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Andy Black – Birmingham, 11th July 2019

“Singing all my songs to bedroom mirrors, deep inside my heart I am still here” Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Black returned to the UK to celebrate his most recent release “The Ghost of Ohio”, bringing drag artist Adore Delano to create one big party. The queue outside Birmingham’s o2 Institute was pretty hefty by the time we arrived, with fans happily waiting in the rain in order to gain… Keep Reading

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Chicago Open Air 2019, Seat Geek Stadium – 18-19.05.2019

Chicago Open Air lit up Seat Geek Stadium! Saturday morning I woke up with excitement for a weekend that I had been anxiously awaiting for months. I know Chicago Open Air had received a lot of grief about initial ticket pricing and such, but once I saw the names System of a Down and Tool next to each other I put all of that negativity behind me. That anticipation grew… Keep Reading

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Hellogoodbye, Birmingham o2 Academy – 21.05.19

Hellogoodbye hit the UK for the first time in nine years, bringing the most recent release ‘S’only Natural’ to life. Birmingham’s o2 Academy3 deemed the perfect setting to be adorned with a sparkly, multi-coloured backdrop; a symbol of the more indie-pop route that the music had now taken. Itoldyouiwouldeatyou proved themselves to be the fitting support for this tour, bringing with them a range of twinkly emo-esque tunes. Including a… Keep Reading

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The Faim – Birmingham o2 Academy3, 06.02.19

“We’re saints of the sinners, and we’re coming for you” With their bop-filled tunes and memorable lyrics, Australian band The Faim brought a new lease of life to Birmingham’s o2 Academy3, with Halflives and Chapel as their touring support. The 250-cap room had pretty much filled out by the time Halflives had entered the stage, and just as well as this was not a set to be missed. As each… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Gary Numan and the Skaparis Orchestra, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Bow before the Numan race….. Comeback is a vastly overrated word. Especially when the person in question hasn’t disappeared from anything. Gary Numan is a man with whom that word was associated with, until he smashed the charts last year with his album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World). He has now decided to turn it up a notch by doing an orchestral tour, and on Sunday 18th November, he treated Shepherds… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Tonight Alive, Birmingham o2 Institute

“Is anyone else feeling happy tonight? Because I am.” There’s no better feeling than nostalgia when seeing a band, and whilst Australian alt rockers Tonight Alive aren’t an old band, they bought the same energy and passion to Birmingham’s o2 Institute2 as they did when they first broke through. With Wolf Culture and Jamie Lenman supporting, the night flew by on an adrenaline induced high. Punk quartet Wolf Culture kicked… Keep Reading

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Clutch, Chattanooga, Tennessee, US

Clutch rocks The Signal. Clutch is no stranger to Chattanooga, Tennessee, US and Friday night their fans didn’t leave much standing room at Chattanooga’s newest music venue, The Signal. I have listened to Clutch since 2000 and I am always surprised they do not get more mainstream attention for their talent. It’s raw rock n roll with a dash of soul, and a touch of let me smash your face.… Keep Reading

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The Who, Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester 6th October 1975

Life was much simpler in 1975. NME was a decent music paper featuring quality writers, gig tickets were obtained by either sending a cheque with a stamped addressed envelope to the promoter or queueing up outside the venue, and beer was about 25p a pint. The summer of ’75 had seen the music papers full of stories about The Who and the tensions within the band, full on fist fights… Keep Reading

Copenhell 2018 reviews
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Deftones, Copenhell 2018

Eight years has gone since Deftones ravaged the first ever Copenhell, now it was time for another round. Deftones are well known for an experimental approach to metal, well composed songs and high intensity shows. The expectations were sky high, and as expected Deftones delivered an overwhelming and breath taking performance leaving the crowd wanting more. The band played an intense full 90 minutes show with only a few song… Keep Reading

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The Rolling Stones, Old Trafford, Manchester

ITS ONLY ROCK AND ROLL BUT I LIKE IT ! I’ve seen The Rolling Stones twice before, in 1976 at Bingley Hall Stafford when they were good and again in 1990 at Manchester City’s old ground Maine Road when they were pretty average. Today I could to photograph one of my hero’s Patti Smith who’s career has been heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, in particular Keith Richard OR I… Keep Reading

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LIVE REVIEW: Monster Magnet, Gorilla, Manchester

It was 23 degrees on the streets of Manchester this evening, but inside Gorilla it feels like 123 degrees as the venue is packed to the rafters for American rock band Monster Magnet. Originally hailing from New Jersey Monster Magnet have been around in various forms since 1989 when they were formed by Dave Waldorf and, since then the band have had varying amounts of success with both singles and… Keep Reading

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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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