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November 2016

The Boston Shakers, Liverpool, O2 Academy

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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 eclectic mix of characters and musical styles, they blow people away with, as they describe themselves …an Infusion of heavy beats, mixed with fuzzy guitars, shaken with raps and garnished…

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The LaFontaines, Night & Day Café, Manchester

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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 sluggishness to see The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour. The evening begins with a promising half-hour set from newcomers Delphina Kings, followed by Manchester-based Artizans, who stir up the…

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The Who Premier New Acoustic Presentation Of Tommy

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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 announced at the legendary London venue on Thursday March 30th and Saturday April 1st 2017 where the band will play the opera in full followed by a selection of other great…

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Primal Scream Liverpool Olympia

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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 acknowledged as one of the most important and influential albums of the last 25 years.As well as albums the band produced a series of iconic singles, Loaded, Rocks and Come…

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The Front Bottoms, O2 Institute, Birmingham,

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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 this tour it seemed slightly odd due to the difference in genre; The Front Bottoms indie rock vibe seemed quite tame in comparison to Gnarwolves punk. However, I was excited…

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

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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 to know…  1989 – Simon Fowler, Oscar Harrison and Damon Minchella – formerly of The Fanatics – are joined by Steve Cradock of The Boys. They form Ocean Colour Scene,…

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

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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 also somewhere to put up their memories of Craig. I joined the group on the Thursday morning with a couple of hundred members. The word was spreading quicker and quicker…

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Guns N’ Roses Europe 2017 – Unconfirmed dates

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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 Spain Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys May 26, 2017 Madrid Estadio Vicente Calderón May 30, 2017 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium June 3, 2017 Milan Italy San Siro June 6, 2017…

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The Glass Poppies Give Indie-Rock Some Class

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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 song which contains some fun sound-bites. It’s the sound of the band allowing some humour to seep through into the music. ‘Mikey’ is a stand out track, and one that…

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INTERVIEW: Cabbage, Sugarmill, Stoke

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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 chat before what was supposed to be the last date of their UK tour. Joe informs me that another date has now been added in London due to demand. How…

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Super Furry Animals Tour and Tickets

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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 Super Furry Animals fans, young, old and in the middle, but perhaps bad news for record dealers stocking high-value originals, the band has announced a multi-format reissue of their 1996…

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Eric Burdon and The Animals, City Winery, Nashville

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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 it with his intense gaze. The singer, songwriter, and cover song artist extraordinaire performed for a sold-out show at City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee Sunday night. Eric strolled onto the stage right…

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Blues Traveler, Revelry Room, Chattanooga

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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 to the almighty to save his soul, I can’t help but feel part of his emotion. That connection to a band, a singer, or a musician is what you should…

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Slow Readers Club, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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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 place out. The Slow Readers Club, have plotted a pathway culminating into tonight’s 1500 capacity sell-out. The great thing about tonight’s gig is we are blessed with support from Larkins…

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

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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 their thing like they’re performing to the bathroom mirror with a hairbrush for a mic. This is why not all performances are as frantic, frenetic and generally kick ass, cardiac…

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

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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 result of the culmination of five different visions and musical tastes, making it completely unrivalled while sharing the common goal of pushing the boundaries of Scottish music 2013 has seen…

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

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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 vintage sound of Classic Rock. Lots of 30 to 50 somethings are out on a school night to show that they still have the ability to party to music they…

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The Courteeners, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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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.” 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 humbleness, they took to the stage 20 minutes late to allow fans stuck in traffic to get to the show without missing anything. The main room of the venue was packed to…

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Clean Cut Kid, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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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 supporting slot at Courteeners’ Birmingham show. As soon as they began their first song, you would have thought this was a Clean Cut Kid show – the crowd were immediately…

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Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coventry

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Photo gallery from Catfish and the Bottlemen at Ricoh Arena, Coventry. 17/11/2016.  

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

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FOTF watched as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes took to the stage for their final date of their sold out UK tour. With supports from Thee MVP’s and Dead!, the tour was coming to a close, but the band weren’t going to let it go without a bang. Unfortunately, due to no fault of my own, I was unable to catch Thee MVP’s opening. However, as people came out after their set, I heard a multitude of praise for them. Having seen Dead! a few times before, I got what I expected from them – a high energy set filled…

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Black Oak County “Black Oak County”

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Fast paced debut bulls-eye! Denmark has a few traditional disciplines: Sea-faring and metal being some of those, and the quartet from the country’s biggest industrial port-city Esbjerg, promised good things to come back in August 2016, when I had the privilege of a preview of their coming debut. Well, now the album is finished, and it’s 200% better than I had hope it to be. Wow. Just…Wow! It’s like a mix of Skid Row, Pearl Jam and Mötley Crüe, but refined to a pure potion of potent hard rock with its own unique signature. With singer Niels Beier sounding like…

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Feed The Kid, 100 Club, London

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Feed The Kid bring their Mancunian version of West Coast rock to the iconic London venue. The six-piece Manchester band showed that the country-blues-rock of the 70s is still very much alive, when they opened for the recently reunited Audioweb at London’s 100 Club on 16 November. Londoners are often accused of being an unfriendly bunch, but anyone who has to travel on the public transport at rush hour will know that civility and politeness soon withers away in the forced proximity to our fellow humans. But, when Manchester band Feed The Kid came to play at the legendary 100 Club…

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July Talk – Tour + new album

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Returning to Europe for their own tour July Talk announce today that they will be returning to the Europe in March 2017 for a second headline tour in just six months. This follows the recent sold-out success of their European headline tour, and their current support slot with Catfish And The Bottlemen on their UK arena tour. The Toronto five-piece recently released the striking video for their new single ‘Picturing Love’, which premiered with The Independent. Directed by Jared Raab, the video confronts the effects of mainstream porn on sex and relationships and explores our insatiable reliance on screens. The single…

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Catfish and the Bottlemen, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

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In the Shadows of Old Trafford Catfish and the Bottlemen, move into the Premier League. Victoria Warehouse, stands in the shadows of Manchester United’s, Old Trafford stadium. It is fast becoming a real powerhouse venue for touring artists. Tonight’s host, not so long ago where gigging and playing many small venues all over the Northwest, probably passing the venue on so many occasions. This is the third night of sellout concerts in front of 4,500 crowd, 13,500 over the three evenings, that is the same number of attendees at many arenas around the country. It’s not difficult to envisage that…

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System Of A Down: New Album+Festivals

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New album on its way, and upcoming 2017 festival tour: System Of A Down haven’t released anything new since 2006. In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, drummer John Dolmayan confirmed that the band is working on a new album: “…We’ve been working on a new album for the last six months and there’s about 15 songs that I think are album-worthy…”, Dolmayan said in the interview. Though Dolmayan confirmed that the band is working on the album, he said that they are still unsure about when the album will be released, or what it will be called. “System of…

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INTERVIEW: The Answer

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The new The Answer album ‘Solas’ is a contemporary, uplifting rock album, channelling the band’s Irish roots to deliver a bold new sound!! Solas marks a significant turning point for The Answer. They have looked inwards towards their Irish culture, drawing on a rich heritage of rock and folk to create a much darker, menacing yet uplifting new rock album. More importantly Solas is a record that panders to no label, no media framework and no rules. Recorded in lead guitarist Paul Mahon’s house with Paul not only on Fender guitars but production duties, it bears the scars and soul…

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Jessarae ‘Stand In The Rain’

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So far 2016 has been quite a year for guitarist and solo artist, Jessarae. His debut EP ‘Nobody’s Human’ went straight in the iTunes chart at number 4 this summer while his 10 date UK headline tour completely sold out including the London 02 Academy 2 Islington show. Still only 21, Jessarae has just signed to Island Records and releases his latest EP ‘Stand In The Rain’ November 29th. This totally infectious track is a prime example of the quality of his writing and the ease with which he captures a timeless song on tape. Without doubt, 2017 will be…

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Stone Roses News

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The Stone Roses have rebooked the cancelled show… The Nippon Budokan show, in Tokyo, was planned for June 2nd and 3rd 2016 however it was announced that it was to be cancelled as Alan was injured The show has now been rebooked with the band heading back out to Japan in April 2017 The news of Alan’s ribs didn’t effect the Manchester Etihad shows and the Roses played 4 sell out shows. Flick of the finger was at the gigs in June – you can read the full review here The Roses are also playing three shows in 2017; Belfast’s SSE Arena – June 13 Wembley…

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Frank Carter Interview

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The last date of the UK tour and FOTF had the pleasure of interviewing Frank Carter before his show in Wolverhampton. Frank Carter Interview FOTF entered the room and Frank had been busy painting whilst on tour, pieces of a5 paper scattered the table. FOTF: Wow, these are amazing! FC: Thank you! Yeah I’ve got a lot of work to do, to be honest. A bit too much work to do, but I’ll get there in the end. FOTF: What are you working on? FC: So these are basically, we’re doing a book for the special edition of our new…

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FILM REVIEW: Oasis ‘Supersonic”

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“I want the severed head of Phil Collins in my fridge by the end of this decade, and if I haven’t got it, I’ll be a failure”. From the outset, Noel Gallagher knew that Oasis were the antidote to ‘80s sap. This quote, documented in Mat Whitecross’ new film about the band, is one of many that portrays the swagger of the biggest act of the decade that followed. Blending archive footage and narration from the principle players – a successful formula employed on previous biopics ‘Senna’ and ‘Amy’ (made by the films’ joint Executive Producer, Asif Kapadia) – Whitecross…

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Colour Scene Moseley Shoals

The Ocean Colour Scene ‘Moseley Shoals’ Tour Continues

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Ocean Colour Scene are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their legendary Moseley Shoals album, after a very successful year so far of Live Dates, December see`s the band back on the road They will be performing the Moseley Shoals Album in full from start to finish with a few added extra`s 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 its very best. In this 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s…

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Sleaford Mods, 02 Academy, Bristol

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A couple of years back I caught the Sleaford Mods at the exchange in Bristol and what a night it was! Tonight they were headlining at the 02 academy and before I entered  the venue I was thinking to myself if their sound could hold a big venue…? I wasn’t disappointed! Jason and Andrew came onto the stage and from the start blew me and the crowd away! Their set comprised of fans favourites like “Fizzy”, “Giddy On The Ciggies” and “Tweet Tweet Tweet” but they also treated us to two brand new tracks. One of these was “BHS” and was clearly…

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Aerosmith 2017 Tour

Aerosmith Announced 2017 European Tour

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Earlier today Aerosmith announced what could be their farewell tour in Europe. Reports of the tour have been flooding in to the FOTF offices. The rumour mill surrounding the bands demise has been rife, with band members Joe Perry and Stephen Tyler contradicting one another publicly over the break up. Since the 2012 release of “Music From Another Dimension” the band have been touring and playing to sell out crowds all over the world, recently completing a tour of South America. For European fans this may well be the last time to see the band with the “Aero-Vederci Baby” tour…

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Rock The Refectory For Cancer Research UK & Yorkshire Ambulance

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The University of Leeds is proud to present Rock The Refectory on FRIDAY 25 November featuring some of the region’s premier up and coming bands at their legendary concert venue, with all proceeds going to CANCER RESEARCH UK and YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE. The event will feature many other forms of entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, with over £1000 worth of prizes donated by bands and businesses to be won, with four excellent live bands as follows: Ginger Tom Having supported the likes of The Pigeon Detectives, The Hoosiers, The Beautiful South, Nina Nesbit, Sigma, Marillion, Example and Wretch 32, Doncaster’s…

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Record Of The Week: July Talk ‘Picturing Love’

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Flick of the Finger are proud to have July Talk as our Record of the week.  Our review of their recent Manchester support slot with Catfish and the Bottlemen will be live soon so stay tuned.  The new album is out now July Talk announce today that they will be returning to the UK in March 2017 for a second UK headline tour in just six months. This follows the recent sold-out success of their European headline tour, including three UK dates, and their current support slot with Catfish And The Bottlemen on their UK arena tour, including a date…

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Biffy Clyro 2016 Tour

Biffy Clyro 2016 Tour

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Biffy Clyro 2016 Tour announce UK Tour For November and  December 2016 Biffy Clyro have announced a UK Arena Tour for November/December 2016. Support for the tour will come from acclaimed, emo heroes’ Brand New. The Biffy Clyro 2016 tour announcement comes off the back of Biffy Clyro’s seventh studio album “Ellipsis”, which shot straight to #1 in the UK, while their growing international success also saw the album top the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. Now the trio have unveiled the new video for ‘Howl’, with the track set to impact on September 2nd. Full UK Tour dates…

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Foo Fighters on world tour

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Foo Fighters (US) slowly add more cities in Europe to their world tour Dave Grohl & Co. could be coming your way. Three cities announced, more are hinted. Foo Fighters, one of the survivors of post-grunge, started their world tour in Los Angeles in October, and will tour North America during the winter. Judging by their website and Facebook page, they are with certainty on their way over the Atlantic. A few cities are already announced with names and dates, while others are just highlighted red on a big map of Europe by night. Cities confirmed at this point are: Open’er…

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Metallica Hardwire To Self-Destruct

ALBUM REVIEW: Metallica ‘Hardwire To Self-Destruct’

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Making my way up to London, Mayfair for the secret album playback I was feeling a mixture of feelings. Would their new album take me back to the good old days or would they be carrying on from post Metallica’s black album which, hands up is where my love for Metallica was lost. The atmosphere of the room was on edge as many writers, reviewers and long-time fans took their seats waiting for the ride that follows. This was surely going to be my hardest review to date as there is no rewind, pause or 2nd play so this article…

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The Cadillac Three, o2 Academy Birmingham

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The Cadillac Three bought a little bit of their Southern style magic to Birmingham. Hailing from Nashville, Tenessee, the country rock three piece had been round various places in the UK, bringing along Tyler Brandt and the Shakedown as support. This wasn’t my usual sort of gig, I must admit. The gigs I usually attend are pop-punk bands, filled to the brim with sweaty teenagers. Therefore, I went in to this one with an open mind, not knowing of what type of audience would be there and what the reaction would be. Saying this, I was pleasantly surprised to find…

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