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August 2016

Live review: Dead! (The Asylum, Birmingham, 24/08-2016)

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Short and sweet, “Dead!” is a band to pay attention to. On their small run of UK shows before their appearance at Reading and Leeds festival, Dead! hit up Birmingham Asylum for a show that was sweaty from start to finish.  The shows had been rescheduled, but that didn’t stop the energetic four piece from bringing their dedicated fans to the small, heated venue. With supports from TrueHeights and local…

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REC ROCK FESTIVAL 2016

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For a good cause – Pete Salisbury’s do-good festival, come by if you can: The past few years has seen a proliferation in UK music festivals but with the choice so great some have struggled to attract the crowds. Some of the more successful festivals have been the smaller, more varied independent ones of which the Rec Rock Festival is one. This not for profit community festival is run by The…

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Black Oak County: Debut album in early 2017

Acoustic anticipation of good things to come: Hard rock debut album on my must-own list, it should be on yours too! Read on to get an insight… The four piece from Denmark’s shipping port #1, made quite an impression back in May ’16 at Nordic Noise, with their heavy-riffed southern hard rock. Singer Niels Beier swept this reviewer’s feet away with his powerful and raw voice, and being signed to Mighty…

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Interview: Dead!

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Dead! ..on achievements, inspirations and touring After playing at 2000 Trees Festival, Dead! did a few days round the UK before playing at the famous Reading and Leeds festival. Flick Of The Finger had a chat with members Alex Warren, Sam Chappel, and brothers Louis and Sam Matlock: How has the reception towards your band been since you guys started playing and have gotten bigger? S Matlock: There’s always kind of…

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The Winachi Tribe Live at Gorilla, Manchester

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The Winachi Family Gathering: Things have been good for The Winachi Tribe so far this year. With sell out shows in Scotland, a double header with the Sugar Hill Gang, plus a recent trip to La La Land for a video shoot to accompany a new single out  later this year, its been non stop.  20/08/16: Tonight’s gig is at Gorilla in Manchester. Its a great venue and it has…

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FOTF Presents: ‘Connected’

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Flick of The finger had the pleasure of meeting up with Manchester, indie duo ‘Connected’ in the Northern Quarters very own ‘Night & Day Cafe’ Their selection can only be described as rockin’ classics  and their future is looking great…. ! The back to back team can be found in clubs, bars and gigs spinning the one’s and two’s, smashing out bangers from the 60’s through to modern day classics.…

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Faithless, Brixton Academy, London

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If Wikipedia is to be believed “Faithless are a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo. The group is best known for their dance songs (“Salva Mea”, “Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1”).” and “The band announced it would split up after their Passing The Baton dates at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011. However, in February 2015 they reunited to…

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Review: Ed Harcour ‘Furnaces’

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The Mercury prize nominated musician returns with an infectious horn-laden anthem, taken from his forthcoming seventh solo album. ‘Furnaces’ is a dark melodic track, that presents itself as a different sound for the singer-songwriter. The song, which is taken from his new album and shares the same title, is his first release on a major record label – Polydor. Hopefully, with this new backing, the music will be catapulted into…

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Van’s Warped Tour 2016, Mountain View CA, 6. August

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Van’s Warped Tour once again arrived in Mountain View, CA, and although the date was moved from June to August, the powerful atmosphere still remained throughout the day. As always, the tour garners long lines of diverse people; from small children to grandparents still full of angst, hundreds made their way to Shoreline Amphitheatre harboring excitement as the day begins. Of the seven stages to choose from, I began at…

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, DR Koncerthuset 11. August

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Weird reverb and sound, but the legend delivered a rock gig with lots of arrogance and big hits in Copenhagen As someone who grew up listening to Oasis, I was kinda expecting to witness a living legend working, but I was left with a strange feeling, both over the venue (sound), the lighting, and the show itself. People was coming in from near and far to DR’s new concert hall,…

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Robert Babicz, AKA Rob Acid Embarks On A North American Tour

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This summer Robert Babicz, aka Rob Acid, the electronic wizard from Cologne brings his extraordinary live show to hand-picked selection of futuristic, eclectic events. A “non-DJ” who performs only original music – either his own compositions, collaborations or remixes – Babicz ignites parties with music crafted by synaesthesia, his ability to see sounds and hear colours.   For the first time ever, Babicz brings his interstellar sonic extravaganza to Burning…

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The Temper Trap Announce UK Gigs

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The Temper Trap have now sold more than one million albums and their songs have been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify and 20 million times on YouTube! They first came to prominence in 2009 with their acclaimed debut album, CONDITIONS which, propelled by the global hits SWEET DISPOSITION, FADER and LOVE LOST, saw them crash land into the charts in their native Australia, their adopted homeland of the…

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Blossoms Announce UK Headline Tour

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Blossoms will play a headline UK tour this November and December including a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and two dates at Manchester’s Albert Hall. The band are currently top of the album charts after their eponymous record debuted at number one on Friday. ‘Blossoms’ has received wide spread critical acclaim earning 4* from Mojo, The Evening Standard, The Independent and more.  The past year has seen Blossoms play…

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Bad Mood, Night & Day, Manchester

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Making a short trip down the M62 from Liverpool for their first gig away from home, Bad Mood are not the typical young indie/guitar band of which there are so many. For a start they are not young, having been around the music scene and in different bands for a while. Secondly, their music is much more confrontational, aimed at making an impact and breaking down barriers rather than being…

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Hands Off Gretel at Liverpools, Krazyhouse

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Saturday 13th August found me at Liverpool’s, Krazyhouse. Probably the best rock venue in the city! There were 3 acts on, but I’d made the trip to catch Hands Off Gretel. The band launched in Feb 2015 with the release of their first video ‘Be Mine’ and a 3 track EP for free download. In less than 3 months Hands Off Gretel were invited to play both Camden Rocks Festival, after…

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Savannah Release New Single ‘Jodie’

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‘We are the mods! We are the mods!’ This may be a chant from the film Quadropehnia…. …but it would feel right at home sung at a live performance by Savannah, whose new single, ‘Jodie’, is a pumped-up, hands-in-the-air, pure rock ‘n’ roller, just waiting for the mod chant to follow in its wake. The opening guitar riff boasts the grittiness of Nirvana, before settling into a tight swaggering indie-rock…

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BREAKING: Blossoms Debut Album Is UK Number One!

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YESSSS! A massive ‘high five’ to Blossoms as their debut album hits #1 AND is the highest selling album of the year! Nice one lads and well deserved!! Blossoms’ eponymous debut album is officially number one. The past year has seen them play live to sold out venues and packed festival tents across the country, reach number 1 in the vinyl chart, perform on Later… with Jools Holland, be played…

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Review: Courteeners – The 17th

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It’s time to rejoice, as new music from The Courteeners arrives in the form of the funky rhythmic song, ‘The 17th’. The single is taken from the bands’ forthcoming fifth album, Mapping The Rendezvous, which is due out on October 21st. Courteeners Tickets It moves along somewhat slowly, but never feels sluggish or dreary, as the bass line keeps you hooked alongside the sweet synthesizer sounds. Liam Fray’s vocals take…

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Your Last Chance To Dance On The Legendary Sunset Terrace

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Space Ibiza returns in his last season to its origins and invite clubbers to dance again in the Sunset Terrace during the day. Since last June, the most awarded Club in the World  opens its doors religiously, every Sunday from 7 pm, returning to old ways… like raising your arms while planes flying over the Sunset Terrace. With a potent line-up and faithful to House music, Sundays at Space has…

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BANG BANG! Green Day Releases New Song in Light of New Album Announcement

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It has been four years since the release of Green Day’s ‘¡Uno!’ ‘¡Dos!’ ‘¡Tre!’, and the American Punk Rock band have been pretty quiet since then. Until the 1st August, when an announcement appeared from Green Day saying ‘dear friends! green day is putting out a new single called “BANG BANG” August 11’, much to the delight of eager fans. Once the song had been announced, the countdown began, and…

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