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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Nick Mulvey, Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam

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… Keep Reading

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

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… Keep Reading

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Kasabian Announce 12 Date UK & Eire Tour

As Kasabian prepare to make Reading/Leeds 2017 their own, the band have announced a must see 12 date UK arena tour for November/December ensuring they make this year their best ever. Since releasing their glorious number one album ‘For Crying Out Loud’, Kasabian have been making festival history everywhere they’ve played this summer throughout Europe effortlessly proving why they are one of the world’s very best live acts every time… Keep Reading

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Cradle Of Filth Announce Savage Messiah As Special Guests On Tour

UK’s legendary extreme metal icons Cradle Of Filth are pleased to announce that NWOBHM inspired thrashers Savage Messiah will be accompanying them as special guests on their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates. Savage Messiah stated: “We are thrilled to be joining Cradle of Filth on their UK/IRE tour in Oct/Nov! We had a great show together in Portsmouth recently, so we jumped at the chance to do a full… Keep Reading

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RedFaces UK Tour Announced!

After storming performances at Community Festival, and support slots with DMA’s Sheffield’s RedFaces announce a headline UK tour in September. They’ve also confirmed they are taking part in this year’s Soccer 6 charity football tournament – taking place at Mile End Stadium on September 17th. It’s already been a jam-packed year for the band, from playing a sold out set at Live at Leeds, to sponsoring the kit for their… Keep Reading

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Announce European Tour

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are pleased to mark a return to European shores with a comprehensive live itinerary later this year. The band are currently working on a new as-yet-untitled studio album, which is expected to be released later this year. All the shows will have a very limited number of VIP packages via Artist Arena that will include a Meet & Greet with all members of the band, sound… Keep Reading

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