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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

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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.…

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Paramore, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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After a formidable 3 years of almost nothing from the Paramore camp, the band come back to the UK with a bang. A month since their fifth album After Laughter hit the shelves, the time had finally come for fans to cherish the new material. On the 18th June 2017, Flick of the Finger were lucky enough to catch Paramore tear down the Manchester o2 Apollo – a venue they…

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

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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…

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Cal Ruddy, The Cavern Club , Liverpool

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Cal Ruddy headlining at the famous Cavern Club, Liverpool. When people headline at the Cavern, you tend to go along to watch with your hopes up. Its a big deal, especially in Liverpool. Well, Cal rose to the occasion magnificently. Performing songs, all written by himself ( bar Weed Bus, a cover by The Stairs ) much to the pleasure of the audience. Cal states his influences as good old…

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Rise Against, House of Vans, Chicago

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Rise Against plays intimate show to home crowd! Rise Against took stage for an epic and emotionally charged night of energetic punk rock. Rise Against took the stage after a brief introduction from local radio personality Lauren O’neil from Q101.  They started their set off with high energy playing ‘Give it all’ from their 2004 album Siren Song of the Counter-Culture.  The band continued to play fan favorites one after another…

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Lechlade Festival 2017 Announces Weekend Headliners

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Lechlade Festival organisers have received a record number of applications from bands and performers for the 2017 music festival. Applications closed on 30th November with over 900 applications waiting to be considered by the festival team. “We listen to every single application,” said Festival Director Jennie Rainsford, “the team meet regularly over 4 months to listen to and watch the submissions, we call it our ‘Listening Lounge’ sessions. We pride…

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The Saw Doctors, O2 Academy, Leeds

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Tonight a virtually sold out Leeds O2 played host to Galway’s own The Saw Doctors. Formed in 1986 by Leo Moran and Davy Carton, the Celtic rockers have gone through a number of lineup changes but Leo and Davy have remained a constant. The gig was rescheduled due to Carton’s throat operation in the Autumn of 2016, but tonight he was back on form and ready to lead the party.…

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You Me At Six, Doncaster Dome

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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…

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Roger Waters to kick off North American Tour in May

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The wait is nearly over. Since its announcement last year, excitement has been building for the kick off of Roger Waters Us+Them North American tour. The announcement has been met with such interest from concert goers that 11 extra dates have already been added to the schedule to fulfill fans demands. The tour kicks off on May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri. That is where the world will get its…

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Ghost, Manchester, 02 Apollo

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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…

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Dungen, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

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Dungen plays score to historic animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. The packed-in crowd went silent when Dungen took stage and the animated film started to roll.   Dungen’s task was to create an original soundtrack to the oldest viewable animated film in history.  Its plot is thickened with tales of an African Sorcerer, Aladdin, a prince, a witch, a flying horse, and flaming mountains.  While it is a silent film, the…

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Strand of Oaks, Thalia Hall, Chicago

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Strand of Oaks captivated their nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Thalia Hall. Nothing could stop the crowd from being entranced from the moment Twin Limb took the stage until Strand of Oaks closed out the night. Twin Limb set the stage beautifully for Strand of Oaks tonight.  Lacey Guthrie has a magical voice that is even more enjoyable when accompanied by Ratterman and Bender. Kevin Ratterman’s guitar playing brings…

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With Confidence, Birmingham Asylum 2

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Nice cheesy punk, and With Confidence back with a vengence After the disappointment fans occurred when Real Friends cancelled their December UK tour, original support band With Confidence took it upon themselves to treat fans to their very own headline tour, hitting Birmingham on the 5th March. An intimate evening of cheesy pop-punk, support came from Milestones, Safe to Say and Broadside. Packing out Birmingham’s Asylum 2, loyal fans were in…

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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…

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Wilco, Chicago Theatre, Chicago

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Wilco blew fans away at their third consecutive sold out show at the Chicago Theatre. It was a typical Chicago night with temperatures below freezing, but the fans braved the blistering cold to come out and see their hometown favorites share their warmth with the crowd. James Elkington got the crowd started off with his intricate guitar accompanied by complex rhythm on the double bass.  The two masters of their instruments…

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Sum 41, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Sum 41 came back to the UK, proving that they are still a force as strong as ever. With fellow Canadian band Hollerado as support for the evening, fans were in for a wild ride. Bringing together a wide variety of older fans and new ones, Sum 41 bought their ‘Don’t Call it a Sum-Back Tour’ to Birmingham. With a set-list consisting of 26 songs from various different albums, the…

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NEW MUSIC: Idles ‘Mother’

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“Wilder than a very wild thing marked wild in the wild shop in the middle of the wild wild wood. An IDLES live show is not quite like anything that you have ever seen or heard. Its got all the ingredients taken from rock n roll’s rich history but the synthesis is entirely their own. The wild men of Bristol”. Tom Robinson BBC6 music Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES are…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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