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November 2016


The Boston Shakers, Liverpool, O2 Academy

Returning to the O2 Academy,  to support Electric 6. The O2 Academy in Liverpool has featured many bands, many returning, many never to be seen again. However, The Boston Shakers, were returning, and returning to a riotous welcome. Their live performances are quickly becoming a ‘Must See ‘ event. They were supporting Electric 6 and to be quite honest, it should have been the other way around! Renowned for their… Keep Reading


The LaFontaines, Night & Day Café, Manchester

The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour in Manchester The Scottish powerhouse tears up Manchester’s Northern Quarter with an energetic cross-genre performance. It’s a Monday night at Night & Day Café, a low-lit bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Beer is flowing, and while the rain is pelting down outside, the venue slowly fills up with a sea of fans. Like us, they’ve braved the terrible weather and cast aside Monday… Keep Reading


The Who Premier New Acoustic Presentation Of Tommy

The Royal Albert Hall will see the Who take to the stage for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2017 First full band performance of the classic Rock Opera since 1989. To celebrate the 100th show performed for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall, raising vital money for young people with cancer, The Who will play a new acoustic presentation of Pete Townshend’s Rock Opera Tommy.  Two shows have been… Keep Reading


Primal Scream Liverpool Olympia

Formed in 1982 by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie, Primal Scream were originally part of the indie scene but they quickly evolved, taking on board psychedelic and garage rock influences before embracing the flourishing dance scene of the 1990’s. Their classic 1991 album Screamadelica was a massive financial and artistic success and Primal Scream were propelled to the front of the UK music scene and world fame. Screamadelica is still… Keep Reading


The Front Bottoms, O2 Institute, Birmingham,

For the second time this year, The Front Bottoms came back to the UK to put on shows for dedicated fans. With many fans having waited in the cold for two hours even before doors opened, The Front Bottoms came on to prove that their wait hadn’t been wasted. Coming along for the ride were Apologies, I Have None and Gnarwolves. When Gnarwolves were first announced as a support for… Keep Reading


Ocean Colour Scene: How Well Do You Know The Band?

Ocean Colour Scene will be performing the Moseley Shoals album in full this December but are you up to date with the bands time line of events to date? The Birmingham band’s story is already the stuff of legend: a rip-roaring Rock’n’Folk odyssey set to a backdrop of 21 years of UK pop culture at it’s very best. Seven dates remain for December 2016 (Tickets available here) and below is all you need… Keep Reading


In honour Of Craig Gill: Inspiral Fans Launch Bid For Christmas #1

Fans of the group have set up a face book page in a bid to get Saturn 5 to the top charts on Dec 25th. Paul Williams, Inspirals fan  and also moderator of the site told FOTF; The whole thing was started by a childhood friend of Craig’s called Rob McCoy. He started a group on Facebook in some type of hope that some people would get interested in the campaign and… Keep Reading


Guns N’ Roses Europe 2017 – Unconfirmed dates

Are these the dates of the European tour of Guns N ‘Roses? Guns N ‘Roses reunited at the beginning of their US tour! Here’s a list of European dates that have appeared on the Wikipedia page of ‘Not in this Lifetime … Tour’, the Guns N ‘Roses giants’ return tour. May 20, 2017 Paris France Stade de France May 21, 2017 Paris France Stade de France May 24, 2017 Barcelona… Keep Reading


The Glass Poppies Give Indie-Rock Some Class

The Glass Poppies are a four-piece indie-rock band hailing from the Lancaster and Morecambe area. From listening to several tracks it’s immediately clear that they all have a distinctly high level of capability at their craft. Their songs are generally short, intense slices of pub-rock, only with a level of maturity and class that comes with being seasoned musicians, which The Glass Poppies are. ‘Bank Job’ is a fresh, lively… Keep Reading


INTERVIEW: Cabbage, Sugarmill, Stoke

Its 8 o’clock on a Saturday night in Stoke and already The Sugarmill is packed, clearly Cabbage’s reputation proceeds them! I’m meeting up with Lee Broadbent and Joe Martin who both front what is the most hotly tipped band of the moment. I meet Joe in the club foyer and ever the host he takes me up to the dressing room to get a beer and grab Lee for a… Keep Reading


Super Furry Animals Tour and Tickets

Super Furry Animals take to the towns and cities of the UK to perform their luminescent debut album, Fuzzy Logic and its follow up Radiator in full, in order and back-to-back, live throughout December 2016. Taking in two nights at London Roundhouse and three Welsh dates, including a homecoming in Cardiff, the celebration marks a brace of re-evaluated, restored and re-issued releases that came out on 4 November. In good news for… Keep Reading


Eric Burdon and The Animals, City Winery, Nashville

Sunday night wasn’t just a full moon, it was a super moon. And it wasn’t just any animal that was set free in Nashville; it was The Animal. He was more than a casual acquaintance to the most legendary musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, and he was well respected by them. Commanding and powerful, if Eric Burdon’s voice didn’t knock a hole in a wall, he could stare a hole through… Keep Reading


Blues Traveler, Revelry Room, Chattanooga

In a time of cookie-cutter, bland vanilla pop, Blues Traveler still marches to the beat of a different distorted harmonica. In the nearly 20 years I have been enjoying the music of these guys, they haven’t tried to reinvent themselves. Blues Traveler has done what many others haven’t. They are still here. As I watch John Popper throw his head back and sing lyrics as if he is offering prayers… Keep Reading


Slow Readers Club, O2 Ritz, Manchester

The Slow Readers Club Headline A sold out Ritz without any support from the corporate mainstream, only a belief and drive to deliver their infectious brand of electro indie. Having sold out the venue weeks in advance, and technically the bands biggest headline gig to date, which must be commended at any level, many well established bands have graced the stage over the years and many have not sold the… Keep Reading

Rag 'n' Bone Man in black and white sings into mic

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Brings Some Southern Discomfort To Manchester

When Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Britain’s multifaceted, genre defying virtuoso hit the stage for last week’s show at the Manchester Academy, Flick of the Finger sent reporter, Ian O’Brien and photographer, Sally Lord, to see what all the fuss was about. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – from tarmac to dirt track ‘n’ back It’s a sad fact that not all performers connect with their audience. Some just step on stage and do… Keep Reading

Record of The Week

Record Of The Week: The LaFontaines ‘Release The Hounds’

Formed in 2010, Scotland’s The LaFontaines take guitar infused hip hop and pop to create a stylised sound which is refreshingly unique. The band’s lyrical content is often a social commentary on today’s Scottish culture while still maintaining a traditional pop format. The band has gained a widespread fanbase, achieved critical acclaim and introduced a cross genre style that has changed the face of Scottish music.  The band’s sound is a… Keep Reading


Jackaman, The Answer & The Dead Daisies, Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Jackaman, The Answer and The Dead Daisies are keeping the Classic Rock dream alive in Holmfirth Yorkshire. Two very different headlining sets, showing the best of Classic Rock, one more experimental and brave, and the other just an out-and-out rock n roll party band. I’m in the “Last of the Summer Wine” vintage TV town of Holmfirth, where the quaint rambling steep streets are about to reverberate to the equally… Keep Reading


The Courteeners, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Courteeners fans proved their dedication at Birmingham date of band’s latest tour. Frontman, Liam Fray, took to Twitter after the show: “Birmingham, that was the loudest sauna I’ve ever been in. Ears are ringing, heart is full. God Bless the Fans.” Courteeners Tickets On 18th November, The Courteeners took to the stage of the O2 Academy for the Birmingham date of their latest 12-date UK tour. Proving their generosity and… Keep Reading


Clean Cut Kid, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Clean Cut Kid absolutely smashed their support slot for Courteeners. The Liverpudlian four-piece took to the stage to warm up the crowd with a smashing half hour set that had even the most boring audience members daring to dance. On Thursday 18th November at 8pm, an hour after door’s opened, Clean Cut kid walked onto the main stage of the O2 Academy to a completely packed main room for their… Keep Reading

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