Are these shows a glimpse of what gigs could be or something of a fad? Skepta’s show, for example, met with criticism for being an airbrushed approximation of a rave. But really, if songs are about telling a story, it is natural that pop stars might want to showcase theirs in the most all-encompassing way. If they get it right, it could be incredible. Imagine a fully immersive version of Beyoncé’s Lemonade with Jay-Z begging for forgiveness in a secret room, or a multisensory version of Slowthai’s Nothing Great About Britain with all the sights, smells and … Oh, OK, maybe not. … [Read more...] about From Skepta’s dystopia to Travis Scott’s fairground: are immersive shows the future of live music?
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“Everyone is going through some shit but tonight we are going to leave that outside,” he says, intent on creating a meaningful connection with his audience, but he struggles. Repeat requests for his “energy crew” almost veer into pleading at times. “Different energy tonight,” he eventually says. Shutdown ignites the room, as expected, but the quiet and almost subdued goodbye Skepta gives, at an earlier finish time than expected, feels like a weird and deflating exit. … [Read more...] about Skepta: Dystopia987 review – flat energy in nightclub of the future
This is Grande’s best chance of a big win. Thank U, Next is a superbly realised almost-concept album about heartache, grief and moving on that can be witty, even caustic, but never cruel – it sealed her as one of the three or four definitive pop stars of our time. Lizzo, HER and Lil Nas X are hampered with too much 6/10 material across their albums; Lana Del Rey was the critical hit of the year and will certainly beat out fellow Pitchfork darlings Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend, but may not cut through to the more august and mainstream Academy members. Eilish was the inescapable pop-cultural breakthrough of the year, and her album has such terrific range and invention. She will, hopefully, squeak this. … [Read more...] about Grammys 2020: who will win the big categories – and who should
Take a wild ride on the family-friendly coaster Slinky Dog Dash that twists and turns around Andy’s oversized backyard, go for an intergalactic spin with the adorable aliens on Alien Swirling Saucers and pop on the 4D glasses for a tour through a carnival-themed arcade in Toy Story Mania. … [Read more...] about Walt Disney World Florida offer gets you 14 days for the price of 7 on park tickets
Eyal is a choreographer of meticulous and fascinating detail and her dancers are exquisitely responsive. We watch, hypnotised, as these traumatised men and women weave hesitating patterns around each other – shock waves of remembered emotion forcing their arms to wrap defensively around their bodies, their mouths to gape wide in a rictus of agony. … [Read more...] about Love Chapter 2 review – powerful exploration of passion’s aftermath