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No Hot Ashes, The Venue Derby

Stockport’s No Hot Ashes, having already sold out Academys Two and Three in Manchester with their incredible local support are now on tour, seeing if their high energy funky sound can have the same effect on the rest of the UK. Tonight its Derby and there’s a good turn out to see what NHA can offer. Its ten o’clock before the band get on stage and its clear that some… Keep Reading

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The Empty Room Live at Night People, Manchester

The last couple of months have seen the big summer gigs, festivals and tours announced, The Stones at Old Trafford, The Killers in Bolton and an Arctic Monkeys tour to name just a few.  Before you spend a fortune on a ticket, have a look at whats on in your local area because the big bands of the future are probably playing in one of the many clubs that put… Keep Reading

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Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, The Twisted Wheel Manchester

Saturday 31st March saw the 50th anniversary of Geno Washington playing the legendary Manchester club The Twisted Wheel, so what better way to celebrate than by bringing the great man back. The Twisted Wheel now has a new home in the Night People club on Princess Street and tonight its packed out, with many of the crowd having danced at the original club. With top Northern Soul DJ Pete Roberts… Keep Reading

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Afghan Sand Gang, The Eagle, Salford

Mossley is not a place that immediately springs to mind in the annals of rock and roll, but from being a virtual music desert, Mossley has suddenly become a post punk oasis with Cabbage’s spectacular success being followed up the likes of Proletariat and Freeda. The latest band to come from this Mossley “ scene” is the three piece Afghan Sand Gang whose electronic krautrock music style is beginning to… Keep Reading

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Blue October, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Supported by Broken Witt Rebels, Blue October return to Manchester. Almost a year to the day, Blue October, consisting of Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey and Will Knaak, return to Manchester’s Ritz, and put on an astonishing show. The night was opened by the Birmingham-based, soulful rockers, Broken Witt Rebels. With his gritty, Caleb Followill-esque (Kings of Leon) vocals, Danny Core’s power boomed throughout the quirky venue.… Keep Reading

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YES 50th Anniversary Tour, Bridgewater Hall Manchester

On the 29th April 1975 at the age of sixteen I went to see Yes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, it was definitely the “prog” rock era because around this time I also remember seeing Pink Floyd and Genesis. Yes were at the top of their game with a series of hit albums, with art work provided by the legendary Roger Dean. Close The Edge was the one that… Keep Reading

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Morrissey, Leeds First Direct Arena

Every time I see Morrissey play I think it will be the last time, and yet after twenty five plus concerts here I am again finding myself excited at seeing this legend on stage ….. maybe Morrissey’s only happy when he’s up on the stage? Waiting in the cramped, narrow pit in front of the stage watching the obligatory thirty minute film bombarding the audience with iconic cultural images from… Keep Reading

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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

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Normandie, 02 Academy3, Birmingham

The roads may have been like an ice-rink outside, but that didn’t put Swedish alt-rockers Normandie or their fans off from creating a fun-filled, electric night. With support from Grumble Bee and William Ryan Key, Normandie came to prove that no matter the conditions outside, everyone was there for a good time. Opening the evening was Grumble Bee, a solo alternative artist from the UK. Braced with an acoustic guitar,… Keep Reading

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Kerrang! Tour, 02 Institute2, Birmingham

Another year, another killer Kerrang! Tour. With a varied line-up, the tour hit Birmingham for its first date of the run, which involved Casey, Vukovi, Boston Manor, and The Amity Affliction.   Humbled and emotion-filled, Casey were the first to grace the stage. They did not need to move around the stage in an attempt to get their passion across, and it was clear that they already had a rather… Keep Reading

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Creeper, 02 Institute, Birmingham

It’s almost as if Creeper fans can’t catch a break, much to their delight. After the uproar that the mystery of ‘James Scythe’ created (to those who don’t know, it is a VERY long story to tell), the Southampton punks toured the UK again, but this time, bigger and better than ever before.   Along for the ride were Nervus, Microwave, and Can’t Swim. With the long line of eager… Keep Reading

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Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, 02 Institute, Birmingham

The second night of the tour, and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes came to make Birmingham wake the hell up. With support coming from Australian tornado Ecca Vandal and the UK’s punk-rockers Basement, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes really made the night something to remember.   Ecca Vandal opened the night in a flurry of dynamic moves and electric tunes. A buoyant display across a limiting stage, there was no… Keep Reading

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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

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The Blinders, Rock City, Nottingham.

A cold bleak Wednesday and a long drive down to Nottingham, like the trips to lower division mid-week football fixtures I used to make many years ago Tonight however is definitely a winner as its the opening night of The Charlatans UK tour, but as great as the band are its the support act thats dragged me down to the East Midlands. The magnificent Blinders from Doncaster, fresh from touring… Keep Reading

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Apollo, Manchester

There are not many true rock and roll legends left in the world but Wednesday night saw one of the greatest grace the stage at Manchester Apollo. Robert Plant once lead singer of Led Zeppelin, often cited as the greatest band in the world, played a two hour set to a packed theatre which considering ticlet prices were as much as £75 is no mean feat. Touring his latest album… Keep Reading

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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

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Simo, The Borderline, London.

Following the recent release of Rise and Shine, Simo kicked off their European tour in London. The Borderline is an interesting venue, and as JD Simo told me “all the greats have played here”. Arriving at the venue early I met up with a few Simo friends for a pre-gig drink and a chat, discussing the band and how we came across them.  Simo are a three piece blues/psychedelic rock… Keep Reading

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Trash Boat Tear Up Birmingham Institute

If you’re looking for a few words to sum up Trash Boat’s live shows, they would probably be along the lines of sweaty, chaotic, but simply fun. Trash Boat rounded off their UK headline tour at the o2 Institute3 in Birmingham. With supports from Homebound and Broadside, the evening was an absolute treat to those who were witnessing it first-hand. A night tied together by both support bands giving 110%… Keep Reading

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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete… Keep Reading

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Arcade Fire, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Arcade Fire Entertain a sell out Gig at Castlefield Bowl It had been six years since the last venture into Manchester, by tonight’s Canadian hosts, Arcade Fire. Taking to the stage 30 minutes earlier than official stage times seemed to catch a few fans out, although by that time the Bowl was full. The band where relaxed and at ease from the opening song, “Everything Goes”. Arcade Fires, Win Butler… Keep Reading

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