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John Hayhurst

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John Hayhurst
Over 30 years’ gig going and has t-shirts older than most punters. Frequently found in pubs, concert halls and festivals avoiding any form of normal work
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REVIEW: Isle of White Festival, 2018 – The Golden Anniversary!!

Unprecedented hot weather meant that Isle of Wight truly turned Golden in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Without a Glastonbury this year #IOW50 was ‘the’ event to be at in 2018 and could seriously make Glasto returners think again next year. I love that moment in the build-up to the Isle of Wight festival when you get on the ferry and leave the mainland behind, it feels like you are… Keep Reading

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Isle of Wight Festival Weekend Tickets Sold Out!

Probably not a surprise really with the line up Isle of Wight have put on for their 50th Anniversary celebrations but unfortunately it’s now too late to get a weekend ticket as they have all sold out. There are other options though, with Sky TV broadcasts and a handful of limited day tickets still available. Flick of the Finger Magazine will be bringing you all the action from the whole weekend… Keep Reading

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Isle of Wight Festival – The Golden Music Event of the Year!

What’s all the fuss about? Isle of Wight have announced a huge line up to claim top spot of all the festivals this year! At the Event Production Awards held at The Novotel in London at the start of the year, Isle of Wight Festival was named the Music Event of 2017, ahead of Glastonbury, better than Reading/Leeds and significantly in front of any other competition like Latitude and Boomtown… Keep Reading

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Albert Hammond Jr, O2 Academy, Leeds

Albert Hammond Jr Giving Some Kind Strokes in Leeds. It is the Monday night blues, he almost lifted the heads of the Franz Ferdinand faithful. It’s a difficult job for a rhythm/lead guitarist from a worldwide highly successful band to make it as a solo artist. Like Carl Barat without his oppo in The Libertines, you are reduced to playing smaller venues and releasing introspective and much more personal albums,… Keep Reading

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The Darkness, O2 Academy, Leeds

Give me a “D”…..Give me an “arkness”, and don’t let the bells end! Christmas comes early as Lowestoft’s finest ever rock band come back to Leeds to rock out with their bells out. It has been almost 15 years since ‘Permission to Land’ graced the record shelves of stores that no longer exist, however, The Darkness are still packing a punch and have a pre-xmas tour to play and a… Keep Reading

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The Pretenders, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Chrissie Hynde and her latest crop of Pretenders rock a Manchester stage. It has been 14 years since The Pretenders played Manchester and John Hayhurst went along to review for Flick of the Finger to see if Chrissie Hynde still packs a post punk punch. I have a history with the Pretenders. It appears that every time I see them live something untoward happens, in the eighties at Newcastle I… Keep Reading

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The Magpie Salute, Under The Bridge, London

Rich Robinson and Marc Ford are back together and in fine form as The Magpie Salute. Playing Black Crowes, solo material and an assortment of classic cover tunes this “new” band are only on their 7th official gig but the future is bright. To say the anticipation is high for this reunion of Marc Ford and Rich Robinson, and the 4 night run of shows ‘Under The Bridge’ at Chelsea… Keep Reading

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Black Star Riders, O2 Academy, Leeds

Black Star Rider Boys are Back in Town. Black Star Riders have a coming of age party and blast Leeds Academy into submission with some Heavy Fire. The headline of this UK tour should really read that Black Star Riders are now finally a great rock band in their own right, with their own history and stories to tell. Sure – they have a significant connection to the Thin Lizzy… Keep Reading

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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

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Steel Panther, Manchester Arena, Manchester

Steel Panther bring their Glam Rock Pantomime to Manchester Arena The 80’s glam metal parody kings Steel Panther get the audience on stage and bring the house down in front of thousands of fans in Manchester. Who knew? Americans actually do get satire! Steel Panther – who started life as a satirical parody of all those 80’s Glam Metal bands, are now headlining arenas in the UK, and thousands flock… Keep Reading

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Bad Company, First Direct Arena, Leeds

Can’t Get Enough of the Bad Company Swan Song Tour. Bad Company rock Leeds on their opening night back in England on what could be their final ‘Swan Song’ tour together. Anticipation and emotions are incredibly high tonight, as this is the first night on English soil for a number of years that Bad Company have managed to get it together to play. Even their American reunion earlier in the… Keep Reading

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Leeds ‘On Roundhay’ Festival

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… Keep Reading

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

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,… Keep Reading

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Belly, Leeds University

20 years ago a band that showed such promise in the jangly dreamy indie pop world of music disbanded after only 4 years and 2 albums. Belly had created a grammy winning album (No 2 in the UK Charts), some stunning catchy singles and played with REM, Radiohead and many other bands on the road in the US and over here. They were a cool breeze in the grunge infested… Keep Reading

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Camden Rocks 2016

Drones / Damn Dice / Evil Scarecrow / Black Casino & The Ghost / Suzie Stapleton / Gun / Ginger Wildheart / Hands off Gretel / The Graveltones / Carl Barat & The Jackals / The Cribs I’m getting used to these city festivals where you hare around the town looking for cramped sweaty venues to see relatively unknown artists play their heart out to a new audience. It’s a… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ant, York Barbican

Tonight I had several flashbacks to school discos with the punks, rockers, skaboys and new romantics all dutifully dressed up in their tribal costumes, and at some point during those nights ‘Antmusic’ would be played and we’d all kind of enjoy it, even though it wouldn’t be publicly admitted in some of those groups. We all had a copy of the ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ album – whether we… Keep Reading

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KASABIAN: First Live Show of 2016

Bridlington, one of Yorkshire’s seaside towns and buzzing with excitement as the hoards of Kasabian fans are queuing up outside in the cool sea fret, they know inside its going to get hotter than hot, and so suffering the cold in your T-shirt and shorts is a small price to pay for tonight’s sweatbox show. Its been a while since Kasabian have played a gig, in fact this is the… Keep Reading

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Kula Shaker Live at Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Wilton’s Music Hall stands proud as one of the oldest remaining music halls in Europe, dating back to the 1850’s and born in the slightly seedier east end of London. The venues history is apparent everywhere you look, in the ancient floorboards, walls, fading decorative paintwork and several metal barley twist columns that still hold up the balcony to this day. It has survived fire, the blitz by the Nazis… Keep Reading

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Hands Off Gretel, Whitby Goth Weekend

Grrrl Power at Whitby Goth Weekend At the centre of all things Gothlike is the Yorkshire Coastal Town of Whitby, it’s the place where Bram Stoker found some inspiration to write Dracula, so Goths from all over the UK descend twice a year (once at Halloween – obviously!) and this is the Spring Festival at Whitby Spa Pavilion with headliner’s Therapy and Wayne Hussey. The Whitby Goth Weekend has been… Keep Reading

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Wolfmother – A No Nonsense Aussie 3-Piece Powerhouse!!

If you assembled all that is good in a classic rock outfit and leave out the annoying drum solo, the wibbly organ solo, the “let’s divide the room and have a camp chorus sing off”, then you are left with Wolfmother. A no nonsense Aussie 3-piece powerhouse of a rock band, where the only thing that matters is the relentless energy, musicianship, sweet high toned vocal and booming sound. The… Keep Reading

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