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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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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.… Keep Reading

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

Tool captivates the arena with unbeatable live performance. Maynard and the gang took stage as the fans jumped from their seats. In typical fashion for the last few years, Tool kicked off their set with ‘The Grudge’ from their 3rd full length release Lateralus.  It was the only song I was allowed to photograph, but it is also a 9 minute song so I didn’t mind, until being there in… Keep Reading

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Dreamcar, Vic Theatre, Chicago

Dreamcar delivers new sounds to the Vic Theatre! The intimate crowd took to cheers as Dreamcar took the stage. You never would have thought that this super-group formed only months ago.  Jumping right into their album opener ‘After I Confessed’ the band was on point showing how professional and talented they are.  Fronted by AFI’s famed vocalist Davey Havok, his voice melts the highly emotional 80’s esque style without flaw. He is… Keep Reading

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Steve Hackett, Sheffield City Hall

Since our interview with Steve Hackett back in march this year he has now embarked on a new tour taking in the UK, Europe, and Australia. The aptly named, Genesis Revisited with Hackett Classics 2017 tour arrived in Sheffield last night and we sent a photographer/reviewer along to see the show. His previous Genesis revisited shows have been a resounding success and it is easy to forget that Hackett has… Keep Reading

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You Me At Six, Doncaster Dome

All killer and no filler, You Me at Six and Tonight Alive took the roof off the Dome tonight, in a show that was truly memorable. Tonight it was the turn of the Doncaster Dome to host the You Me at Six “Night People” tour. In a pop-punk spectacular we witnessed a combination of bands that made for an almost perfect night. Opening the show tonight were South West 3… Keep Reading

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Creeper, Birmingham O2 Institute

With debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ gracing store shelves just days before tour started, Creeper worked their way around the UK to show that they are as powerful as ever. Working with ‘That’s Not Metal’ podcast to create a line-up full of exciting bands, Creeper bought Puppy, Energy, and Milk Teeth along for the ride. First up were heavy-metal 3-piece Puppy, and although a slower start to the evening,… Keep Reading

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Ghost, Manchester, 02 Apollo

Tonight it was the turn of the Manchester unfaithful to come to confession with Papa Emeritus and his band of faceless Ghouls. We were treated to incense, smoke, CO2 canons, flash bangs, flames, confetti canons, .. oh erm .. lots more smoke  and some damn fine tunes as well. Ghost are on tour promoting their new EP, Popestar, without a doubt their best release yet. The Swedish theatrical, satanic, metal… Keep Reading

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