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Welcome to the Flick Of The Finger live music review section. We cover live music and events across the UK, Denmark,  Nashville and Atlanta.    

Sparks, 02 Ritz, Manchester

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Its 33 years since I was woken up by my radio alarm clock to the sound of This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us, at the time a completely different sound to anything else around and, coupled with seeing the duo on Top Of The Pops, pretty mind blowing. Tonight Sparks are at the Ritz in Manchester touring what is their 23rd studio album Hippopotamus, looking not…

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The Sherlocks, SWX, Bristol

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“This one’s for you, it’s called Live for the Moment” said vocalist Kiaran Brook, as the band launched into the title track from their recent album. The Bristol crowd already whipped into a frenzy were loving it, they were dancing and singing enthusiastically, it was a fun packed night with a band ‘on top of their’ game as one punter told me. The band is currently on tour to promote new…

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Modest Mouse, Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia

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The forever unpredictable Modest Mouse packed the house at the Coca Cola Roxy in Atlanta, Georgia this past Sunday and fans were torn on how they felt about the performance. Anticipation and discomfort was building in the crowd as the sound of bees buzzing and humming blasted through the speakers. The sound may have had a different effect on the crowd than it was intended to have. After what seemed like forever, the band walked out…

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Rec Rock Festival 2017, Buxworth, Peak District

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A festival on top of a hill in the Peak District, mid September after four days of rain and severe storm warnings sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but this years Rec Rock Festival turned out to be one of the best festivals of the season. A purely for charity event, this 3 day festival saw some of the best upcoming bands from the UK playing across three stages,…

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The Psychedelic Furs & Lene Lovich, O2 Forum, London

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The Psychedelic Furs and Lene Lovich Band ride a wave of 80’s nostalgia in North London. The passing of time seemed irrelevant as the O2 Forum, Kentish Town hosted a sell-out crowd that lapped up every minute of what these iconic artists had to offer. The early 80s New Wave era successfully bridged the gap between punks gobbing on audiences and new romantics blinding them with sparkling diamante jackets. One…

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Bingley Music Live 2017

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Bingley Music Live was my very first exploration into concert photography and so certainly holds fond memories for me. This festival has grown in the 10 plus years it has been running, from a local “Party in the Park” into one of the most popular festivals of the summer season. Over the years, the line-up has seen the appearance of summer of the biggest artists of the 70’s, 80’s and…

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Nick Mulvey, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam

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He’s back – Mulvey performs his newest album during a sold-out Amsterdam show The British singer-songwriter blessed his Dutch audience with a heartfelt performance, new live band in tow. Nick Mulvey’s voice is the musical equivalent to a hot bubble bath – totally soothing. Taking the stage at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord on a sunny Thursday evening, the singer-songwriter opens his sold-out show with ‘Remembering’. On his newest release – and…

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Leeds Festival 2017

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Leeds 2017 was an eclectic culmination of all the elements of the idyllic British festival, even those as ever elusive as consistent sunshine throughout. Indeed the impressively varied collection of artists and unending enthusiasm from the campers created a bubble in which we could all forget the constraints of offices and mortgages and instead focus upon revelling in the fantastic atmosphere. There were highlights for all as the main stage…

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Santana, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville

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The irreplaceable Rey of Latin rock blessed Nashville with some of the most instantly recognizable guitar chords on warm Sunday night. Incense wafted through the air as Carlos Santana and his band transformed Ascend Amphitheater in to a space of love and peace. With a sound unbound and so pleasing he has never had to reinvent himself to stay relevant, Santana took the stage with his current band and peeled out the first notes…

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

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X Ambassadors were full of surprises at The Venue (the recently refurbed venue at the University of London), as part of their current VHS tour. The US four-piece played an energetic set of old songs and new to a packed room of adoring fans on 29 August 2017. My mate Mike first alerted me to X Ambassadors. We have a thing where we recommend new music to each other, which…

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Muncie Girls Hit Brighton

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Fresh off of a busy weekend performing at Reading and Leeds Festival, punk rock trio Muncie Girls hit The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, waving off the bank holiday weekend with a bang. Supports for the night came from local bands H_ngm_n and Crushing, completing the laid back and welcoming vibe of the evening. Since forming in 2012, Muncie Girls have been doing their absolute most to push their music.…

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Gary Numan- Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

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 I must admit, I’m a Numan fan. I have been since 1979. When he took that stage at the Apollo in Manchester, my musical tastes changed overnight.  My interest in three minute punk songs had gone. It was a powerful and mesmerising performance that I will never forget. In fact I’ve seen almost every tour since. Unfortunately it’s been a bitter sweet relationship since that debut performance. Numan “retired” in…

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Cotton Clouds Festival 2017, Saddleworth

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With the problems seen at a couple of festivals recently it was great to see a new one day event, Cotton Clouds Festival, pull off an outstanding day. Arriving at the site, Saddleworth Cricket Club, just up the road from Mossley (Cabbage country) there was a certain amount of trepidation as it was raining and having played cricket there in my youth, I knew that the ground could be wet.…

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Sainte, Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Technical glitches, unrehearsed conversation with the crowd, and everyone having a fucking great time: exactly what an intimate show should be. This week saw the eagerly awaited debut show of SAINTE, a musical project from We Are The In Crowd’s (WATIC) Taylor Jardine, Mike Ferri and Cameron Hurley. The three, along with two touring musicians, descended upon Northern Quarter’s sold-out, quirky basement venue, Soup Kitchen, to prove that the two…

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William The Conqueror, Sound Knowledge, Marlborough

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Back to Sound Knowledge again tonight, after Black Grape last, tonight is the turn of William The Conqueor. William The Conqueror, are a three piece band from Cornwall that are described as ‘Americana with a touch of grunginess’ The personal appearance tonight is to promote their new album Proud Disturber of the Peace released today. The album is a follow up to their EP released last year. The album has…

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Megadeth & Metal Church, VEGA, Copenhagen

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Megadeth thrashed Copenhagen! Vega Main Hall, 02. August: Always a strange size, On the Dystopia World Tour, Megadeth seems to make everything work to their advantage. Often perceived as a second-place by some fronts, perhaps especially by Mustaine himself, Megadeth proved for the second time in a few years, that they are by no-means at second place: Metal Church As the support tonight came on in the form of US…

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Clutch, Eagles Club, Milwaukee

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Clutch bring their psychedelic rock n’ roll to a packed Eagles Club, Milwaukee. From the first notes of ‘Cyborg Bette’ the crowd was in full swing.  The stage was dimly lit.  The crowd was already sweating from packing in tight to get closer to the front of the stage.  The band filled the stage and cheers filled the room once lead singer Neil Fallon was visible on stage.  They opened…

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Kendal Calling 2017: An Outstanding Commitment By All!

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Thursday the 27th of July 2017 was marked into British musical history as crowds, bands and rain all cascaded into Lowther Deer Park for the 12th rendition of the magnificent Kendal Calling. Keeping with it’s seemingly unstoppable growth the festival continued to shine this year with bigger acts, bigger crowds and the same goodwill and organisation that is quickly becoming the trademark asset, it has become the perfect blend of…

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Federal Charm, The Cheese and Grain, Frome

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First gig out for new vocalist Tom Guyer was supporting UFO at the Cheese and Grain, an interesting little venue in a sleepy Somerset Town. Despite taking me almost as long to get out of the town as it did for the whole Journey back, it made for an Interesting night. It could be argued that it isn’t the first gig with the new line up as they played a…

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 3, Union Park, Chicago

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Day 3 at Pitchfork Music Fest was one for the books! In typical fashion I arrived right before the opening act came on.   I wasn’t sure if Sunday’s lineup could live up to Saturday, but a few acts had caught my eye and I was excited for those.  I arrived at the photo pit for Kilo Kish.  I went through and checked out all of the artists prior to…

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