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September 2016

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NEW MUSIC: Pete Doherty ‘Hamburg Demonstrations LP’ and Tour

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Pete Doherty releases his new album, Hamburg Demonstrations, through BMG / Clouds Hill Recordings on 2 December 2016. The album is available to pre-order now with the first single I DON’T LOVE ANYONE [BUT YOU’RE NOT JUST ANYONE] along with THE WHOLE WORLD IS OUR PLAYGROUND available as instant grats here Hamburg Demonstrations was produced, recorded and mixed by JOHANN SCHEERER (Faust / Bosnian Rainbows / Gallon Drunk / Omar Rodriguéz-Lopéz) at Clouds Hill Recordings, Hamburg in Germany using an 8 Track 2” Studer A820 tape machine and mixed onto a quarter inch Telefunken master machine. Pete Doherty, who had always wanted…

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Leopold and His Fiction, The Old Blue Last, London

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I love serendipity (which, incidentally, comes from the old name of Sri Lanka). I had been planning on having a quiet week, with only one gig in the diary, when a fellow photographer, who wasn’t feeling well, needed someone to cover a show. I didn’t know the band, but nothing unusual there as most of the bands I shoot tend to be relatively unknown (at the time). So, off I trundle to The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch for another of their endless stream of free gigs. Unsurprisingly, for a Monday night, the room was all but empty when I…

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Embrace Announce December Tour

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Embrace, who are currently working on their seventh studio album for release in 2017, take a break from recording to play a short run of special Christmas shows in December. Talking about the run of dates, singer Danny McNamara said, “We’d been so busy working on our new album, then playing The Secret Festival in September made us hungry to get out there and play live again. We’re just playing a few selected shows, a kind of Christmas surprise for the people who love the band. And if people want to come dressed up and make the gigs a great…

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NEW MUSIC: Feed The Kid ‘In The City’

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Feed The Kid sing about their home town of Manchester, in their new single ‘In The City’. Before you jump-the-gun and think, ‘Oh no, here’s another band moaning about where they come from!’, this song is not at all doom and gloom. Sure, lyrics touch upon the rainy city that make a grown man cry, but the delivery of the vocals from Curtis Taylor believably make you grasp the message within the words. With a wonderfully placed break in the middle, the song packs a lot of interesting and powerful moments into its tight 2 minutes and 49 seconds running time.…

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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

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On this day in 2009 Lucy Vodden, the childhood pal of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away. Lucy was just 46 and she passed away Monday 28th September 2009, after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. Lucy was the inspiration for The Beatles track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate. Julian Lennon said, “I don’t know why I called it that or why it stood out from all my other drawings, but I obviously…

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Rec Rock Festval 2016, Buxworth

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Set in the Peak District Hills with views over Manchester the Rec Rock Festival is the perfect antidote to those monster mud festivals of the summer. Set up by Verve and Charlatans drummer Pete Salisbury and his wife Pam this boutique style festival with a capacity of around 1000 donates any profit to the local community, and in keeping with this sentiment, most of the bands play for free or petrol money at the most. Although in its infancy Rec Rock attracted and eclectic mix of bands and artists covering the whole range of musical genres, with a good cross-section…

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OK Broken, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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It’s always a pleasure to be present in the next chapter of a band’s evolution, when that band is a local group of lads who have steadily been building momentum, gig on gig, it’s particularly satisfying. It’s easy to try and pigeon-hole the band into the Indie/Rock market, I feel they showed that there are many different levels to this well drilled and smart dressed band, not many bands are given a sponsorship from a major clothing company like Lambretta, maybe a taste of things to come. I think most people would have expected them to come out all guns…

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BREAKING: The Stone Roses Announce 3 UK Gigs for 2017

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THE STONE ROSES ANNOUNCE 3 UK LIVE SHOWS FOR JUNE 2017 The Stone Roses will play 3 UK shows in June 2017. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am this Friday, September 30. This summer saw The Stone Roses play to over 240,000 people across four sold out nights at Manchester Etihad stadium, as well as a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 2017 dates as follows: Tuesday, June 13 BELFAST, SSE ARENA Saturday, June 17 LONDON, WEMBLEY STADIUM connected by EE Saturday, June 24 GLASGOW, HAMPDEN PARK

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Milburn Are Back!

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It’s been ten years since Milburn’s major label debut ‘Well Well Well’. Now, the band who kick-started the Sheffield revival that would give birth to, amongst others, Arctic Monkeys and Reverend & The Makers, are back. The new kaleidoscopic video sees a young girl perform classic Northern Soul moves and was shot in Sheffield’s Town Hall – a place made famous by Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ video. When Milburn parted company eight years ago, it seemed that they may be remembered only as an influence on more successful artists still to come – a band’s band perhaps. But over time it…

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TRACK OF THE WEEK: OK Broken ‘Waiting In Line’

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This week’s track of the week comes from OK Broken and its titled ‘Waiting In Line’ The Lambretta sponsored band out of Manchester are going from strength to strength and gaining quite the following.  Check them out on: Facebook Soundcloud Website

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Liam & Bonehead To Talk to Johnny Vaughan

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Radio X’s Johnny Vaughan will talk to Liam about his life and career in front of an intimate audience at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday 16 October. They’ll also be joined by Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs. Just 200 tickets will be available for the intimate event, which is in aid of Global’s Make Some Noise. TICKETS ARE £150 AND WILL GO ON SALE ON WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AT 8AM FROM WWW.RADIOX.CO.UK. All proceeds from the event are going to Global’s Make Some Noise. Global’s Make Some Noise is a national charity that helps to change young lives, brought to…

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Milburn ‘Lads ‘n’ Lasses’

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Milburn were a four-piece outfit from the city of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. The band consisted of Joe Carnall (lead vocals/bass), Louis Carnall (vocals/rhythm guitar), Tom Rowley (lead guitar) and Joe Green (drummer). They produced ear-grabbing riffs and essential Melodies, underpinned by the raw tones of the mod-punk era, which epitomises the youthfulness and abundant potential of the band. Milburn’s sound has most recently been described as the aggressive riffs of the Jam, with a touch of ska mixed with the hooks and sound of modern contemporaries such as the Libertines and Razorlight. Milburn eventually announced they would split on March…

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Album review: Franklin Zoo “Red Skies”

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5 hard rockin’ guys from Copenhagen who will sweep you off your feet (album below: Images from Franklin Zoo’s recent show at Loppen, Christiania, Copenhagen) A feeling of grunge creeps over me, as I listen to the latest release from Danish Franklin Zoo. The Copenhagen 5 piece has released their international debut on Mighty Music, one of Denmarks leading metal/hardrock labels, who is also responsible for giving us Black Oak County, Meridian, and Souls Of Tide from Norway. Franklin Zoo’s inspiration draw from bands like Soundgarden and Nirvana, easily comes to mind when listetning to Red Skies. Especially track three “Burning…

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Heart, Amphitheater, Nashville

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The fierce female force that is Heart continued their “The Rock Hall Three For All” tour with Cheap Trick and Joan Jett with a stop at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee. Closing the house down on a sold out show, the duo was given a perpetual standing ovation by many in the crowd. Ann and Nancy Wilson started their musical journey over four decades ago. Still holding the reins of responsibility for helping start a revolution in rock music, the duo inspired women to pick up a guitar and thank goodness they did. Even though the sisters were never impressed…

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The Flick Of The Finger ‘Hall of Fame’…

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…We Salute You All The Flick of The Finger ‘Hall Of Fame’ consists of all the musicians and fans that we shot over the past few months.  See yourself in the fans section? give us a like and share and we’ll send you the image! See the full gallery here Feature image: Simon Reed

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Pigeon Detectives Are Back!

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Leeds indie rockers return with a new single from fifth record Platinum-selling Leeds band The Pigeon Detectives are back with new single ‘Lose Control’ from their fifth album, which is planned for released in February 2017. The new record from the band is a more eclectic LP than previous albums and was recorded with Richard Formby; a producer associated with bands like indie crooners Wild Beasts, leftfield London vocalist Ghostpoet and ‘mind-expanding synth pioneers’ Spaceman 3. Speaking about the move to work with a more leftfield producer-singer Matt Bowman says; “We wanted to work with someone that would challenge us in…

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Iron Maiden Announce First UK Tour in 6 Years

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The band, whose first major UK arena tour for six years will be announced on Friday, Sept 23, Iron Maiden have gone to great lengths to ensure their fans are able to buy tickets at the intended price rather than at the ludicrously inflated prices prevalent on many secondary ticketing sites and also to protect them against counterfeit tickets. Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explains, “We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so called secondary ticketing websites. These problems now affect the UK more than any other country outside of…

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The Microdance ‘The Ride Home Today & Come Back To Me My Lover in the Sky’

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The Microdance (UK) have announced the release of their double A-side The London four-piece deliver a thick 80’s vibe, filled with echo and chorus and walls of guitars. I haven’t heard of The Microdance before. With a weird name and (a little, but in a good way) weird music [maybe I’m more of a metal head, but for this specific genre] The Microdance reminds me of something that (deserves) to be on a The Breakfastclub soundtrack, alongside Simple Minds and that sticky wooly mid 80’s grime. There are also a gothic The Cure vibe going on, which is pretty cool.  …

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Swans Live At O2 Ritz, Manchester

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New York City noise rock legends, Swans, confirmed for UK After unveiling their 14th. studio album, “The Glowing Man”, earlier this year on Young God/Mute Records, Swans are proving themselves once again as one of the most volcanic, eruptive and virile outfits in their genre, ever. Their latest release, touted by some as the noise legends’ final installment ever, this show may be the last chance for UK fans to witness their psychedelic wall of sound, resembling an acidic mixture of Pink Floyd and far-out pharmaceuticals. Formed in New York City in 1982, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was…

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Leeds ‘On Roundhay’ Festival

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Roundhay Park in Leeds as a venue has hosted The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2 to name just a handful of the top artists in the last 35 years. However, it hasn’t been used for live music for at least 10 years, that is until Harvey Goldsmith decided to twin the location with his successful South London ‘On Blackheath’ festival. 2016 sees the inaugural ‘On Roundhay’, a one-day festival aimed at families (kids are free entry) with a mixture of live music, child friendly activities and main sponsorship from John Lewis – who brought with them a cookery…

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NEW MUSIC: Brooders ‘Haze’

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Grunge trio, Brooders, explode onto the scene with their blistering new single, Haze, and you’d be wise to take note. The word melodic very rarely fits alongside terms such as grunge, punk or aggressive, but the Leeds-based boys have released a sound that immediately embeds itself into your brain with its forceful hooks, while traces of a youthful Green Day burst out of the seams. It’s a relentless gritty rock number, with darkness running through the track’s DNA, predominantly in the words screamed out by frontman Adam Bairstow, although at times the lyrical content is perhaps a little clichéd for…

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James Announce Headline Dates Plus One off Show With The Charlatans

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Heavyweights of British music, James have announced two headline dates in Wolverhampton and Sheffield ahead of their Liverpool Echo Arena show with The Charlatans on 10th December. With latest studio album, ‘Girl At The End Of The World’ going straight in at #2 in the UK charts, second only to Adele, James have had a year of both critical acclaim and commercial success. Known for their unique and diverse style over their 14 studio releases, James have sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The announcement follows the band’s headline tour earlier this year, and an opening set at Glastonbury. Preceding…

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OK Broken Release New Video Ahead OF Friday Gig Which Promises Stage Surprises!

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OK Broken, 4 piece Indie/Rock from Manchester release new video ahead of Friday gig The band are set to play the O2 Ritz, Manchester this coming Friday – doors open at 6:30 – BE THERE! Influences: Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Oasis, RHCP, Jimmy Eat World, Stone Roses, The Smiths, Angels And Airwave, Plus 44 and everything else inbetween. Its all about the Music!! Enough to get you intesrested? get yourself down to manchester Ritz Friday 23rd where the band will be joined by other local bands showcasing the best unsigned acts of the region. This time around sees a high-octane concoction…

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Gary Numan, Olympia, Liverpool

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When Machines Rock On April 28th I boarded a coach from Oldham town centre down to London on a coach full of like minded fans to see the final performance of a singer who had been a huge musical influence over the previous two years. Gary Numan had announced his retirement from live shows the previous year on Radio One. The DJ was that stunned they went into one of Numan’s tracks, I guess well they talked off air about what Gary had just said. No one could understand why after two successful years and worldwide success, he would suddenly…

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MUSIC REVIEW: Kings of Leon ‘Waste A Moment’

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Is guitar-based music about to be given a booster injection by the Tennessee-based rockers? The Kings of Leon return with their new single ‘Waste A Moment’, which is taken from their highly-anticipated upcoming album, which is due out in October. There was once a time when new music from the American rockers meant something, but unfortunately, this song is evidence of how to waste a moment – three minutes of them to be precise. The track misses everything that you would expect from the return of a successful rock band. It simply feels lacking, as though they’ve been forced to…

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Sculptor ‘Andrew Sinclair’ Has Been Chosen To Design A Statue of Singer David Bowie

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Bowie unveiled two albums and his Ziggy Stardust persona during a series of gigs at Aylesbury’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s. Story from the BBC Sculptor Andrew Sinclair has promised that the Buckinghamshire memorial will be “something special”. Fundraising for the statue is still under way and it is not yet known when designs will be revealed. Mr Sinclair has admitted he is under a lot of pressure to get his Bowie design right. He said: “He was there all my life. He was like a friend. ‘Holding a microphone’ “I wanted to create something that encompasses his…

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The Dead 60s To Reform in 2017 With UK Shows

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The Dead 60s have announced they will be reforming for a set of six UK shows in April 2017. The band, featuring Matt McManamon, Ben Gordon, Charlie Turner and Bryan Johnson, burst onto the scene in 2005 with their Central Nervous System produced eponymous debut album & limited edition Space Invader dub album released through Liverpool label, Deltasonic Records. A string of singles accompanied the release including breakthrough, hit Riot Radio, which found itself on heavy rotation on US Alternative Radio that year. Inspired by Gang of Four, Jackie Mittoo, King Tubby and The Clash, the band’s energised live performances…

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TRACK OF THE WEEK: Line & Circle ‘Out Of Metaphors’

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Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based Line & Circle has followed up their acclaimed singles and eponymous EP with Split Figure, their debut full length album, released October 2nd via Grand Gallop. The LP was recorded live to tape in Los Angeles with producerLewis Pesacov (Best Coastʼs Crazy For You), and in Philadelphia with producers Jonathan Low (The National) and Brian McTear(The War on Drugs), who also mixed the album. In deeply self-aware and intimate detail Split Figure explores the elusive and daunting task of pursuing self-knowledge in a world where, ironically, staring into screens and photographing ourselves incessantly has failed to make the…

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The Enemy, Final Farewell Tour, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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Die hard fans packed the o2 Ritz to witness what was possibly Manchester’s gig of the year so far… It was always going to be an emotional farewell when The Enemy announced that this would be their final set of shows… and emotional it was! The night was opened by none other than Manchester’s very own – The Tapestry. Now, any act out of this “band manufacturing city”, which is fronted by a guy called Liam, has a good to fair chance of success – then in true style you hear, and I quote “We’re The Tapestry, we’ve just come from work – because we’re c*nt’s…. like…

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Echo & The Bunnymen O2 Ritz, Manchester

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While we may disagree on football, let’s all agree that Echo and the Bunnymen love Manchester and Manchester love the Bunnymen Mancunians and Liverpudlians don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. Thankfully music is not one. Echo and the Bunnymen always receive the warmest reception from yet another sellout Mancunian crowd. The five-piece band, take to the stage, to bring us through material of what will be a near 40 year career. Only two original remaining members, Enigmatic frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant are warmly welcomed by their adoring fans. As usual a backlit stage,…

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Alan Merrill Returns For A UK Tour

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Alan Merrill, founder of 1970s pop legends The Arrows and the first ever foreign pop star in Japan, returns to the UK from New York The Arrows formed in 1974 and had their first UK hit on Mickie Most’s RAK label later that same year with Touch Too Much. The band were then signed by ITV for their own series, The Arrows Show, which ran throughout 1976 and 1977 featuring legendary live guests such as David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Suzi Quatro, Slade, The Sweet and Mud. Running alongside this, The Arrows Cartoon Strip also featured on ITV for over a…

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Album Review: Hands Off Gretel – “Burn the Beauty Queen”

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A riotous post punk grunge album with a young Courtney in the making, get this band and album into your life now! Riot Grrrl, a term often used for any noisy girl punk band, but this often belies the original subculture movement which was essentially trying to get a female viewpoint across what was a very male dominated indie/punk music scene. The early exponents cited as Siouxsie Soux, Chrissie Hynde, Poly Styrene and Patti Smith who then in turn influenced a new wave with Bikini Kill, L7 and Hole leading the way. However, this was all still very much of…

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L7 (US) + support: White Miles (AUT) – Amager Bio, Copenhagen

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Much better live than on record – L7 live in Amager Bio, Copenhagen, 31. August 2016: A boring Wednesday evening made much better, by these top-notch rockers. White Miles: The Austria Tyrolese duo makes a huge impact, as the still-sparse crowd gather in front of the stage. Singer/guitarist (and bassist, for that matter – more on that later…) Medina Rekic, and drummer-extraordinaire Hansjörg Loferer, kicks the audience in their faces with their hard-hitting, balls-ripping masterpiece of a show. Their music is so extreme, but at the same time so well executed, and Rekic’s gnarly female voice is violent and extremely…

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Live review: PUP + Shit Present + Solids

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Rainbow Cellar, Birmingham, 30. August 2016: Toronto band Pup are ready to take the world by storm. With the release of their second album The Dream is Over  being released earlier this year, Pup now have a long string of shows ahead of them, the first run being their first UK headline tour. Birmingham was day 3 of 100, but this didn’t seem to put them off. Along for the UK run was Shit Present and Solids. These 2 bands complimented well as support acts for Pup, and for me Shit Present put on an outstanding performance, bringing the early bunch…

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Leeds Festival 2016

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Muddy & awesome – Die Antwoord and Cabbage stole the show: Leeds Festival returned to its home at Bramham Park for more bank holiday musical shenanigans. Headliners this year were Biffy Clyro, Foals, Disclosure and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. However it was party late comer Jack Rocks This Feeling who stole the show. The team at TF/JD have been doing the rounds at UK music festivals this summer, creating their own mini festival within a larger arena. At Leeds a new area was opened up specifically for this ensemble complete with their own high street of street food. The focus…

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BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES (Night And Day Manchester 26th August 2016)

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Grabbing the metal: When Billy Bibby suddenly left Catfish and the Bottlemen after 7 years as lead guitarist and co writer, by his own admission he had no idea what he was going to do. After a brief spell as a solo acoustic performer and a debut single “Waitin For You” he grabbed the metal so to speak, recruited a young highly talented group of musicians and hit the road with The Wry Smiles. Tonight, Night and Day in Manchester is home to the 2nd date of the current UK tour, and as a testement to Billy’s growing popularity, there…

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