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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

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Bastille: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 17 April 2018

"AS YOU CAN see," said Bastille's Dan Smith, looking round at the orchestra and choir, "we're doing things a little differently tonight." That's something of ...

Feist: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 28 July 2017

JARVIS COCKER joined Feist on stage at the Empire, ambling on during 'Century' to ask: "How long is a century? Almost as long as a ...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Who Built the Moon? (Sour Mash)

Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 24 November 2017

FOR ALL ITS commercial success Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis output has hardly been a study in boundary-pushing experimentation.  ...

Interpol: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 4 September 2017

There's a charisma vacuum where the flamboyant Carlos "D" Dengler used to be, says Rick Pearson, but this show was a reminder of the importance ...

La Roux: Conway Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 3 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, 8 September 2008

Still bloody loud and clear at Bestival ...

Paramore: O2, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 15 January 2018

FORGET WHAT you think you know about Paramore. No longer are the Tennessee band all about angst, eyeliner and power chords. Paramore in 2018 are ...

Phoenix: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 2 October 2017

ALLY PALLY IS a ruthless venue that chews up and spits out all but the best of live bands. To succeed in this cavernous space, ...

Queen & Adam Lambert: O2, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 13 December 2017

HOW DO YOU replace the greatest rock singer of all time? That was the issue facing Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor when Freddie Mercury ...

The War on Drugs: War On Drugs: Alexander Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 15 November 2017

IN AN ERA of instant gratification, the slow-burning pleasures of the War On Drugs provide the perfect antidote. ...

Wilco: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, 21 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, 10 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, 12 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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