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Don Broco, Birmingham O2 Academy

After receiving rave reviews from their newest album Technology, Don Broco hit Birmingham’s o2 Academy to show fans that they can put as much power in to these songs live as they could on the record. With support coming from Yonaka and Man with a Mission, it was clear that we were in for a fun-filled, exhilarating evening. Yonaka, hailing from Brighton, were the first band of the evening. Taking… Keep Reading


The Arctic Monkeys announce HUGE Europeans festival dates for 2018!

Here it is, the announcement that we’ve all been patiently waiting for… (no, Donald trump has not been impeached sorry to be the bearer of bad news) After three years , the Sheffield party starters, The Arctic Monkeys have just announced their first UK festival slot for 2018 and it comes from TRNSMT Festival. With support from the likes of Blossoms, Miles Kane and Nothing but thieves, this festival looks… Keep Reading


Scarlet Fever Seven Miles Out Arts Centre, Stockport

I first saw Scarlet Fever as a support act at Night and Day. Their short set that night, made enough of an impression to drag me out to Stockport on a cold, snowy, Friday night to catch their headline set at Seven Miles Out Arts Centre. Formed just two years ago by school friends Louis Clark, Ellis Ferrington and Oli Mitchell and soon to be joined by Lee Campbell the… Keep Reading


Marsicans Announce Headline Tour

Marsicans are a young indie band from Leeds whose driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. The four-piece released their debut single in 2015 and have worked relentlessly since. 2017 was the busiest year to date for Marsicans. They signed to Lab Records and X-Ray Touring; their EP hit a million plays on Spotify; singles made the BBC Radio… Keep Reading


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


Future Islands, Manchester Apollo 24th November 2017

When you trek out to the Manchester Apollo on a cold miserable night you hope the journey is going to be worth the effort. In the case of Future Islands on Friday evening every frozen bone was worth it. The band, originally from Greenville North Carolina but now based in Baltimore Maryland, are being called one of the best live acts around, and in front man Samuel T Herring they… Keep Reading


New Music From Shed Seven ‘Nothing to Live Down’

Shed Seven release ‘Nothing to Live Down’ which premiered on Chris Moyles’s Radio X Breakfast Show. The single is taken from their new album ‘Instant Pleasures’ which charted last week on the Official UK Album Chart at number 8 and is released on BMG. Instant Pleasures also charted at number 1 on the independent album chart and on the album vinyl chart. ‘Nothing to Live Down’, gives a nod to… Keep Reading


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


Manic Street Preachers Arena Tour Announced for 2018

‘Resistance Is Futile’, the band’s 13th studio album, is due for release on 6th April 2018 on Columbia/Sony (the album is the band’s 13th consecutive release for the label). Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways… Keep Reading


Black Lips UK Dates

Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips are rolling on. After their headlining appearance at Reading & Leeds this summer, the band have now announced a number of UK and European live dates, including a return to the capital in late November to headline an always raucous Fluffer Pit Party. Earlier this year through Vice Records, Black Lips released Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio… Keep Reading


James Announce One Off Manchester Show for 2018

James are proud to announce an intimate and special one-off charity show in Manchester for 2018 An intimate evening with James and special guests will raise money for the “We Love Manchester Emergency Found”, an aid set up to help support people in the wake of the Manchester terror attack this summer. Special guests will be announced in the coming weeks for this unique and intimate show. The band said:… Keep Reading


Rise Against UK Tour with Sleeping With Sirens

Melodic Hardcore band Rise Against are hitting the UK and Europe for a full tour, bringing Sleeping With Sirens along for the ride. Their brand new, 5/5 Kerrang! Magazine rated album ‘Wolves’ is out now via Virgin Records. The first single off the new record, Violence, has now over 7 million streams. Watch it below! You can catch Rise Against and Sleeping with Sirens at the following dates: 1st November – O2… Keep Reading


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


Foo Fighters Announce 3 HUGE UK Shows

The world’s biggest and best rock band, Foo Fighters, have announced three massive UK Stadium shows next summer, hot on the heels of their acclaimed number one album ‘Concrete and Gold’. Last Saturday October 7th, Foo Fighters curated and headlined their own Cal Jam 17 festival in San Bernardino, California, topping a bill featuring Queens of the Stone Age, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, The Kills and a host… Keep Reading


Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Bands like Citizen don’t come around often anymore! From the grit in Mat Kerekes’ uniquely haunting voice to the booming fuzzed up bass tone of Eric Hamm. The emo quintet have consistently delivered massive choruses crafted with lyrics as angst-filled and hopeless as they are eerily relatable. Now, returning to the UK for a short run of shows its safe to say that the gang of Michigan’s finest brought Manchester’s… Keep Reading


The Prodigy Announce First Live Dates Since 2015

The Prodigy have announced a series of headline dates including three dates for December 2017 the dates include London’s O2 Academy Brixton, Manchester Doncaster and Plymouth. This will be their first UK dates since their major arena tour in 2015. For nearly 30 years The Prodigy have been pioneers of electronic music. They’ve dropped six era defining studio albums and delivered unforgettable live performances that have taken electronic beats into… Keep Reading

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The Wonder Stuff ‘Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’

It’s been 27 years since two of Stourbridge’s finest exports, The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, have shared a stage, and today they announce a one-off, 12-date, double-headline UK tour in spring 2018. “LOVE FROM STOURBRIDGE 2018” The two bands grew up alongside one another, in the heyday of the ‘Stourbridge Scene’ and their first ever live show together was on The Wonder Stuff’s ‘Disco King’ tour at the… Keep Reading


Tears For Fears Announce One Off Royal Albert Hall Show

Tears For Fears- dynamic duo Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith – cap an incredible year with a special concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall Friday October 27th. They will celebrate their three decade discography of hits with this not to be missed show, which follows their triumphant summer Hyde Park concert and a 32 date US tour. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9am Friday September 29th Tickets… Keep Reading


VALUE! Indie Daze – 8 Bands, 1 Stage in1 Day…

Returning to the Forum for a fourth consecutive celebration Mute Elephant proudly announce the next instalment of Indie Daze: 8 great bands, 1 stage, 1 day, and all for just £32.50. Continuing the tradition of compacting the best of old-skool independent music and creating the kind of event you wish had happened years ago, “Indie Daze 4” is the best Festival you never saw, set in Central London, with an… Keep Reading

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The LaFontaines Announce ‘Common Problem’ & Tour Dates

With 2015’s debut album Class charting in the UK Top 100 and Scottish Top 10, reaching number one in the UK Indie Breakers chart, and receiving over three million plays on Spotify, The LaFontaines are ready to top that success with the seething power of their second album Common Problem. The album provides an intense and relatable social commentary. A brutally honest outpouring of angst, Common Problem is a raging reflection on the state of the world today. “Common Problem is a much darker record than… Keep Reading

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