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Issue 1084

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Emeli Sande: o2 Arena, London 18/10/17 @bluesandsoul.com Emeli Sande: o2 Arena, London 18/10/17 @bluesandsoul.com Emeli Sande: o2 Arena, London 18/10/17 @bluesandsoul.com Emeli Sande: o2 Arena, London 18/10/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Emeli Sande: o2 Arena, London 18/10/17

The o2 Arena is a tough venue to play, and singers really need to be on-point, but Sande looked in her element throughout...

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Boz Scaggs + Michael McDonald: Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County, LA @bluesandsoul.com Michael McDonald: Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County, LA @bluesandsoul.com Boz Scaggs: Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County, LA @bluesandsoul.com Michael McDonald: Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County, LA @bluesandsoul.com

Boz Scaggs + Michael McDonald: Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County Fair, Los Angeles 6/817

Chaz Brooks reviews a classy double-header care of blues stalwart, Boz Scaggs and soul royal, Michael McDonald, at the Orange County Fair in Los Angeles, USA...

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Lianne La Havas - Afropunk Fest London: Printworks, London 23/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Thundercat - Afropunk Fest London: Printworks, London 22/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Nao - Afropunk Fest London: Printworks, London 23/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Corinne Bailey Rae - Afropunk Fest London: Printworks, London 22/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Afropunk Fest London 2017: Printworks, London 22-23/7/17

It's worth making it clear from the off that to approach reviewing the Afropunk London as simply a two-day music event is perhaps too narrow a view - this is a festival which knows how to pack a punch...

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Ziggy Marley - Jamaica House: Indigo2 at the o2, London 11/8/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje - Jamaica House: Indigo2 at the o2, London 13/8/17 @bluesandsoul.com Freddie McGregor - Jamaica House: Indigo2 at the o2, London 5/8/17 @bluesandsoul.com Luciano - Jamaica House: Indigo2 at the o2, London 5/8/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Jamaica House: Freddie McGregor, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, Protoje, Luciano... Indigo2 5-13/8/17

To mark Jamaica's 55th year of independence, a series of concerts were announced in London, featuring some of the country's finest artists, plus acts inspired by the island's music scene...

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DJ Yella: O2 Academy Islington, London 27/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com DJ Yella: O2 Academy Islington, London 27/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Lil' Easy E: O2 Academy Islington, London 27/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Lil' Easy E: O2 Academy Islington, London 27/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com

DJ Yella + Lil Easy E: O2 Academy Islington, London 27/717

In 1995 founding member Eric 'Eazy E' Wright died from an AIDS related illness, twenty-two years later his former NWA band member, DJ Yella, is still keeping his music alive...

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Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17

Mary J. Blige is a force of nature, a groundbreaking artist who demands a large audience wherever she goes. She had the perfect setting at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew...

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Toots & the Maytals: Barbican Centre, London 28/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Toots & the Maytals: Barbican Centre, London 28/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Toots & the Maytals: Barbican Centre, London 28/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com Toots & the Maytals: Barbican Centre, London 28/7/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Toots & the Maytals: Barbican Centre, London 28/7/17

Bob Marley & The Wailers may have hit the heights of commercial success, but Toots Hibbert and co were never far behind, and they continue to be relevant to this day...

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Chaka Khan: Parklife Festival, Manchester 10-11/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Frank Ocean: Parklife Festival, Manchester 10-11/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Stormzy: Parklife Festival, Manchester 10-11/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com Rag'N'Bone Man: Parklife Festival, Manchester 10-11/6/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Parklife Festival, Manchester 10-11/6/17

The Parklife festival in Manchester has established itself as one of the country's big hitters for fans of hip-hop, R’n’B and reggae. B&S' Dave Burke checks out the immense talent on show...

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Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Protoje & The Indiggnation + Sevanna: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17

Reggae shows in London are always well-attended affairs, and it was little surprise that when Protoje stepped onstage he was faced with a full crowd at Shepherds Bush Empire...

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The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

The Christians: The Anvil, Basingstoke 12/5/17

80s soul-pop crossover legends, The Christians, come up with the goods whilst still harvesting music for the world...

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