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Rick Pearson

Rick Pearson

Rick Pearson is a music critic for the Evening Standard who has written for MOJO and the Royal Society of Arts Journal.

Rick graduated from Cardiff University in 2006, with a joint honours in English Literature and Philosophy. During his time at the university, Rick wrote music reviews for Quench – the student newspaper’s arts supplement – and played guitar in a seven-piece soul group.

After graduating, Rick edited the live reviews section on Up Magazine, a monthly online publication. Six months later, he started work as one of the Evening Standard’s live music reviewers.

During his time at the newspaper, Rick has reviewed artists such as Madonna and U2, as well as covering all the major music festivals. He’s represented the newspaper on international press trips, assisted with its coverage of the Edinburgh Festival and written the occasional theatre review.

Away from music, Rick enjoys backpacking, Beat literature and following the fortunes of his football team, Crystal Palace

List of articles in the library by artist

La Roux: Conway Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, July 2014

IT'S BEEN five years since La Roux's Elly Jackson announced she was going in for the kill. The intervening period has seen the south Londoner ...

Amy Winehouse, My Bloody Valentine: Bestival, Isle of Wight ***

Report by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, September 2008

Still bloody loud and clear at Bestival ...

Wilco: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, November 2016

CAPABLE OF BEING as sombre as a Sunday night in with Bob Dylan or as wild as a Friday night out with the Pogues, Wilco ...

Wretch 32: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, November 2016

Though there were strong moments, the break-out grime star sometimes blurred the line between touching and naff, says Rick Pearson. ...

Young Fathers: Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, June 2017

GIVEN THAT THIS year's Meltdown is curated by MIA, an artist who's made a career out of being as contrarian as is humanly possible, Friday night's ...

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