Review of a musical performance [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]


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A review of a musical performance is very much like a journal article, except that a description of form and content is given in the reference, in square brackets.

If the review has no title, move the descriptive element [Review of the concert, etc. - see below] into the title position, and retain the square brackets to indicate that the contents are a description of form and content, not a title.

Standard Form

Reviewer, Initials. (year). Title of review. [Review of the concert, opera, etc. Title of the concert, opera, etc.], Journal title, volume number - if there is one (part or issue number),start and end page numbers of article.


Dalton, S. (2007, July 30). Singing and dancing in the rain. [Review of the Womad Festival]. The Times, p. 25.

Simpson, D. (2007, July 30). Black clouds and blown speakers fail to spoil Monkeys' party. [Review of the concert Arctic Monkeys and Friends]. The Guardian, p. 32.

Citation in Text

... noted for its egalitarian ethos (Dalton, 2007, p. 25) the festival was eclectic in its ...

... the group are not over-stretched by the stadium environment (Simpson, 2007, p. 32) as were earlier groups of the Britpop era such as ...


  • Note that the two examples are from newspapers, which do not have volume and issue numbers. If the review appeared in a magazine or journal modify the details appropriately.
  • If there is no identifiable author, begin your reference with the title of the review. Cite the first few words of the review title in the text of your work and use double quotation marks around the title.