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We cover as many live shows as possible just incase you can't get to them! Live reviews from across the UK, Europe and the USA. If you cant get to the top gigs - get yourself here...
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Bully, Thalia Hall, Chicago

The female fronted punk-rock band blew the crowd away on Tuesday. Big Ups opened the night with a fierce almost too intense set. Now don’t get me wrong…. Big Ups did a great job.  They entertained the crowd, made a few new fans, and warmed up the room for Bully. Frontman Joe Galarraga did a great job of exploiting his energy on stage.  Jumping from one side to the other and… Keep Reading

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Depeche Mode, Manchester Arena

Heading out to review Depeche Mode last night had me a tad worried! I was attending with my other half (who is the biggest self-confessed fan of the band ever) and what if I thought it was a shit show? It was also my first foray back to the arena post 22/5 and I admit to a tinge of anxiety as to whether the crowd would be somewhat reserved. I… Keep Reading

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Alice Cooper, Manchester Arena

You would have thought that as his 70th birthday approached Alice Cooper would be starting to take it easy and tone things down a bit but tonight’s show at The Manchester Arena was a full on performance lasting almost 2 hours, covering 14 0f Alice’s 27 studio albums including the latest one, Paranormal. As the pa booms out “you have been chosen to spend a night with Alice Cooper” the… Keep Reading

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Acadian Driftwood, Cavern Club, Liverpool

Acadian Driftwood launch their new E.P…… FIRST AMENDMENT FOTF went to see Acadian Driftwood on Wednesday 15th November at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and caught up with them before their their gig…. FOTF.. “So How did you come up with the name?” Robert ..”Its a famous song by The Band ( for those of you of tender years, thats Bob Dylan’s backing group) , from Northern Lights, Southern… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Sly Antics at The Burgess, Manchester

  One small venue, one giant set. After wonderful support, Sly Antics ended the night on an almighty high. Want some Sly Antics Merch? read on for more details… Sly Antics absolutely blew the roof off The Burgess with a short, but absolutely brilliant set, featuring covers of Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers, and some new material, which went down a treat with the screaming fans. The band kicked… Keep Reading

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Reverend and the Makers, Manchester Academy

Rev and his makers closed their UK tour for their new album “Death of a king” with a triumphant show at the Manchester Academy on November 4th. The 5 piece Sheffield indie royalty graced the stage with a pungent flare and raw excitement which was greeted with several pints being flung in the air (like they didn’t cost 5 quid a go) and an electrifying crowd, one that I have… Keep Reading

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Kaleo, 02 Academy, Birmingham

The Kaleo Express rolled into Birmingham, not New St, but the Academy tonight. The 2017 fall tour this year has been named the Kaleo Express tour. As I arrived I was greeted by a massive queue outside the venue, considering how the live music scene is at the moment, was incredibly heartwarming. The Birmingham Academy is a sizeable holding approximately 3000, it may not have been a sell out, but… Keep Reading

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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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Eric Gales, The Robin2, Bilston

Eric Gales, new name to me, but curious to find out more, I caught the end of his current UK tour. Eric and his band are headlining the Robin2, Bilston, a venue synonymous with R n’ B seemed a great setting for Eric and his music. Following on from his first solo UK tour back in May and an impromptu appearance as guest of Supersonic Blues Machine at the Ramblin… Keep Reading

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Rise Against, 02 Academy, Birmingham

18 years in to their career, and Rise Against come back to the UK to prove that they are still as powerful as ever. With their UK tour kicking off at the o2 Academy Birmingham, we were lucky enough to catch the chaos as it happened. Opening up the evening was punk band Pears, who have got to be one of the craziest live bands out there. Before the first… Keep Reading

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Gov’t Mule, Tramshed, Cardiff

Gov’t Mule played Cardiff as part of their recent European tour. The venue is literally a former Tramshed that’s been re-developed as an arts centre, and hosts many gigs that’s close to the city centre. Warren Haynes and Woody Allen were part of the re-formed Allman Brothers band, adding Matt Ebbs from the Dicky Betts band, they formed Govt Mule back in the 90’s. Described by many as a Southern,… Keep Reading

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The Jade Assembly ‘Got My Star’ Single Launch

Bolton’s Jade Assembly, with their massive loyal following have been a fixture of the Manchester music scene since 2008. Led by their charismatic front-man John (Foz) Foster with Gareth Smedley on guitar, Danny Hayes on bass and Andy Watson on drums, the band have produced a series of well received lyrically intelligent, pounding rock songs along with a classic anthem to Bolton Wanderers, Walking Down The Manny Road, which is… Keep Reading

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Little Dragon, Academy 2, Manchester

The amazinf colours and upbeat vibes of Little Dragon dazzle the Manchester stage. If your not families with The Swedish electronic 4 peice from Gothenburg, you may be interested to know, that the band have been around for the past 25 year…. With 5 studio albums to their name and a good number of top 40s their probably one of those bands you’ll know the music, but could probably not… Keep Reading

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Additional Images Added As Metallica Play Manchester Arena

Metallica Manchester Arena Live A thunderous night of music as Metallica continue their Worldwired tour A night of tributes, screaming guitar and vocals to match. After strong support from Kvelertak, the gods of Metal took to stage, accompanied by the cheer of hyped fans, and a sea of phone torches, with an almighty bang as they opened with new hit, and the album title track, ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’. From… Keep Reading

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WATCH: Metallica Play “Don’t Look Back in Anger” at Manchester Arena

A thunderous night of music as Metallica continue their Worldwired tour A night of tributes, screaming guitar and vocals to match. After strong support from Kvelertak, the gods of Metal took to stage, accompanied by the cheer of hyped fans, and a sea of phone torches, with an almighty bang as they opened with new hit, and the album title track, ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’. From the moment they struck… Keep Reading

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London Grammar, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Haunting vocals and flawless performances; London Grammar stunned the Apollo for the second night. Friday saw the second of a two-night stint at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, for the ethereal London-based trio, London Grammar. Formed at Nottingham University in 2012, London Grammar – Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic Major – have quickly cemented themselves as one of the UK’s most beloved bands. Their debut album ‘If You Wait’, released in… Keep Reading

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Frank Iero and the Patience, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms

Frank Iero once again proves that even fourteen plus years into his career, he can still put on one hell of an electrifying punk show. Swiftly cruising on from their September EP release Keep the Coffins Coming, Frank Iero and the Patience quickly found themselves back in the UK for more – this time in Wolverhampton’s one and only The Slade Rooms. The jam packed night was opened by alt… Keep Reading

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The Amazons, SWX Bristol

Bristol; It’s Saturday night, it’s the last night of the tour, lets Paaaarttyyy! Last night of The Amazons headlining tour and its a sell out! SWX, Bristol was packed to the rafters, all were here to see Reading boys, The Amazons, such has been there meteoric rise, the last time they played Bristol 12 months previous was a much smaller venue. The Crofters Rights and 80 people were there to… 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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Dream Wife, The Magnet, Liverpool

Dream Wife stormed into Liverpool with support from Sløtface and Peaness. Thursday 12th October 2017 saw Dream Wife hit Liverpools’ Magnet club. The three piece of Rakel Mjoll – Vocals, Alice Go – Guitar and Bella Podpadec – Bass, showed other bands exactly how to wow an audience. With punchy guitars, hammering bass, somewhat explicit lyrics and quirky singing, Dream Wife became a firm favourite with the Liverpool crowd. Before… Keep Reading

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