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Graveyard, Copenhell 2018

A time machine just landed on the old shipyard Copenhell and out came 4 Swedish guys, looking like something taken from the late 60´s They really sound and look like they just stepped out of a time machine. The hippie styling and the mustaches were fancy. But is it good enough for the metal packed Copenhell 2018? Or will it just be a misplaced kick in the balls? The authenticity… Keep Reading

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Ghost, Copenhell 2018

The Scandinavian dark lord Cardinal Copia, held service and closed down the main stage on Saturday at this years Copenhell, with a gem infested pope and a saxophone solo that killed. What else can you expect? You might be thinking what the hell is going on here?… but this is kinda what you can expect from a band like Ghost. Masked, unnamed “Ghouls” playing instruments in a theatrical setup, musically… 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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Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Wisconsin

After the dust settles, all we are left with is our memories. It’s been almost two weeks since Northern Invasion closed out its 4th year. It was my first year in attendance and it has taken me awhile to really formulate into words what was such a great experience. I went into this weekend with only knowing a handful of the artists. I checked out everyone ahead of time and… Keep Reading

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The MCC Guid Guide 17th – 28th May

The Manchester Creative Collective are stoked to be working alongside Flick of the Finger to bring you a bi-weekly pick of local gigs for all the tip-top live music that’s taking place in the North West. Those who lament the so-called death of live music, need to give their head a huge wobble and look at some of the gems we have selected over the next week or so. We… Keep Reading

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Isle of Wight Festival – The Golden Music Event of the Year!

What’s all the fuss about? Isle of Wight have announced a huge line up to claim top spot of all the festivals this year! At the Event Production Awards held at The Novotel in London at the start of the year, Isle of Wight Festival was named the Music Event of 2017, ahead of Glastonbury, better than Reading/Leeds and significantly in front of any other competition like Latitude and Boomtown… Keep Reading

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Fourth Annual Northern Invasion, Somerset, WI May 12th/13th!

Northern Invasion is coming back to it’s Somerset campsite with an amazing lineup! I don’t know how they managed it, but Northern Invasion managed to bill one of the best lineups I have seen in years. The headliners for the two night show contain some of Rock’s biggest names from the last two decades. Headlining Saturday night is the prog/heavy metal syndicate Avenged Sevenfold.  Closing out the night with Avenged… 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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The Front Bottoms – The O2 Institute, Birmingham.

“There’s comfort in the bottom of a swimming pool, I’m holding my breath for you”  From densely packed basements to the grand walls of Birmingham’s o2 Institute, The Front Bottoms’ have shown no signs of slowing down over the last few years. Now cruising to success on the backs of their smooth melodies, catchy hooks and innately charming lyricism; the acoustic duo gone pop outfit are living proof that no… 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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Scarlet Fever Seven Miles Out Arts Centre, Stockport

I first saw Scarlet Fever as a support act at Night and Day. Their short set that night, made enough of an impression to drag me out to Stockport on a cold, snowy, Friday night to catch their headline set at Seven Miles Out Arts Centre. Formed just two years ago by school friends Louis Clark, Ellis Ferrington and Oli Mitchell and soon to be joined by Lee Campbell the… Keep Reading

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Peter Hook & The Light, Manchester Academy

Peter Hook and the Light play a two hour New Order and Joy Division set to a sold out Manchester crowd. After breaking the silence on his settlement back in September this year (2017) and thanking his fans for their love and support, you can’t help but feel that the weight of the lengthy battle has been lifted and Hook can now crack on and do what he does best.… 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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REVIEW: Sly Antics at The Burgess, Manchester

  One small venue, one giant set. After wonderful support, Sly Antics ended the night on an almighty high. Want some Sly Antics Merch? read on for more details… Sly Antics absolutely blew the roof off The Burgess with a short, but absolutely brilliant set, featuring covers of Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers, and some new material, which went down a treat with the screaming fans. The band kicked… Keep Reading

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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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Frank Iero and the Patience, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms

Frank Iero once again proves that even fourteen plus years into his career, he can still put on one hell of an electrifying punk show. Swiftly cruising on from their September EP release Keep the Coffins Coming, Frank Iero and the Patience quickly found themselves back in the UK for more – this time in Wolverhampton’s one and only The Slade Rooms. The jam packed night was opened by alt… 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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Dream Wife, The Magnet, Liverpool

Dream Wife stormed into Liverpool with support from Sløtface and Peaness. Thursday 12th October 2017 saw Dream Wife hit Liverpools’ Magnet club. The three piece of Rakel Mjoll – Vocals, Alice Go – Guitar and Bella Podpadec – Bass, showed other bands exactly how to wow an audience. With punchy guitars, hammering bass, somewhat explicit lyrics and quirky singing, Dream Wife became a firm favourite with the Liverpool crowd. Before… Keep Reading

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