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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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Seething, Pushing Sweaty Mess…. Vant Live At The Dome

“Well this crowd are pretty tame” …I thought, shortly after VANT came on stage and started crashing out the killer chords to their opening number “The Answer”. Famous last words however, and in less than a minute, the whole front section of the Dome in Tuffnell Park had turned into a seething, pushing sweaty mess of bodies, all going completely mental for the band on stage. And so it continued… Keep Reading

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Funeral For A Friend, Last Chance to Dance’ tour

On Wednesday 13th April, Funeral For A Friend brought their ‘Last Chance to Dance’ tour – the final one for the post-hardcore band – to the O2 Institute, for the first of two shows in Birmingham. To open the night with a bang were London-based band ‘Zoax’. Having only formed in 2013, and just releasing their debut self-titled album in May 2016, I guess you could say Zoax are incredible… Keep Reading

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The Blinders, Sound Control, Manchester

You know when you go to see a band more out of loyalty to a friend than because you really want to go? That was me, yesterday. I don’t take my children to many gigs, especially those at city centre venues. But last night, I was determined to stick to my word and go to see a band I have barely heard, because I didn’t want to let someone down.… Keep Reading

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All Tvvins – The Barfly, Camden London 14th April

Considering they formed less than two years ago when their respective bands broke up, All Tvvins have had a pretty rapid journey to their position of one THE hip bands of the moment. Their recorded material has a real retro dance driven pulse about it, backed up with some anthemic guitar grooves, so its no surprise they’ve had plenty of airtime on Radio X and gained a support slot with… Keep Reading

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PVRIS, Birmingham – Saturday 9th April

PVRIS, K.Flay & Bones, Birmingham – Saturday 9th April On Saturday 9th April, the alternative/rock-trio, PVRIS (pronounced ‘Paris’), from Lowell, Massachusetts, graced the stage at the O2 Institute in Birmingham. Immediately upon arrival, I could see that sold-out really did mean sold-out, as the three-tiered venue was filling fast with young females, most who seemed to be mimicking the style of PVRIS’ lead singer Lynn Gunn, with undercuts and Doc… Keep Reading

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Cast | Manchester Academy

Cast formed in the 90,s, the remnants of the Excellent LA,s and the lesser known Shack. Both hailing from Liverpool. Nearly 700 people have come to pay homage to a band, Noel Gallagher once described as having a religious experience, after attending one of their gigs. No pressure there then. Cast appear on stage in front of their own iconic backdrop, “how you all doing” is the greeting as the… Keep Reading

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The Sheepdogs Live at Dingwalls

The Sheepdogs Live at Dingwalls Camden Lock I’m standing on the lowest tier at Dingwalls next to a lovely lady from Canada called Louise. She and her husband are expectantly awaiting their sixth Sheepdogs gig in almost as many days. They’re on first name terms with the guitar tech. They know the set list backwards. They fly home tomorrow. It all makes my own modest level of fandom look a… Keep Reading

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Eddie Reader | Uppermill Civic Hall

I seldom cry at gigs. I cry at films all the time, but rarely at gigs. I must have cried at a total of 3 gigs in my life, so far…. Until tonight. Tonight the total of gigs I’ve scriked at jumped to 4. Eddie Reader, chanteuse and raconteur extraordinaire, had a sold out Civic Hall completely mesmerised throughout her wonderful performance. Joined by four brilliant musicians, including her husband,… Keep Reading

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Nothing But Thieves | O2 Forum London

Nothing But Thieves The O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 31st March 2016 Leigh on Sea isn’t a traditional rock and roll town. Rick Stein rates it as having the best cockles in the country, and Helen Mirren grew up there. But add to that list “Dom Craiks garage” as it was in the guitarists lockup that Nothing But Thieves wrote and rehearsed their first album and where their current meteoric… Keep Reading

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Artist: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

It’s Happy Hour Again ! It’s always a very special occasion playing the Royal Albert Hall and you can feel the grandeur with every step on the plush red carpets and turn of the velvety curtains. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lead violinist of the Philharmonic or the drummer in Trudy (tonight’s support act), you feel that majesty and splendour hit you as soon as you walk in and… Keep Reading

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Hollywood Undead – Vega Main Hall

Extended set of rap metal – with a sensitive side Hollywood Undead was born in the underground in Los Angeles, and had their debut in 2008 with the album “Swan Songs”. Since then they have toured the world, visiting countless cities, and tonight Copenhagen was the next in line. They have visited once before, in 2014 at the venue Pumpehuset, also in Copenhagen. After supporting act, Attila, had blown the… Keep Reading

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The Stranglers Live at the Manchester Apollo.

Not So Black and White Tonight is a first for me. Two bands from an era I love that I have never seen. The Alarm and of course tonight’s headliners The Stranglers. It’s a packed house tonight at the O2 Apollo as The Alarm take the stage. They are greeted by an excited crowd and don’t fail to please with a short but powerful set. Of course everyone is on… Keep Reading

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Larrakia | The Parish

Larrakia, Superintendent, Dead Party Scene, The Parish,Huddersfield 25/3/16 Words and Images by our friend & guest reviewer, Craig Carling. A quick trip over the Pennines saw me at one of my favourite venues in the country. Step forward The Parish and take a bow. The best burgers and one of the coolest gig huts in Britain. Bare brick and an immaculate painted mural as a backdrop sets the scene really… Keep Reading

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Attila, Vega Main Hall, Copenhagen

Supporting band so good they should have their own tour! Sometimes a supporting band have so much goin’ for them, that they might as well be on their own tour. Attila from Atlanta, Georgia (US) is such a band. This evening they were visiting VEGA Main Hall in Copenhagen DK, while on tour with Hollywood Undead. Sunglasses wearing frontman Chris “Fronz” Fronzak and his crew of three, Chris Linck on guitar, Kalan Blehm… Keep Reading

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Reef | Manchester Academy 17th March 2016.

Reef are an English band hailing from Glastonbury. In its self a statement worthy of an accolade or two. Who else could pass off Glastonbury festival as just another local gig? The band members include Gary Stringer on vocals, Jesse Wood on guitar, Jack Bessant on bass and Dominic Greensmith on drums. Coming on stage at an almost full Manchester Academy 2. 900+, the band seemed right at home, acknowledging… Keep Reading

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Jo Harman at Nells Jazz & Blues

I’ve seen Jo Harman perform quite a bit and every time I cry. This can be quite awkward when part of the reason for being there is to photograph the show. I don’t get tearful because I share a close personal connection with the deep sentiment that a number of her songs convey; fortunately for me, I don’t. I get moist in the eyeball because I’m moved by the spectacle… Keep Reading

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Buck & Evans The Half Moon Putney

Last summer I attended the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair hosted by Team Rock. It was an event with a very specific demographic: less than fifteen sew-on band patches on your denim jacket? You need to consider an alternative festival, sir… The main ‘Classic Rock’ stage had some very significant acts upon it, any one of which could have qualified for free bus travel had they not arrived by executive helicopter.… Keep Reading

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Wild Rossa And The 88 – Liverpool Arts Club

March 9th 2016 found me at Liverpools’ Arts Club, upstairs in the Loft, to see Wild Rossa and the ’88. Luke Papini and guitarist Chris Mitchell met at Liverpool University and formed their first band, The Loose Hearts. They met other band members Nico Sauvenee ( drums ) and Jamie Gosling ( bass guitar ) also at Uni and the idea for Wild Rossa was formed. After being introduced to… Keep Reading

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