LIVE: Coves – O2 Academy Brixton 11.07.16

Having toured with St Vincent and The Raveonettes, as well playing festivals such as Field Day and The Great Escape, to now be supporting the legendary Pixies is quite a feat for London band Coves. Having garnered support from the likes of Radio X’s John Kennedy and Radio 1 (as well as play on our own Gigslutz Girls’ New Music Show on Hoxton Radio), the band certainly seem set for big things. And it doesn’t get much bigger than this: playing in a legendary venue supporting a legendary band.

Making their entrance to the grand stage with all the appropriate swagger, Coves don’t waste any time in blasting out their ferocious, energy-filled rock. As infectious riffs flow alongside pounding beats, front-woman Rebekah Wood floats across the stage, tambourine in hand, her billowing sleeves oozing an ethereal, Stevie Nicks vibe.

Despite her somewhat celestial appearance, however, Wood is clearly a force to be reckoned with; blasting out her impassioned gritty snarl, tracks such as ‘You’re Evil’ and ‘Stormy’ soar throughout the infamous venue, her powerful vocals a perfect accompaniment to the raging fuzz of John Roffe Ridgard’s riffs.


Coves succeed in filling Brixton Academy with a chaotic cacophony of riotous rock; an energy-fuelled, charisma-filled explosion of sound set to ignite the crowd ready for the headline act…

Peel, the second album from Coves, is out now.


Mari Lane



Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Editor, London. Likes: Kathleen Hanna, 6Music, live music in the sunshine. Dislikes: Sexism, pineapples, the misuse of apostrophes.