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February 2016

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On This Day | 29th Feb…

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1964, The Hollies appeared on UK music show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ 1968, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year’s Grammy Awards. 2000, Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey. 2012, Davy Jones, the Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, died aged 66, in his sleep at his home in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones who appeared as a teenager in soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena…

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Kula Shaker | Manchester Ritz

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Kula Shaker at Manchester Ritz. Images taken and © Liz Fraser for Flick Of The Finger. Kula Shaker are best known for the 1996 multi platinum ‘K’, which became one of the fastest selling UK debuts ever. After a six-year absence Kula returned with the brilliant album ‘Strangefolk’ in 2007. 

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The Courteeners | Manchester Apollo

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Shed Seven | Manchester Academy

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Shed Seven Performing at 02 Accademy Manchester 2015 with The Inspiral Carpets Supporting. © Irafusha for Flick Of The Finger

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Inspiral Carpets | Manchester Academy

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Manchester legends Inspiral Carpets supporting britpop giants Shed Seven at Manchester 02 Academy in 2015. © Irafusha for Flick Of The Finger

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Paul Weller | Manchester Arena

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Paul Weller performing on his world tour in 2015. Images captured by © Irafusha for Flick Of The Finger

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BBC Sound of 2016: Blossoms

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Guitar pop band Blossoms, who are hoping to become Greater Manchester’s latest musical heroes, have come fourth on the BBC Sound of 2016 list, which highlights the hottest new acts for the new year. The five members, who were all born in the same Stockport hospital, formed in 2013 and have honed their sound by rehearsing in their bassist’s granddad’s scaffolding yard. They say they are influenced by the Arctic Monkeys, Abba and Oasis – and singer Tom Ogden sees similarities between themselves and other bands from Manchester: “We’re working-class, five lads just doing it because we love doing it.”…

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Libertines New Album – It Will Happen!

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The Libertines say they aren’t heading back to Thailand any time soon – but a fourth album is going to happen! What can we expect from The Libertines in the next couple of months – co-frontman Carl Barat promises they’ll be working on new material. Carl and Pete Doherty formed the band in 1997. Drummer Gary Powell and Carl say although they’ll work together soon it won’t be in Thailand – where they recorded the third album:

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Jake Bugg Announces New Album

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Jake Bugg releases a stunning new album, ‘On My One’ June 17th on Virgin EMI. The explosive first single, ‘Gimme The Love’, an intoxicating mix of funky drums and wah-wah guitar, impacts April 15th. The album title takes its name from a saying in Jake’s Nottingham hometown and couldn’t be more apt. Instead of saying on my own, they say on my one. “In a lot of ways it sums up this record because it mainly has been me on my own,” Jake says. “I saw this as the logical next step in my development as a songwriter. It was…

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On This Day | 28th Feb…

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1966, Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000. 1970, Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen as The Nobs after Eva Von Zeppelin a relative of the airship designer threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark. 1970, Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year. 1977, Ray Charles was attacked…

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The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society Albert Hall, 27th Feb 2016

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Manchester is buzzing with anticipation… The Vryll Society Blossoms are playing their biggest headline gig in their hometown to date, after a succession of triumphs. They are definitely a cool band and very much on everyone’s lips. I’m stressing though,  as I try to park round the back of the Albert Hall, arriving as the support band The Vryll Society are due onstage. No way am I missing these lot. No way José. “F**k it” I say, leaving the car on double yellows. I’ve seen The Vryll Society once before, and I’ve not been so excited by a band since…

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New Metallica Album – Bataclan live

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Proceeds will go to those injured in the Paris attacks and families of the 130 dead. New Metallica Album from The heavy metal band. Metallica are to release a live album recorded at the Bataclan in Paris, with profits going to victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks. The album, entitled “Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité, Metallica!” will feature nine songs performed in 2003 at the club where 90 people were killed just over three months ago at a concert by an American rock band, the Eagles of Death Metal. A total of 130 people died in coordinated attacks around the…

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Freddie Mercury To Be Honoured

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Legendary Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury is to be honoured with a commemorative Blue Plaque at his West London home, it has been announced this week (24 February). The Queen star had a London residence in Feltham, west London, and is among the list of celebrities and famous contributors to culture that are to be honoured with the Blue Plaque. According to The Guardian, the rockstar – who died of AIDS in 1991 – joins a list of good and great inductees, including Hollywood legend Ava Gardner, Elizabeth David, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn, the comedic magician Tommy Cooper, and footballers Bobby…

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Eurovision 2016: Is This Our Year?

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Eurovision 2016: Joe and Jake will represent UK in Sweden… Eurovision 2016 Uk Entry for Pop duo Joe and Jake have been selected to represent the UK at May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The singers, both former contestants on The Voice UK, won a public vote with You’re Not Alone, an uptempo, piano-driven song “about unity and love”. “It feels amazing,” said Joe Woolford, 21, from Ruthin, Denbighshire. “We’re just so proud.” “It’s going to be incredible. We hope we make you all proud,” added Jake Shakeshaft, 20, from Stoke-on-Trent. The duo will be hoping to avoid the fate of last…

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Muse to headline Glastonbury 2016

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Theatrical galactic-rock trio will play the Pyramid stage on Friday night, joining Coldplay and PJ Harvey on the lineup Muse have been confirmed as Glastonbury’s Friday night headliners. The Devonshire trio join Coldplay on the lineup, and become the first band to headline the Pyramid stage on all three nights of the festival – having previously topped the bill on Sunday in 2004 and Saturday in 2010. Revered for their ambitious live set-up – previous shows have included huge laser-beaming satellites, a trio of hydraulic tower blocks, a swarm of flying saucers – the band’s last headline set at Glastonbury…

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T In The Park – Line Up Announced

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T in the Park have just announced their headliners (Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers join The Stone Roses) and a range of other acts including LCD Soundsystem, Jamie xx, Rat Boy and Catfish & The Bottlemen. Following last year’s festival, which hit the new Strathallan site with logistical issues, feared osprey disturbances and a guy who pretended he was trapped in a tent.

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The Strokes – New Album 2016

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The organiser of The Governors Ball Music Festival recently participated in a reddit AMA, revealing several noteworthy tidbits about the artists playing this year. Most notably, Gov Ball organisers said their decision to book The Strokes stemmed from the likelihood that they’ll be debuting new music during their set. The band just headlined the festival three years ago, but as Gov Ball noted, “This would be their first batch of new tunes in, well, just about a half decade. Kind of a big deal. Also, they’ve played a total of 8 shows in North America in the last decade, so I’d say it’s a pretty big deal any…

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On This Day | 27th Feb…

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1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away’. 1964, Born on this day, Derek McKenzie from British group The Shamen who had the 1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’. 1965, The first date of a 21 twice- nightly UK package tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and Herman’s Hermits, at Sheffield’s City Hall, England. 1967, Pink Floyd continued working on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios, London. With the exception of two group-composed instrumentals and one Roger…

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Black Casino and The Ghost

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Black Casino and the Ghost are an alternative rock band consisting of Elisa Zoot (vocals, piano) Ariel Lerner (guitar) Gary Kilminster (bass) and Paul Winter-Hart (drums).The band was formed in London, England. They released an EP called “Falling into pieces” in 2011 and an album, “Some dogs think their name is no”, in 2013. Their second album “Until the water runs clear” came out on the 16th of November 2015. An eclectic mix of delta blues, piano-led ballads, alternative rock and cinematic orchestral arrangements, Black Casino and the Ghost’s music is about isolation, disorientation, lust, and how to fly a…

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On This Day | 26th Feb…

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1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78’s. 1958, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Magic Moments’ the 2nd No.1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at No.1 for eight weeks. 1965, Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’ in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals. 1966, David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn…

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On This Day | 25th Feb…

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…Rock & Roll In 1964, The Beatles finished recording their next single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, at Abbey Road studios, London, (they had first recorded the song on 29 January 1964 at Path Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, ‘You Can’t Do That’ and another new song ‘I Should Have Known Better’. 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Ricky Tick Club, Hounslow, England. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a re-creation of the club built at MGM Studios in Borehamwood for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blowup. 1972, Led Zeppelin appeared in front of over 25,000 fans at…

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Review: Kula Shaker, Manchester Ritz Feb 2016

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Before the muchly anticipated Kula Shaker ascend the stage, after a 6 year break from touring and recording, the eccentric 90s psych indie rock band from London, are back again with the newest material for their album K 2.0 the sequel to their debut album K. As the audience waits, the room is delighted to the smell of incense, wafting from the stage, filling the room and balancing the energy. A moving kaleidoscope projection lights up the stage, producing a swirling menagerie of colours and imagery of religious deities like Krishna to more present day celebrity figures like Kevin Spacey;…

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David Bowie Honoured In Spectacular Fashion At The BRIT Awards 2016

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David Bowie was honoured in spectacular fashion at the BRIT Awards 2016 on Wednesday night. And the late music icon’s son Duncan Jones has spoken out in support of Lorde’s moving performance of his hit Life On Mars as part of the ceremony’s tribute to the star whom Annie Lennox hailed ‘the embodiment of the word “icon”‘ in her introductory speech. The English film director took to Twitter to praise and thank the 19-year-old singer – whom David had previously said is the future of music – for her performance, branding it ‘beautiful’.

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The Sherlocks

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UP-AND-COMING indie band The Sherlocks played a brilliant set to a sell-out crowd in Southampton on Saturday night. The gig at The Joiners was a memorable milestone as it was the Sheffield band’s first southern show in their first truly nationwide tour. Their catchy guitar tunes, drums and bass soon caught the imagination of the local crowd. Dancing and even shoulder-surfing were soon in view as songs, including recent singles Live for the Moment and Escapade, played out. The young band follow in the great tradition of guitar groups from the past, but have their own sound. That helped even unfamiliar songs…

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The Revolution Is Here… Again!

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The vinyl revival has taken another leap forward with Tesco starting to sell LPs for for the first time in its history. From this weekend a limited range of vinyl albums, by artists ranging from Elvis to George Ezra, will go on the shelves of Britain’s biggest supermarket as it tries to cash in on the comeback of record players. After losing out to CDs, downloads and live streaming, vinyl is now enjoying a boom. Annual sales are expected to reach a 20-year high this year at close to 2m albums. The vinyl album market was worth nearly £26m in…

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High Tyde!

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Up and coming band High Tyde visited Bournemouth for the first time last night, promoting EP ‘FUZZ’ at local indie watering hole 60 Million Postcards. The crowd is a strange mix of smartly dressed young professionals enjoying the first night of the bank holiday weekend, the student regulars from AUB and BU, and of course the new music enthusiasts. Regardless, the Red Stripe is flowing and even one girl in a white bodycon dress is air-guitaring to the support band. The night is full of promise for the young High Tyde guys from Brighton, heralded as the ones to watch…

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Richard Ashcroft Announces Solo Album

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Richard Ashcroft will make a much-awaited return to the stage in the UK in 2016. Following the announcement of his first new album in six years, These People, he will be playing two special intimate dates in support of the album on 14th May at Albert Hall in Manchester and 16th May at the Roundhouse in London. Tickets will go on sale 9am Friday, Feb 26th via general outlets, check richardashcroft.com for more info. ‘These People’, the fourth solo album from Richard Ashcroft, will be released on his new Righteous Phonographic Association label via Cooking Vinyl Records on 20th May. The first…

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