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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé + Van Morrison + Bananarama + The Feeling + The Shires, London, UK – 13th July 2018 

16 Jul 18

Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, …


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Paul Simon + James Taylor + Bonnie Raitt, London, UK – 15th July 2018 

15 Jul 18

One of pop’s finest singer-songwriters – whose songs have delighted generations of music lovers – said goodbye to his UK fans with a stop on his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Bruno Mars + Khalid + DNCE + Cuban Brothers, London, UK – 14th July 2018 

14 Jul 18

Since 2013 BST Hyde Park has been see some of the greatest performers of our time have graced the Great Oak Stage, having first attended BST in 2014 the format is a little bit different, however the family fun is no less and keeps the masses …


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Somerset House Summer Series Ft. Jorja Smith + Ezra Collective, London, UK – 13th July 2018 

13 Jul 18

Ok.


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The Muppets Take The O2, London, UK – 13th July 2018 

13 Jul 18

‘The Muppets take the O2’, were three performances by The Muppets, their first time performing on stage in Europe (that said the original Muppet show was filmed in the UK back in the 70s!), hosting a collection of VERY special guests, new materials, …


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Lucky Chops at Club Academy, Manchester, UK – 10th July 2018 

10 Jul 18

What we see before us tonight is a new band.


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Somerset House Summer Series Ft. MGMT, London, UK – 9th July 2018 

9 Jul 18

A summer night at Somerset House listening to good music seems like a dream, right? Sure- until much of the crowd, who too had the same idea but less of the interest in the music itself, decide to spend the night talking.


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Innervisions Festival: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic + Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf at Roundhouse, London, UK – 8th July 2018 

8 Jul 18

London has been treated to an array of talented and legendary musicians over the past week of Innervisions Festival and tonight at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse venue was no different.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Eric Clapton + Santana + Steve Winwood + Gary Clark Jr, London, UK – 8th July 2018 

8 Jul 18

This is the sixth year of British Summer Time concerts in Hyde Park and the sustained quality of acts suggests that there will be many more to come.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. The Cure + Interpol + Goldfrapp + Editors, London, UK – 7th July 2018 

7 Jul 18

London is high in temperature and spirit today.


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British Summertime Hyde Park Ft. Roger Waters + Squeeze + Richard Ashcroft + Seasick Steve, London, UK – 6th July 2018 

6 Jul 18

It’s not every day you get to spend a Friday afternoon, in 30-degree sunshine watching some of your favourite artists, especially in England.


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Innervisions Festival: Angie Stone + Tony Momrelle at Roundhouse, London, UK – 6th July 2018 

6 Jul 18

With Innervisions Festival well under way, London’s iconic Roundhouse venue was the place to be on this glorious friday night.


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The New Power Generation To Play Indigo at London’s O2 Arena 

4 Jul 18

Hold onto your wigs as August 2nd the summer is about to get wild as The New Power Generation are set to play Indigo at London’s O2 Arena.


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Innervisions Festival: Lalah Hathaway + Joel Culpepper at KOKO, London, UK – 3rd July 2018 

3 Jul 18

Whilst the majority of the UK were going crazy at their TV screens cheering on their heroes against Columbia, KOKO London presented a different kind of hysteria with five time grammy winner Lalah Hathaway opening Innervisions Festival.


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Steve Winwood + The Black Feathers at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK – 2nd July 2018 

2 Jul 18

I declare I’ve been a big fan of Steve Winwood ever since Traffic’s appearance at Lancaster University in 1974.


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Ben Howard + The Dead Tongues at Albert Hall, Manchester, UK – 29th June 2018 

29 Jun 18

Having sold out almost immediately, Ben Howard played to a packed-to-the-rafters Manchester Albert Hall on a hot and sweaty Friday evening on the 29th June.


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Demi Lovato at Birmingham Arena, UK – 29th June 2018 

29 Jun 18

Demi Lovato is set to perform at the Arena Birmingham after having to reschedule the originally date 12th June due to illness; this will be the last date of her UK/European Tell Me You Love Me Tour.


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Damian Jr Gong Marley + Christopher Ellis at the O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 29th June 2018 

29 Jun 18

In the middle of a glorious summer heatwave, Leeds welcomed Damian Marley to the O2 on the Stony Hill Tour, his fourth album released in summer 2017.


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Kiefer Sutherland + Rick Brantley at Albert Hall, Manchester, UK – 28th June 2018 

28 Jun 18

This is only my second time attending the Manchester Albert Hall but it certainly strikes me as a beautiful setting for tonight, the light from streaming through the windows which only amplifies the heat that is building in the venue.


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Travis + Turin Brakes at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – 25th June 2018 

25 Jun 18

I was ecstatic to see one of my favourite bands of all time Travis on Monday night at Symphony Hall Birmingham.


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Billy Idol + The Professionals at O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – 23rd June 2018 

23 Jun 18

Brixton Academy rocked last night like never before as Billy Idol took to the stage to a sold-out crowd.


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Sheryl Crow at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK – 22nd June 2018 

22 Jun 18

Sheryl Crow’s mini summer tour taking in Birmingham, Gateshead and Nottingham, before a set at the Isle of White Festival, was billed as a Greatest Hits tour.


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Green Man Festival 2018 

22 Jun 18

Who’s heading to heading to the stunning surroundings of the Black Mountains, deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons for Green Man Festival 2018? Here at Gig Junkies we’re super excited for this year’s incredible line up, we’re certain it’ll be a …


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Lenny Kravitz + Curtis Harding at the O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 19th June 2018 

19 Jun 18

It’s not everyday a legend like Lenny Kravitz appears at Manchester’s Apollo.


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Low + Nadine Khouri at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – 19th June 2018 

19 Jun 18

Low have been on the go for 25 years now and amazingly they seem to get better and better, both in their live shows and albums (the 12th of which, ‘Double Negative’, is scheduled for release in September).


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Pearl Jam at The O2, London, UK – 18th June 2018 

18 Jun 18

What do you get when you see a band like Pearl Jam two nights running? Well, normally you’d get two pretty much completely unique and different set lists, a sore throat from singing along like you were 18 again and a euphoric feeling that turns you…


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Stone Sour + Nothing More at O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 17th June 2018 

17 Jun 18

Having already played a couple of festivals around Europe this summer Stone Sour are now ready to hit the UK with a few dates, first up is tonights gig at the Manchester Apollo.


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Alice in Chains + Blood Red Shoes at the O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 16th June 2018 

16 Jun 18

Seattle legends Alice in Chains paid a flying visit to the UK for two shows in the run up to the release of their new album due later this year and before they spend the whole summer on a huge run of festival shows.


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Hollywood Vampires at Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK – 16th June 2018 

16 Jun 18

There was a palpable buzz of excitement in the air at the prospect of seeing Hollywood A listers, Hollywood Vampires in Brummyland on Saturday night at the Genting Arena.


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Y Not Festival’s Huge 2018 Line Up! 

16 Jun 18

Y Not Festival makes its line up even bigger and better for 2018, with new acts The Wombats, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Fickle Friends, Marika Hackman, Mallory Knox, Nadia Rose and many more added …


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Kiefer Sutherland – Reckless Tour Dates for UK and Ireland 

12 Jun 18

Bucking convention and proving he’s also a force on the road, Kiefer Sutherland returns to touring this spring and summer with his Reckless 2018 North America and European Tour.


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Nouvelle Vague + Tim Keegan at The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK – 11th June 2018 

11 Jun 18

This tour is being billed as the Acoustic Shows Tour so tonight Nouvelle Vague are a stripped down four piece consisting of acoustic guitar, keyboards, a fine collection of hand-held percussion instruments plus a melodica.


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HAIM + Maggie Rogers at O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 11th June 2018 

11 Jun 18

As the crowd entered Manchester Apollo it was American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers who kept them entertained before HAIM stormed the stage.


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The Bronx at Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, UK – 10th June 2018 

10 Jun 18

A mere 30 yards away from Camden Town tube station, you come across a strange set of double doors they look like they lead to the ground floor of a block of offices.


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Laura Veirs + Amaroun at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK – 6th June 2018 

6 Jun 18

Manchester’s music scene is buzzing.


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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends Present: New Worlds at Royal Festival Hall, London, UK – 4th June 2018 

4 Jun 18

Last night Bill and friends arrived in London for the UK premiere of his debut album New Worlds at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.


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APE Presents, Victoria Park, London, UK – 1st June 2018 

1 Jun 18

Victoria Park is a place that the locals of the area visit for lovely runs, dog walks and picnic dates.


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Lionel Richie + Anastacia at Franklin Gardens, Northampton, UK – 1st June 2018 

1 Jun 18

It’s hard to believe 2018 marks 50 years since Lionel Richie burst into the music industry as lead singer of Commodores.


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Gig Junkies Chat with The New Power Generation at Common People Festival 

31 May 18

In the backstage area of Oxford’s Common People Festival we had the delight to catch up with the legends that are Tony Mosley, Damon Dickson, Sonny Thompson of The New Power Generation and the newest member to join the ‘Celebrate Prince’ legacy shows…


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James Bay at Roundhouse, London, UK – 29th May 2018 

29 May 18

As one of my favourite solo artists and a big fan his debut album, ‘Chaos & the Calm’ PLUS having waited over three years for a new release and a tour, I was elated (and apprehensive) about covering the James Bay Roundhouse gig on Tuesday.


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DAY TWO – Common People Festival, South Park, Oxford, UK – 27th May 2018 

27 May 18

Thousands of revellers were rewarded for ignoring forecasts of all-day thunderstorms to attend day two of Bestival’s Common People Festival in Oxford – as lightning lit up the skies during the headline act…


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DAY ONE – Common People Festival, South Park, Oxford, UK – 26th May 2018 

26 May 18

Oxford’s South Park was a-washed with vibrant colours and culinary aromas as people flocked to spend their bank holiday at Common People.


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Steps + Blue + Saara Aalto at LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, UK – 26th May 2018 

26 May 18

On a high from their 20th anniversary ‘Party on the Dancefloor’ arena tour at the end of 2017, Steps are back! The pop quintet kicked off the summer of Steps tour in Cheltenham, bringing along 2016 X factor runner up Saara Aalto and Brit award …


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Father John Misty + Edwyn Collins + Hookworms + The Orielles at The Piece Hall, Halifax, UK – 26th May 2018 

26 May 18

Headliner Father John Misty knows how to make a cool entrance.


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DMA’S at Plug, Sheffield, UK – 26th May 2018 

26 May 18

Although I struggle with the fact that the Aussies have pretty much dominated The Ashes during my adult years I’m more than happy to concede that the Britpop Revivalist movement is being firmly led by three lads from down under.


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Miles Kane at Kasbah, Coventry, UK – 25th May 2018 

25 May 18

As a patriotic Brummie I don’t tend to venture too deeply into the unchartered town centre of ‘Cov’ as it’s affectionally called by the locals, because well, they pretty much don’t like us! The lure of a certain Mr Miles Kane however was …


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James + Lanterns on the Lake at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK – 20th May 2018 

20 May 18

Halifax, a town famous for Cat’s Eyes (the reflecting studs on the road that keep you safe), chocolate and banking has a rich musical history, but of late the calibre of acts playing here has had a bit of a boom with the Stone Roses, Kasabian and …


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EP Review: Better Than That by James 

18 May 18

James have always been a great singles band.


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Jess Glynne at the Jazz Cafe, London, UK – 17th May 2018 

17 May 18

Jess Glynne; ‘Wow I didn’t know she was a thing anymore’ this was what my friend said to me after learning I was off to see her this evening.


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Rita Ora + Raye + Kara Marni at The Academy, Manchester, UK – 15th May 2018 

15 May 18

In the five short years since last touring the UK Rita Ora is back with a bang on her comeback ‘Girls’ tour.