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The LaFontaines at The Sunflower Lounge

On Sunday 24th July, Scottish quintet, The LaFontaines brought their current UK tour to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. After being downgraded from The Rainbow Courtyard the day before I wasn’t sure what to expect when arriving at the smaller venue, but it was jam-packed – with some audience members having to resort to standing on the stairs at the side of the 150 capacity venue in order to see. First… Keep Reading

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Violmace + A Man From Jupiter, High Voltage

Grungy feel with balls from Violmace in my favorite rock club – 22. July 2016. A Man From Jupiter The young quartet from Denmark is clearly inspired by the Danish band Mew, which they proudly confessed to after the show. Both vocally and tonality, they hit those high and light voices and soft guitars, spiced up with synths. Lyric-wise we are served with darker and more elaborate songs than the inspiration,… Keep Reading

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ZZ Top Sofiero Castle, Helsingborg Sweden,

The beards of boogie in excellent form, with a few surprises A nice and laid-back support with bluegrass/country/folk-rock roots, provided excellent warm-up for the bearded legends: The Missouri based support act was, genre-wise, far away from the main act. Playing traditional American country/bluegrass folk rock with violins, banjos and guitars, the movie “O Brother Where Are Thou” comes to mind. With his slide guitar, Ben Mille himself gave the band… Keep Reading

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Federal Charm, The Railway, Winchester

If there’s a harder working band out there than Federal Charm, I’d like to know where they are. With two critically acclaimed albums to their name and a seemingly never ending merry-go-round of touring; supporting artists such as Michael Schenker, UFO, Black Star Riders, Ian Hunter, Uriah Heap, Tracer, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Rich Robinson; the Stockport 4-piece are finally out as a headline act – promoting their latest record,… 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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The Railway Children, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Formed originally in 1984 in Wigan by Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan and Stephen Hull, The Railway Children with their dreamy, jangly,melodic indie pop seemed destined for great things. Signed to Factory Records, regulars on the John Peel Show and touring the world supporting REM and The Smiths success seemed assured but despite releasing some great records which topped the indie charts, they failed to achieve mainstream chart hits with only… Keep Reading

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Hoodoo Daze, The Old Blue Last, London

There was a certain sense of déjà vu at the gig on Tuesday night. Two weeks earlier I attended a show put on by promoter Lost in the Manor at The Finsbury in North London (definitely one of my favourite small venues, mostly because they have great stage lighting, which makes for great photos). It was three bands I’d never heard of – as is often the case – and… Keep Reading

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De’Nova, Manchester Academy 3

I’ve seen DE’NOVA three or four times this year and each time has been better than the last, so when  they played Manchester’s Academy 3 on Saturday night I thought I’d catch up with them to see how good they are now. Kevin Daos, Luca Nardella and Sam Hardman have been playing in bands together since they were at high school in Heywood, following the usual route of open mike… Keep Reading

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The Last Shadow Puppets & Johnny Marr, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work? Well if you take into consideration that most of the audience here are well clued up on Manchester’s musical heritage it shouldn’t be too hard. However I wasn’t quite expecting this. It seems like the Turner/Kane super group has just gained another member. Johnny Marr has just plugged his guitar in as the… Keep Reading

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New Order, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

If you had seen New Order back in the early 80’s you would have seen a very different group. What you got back then was a very raw, near unrehearsed performance and no encores. Exciting times, however they have come a long way since then. What you get now is a stadium worthy, tight band with a back catalogue of songs that spans back to the late 70’s. I get… Keep Reading

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The Christians, Frodsham Festival 2016

While most people in the country had watched the Wimbledon Final and where settling down to watch the UEFA Cup Final, I was flying down the motorway to attend the Frodsham Festival final night, where The Christians were due to perform. Trust me, the settee dwellers missed out……big time! The night before, they were doing their thing in front of 12,000 people at the Chilfest festival and after tonight, they… Keep Reading

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Stereophonics, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Stereophonics grace Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with support from the hilarious Clean Cut Kid and Walking On Cars. “What about an outdoor gig in Manchester” someone once suggested. Then, amazingly someone else said – “yeah ok – seems like a good idea” The dark clouds and sodden streets of Manchester are no secret. Whilst things always seem nicer when the sun is shining, it didn’t stop 8,000 people cramming in to Castlefield… Keep Reading

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British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London

It’s Friday here in Hyde Park, and the second weekend of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has begun! Mumford & Sons were the first headliners of the sold out weekend, bringing their rousing choruses and rustic rock to The Great Oak Stage. For the first half of their set they donned their signature banjos and acoustic guitars for classics such as “Little Lion Man”, “White Blank Page” and… Keep Reading

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Joe Bonamassa, Greenwich Music Time

Joe Bonamassa is without doubt one of the foremost guitarists in the world today with a collection of superlative albums behind him and ever-increasing international recognition including a Grammy nomination in 2013. From supporting blues legend B.B. King at age 12 in 1989 he’s built up a formidable body of work including 15 solo albums in the last 13 years alone and an army of fans the world over. The… Keep Reading

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Lake Komo, Night and Day Cafe Manchester

I love going to gigs at the Night and Day in Manchester. You get three or four bands for around a tenner. Not bad for a full nights entertainment. Tonight’s main act is Lake Komo. However it would be rude of me not to mention Marsicans and Larkins who both gave great sets earlier in the evening. Hopefully they will move on to bigger and better things in the very… Keep Reading

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James, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Bringing the rain with them Manchesters James took a short skip and a jump over the Snake Pass to play at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. Organised by the Rotary Group this annual 4 day festival also hosted The Feeling, UB40 and Sheffield Philharmonic as headliners. Its kinda hard to believe that James have been on the go since 1982 (not counting a short pause), but when you consider the… Keep Reading

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Slipknot, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

The countdown had begun. It was an hour before the show started and the line around the arena was beginning to wrap around the building. Standing on the sidewalk outside the barrier was a street preacher with a megaphone pleading to the lost souls in line not to go into the area with the devil. As the doors to the arena opened he asserted, “I have been where you are!… Keep Reading

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Stone Roses, Manchester Etihad

As far as relevant bands go there aren’t many, in my opinion, who are just as relevant today as they were 30 years ago! There’s always a massive buzz and sense of excitement, not just around Manchester but the entire country,  when rumours start flying  about a potential Stone Roses announcements.  Firstly, I just want to say I met some amazing people Wednesday, Friday and Saturday! Great to have met you… Keep Reading

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Saint Agnes, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

I first saw Saint Agnes in 2014. It was a side project of Kitty Austen from psych-rock faves Lola Colt, except it was a much more raw, blues-rock sound, and as much as I love Lola Colt, I was an instant convert and disciple of Saint Agnes. In the intervening two years I’ve seen the band play quite a lot, mostly around north and east London, as well as a… Keep Reading

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre, O2 Liverpool

Before the gig started, the assembling crowd were greeted to a DJ set, by non other than Will Sergeant, ( Echo and the Bunnymen ) and Joel Gion ( The Brian Jonestown Massacre ) which was handy as the gig was delayed due to technical difficulties. The band appeared and I was transported back to the 60’s when I caught The Brian Jonestown Massacre for the first time. The main… Keep Reading

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