it’s clear that times … Read More

SILICON DREAMS 2013 Featuring HEAVEN 17 and NORTHERN KIND
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The Sinclair ZX Spectrum user manual had this to say on the subject of electronic music: “Because there is only one loudspeaker in the computer you can only play one note at a time, so you are restricted to unharmonized … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA goes from Lost to Found
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Princess Chelsea produced one of the best sleeper albums of 2012 in the shape of Lil’ Golden Book whose fragmented slices of electronic charm and wistful tunes came as a refreshing change and demonstrated the versatility and range of modern … Read More

Alles Klar – On Tour With ULTRAVOX
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Now in the fourth year of their widely documented reunion, Ultravox know no boundaries. When it came to the next jigsaw sequence in Ultravox history, the unveiling of their 2012 studio album Brilliant, with a European tour to follow, was … Read More

CHVRCHES at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
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Picasso By Night A modern art gallery is not your typical venue for a synthpop gig, but then Chvrches are not your typical synthpop band. Unquestionably THE new synth band of the moment, the buzz around this Glasgow three-piece has … Read More

GRIMES Live in London
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Venus In Fleurs The steady upward path of GRIMES continues, paved by the recent success of the Visions album, which also marked the signing of the artist to the 4AD label. Transcribing the dense, complex soundscapes that form the Grimes … Read More

PRINCESS CHELSEA Live in London
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Machines Of Loving Grace The solo synth work of Pikachunes kicked off the action at what was essentially a Lil’ Chief record label showcase at the Monto Water Rats. Pikachunes’ DIY approach to electropop is intriguing not just for the … Read More

KRAFTWERK Live in New York
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There’s no doubt about the influence KRAFTWERK has had on OMD. Both founding members have come out dozens of times citing the German experimental electronic band as a main influence. Lead singer Andy McCluskey jokes of how their song ‘Electricity’ … Read More

CURXES and VILE ELECTRODES at TEC001
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An Evening of Electropop Synthpop and electronic music website The Electricity Club (TEC) hosted their first ever live event at the weekend. Situated on New Oxford Street, The Bowery was the ideal venue for an extended night of English electropop. … Read More

KRAFTWERK Live in 3D at Die Alte Kongresshalle, Munich
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Europa Endlos – The Electricity Club Go To Bavaria For their international assignment, The Electricity Club’s Nix Lowrey and Mike Cooper got together with Parralox’s John von Ahlen and headed to Germany, the spiritual home of modern electronic music, for … Read More

HEAVEN 17 / BEF Weekender at The Roundhouse
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Music of Quality and Distinction Live “I was once watching Richard Burgess play drums with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Carol was a singer in the band. It was really when I was a budding drummer and Richard was … Read More

HOWARD JONES Live at Indigo2
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Featuring Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action HOWARD JONES is often thought of as the one man musical mastermind of synth-pop but when looked at fully, he’s so much more than that. Howard Jones has been around since the early … Read More

OMD + VILLA NAH Live At Brighton Dome
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To a city by the sea It has been three years since OMD last played at the Brighton Dome. In 2007 the reunited original quartet of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes were in the midst of … Read More

THE FAINT Live in Chicago
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We Get Seduced Omaha Nebraska isn’t really a place normally associated with electronic music. Known more for its flat lands, it has however, given America one of the best electro-dance, punk, indie-wave bands in the form of THE FAINT. Formed … Read More

OMD at Bletchley Park Mansion
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“Everything You Say, Everything You Do…” The ballroom at Bletchley Park is a very intimate and opulent room, with its gilded ceiling and linen fold wood panelling. The grandest of the rooms there, so a fitting venue for such a … Read More

THE GOLDEN FILTER Live in Chicago
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It can be said THE GOLDEN FILTER are a bit of a hybrid band. Lead singer Penelope Trappes is originally from Lismore Australia while keyboardist, programmer and drummer Stephen Hindman called the USA and more specifically, Ohio his home. But … Read More

COVENANT Live in Chicago
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If you haven’t heard of the Swedish band COVENANT you have been missing out on what can arguably be called one of the most ingenious, enduring, and addictive EBM bands in existence. Since teenagers, lead singer and songwriter Eskil Simonsson, … Read More

DELPHIC live at Manchester Ritz
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Let’s Do Something Real In the tradition of some of Manchester’s finest, here are the ‘new’ young men of Delphic, who continued their meteoric rise with a second date in Manchester in as many months. Last time it was at … Read More

MUSE Live at Chicago United Center
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Undisclosed Desires So why is a review of Muse showing up on this, an electropop dominated website? They’re not exactly pop but have elements of the same catchy melodies that sit firmly in your brain; not fully electronic but indulge … Read More

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