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Glass Mountain, Leeds University Refectory

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“They’re a groovy band man” – Richard Chadwick – Hawkwind Last night Flick of the Finger were invited along to review Glass Mountain in support of the mighty Hawkwind. I had last seen the band back in September 2016 at Bingley Music Live and since then have kept in touch with their ever growing success. Now, after supporting the likes of Embrace,  we are seeing the fruits of their hard work. This is a band that have matured in terms of stage presence and musicality over the last 6 months. The really great thing about them is that the music…

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Kasabian Release Career Defining Album! ‘For Crying Out Loud!’

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Kasabian are back with an explosive, career best album brimming with confidence, swagger and huge tunes. ‘For Crying Out Loud’, their sixth studio album, is released April 28th on Columbia Records. Written and produced by Kasabian wizard Serge Pizzorno, and recorded at the Sergery, his Leicester studio, ‘For Crying Out Loud’ features 12 tracks that encapsulate everything that makes Kasabian one of this country’s best ever bands. First single ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ is a big, fat pop song with an irrepressible hook. Other highlights include the soon-to-be-summer-anthem ‘Bless This Acid House’, the contagious ‘Good Fight’ and the…

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Metallica Announce European Tour

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Metallica Announce European Leg of their tour in Support of Hardwired… To Self Distrust with support from Kvelertak TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 24th – get tickets SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 16, 2017 – Metallica today announced the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour kicks off with two shows in Amsterdam at the Ziggo Dome on September 4th and 6th. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support for the tour run. See below for a complete list of all confirmed dates, no additional shows will be added. Presale tickets will be…

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Music news: Petrol Girls announce UK Tour

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Petrol Girls’ Ren Aldridge “cannot wait to come back over to the UK, see friends and have a proper good shout.” The band will hit the road in March and April, with several newly-announced headline shows, festival appearances and a stint supporting Strike Anywhere. Ren elaborates “I’m definitely not the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed by the state of politics right now, and touring always ends up being a great way of meeting people to rage, dance, hug and organise with. We’re also collecting phone video submissions to put together a video for our song Touch Me Again, which…

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Happy Mondays Announce ’24 Hour Party People’ Greatest Hits Tour

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Manchester’s legendary Happy Mondays have announced a twenty-five date tour of the UK and Ireland for November and December 2017. The ‘Twenty Four Hour Party People – Greatest Hits Tour’ announcement comes on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Happy Mondays’ debut album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’. Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder said, “I am really looking forward to the ‘Mondays’ shows leading up to Christmas 2017. We’re performing better than ever and I love getting together with the band, blasting out all our great tunes we’ve made…

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Sting Announces Manchester Show

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Sting will be preforming at Manchester’s o2 Apollo on 7th April as part of only three U.K shows. Get tickets These dates will be in celebration of his twelfth studio solo album ’57TH & 9TH’ which was released via Polydor Records in November last year. Sting has also recently released his new single ‘50,000’ which is taken from ’57TH & 9TH’. The tour opened in Vancouver in February and will reach the U.K for shows at Manchester’s o2 Apollo on 7th April, as well as two shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 9th and 10th April. The tour will see…

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All Time Low Announce Headline Tour

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the Band have repeatedly topped the charts, sold over 1.3 million albums worldwide, raked in 100+ million views on YouTube, toured with the biggest names in music, and have taken over airwaves around the globe… All Time Low is a bona fide worldwide sensation. Get Tickets Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, All Time Low has released six studio albums, toured with bands such as Blink 182, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Foo Fighters, played major festivals around the world, including Reading/Leeds in the UK, Soundwave in Australia, Summersonic in Japan, and the legendary Vans Warped Tour in the…

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Holy Bouncer, Proud Camden, London

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Spanish band Holy Bouncer make their sophomore visit to London. The five-piece Barcelona psych-blues-rock group played a fantastic energetic set at Proud Camden on 1 March 2017. Sometimes you come across a band (I can’t countenance the use of the word “discover”) that blow you away on initial viewing. Holy Bouncer are one such band. I first saw them when they were a late addition to a gig by promoter Permanent Vacation, who puts on regular evenings of psych and shoegaze, around London. One of the problems with those particular music genres is the bands are prone to take themselves…

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Beat Degeneration Announce New Tour Dates

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Following the release of debut album ‘Dream Machine’ (Weiner Records) a 10 track Slacker-Punk polemic, Guido Giorgi a.k.a Beat Degeneration has shared brand new tour dates, with more to be announced. Over the coming months the band will cross Europe toward a two special UK dates, one at Peckhams Pempeople and the latter at The Old Queens Head. These live dates also follow the release of the new video for ‘Nations’, the first track to appear on ‘Dream Machine’ and the most summative of Guido’s view of the status quo, proclaiming his disdain for the state of the world. But…

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Minus The Bear Announce Major Tour!

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With the release of their first album in five years, ‘VOIDS’, coming up on 3rd March, Minus The Bear have announced a string of EU/UK dates for June 2017. The dates will feature support from Joan of Arc along with an appearance with American Football at So36 in Berlin. The new dates will follow on from a 29-date spring tour across North America, culminating in a hometown Seattle show on April 15th. For the past 15 years Minus the Bear have made music on their own terms while carving out their own unique musical world, selling over 500k records in…

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The Wombats Back By Phenomenal Demand

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The Wombats announce two extra shows in Liverpool and Glasgow Due to phenomenal demand The Wombats have extended the 10th anniversary celebrations of their classic 2007 debut album, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation after their previously announced date at London’s O2 Academy Brixton sold out in just 24 hours! The Wombats will headline O2 Academy Glasgow as well as a very special homecoming gig at Liverpool Guild of Students in June. Tuesday 27 June – Glasgow, O2 Academy ** JUST ADDED – Get Tickets Thursday 29 June – Liverpool, Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students ** JUST ADDED…

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Elbow 2017 Tour: Get Your Tickets

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Elbow announce their most extensive tour since 2008 with multi-night residencies in Dublin, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester alongside returns to towns last visited around the release of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’. The final tour of previous album ‘ The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ in 2015 saw the band play their longest ever theatre residences in London and Manchester. Get tickets The decision to repeat this and then visit as many places as possible came from the feedback of fans who loved those shows as much as the band did. Elbow are currently in Blueprint Studios, Salford recording their…

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Insane Clown Posse: First UK Tour In 14 Years

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Insane Clown Posse Announces First UK tour in 14 years Detroit’s controversial multi-million-selling hip hop duo, Insane Clown Posse is set to return to the UK for the first time since 2003 for a five-date UK tour in November, including a headline show in London at O2 Forum Kentish Town. Opening for Insane Clown Posse on all dates will be Ohio’s Mushroomhead. Over the course of almost three decades, several Gold and Platinum albums, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have shared their Dark Carnival mythology with the world, through their lyrics, some philosophic to the humorous and their outrageous…

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Touché Amoré, O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

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A band well known for their performances filled with passion and emotion, Touché Amoré managed to blow away the fans of Birmingham with an energetic yet heart-wrenching evening. The fans were treated to Touché Amorés drummer, Elliot Bambin, and hardcore band ANGEL DU$T as supports. Due to health reasons, the original support from Departures could not happen. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing, as drummer Elliot Bambin took to the stage with his solo project. The calm before the storm, Bambin’s voice created a soothing atmosphere before Angel Du$t came on, putting a unique twist on the evening.…

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Declan McKenna Goes On Tour

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Declan McKenna is very pleased to share details of a new UK and Irish tour for later this Spring. The hotly-tipped young Brit will headline ten dates in May, kicking off at Thekla in Bristol on the 15th May, and concluding at Concorde 2 in Brighton on the 30th May. The run includes a night at Heaven in London on the 23rd May. This new run of dates is in addition to the previously announced UK shows in March, and will be preceded by Declan’s first appearances at Coachella in California this April. Tickets for the May tour go on…

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NEW MUSIC: Metal Church ‘It’s Time for UK Worship’

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Heavy metal titans Metal Church are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores in June, for a five date long run. They will be touring in celebration of latest studio album ‘XI’, which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. The tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June. Supports to be announced in due course. Masterful Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: “The Metal Church fans over there have…

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Run to the Hills: The Iron Maidens are back in town!

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After their triumphant UK debut in 2016, the world’s one and only all-female Iron Maiden tribute return to our shores in October, and this time they’re here to conquer the land of their idols beyond London. Frontwoman Kirsten Chickinson can’t hide her excitement: ‘Having played the UK last year – and even getting to meet some of the original members of Iron Maiden – was a dream come true. So returning to Iron Maiden Holy Land to play even more UK dates really takes the biscuit! I can’t say I’ll have my pilot’s license in time to fly us over…

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NEW MUSIC: Leif Vollebekk ‘Twin Solitude’

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Montreal singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leif Vollebekk released ‘Twin Solitude’ today on Secret City Records. The new record has received an abundance of early attention: lead single “Elegy” has been described as”devastatingly beautiful” by NPR Music and “lovely, soulful and spare” by Brooklyn Vegan and climbed at #14 on the Spotify UK Viral Top 50 week of release. The Fader premiered the second track, “Into The Ether” and praised Vollebekk’s “passionate Broken Social Scene-adjacent melodies wrapped in a casual, jammy atmosphere.” The next day, “Into The Ether” was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in twelve countries and soared up…

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Death Angel Return to the UK with Headline dates in August

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San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel, who seemingly never slow down, are very pleased to announce that they will be playing four UK headline shows this August. Fiery front man Mark Osegueda checked in with the following comment: “I am extremely proud to announce that DEATH ANGEL will finally be returning to the UK for a string of headlining shows in August of 2017. These will be the first Death Angel shows in the UK since the release of our album ‘The Evil Divide’!! And we have been biting at the bit to get back there! Expect nothing…

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Subterranean Festival 2017

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The line-up for the first ever Subterranean Festival, a brand new indie and rock festival in the heart of Cambridge which takes place on Saturday 23 September, has just been announced. Headlining the Underworld stage are Scottish three-piece rock band The Amorettes who will be bringing their distinctive style to the Festival. Since they exploded onto the music scene with the release of their album Game On, they have toured extensively, garnering huge critical and popular acclaim and will be on tour this spring as official support to Black Star Riders. Indie band PINS will be headlining the Labyrinth stage.…

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We Salute The Magpie Salute!

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Due to overwhelming demand and just after the recent announcement of their first-ever UK performance, The Magpie Salute, who are spearheaded by acclaimed guitarist Rich Robinson, have just announced a fourth show at London’s Under The Bridge on April 15th. Presale tickets to the April 15th show will be available tomorrow at 10am though the band’s official website and Under The Bridge using the code SALUTELONDON. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday 10th at 10am and will be available through Eventim. April Shows – get tickets all shows  Wed 12th – Under The Bridge SOLD OUT Thurs 13th –…

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NEW MUSIC: Johnny Lloyd ‘Running Wild’ Pless Live Dates

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Produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White, Johnny will release the ‘Eden EP’ on April 14 – ahead of then he’s streaming this new single, ‘Running Wild’. Lloyd has reunited with White to record the ‘Eden EP’ between Los Angeles and The Maccabees’ Elephant and Castle studios. White was also at the production helm​ – alongside Jamie T -​ for Johnny’s well-received debut EP ‘Dreamland’, released last year to radio support from 6Music and Radio X, with over half a million streams online. His music is proof that at the end of the day, good songwriting and musical talent reign supreme…

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LISTEN: Spoon ‘Can I Sit Next To You’

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Spoon Reveal New Track ‘Can I Sit Next To You’ video Directed By Marcel Dzama Ahead of their intimate show at London’s 100 Club this Monday February 27th, one of America’s greatest bands, Spoon, have revealed new single ‘Can I sit Next To You’. With a slick, steady-paced groove and an eerie synth filled chorus the track is the second to be taken from the band’s career defining album ‘Hot Thoughts’ (out March 17th on Matador Records). To accompany the single, Spoon has unveiled a new video, directed by Marcel Dzama, the acclaimed contemporary artist whose previous musical collaborators have…

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Happyness Announce Full UK Tour

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When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with debut single “It’s On You”, their spirited take on US college rock was as big a surprise as it was an instant hit. The resulting full length, “Weird Little Birthday”, went on to feature in many End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, a re-issue on the much-loved labels Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US), and millions of Spotify plays later, it is with some anticipation that the band release new single “Through Windows” from 2nd album “Write In”. Part-recorded at the band’s own Jelly Boy Studios, then…

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Amenra In The Studio Recording Mass VI; European Acoustic Tour On The Horizon

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AMENRA is currently recording their new studio album, Mass VI, once again with Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Om, Swans) in the snowy Belgian Ardennes. The album will see release later this year via Neurot Recordings, with more details to be confirmed. Meanwhile, following the release of Alive – AMENRA’s live acoustic album recorded at Ancienne Belgique, in Brussels, Belgium) – the band will, for the first time, dedicate a full tour to their acoustic sounds by delivering these breathtakingly solemn sonic invocations across Europe, commencing February 16th. Entirely stripped back from their electric mass, these shows offer AMENRA at their…

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Exodus Announce Warm Up Dates for Download Festival

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Bay Area thrash titans Exodus are very pleased to announce they will be returning to our UK soil in June for three performances. They will be playing at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on 7th June and Southend’s Chinnery’s on 8th June. These two performances will precede their highly anticipated appearance at legendary Derbyshire based metal festival; Download Festival, on Friday 9th June where they will be headlining The Dogtooth Stage. Legendary singer Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza said on the announcement: “Exodus are very excited about returning to the UK!! Especially for the shows in Brighton and Southend, early last year we did…

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Death Valley High Return To Manchester & Kick Off Their 4 Date UK Tour

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In the wake of their recent dates supporting Killing Joke, San Francisco’s DEATH VALLEY HIGH are set to return to the UK for four dates in February with fellow industrial dance animals, ORGY. DVH frontman, Reyka Osburn tells us “We’re super hyped to be coming back over to Europe and the UK with our mates, ORGY. We’ve talked about it so many times, it was just inevitable. We can’t wait to bring this One-Two punch to fans; and to boot, we have along with us our other mates from Germany, UNZUCHT joining on several of the dates, for a One-Two-Three…

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Shed Seven Announce First Studio Album In 16 + UK Tour!

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Shed Seven have announced news of their first studio album in 16 years alongside their biggest ever UK tour. The band, who have several hit albums and 16 top 40 singles including the likes of ‘Chasing Rainbows’, ‘Disco Down’, ‘Going for Gold’, ‘On Standby’, ‘She Left Me on Friday’ and ‘Getting Better’ will be returning to the studio this spring to record the highly anticipated new album, which will be released later in the year. The new studio album will be supported with an extensive UK tour in December. ‘The Sheds’ consistently sell out concerts across the UK and abroad,…

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Get To Know Israel Nash

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Cosmos-wrangling Americana upstart Israel Nash returns from Texas Hill Country with his Silver Season, a deeply gorgeous and wholly immersive nine-song set that plays less like an album, and more like a cross section of time and space. The man’s fourth LP ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed by 2013′s Rain Plans, arriving in lush and expansive territory. Here, this Missouri son sounds more assured than ever, supported by his highly capable band and production inspired by psychedelic greats. Israel Nash’s Silver Season is best played loudly, and sounds wonderful in headphones. Like the record before it, this one…

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Brooders Announce Self Titled LP

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Following the success of their HAZE single and accompanying UK tour with Kit Trigg and Goldsands in September 2016, and the follow up single CLING and accompanying dates in December, Leeds based BROODERS are ready to unleash their debut, self-titled mini album. Formed in October 2014 as a duo under the original name of Hunny, in February 2016 the band recruited a bassy Southerner to join the ranks under the name BROODERS. The name being an English variation of the German word for ‘brothers’, the ties between the band couldn’t be closer. This kicking and screaming trio from Derby, Nottingham…

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Headlining Tour From ‘July Talk’

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July Talk will be returning to the UK in March 2017 for a second UK headline tour in just six months. This follows the recent sold-out success of their European headline tour, including three UK dates, and their support slot with Catfish And The Bottlemen on their UK arena tour, including a date at London’s SSE Wembley Arena in November. The Toronto five-piece recently released the striking video for their new single ‘Picturing Love’, which premiered with The Independent. Directed by Jared Raab, the video confronts the effects of mainstream porn on sex and relationships and explores our insatiable reliance…

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WOE unveil a Black Metal feast…

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US black metal unit WOE will release their long-anticipated Hope Attrition full-length next month via their new label home of Vendetta Records. In advance of its release and in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for public feasting. “If the name doesn’t give it away, ‘The Ones We Lost’ is about coming to terms with a loved one’s death,” elaborates founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg. “For me, it is the most draining song of WOE’s entire catalog. I, the other members of the band, and seemingly everyone I know had to deal with sudden deaths of family and friends over the past…

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Cabbage, The Shimmer band and April, Gorilla, Manchester

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Gorilla Manchester was packed on Saturday evening for three bands who going off current form are likely to feature large in the coming months. Opening the night was the young Nuneaton band April, who’s experience in opening for The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers stood them in good stead as they soon had a boisterous crowd on their side. That they list most of the 90’s Brit Pop bands as influences was pretty obvious in their sound and their lead singer George Cooke, who paced the stage in a cross between Ian Brown and Liam Gallagher. Only together for…

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Matt Boroff, The Old Blue Last, London

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Matt Boroff and the Mirrors impressed an intimate audience at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The Austria-based American guitarist and singer, and his band played a set of superb musicianship deserving of a much larger audience. The London live music scene is a strange one. There’s no doubt that it’s in rude health at the moment, with no shortage of gigs every night of the week. Everyone still wants to play London, and it’s not uncommon to see well-known overseas artists playing small venues usually reserved for burgeoning underground scene. The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch is a prime example…

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Tom Chaplin ‘Still Waiting’

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Tom Chaplin will release his stunning new single ‘Still Waiting’, the third to be taken from his critically acclaimed solo album ‘The Wave’, impacting February 17th on Island Records.  ‘The Wave’ debuted at number 3 in the UK Album Chart to rave reviews. The Sunday Times Culture awarded it Album Of The Week saying it is “incredibly beautiful and affecting”, The Telegraph, “the most gorgeous, anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin’s career”, and the Standard, the Sun, Q and Mojo all awarding it 4* in their reviews.  May: 6th CARDIFF, St David’s Hall 8th DUBLIN, Olympia 9th BELFAST, Ulster Hall 11th…

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Maximo Park Announce UK Tour Dates

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New Album ‘Risk To Exist’ Released On April 21st On Daylighting and Available NOW Alternative pop experts Maximo Park announce UK tour dates for Spring this year. Starting at Birmingham O2 Institute on May 5th, the tour takes in London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12th before ending on May 19th at Manchester Albert Hall. Full list of tour dates listed below: May Dates 2017 Fri 5th Birmingham O2 Institute Sat 6th Newcastle O2 Academy Mon 8th Aberdeen Lemon Tree Tue 9th Glasgow O2 ABC Wed 10th Sheffield Leadmill Fri 12th London Royal Festival Hall Sat 13th Bexhill De La…

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The Tapestry, Witchwood Ashton-u-Lyne 26th December 2016

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The Farewell Gig! It seems somewhat fitting that Tameside band The Tapestry whose early gigs were at The Witchwood in Ashton should return almost six years later to play their final farewell gig before finally calling it a day. Much has been written about why The Tapestry failed to make the impact and get the recognition they deserved but tonight the sell out crowds focus is on the gig and the anticipation of another wild Tapestry performance highlighting what a brilliant live band they are. Packed out with adoring fans, the Witchwood is already rocking when the band stroll on…

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Rag’n’Bone Man Sells Out Biggest Headline Tour To Date

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Rag’n’Bone Man has sold out his biggest headline tour to date. Opening this April, the dates sold out in record time and includes two shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. He will also headline The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this May. Rory was also awarded 2nd place in the BBC Sound Of 2017 last week. News of the accolade follows an incredible 2016 for the singer: recently crowned winner of the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, Rory was also tipped by Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Times plus many more. Single Human…

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Cage The Elephant Sell Out UK Tour. Were You Lucky Enough To Get Tickets?

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Cage The Elephant’s UK tour this month, which includes their biggest London show to date at Brixton Academy, has now completely sold out. Long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Cage The Elephant truly lived up to that billing at Reading and Leeds Festivals last year, completely packing out the Radio 1 / NME stage at both events and for many providing one of the most ‘’talked about’’ sets of the weekend. Cage The Elephant’s current album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the ‘Best Rock Album’ category.…

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Bullet For My Valentine, Academy, Manchester

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Triple Metal Bill wit support from Killswitch Engage & Cane Road Tonight Manchester Academy is hosting three bands all of whom fit in or around the heavy metal, metalcore and nu-metal genre. The popularity of this genre is evident from the fact that all three bands are playing two nights at the venue with both dates being completely sold out. First up are relative newcomers Cane Hill from Louisianna deep in the American south. Although not a particularly big name in the heavy metal world they still drag a fair crowd away from the bars in the early evening. Next up…

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