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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,…

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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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Manchester rockers The Corteeners captured at Manchester Apollo ©Irafusha For Flick Of The Finger

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…

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