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Sophie Heawood

Sophie Heawood

Sophie Heawood grew up in York, where she went to the local schools while longing to attend Mallory Towers. She studied languages at Kings College London but dropped out and eventually got her degree at night school. She has lived in Barcelona, where she was a teenage au pair, Hong Kong, where she acted as an extra in low-budget Chinese soap operas, and Los Angeles, where she interviewed celebrities for British newspapers. Her journalism career began writing pop music reviews for the Guardian and she now writes for The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Vogue. Sophie now lives in Hackney, East London with her daughter and their dog, Chips. Her bestselling memoir, The Hungover Games, was published by Cape in 2020 and has been optioned for TV.

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Animal Collective: Scala, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 29 October 2005

LIKE WATCHING SPEEDED-UP FOOTAGE of the dawn, you don't quite notice when one part of an Animal Collective set has ended and another has started. ...

The Automatic: Not Accepted Anywhere

Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 16 June 2006

BLAME THE AMERICAN EMO BANDS, or the palpable fury of those nu-metal teenagers who skulk around with stares that could kill kittens, but indie is ...

Erykah Badu: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 17 July 2006

IN HER BILLOWING WHITE ROBES, with hair piled into a gigantic afro mohican, Erykah Badu looks incandescent and remarkable against the night sky at this ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 19 June 2006

THAT MARY J BLIGE HAS BEEN THROUGH some troubles in her life is well known; it's what makes her an icon of strength and survival ...

Busta Rhymes: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 17 June 2006

LOOKING AS IF HE'S BEEN STYLED BY MR T, and garlanded in enough bling to sink a small island, Busta Rhymes bounces on to the ...

Laura Cantrell: Jazz Cafe, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 3 June 2005

WHEN YOU BURST INTO TEARS ON STAGE, forget the words to several songs and introduce your double bass player as a guitarist, chances are you're ...

The Concretes: Scala, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 27 February 2006

JD SALINGER CLAIMED he was a paranoid in reverse who suspected people of plotting to make him happy. The Concretes seem to be gripped by ...

The Fiery Furnaces: ICA, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 31 October 2005

GREAT GIGS, LIKE GREAT DRAMA, require an element of conflict, and The Fiery Furnaces have the advantage on that one: they are brother and sister. ...

Girls Aloud: Nottingham Arena

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 24 May 2006

"I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT, four years on, we're doing an arena tour!" announces Nadine Coyle with genuine astonishment. She's not the only one. While ...

Gnarls Barkley: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 8 July 2006

"I WAS GONNA STRIP FOR ALL THE GIRLS tonight but they said I'd get locked up. You can have a little peep though," says Cee-Lo, ...

The Go! Team: Astoria, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 14 October 2005

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a Mercury nomination makes, as frontwoman Ninja discovers when she bounces on to the stage to announce "We're The Go! Team," and ...

Hard-Fi: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 16 May 2006

BILLY BRAGG MIGHT SEEM an unlikely guest to support a pop-rock band like Hard-Fi, but both acts are often referred to as "of the people". ...

Hot Chip: King's College, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 3 June 2006

HOT CHIP are five white Englishmen who stand in a straight line across the stage, as if waiting to be shot. They claim to love ...

Keane: Paint it Black

Interview by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 9 June 2006

In a bid to shake off their clean-cut image, Keane have been exploring murkier territory — and hanging around with Bret Easton Ellis and Irvine ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 25 January 2006

IN AN EXCHANGE which seems quite fair —we get the Scissor Sisters, the Americans get Gavin Rossdale — US acts often make it big here ...

The Knife: Scala, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 14 April 2006

IF ANYONE BOUGHT A TICKET for tonight's show because of an advertisement, in which hundreds of coloured balls tumble gaily down a San Francisco hill, ...

Mark Morrison: ’I'm the most reallest black artist in England'

Interview by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 8 March 2006

After the court cases, the jail time and the unfounded rape allegation, Mark Morrison is keen to put his bad boy image behind him. He ...

Roisin Murphy: Scala, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 22 July 2005

WHEN YOU GO SOLO after spending eight years in a duo, how do you fill that nagging gap beside you on the stage? Easy: take ...

Kate Nash: Made of Bricks

Review by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 4 August 2007

YOU WOULD THINK that Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers carving "4 real" into his arm, in 1991, might have ended the British fascination ...

Beth Orton: Spitz, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 16 December 2005

BETH ORTON has always been accompanied by a narrative of loneliness. The death of her parents inspired many of her early songs, which told of ...

Panic! at the Disco: Astoria, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 29 April 2006

PANIC! AT THE DISCO'S DEBUT ALBUM may be called A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, but tonight their obsessive fans are trying to do just ...

Placebo: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 15 April 2006

WHEN PLACEBO FIRST HIT THE CHARTS in the mid-1990s, Brian Molko's thick black eyeliner and androgynous posturing caused a bit of a stir, as much ...

Plan B: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 1 April 2006

THERE ARE THINGS that get said only for the shock factor, and then there are things that are just shocking. Plan B's subject matter, with ...

The Rakes: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 17 May 2006

IN THE CURRENT SURFEIT of guitar bands named after collective nouns, a group needs something singular if they are not to fall prey to NME ...

Lou Rhodes: Scala, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 6 March 2006

WHERE DO OLD RAVERS GO when they retire? They get drunk and go to Lou Rhodes gigs. Tonight the Scala is a sea of dirty ...

Rishi Rich: The Project

Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 4 August 2006

THE NAMES ON THIS ALBUM might be unfamiliar to some, but their work is all-pervasive in the pop landscape. Whose Mary J Blige remix apparently ...

Rihanna: Rated R

Review by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 21 November 2009

MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T, but it's impossible to listen to Rihanna's new record without hunting for clues about her feelings towards Chris Brown, the former boyfriend ...

Roachford: Spitz, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 6 April 2006

FOR A ONE-HIT WONDER, Roachford sure has a lot of tunes. Gone are the early gigs, as a diehard fan reminds him tonight, where he ...

Roll Deep: Cargo, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 12 October 2005

"BUT ANYWAY, back to the album ... " This will prove the leitmotif of tonight's show, as the Roll Deep collective find themselves yo-yoing between ...

Roots Manuva: Kentish Town Forum, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 28 November 2005

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING of the drunk-uncle-at-a-wedding about Roots Manuva, so it's as much of a surprise for him as for us to see ...

Salsa Celtica: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 12 April 2006

IT IS NOT OFTEN that a salsa concert takes a break for a bagpipe solo, but that juxtaposition is Salsa Celtica's unique selling point. As ...

Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: The new mellow Snoop Dogg still has bite

Interview by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 4 December 2009

Snoop Dogg: "Now that I'm more concerned and caring and a father and a husband — it seems the less respect I get" ...

Amy Winehouse: She's Class with a Glass: Amy Winehouse

Interview by Sophie Heawood, The Times, 3 November 2006

Cockney chanteuse Amy Winehouse thinks rehab is for wimps. But will her battles with her addictive personality deprive her of her rightful place in musical ...

Thom Yorke and Flea: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 5 October 2009

THE NEWS THAT THOM YORKE had come to Los Angeles and formed a temporary supergroup with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was surprise ...

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