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Album Review: REDUXER by alt-J 

21 Sep 18

Formed in 2007 at Leeds University, alt-J are a critically acclaimed band who to date have released 3 albums, the first of which ‘An Awesome Wave’ saw them claim the Mercury Prize in 2012.


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Tash Sultana + The Pierce Brothers at O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – 20th September 2018 

20 Sep 18

Where to start? Well, to give some context, at least for me personally (actually, I’m certain as with many, many others too) the obsession started with FIFA, obviously.


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Biffy Clyro at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – 19th September 2018 

19 Sep 18

As storm Ali blows a hooley across the UK, inside, amongst the stunning surroundings of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall we are comfy and snug for a magical night courtesy of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.


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50 Cent at Arena, Birmingham, UK – 19th September 2018 

19 Sep 18

Coming into a half filled Arena, the usual buzz seemed to be lacking, a fight broke out with disgruntled fans but rap megastar 50 Cent saved the day, whether intentional or not by putting back the headline for 30 minutes he allowed the Birmingham …


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Wooden Shjips + The Lucid Dream at the O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK – 16th September 2018 

16 Sep 18

Wooden Shjips open their set with fragments of sound and a TV static type lighting effect.


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Albert Hammond Jr at Club Academy, Manchester, UK – 12th September 2018 

12 Sep 18

Feel Good Indie Rock – Albert Hammond Jr offers some kind Strokes in Manchester.


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Janelle Monáe at Manchester Academy, UK – 10th September 2018 

10 Sep 18

It’s possible to say the crowd that were going wild, hearing hit after hit from Janelle Monáe at the Academy, however, I feel that would be a discredit to this icon.


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Goat Girl + The Rebel at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – 8th September 2018 

8 Sep 18

Goat Girl are a young all-female band from South London who have real attitude and write great songs.


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Garbage + Maxïmo Park + Honeyblood at Digbeth Arena, Birmingham, UK – 8th September 2018 

8 Sep 18

Let me begin with a word on the venue.


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Jonathan Wilson at Gorilla, Manchester, UK – 6th September 2018 

6 Sep 18

Six months after his last UK appearance, Jonathan Wilson is back in town with what looks to be a different band and an ever so slightly improved video backdrop.


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Ezra Furman at O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – 4th September 2018 

4 Sep 18

“Are you nervous? I’m not nervous!” says Ezra Furman at the start of his Brixton Academy set.


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Incubus + Ecca Vandal at O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 4th September 2018 

4 Sep 18

“Is Incubus still a band?” is mounted as one of the top 4 Google searches to include the word ‘Incubus’ at the moment, which is interesting considering they’re currently getting ready to wrap their final dates of a world tour, their first …


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King Creosote + Aron Harper-Robinson at The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK – 3rd September 2018 

3 Sep 18

Even if he wasn’t a great wordsmith, tunesmith, singer, musician and performer, out of curiosity you’d have to go and see an act with the name King Creosote.


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Bingley Music Live at Myrtle Park, Bingley, Yorkshire, UK – 31st August, 1st + 2nd September 2018 

2 Sep 18

After climbing an unreasonably large hill to arrive at the Bingley Music Live festival site, I emerged into the beautiful West Yorkshire sunshine just as the Lightning Seeds were closing out their set.


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St. Vincent at the O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 28th August 2018 

28 Aug 18

Watching a St.


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Justin Timberlake at The Arena, Birmingham, UK – 27th August 2018 

27 Aug 18

Arriving at The Arena Birmingham there were queues and confusion all over the place; I quickly discovered that this was the result of a well-known ticket vendor having a hiccup resulting in long queues and ID checks at the box office, but this didn…


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South West Four at Clapham Common, London, UK – 25th and 26th August 2018 

26 Aug 18

Spread over the Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday South West Four (SW4) sees some of the biggest DJs and dance acts descend onto London’s Clapham Common.


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Electric Six + Arthur & the Invincibles + DSM4 at Zephyr Lounge, Leamington, UK – 26th August 2018 

26 Aug 18

The kings of 2000s era comedy rock graced Leamington with their presence for a fun show full of their favourite hits and a couple of surprises from their albums since.


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Victorious Festival Portsmouth, UK – 24th, 25th + 26th August 2018 

26 Aug 18

Taking place on Portsmouth historic waterfront, Victorious Festival is a 3 day event that mixes established worldwide known names, with hotly tipped talent and a good sized addition of artists from the local area to help create a community spirit.


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Brian Wilson + Turin Brakes at Digbeth Arena, Birmingham, UK – 24th August 2018 

24 Aug 18

A rainy underpass in Digbeth is an unlikely place to experience a bit of California on a Friday night, but that’s exactly what the crowd at the Digbeth Arena were treated to when Brian Wilson brought the legendary Pet Sounds album to the newly formed…


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THE FEVER 333 at O2 Academy Islington, London, UK – 22nd August 2018 

22 Aug 18

If you’ve never been to the O2 Academy Islington it is based inside a shopping centre where fans of THE FEVER 333 lined around the inside.


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Qujaku + Kuunatic + The Contact High at The Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath, Birmingham, UK – 22nd August 2018 

22 Aug 18

A Kushikatsu Records event always promises to be just that little bit different from most other events.


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Album Review: My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves 

20 Aug 18

There is a misconception amongst casual music listeners that there is such a thing as an ‘overnight success’.


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Ocean Colour Scene + The Coral +  The Bluetones + The Magic Numbers + Dodgy + Sheafs at Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield, UK – 19th August 2018 

19 Aug 18

The Leadmill in Sheffield is undoubtedly the city’s most iconic venue.


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Liam Gallagher + Richard Ashcroft + Bugzy Malone + Twisted Wheel at The Emirates, Old Trafford, Manchester, UK – 18th August 2018 

18 Aug 18

It’s a mild evening in Manchester as Liam Gallagher played his biggest headline solo show to date with well over 50,000 packed into the cricket ground.


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John Grant + Cate Le Bon at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – 16th August 2018 

16 Aug 18

I rock up to The Symphony Hall looking forward to seeing Susanne Sundfoer support the every charming John Grant.


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RDE and Setting Son Records Presents The August Showcase Ft. LICE + The Lizards + The Hungry Ghosts + Whitelight at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK – 12th August 2018 

12 Aug 18

Welcome to the latest instalment of ‘Stop being lazy – it’s Sunday Funday!’ If the local music scene has taught me anything, it’s that there is always, always something interesting happening on a Sunday night.


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Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers + JMSEY + Jordan Moore at Village Underground, London, UK – 9th August 2018 

9 Aug 18

So, summer ‘18 and that insanely tropical heatwave we’d all gotten used to has suddenly disappeared, and instead we’re left outside waiting for doors on a wet and what now feels like a cold 20 something degree evening, desperate to get in and …


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Album Review: Coup De Grace by Miles Kane 

9 Aug 18

Miles Kane inhabits that weird sweet spot in indie guitar music wherein he is pretty much a household name without ever becoming a bona fide pop star.


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Tragedy + 4Q + Dead Mob at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham, UK – 8th August 2018 

8 Aug 18

What a night! Heavy guitars, black eyeshadow, glitter and energy, a match made in… disco heaven? Tragedy, for the uninitiated are the ‘All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond!’ and if you’re looking for a night full of high-octane, …


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G-Unit Will Join 50 Cent On The ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ UK Tour 2018 

7 Aug 18

G-Unit have confirmed they will be performing alongside Hip Hop superstar 50 Cent to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of his debut album ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ for his three date arena tour of the UK in September.


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The Wildhearts + Raging Speedhorn at The Plug, Sheffield, UK – 3rd August 2018 

3 Aug 18

Apparently, tonight’s gig is billed as a warm up for The Wildhearts before they head off to Japan and Australia, let’s hope they enjoy similar size crowds out there as they are doing here in The Plug in Sheffield.


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New Power Generation at The O2 Indigo, London, UK – 2nd August 2018 

2 Aug 18

Indigo at the O2 last night laid down its funky weapons as the legendary New Power Generation came to town.


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One Month To Go Until South West Four Festival 2018 

31 Jul 18

With just one month to go until South West Four celebrates its 15th-anniversary edition, all weekend and Sunday tickets are now sold out, with the last remaining tickets for the Saturday selling fast.


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Black Star Riders + The Howling Tides at Warehouse 23, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK – 28th July 2018 

28 Jul 18

Just as a near post-apocalyptic heatwave is coming to an end, what’s the best idea for something to do – I know, cram yourself into a sweaty club in Wakefield and watch some bands.


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Gig Junkies Chat with The New Power Generation’s Kip Blackshire 

26 Jul 18

This week we had the honour of speaking with the immensely talented Kip Blackshire before he flew out of Los Angeles ahead of the European summer leg of New Power Generation’s ‘Celebrate Prince’ Tour.


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White Lies at Subterania, London, UK – 26th July 2018 

26 Jul 18

I’ve been to some sweaty gigs in my time but come on.


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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.