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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 you on a spacey smooth rollercoaster of sounds while Maryliz Bender controls the rhythm of the songs with her  seemingly simplistic yet involved drumming.  Twin Limb  easily mastered their set…

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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 for a massive treat. UK’s very own Milestones took to the stage first with contagious energy, instantly getting those who had come early bouncing on the spot. Powerful movements around…

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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 Permanent Vacation, who puts on regular evenings of psych and shoegaze, around London. One of the problems with those particular music genres is the bands are prone to take themselves…

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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 blended seamlessly.  They held the crowd in anticipation for the Wilco’s mouth-watering set that was to follow. Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline took stage and kicked off the show with…

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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 evening was bound to be full of non-stop energy. Hollerado took to the stage to an already filled out room. Their half hour set proved to the audience that 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 picking up a lot of attention recently – for all the right reasons. Announced by Reading and Leeds last night, they’ve also been handpicked by The Maccabees to support on…

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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$T as supports. Due to health reasons, the original support from Departures could not happen. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing, as drummer Elliot Bambin took to the stage with his solo project. The calm before the storm, Bambin’s voice created a soothing atmosphere before Angel Du$t came on, putting a unique twist on the evening.…

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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 addition to the previously announced UK shows in March, and will be preceded by Declan’s first appearances at Coachella in California this April. Tickets for the May tour go on…

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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 returning to Iron Maiden Holy Land to play even more UK dates really takes the biscuit! I can’t say I’ll have my pilot’s license in time to fly us over…

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Israel Nash, The Islington, London

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Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash at The Islington, London on 22 February 2017 Israel Nash played an intimate, stripped-down acoustic set for his London fans, while on tour supporting Band of Horses. When people talk about intimate gigs it is usually code for “no one showed up”, but occasionally well-known artists will do a small, sometimes secret, show in the middle of a major tour. Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash, and his band, is currently touring Europe as support for Band of Horses. On the rest day of the sold-out London leg of the tour, Nash gave the rest of his band…

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Band of Horses, O2 Academy, Leeds

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Tonight in Leeds we had a choice of great live music. Here at the O2 Academy you can expect a healthy dose of Country tinged indie-rock, over the road at The First Direct Arena its southern garage rock. There is one thing for certain for me the O2 was definitely the place to be, for tonight on the bill we had singer /songwriter Israel Nash and Band Of Horses showing us just how things should be done. Israel Nash, hailing from Missouri, opened the evening with a superb display of quality songs, performed in his inimitable psychedelic country style. Simple, no…

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Wirral Live 2017

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The Wirral Festival 2017 Looking like its going to be a right good old knees up! Chairman Mark Palios said: “We’re really excited about being able to bring three great days of music to the people of Wirral. There is nowhere else on the Wirral that could host an event like Wirral Live. Madness 19th May The Libertines | The Corral | Reverend and the Makers 20th May “This event could be huge for both Wirral and Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Given the small annual window due to pitch renovations in the closed season, it’s vitally important that we take this brief…

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The Dillinger Escape Plan, Copenhagen

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The Dillinger Escape Plan played a sold out Pumpehuset,Copenhagen This is Mathcore mastery. While it seemed like everyone was going to the newly opened Royal Arena, The Dillinger Escape Plan managed to sell out their show in Copenhagen. The venue “Pumpehuset” (roughly translated to Pump House) an old water pumping plant in the heart of Copenhagen is tonights venue. “Pumpehuset” has a special history and is an important part of Copenhagen live underground and mainstream music scene. The walls has seen some shit through time. Like any other live rock venue in Copenhagen, “Pumpehuset” has been struggeling to keep their…

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Nearly Their, Bridge Tavern, Bradford

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As we stand in the photo pit awaiting the arrival of a multi-platinum band we sometimes forget as reviewers and photographers, that around the world there are bands plying their nightly trade in small bars and indeed that is all they live for. Well tonight was one of those nights where I took myself off to a local pub, The Bridge Tavern and had a great time. Nearly Their a Bradford 5 piece a bunch of talented musicians who just want to play because they can, and it shows. With a set comprising of mainly 70’s and 80’s rock classics…

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Black Peaks, Birmingham 2017

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With the release of their most recent album ‘Statues’ in April 2016, Black Peaks had been almost non-stop throughout the year, playing a variety of festivals and tours. Now, it was time for their own tour, and Flick of the Finger caught Black Peaks on the last night of tour on the 5th February.  An odd line up consisting of Bad Sign and Tigercub as support, this was not going to be a typical Sunday evening. Three-piece rock band Bad Sign opened the night, with hard breakdowns and heavy riffs. With a bigger following, these guys could have made any…

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Matt Boroff, The Old Blue Last, London

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Matt Boroff and the Mirrors impressed an intimate audience at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The Austria-based American guitarist and singer, and his band played a set of superb musicianship deserving of a much larger audience. The London live music scene is a strange one. There’s no doubt that it’s in rude health at the moment, with no shortage of gigs every night of the week. Everyone still wants to play London, and it’s not uncommon to see well-known overseas artists playing small venues usually reserved for burgeoning underground scene. The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch is a prime example…

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Two Door Cinema Club, Leeds O2 Academy

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It’s a cold Monday night in January, but that has not stopped the sell out crowd queuing outside the O2 Academy in Leeds. After a slight delay in gaining access to the venue (thanks Loz) it was clear that this could turn out to be a special night. On stage first are, London based, Anteros. Lead vocalist Laura Hayden commands the stage like she was born to be there, with more than hint of Stevie Nicks in her vocals. Their catchy indie- pop soon had the audience dancing along. The set covered the majority of their 2016 Breakfast EP, highlight’s…

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The Tapestry, Witchwood Ashton-u-Lyne 26th December 2016

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The Farewell Gig! It seems somewhat fitting that Tameside band The Tapestry whose early gigs were at The Witchwood in Ashton should return almost six years later to play their final farewell gig before finally calling it a day. Much has been written about why The Tapestry failed to make the impact and get the recognition they deserved but tonight the sell out crowds focus is on the gig and the anticipation of another wild Tapestry performance highlighting what a brilliant live band they are. Packed out with adoring fans, the Witchwood is already rocking when the band stroll on…

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Travis, O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Tonight at Liverpool O2 Academy Travis are celebrating 20 years in the music business with a run of 3 UK dates.  Fran Healy was humbled by the sell-out crowd and was quick to say “Travis are 20 years old, we are one of the few bands that are still surviving and it’s thanks to you all!” On a night when the city of Liverpool was in the grips of a local football derby it is a fitting tribute to the band that the venue was rocking. Opening the show was Chicago born Sarah Walk. The 25-year-old performed songs from her…

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Richard Ashcroft, O2 Arena, London

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The former Verve frontman thrills under the Docklands big top with material new and old. An awful lot of bad things have happened this year. Richard Ashcroft’s ‘These People’ album and the subsequent tour promoting it were not either of those things. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t own a single recorded work by Richard Ashcroft; either as a solo artist or from when he was fronting The Verve. This wasn’t a problem on Friday night at The O2. His highly regarded new album has been play-listed by right-thinking radio stations across the country and the finest cuts…

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The LaFontaines, Night & Day Café, Manchester

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The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour in Manchester The Scottish powerhouse tears up Manchester’s Northern Quarter with an energetic cross-genre performance. It’s a Monday night at Night & Day Café, a low-lit bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Beer is flowing, and while the rain is pelting down outside, the venue slowly fills up with a sea of fans. Like us, they’ve braved the terrible weather and cast aside Monday sluggishness to see The LaFontaines kick off their UK tour. The evening begins with a promising half-hour set from newcomers Delphina Kings, followed by Manchester-based Artizans, who stir up the…

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Feed The Kid, 100 Club, London

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Feed The Kid bring their Mancunian version of West Coast rock to the iconic London venue. The six-piece Manchester band showed that the country-blues-rock of the 70s is still very much alive, when they opened for the recently reunited Audioweb at London’s 100 Club on 16 November. Londoners are often accused of being an unfriendly bunch, but anyone who has to travel on the public transport at rush hour will know that civility and politeness soon withers away in the forced proximity to our fellow humans. But, when Manchester band Feed The Kid came to play at the legendary 100 Club…

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Aerosmith Announced 2017 European Tour

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Earlier today Aerosmith announced what could be their farewell tour in Europe. Reports of the tour have been flooding in to the FOTF offices. The rumour mill surrounding the bands demise has been rife, with band members Joe Perry and Stephen Tyler contradicting one another publicly over the break up. Since the 2012 release of “Music From Another Dimension” the band have been touring and playing to sell out crowds all over the world, recently completing a tour of South America. For European fans this may well be the last time to see the band with the “Aero-Vederci Baby” tour…

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Dinosaur Jr, Amager Bio, Copenhagen

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On tour in Europe, Dinosaur Jr. visited a cold Copenhagen on a regular Wednesday night. The crowd turned out to be a difficult kind. It took some time, but they eventually woke up. The last couple of weeks of tiring american election controversies, followed closely by the Danish people and the rest of the world, has left people with election hangovers and in desperate need of something positive to hang on to. Dinosaur Jr. visited an almost sold out Amager Bio in Copenhagen. The Grandfathers of grunge have been a major inspiration for bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pixies and…

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Blink 182 Tickets & Tour dates

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Fresh from the success of California, their #1 UK & USA album, Blink-182  have confirmed a huge UK tour in July 2017 Blink 182 Tickets now available on Flick of the Finger Magazine for the bands 2017 summer tour. The Blick 182 Ticjets go on sale today 11th November and are expected to sell quickly so get yours ASAP. Since their humble beginnings 24 years ago, when they started playing in a San Diego garage, BLINK-182 have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and played to audiences from Adelaide to Zurich, having become one of the defining rock bands of their generation.…

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Blink 182 Announce UK Tour

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Bored to Death of waiting? Well, Not Anymore! After what seems like months of waiting, Blink 182 finally hit up the UK again with their new line up of Matt Skiba instead of Tom Delonge. Feeling This? We are. The pop punk trio announced the dates after featuring on Radio One’s Rock Show on the 6th November. Within moments of the news being announced, fans took to social media to exclaim their excitement; “So buzzing that @blink182 have announced a UK tour 😍” – @lizzholland “Blink 182 UK tour next summer = CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY BABY” – @JamesyBrando With multiple tweets coming in…

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The Cure, Forum, Copenhagen

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The Perfect Imperfect The Cure played a full 2 hours and 45 minute set in Forum Copenhagen this friday. 30 years on top of their game and they’ve still got it. Forum (Copenhagen) has always been challenging for the most established bands. The gray concrete block with the tacky neon sign on the front, has been repeatedly guilty of ruining numorous concerts the last 10 years, but not this time. This was some how very different experience, it actually sounded nice. The sound of the venue was far more tight, then I have ever heard it. The Cures sound fitting in…

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Echo & The Bunnymen O2 Ritz, Manchester

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While we may disagree on football, let’s all agree that Echo and the Bunnymen love Manchester and Manchester love the Bunnymen Mancunians and Liverpudlians don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. Thankfully music is not one. Echo and the Bunnymen always receive the warmest reception from yet another sellout Mancunian crowd. The five-piece band, take to the stage, to bring us through material of what will be a near 40 year career. Only two original remaining members, Enigmatic frontman Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant are warmly welcomed by their adoring fans. As usual a backlit stage,…

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The Last Shadow Puppets & Johnny Marr, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work? Well if you take into consideration that most of the audience here are well clued up on Manchester’s musical heritage it shouldn’t be too hard. However I wasn’t quite expecting this. It seems like the Turner/Kane super group has just gained another member. Johnny Marr has just plugged his guitar in as the band launch into ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ by The Smiths. It’s a stunning performance that instantly wins over the young Manchester crowd. Alex Turner is no…

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New Order, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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If you had seen New Order back in the early 80’s you would have seen a very different group. What you got back then was a very raw, near unrehearsed performance and no encores. Exciting times, however they have come a long way since then. What you get now is a stadium worthy, tight band with a back catalogue of songs that spans back to the late 70’s. I get the feeling it’s going to be a special night in Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl. After a short video intro the band slowly walk on to the stage and are greeted excitedly…

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Lake Komo, Night and Day Cafe Manchester

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I love going to gigs at the Night and Day in Manchester. You get three or four bands for around a tenner. Not bad for a full nights entertainment. Tonight’s main act is Lake Komo. However it would be rude of me not to mention Marsicans and Larkins who both gave great sets earlier in the evening. Hopefully they will move on to bigger and better things in the very near future. Relocating from Lancaster to Manchester last year, Lake Komo have been steadily building a growing fan base in the North West. 2015 saw them supporting the likes of…

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Louis Berry Announces 7 date UK Headline Tour

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One to watch in 2016, Louis Berry embarks on a 7 date UK headline tour this autumn including a show at London’s Oslo on October 5th  We recently sent our very own Dave Hudson to shoot and interview Louis and he was blew away! Read the review and see the images here Louis has a backstory that reads like a modern day fairytale.  Preaching firebrand rock n roll anthems crafted from the alleyways of Liverpool, this son of a heroin addict father has already been compared to Johnny Cash and Alex Turner.   After his first live show he signed a…

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Kula Shaker Live at Wilton’s Music Hall, London

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Wilton’s Music Hall stands proud as one of the oldest remaining music halls in Europe, dating back to the 1850’s and born in the slightly seedier east end of London. The venues history is apparent everywhere you look, in the ancient floorboards, walls, fading decorative paintwork and several metal barley twist columns that still hold up the balcony to this day. It has survived fire, the blitz by the Nazis and years of neglect. Quite fitting that a band that have equally been through some troubled history in the last 20 years (even including some unfortunate references to Nazis) are…

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Manic Street Preachers, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

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Last summer, I saw the Manic Street Preachers perform their 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ in full. It was a lyrically dark, brooding record; a record that offered a window into the mind of the Manics’ lyricist Richey Edwards, a mind that at the time was contending with alcohol abuse, depression, self-harm and Anorexia Nervosa. Within 6 months of its release, Edwards had disappeared. The gig last year had a similarly bleak feel about it. If I’m honest, I’d describe it as an ‘experience’ rather than an ‘entirely enjoyable experience’. Fifteen months after Edwards’ disappearance the band released the follow-up…

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Bones, The Old Blue Last, London

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It’s been quite a year for London three-piece Bones, supporting Skunk Anansie and PVRIS on their UK and European tours, but on Thursday (12/5/16) they returned to their roots and put on an intimate sold-out show for their fans, both old and new, at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. I first saw Bones at the end of 2014, when they opened for the debut gig for Bl=ndfolds (made up of the remains of the defunct Vuvuvultures) at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington. The audience was mostly friends of the bands and a few discerning music fans. They had…

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Love Is In The Air! James Manchester Arena Review

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Solidarity, harmony and peace were just a few of the positive vibes floating in the air on Friday night at Manchester Arena (13th May 2013) Photographs By Billy Seagrave & Irafusha. Words By Jason Palmer When a certain gig happens in a certain town with a certain crowd – amazing things happen. The unforgettable night opened up with Manchester’s very own The Slow Readers Club. The four-piece, made up of Aaron Starkie – Vocals/Keyboard, Kurtis Starkie – Vocals/Guitar, James Ryan – Bass and David Whitworth – on Drums. The band specialises in dark and brooding indie electro and their music…

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Kula Shaker Announce New Music and Tour

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Having just released their 5th studio album, K 2.0, to much acclaim in February, and with sold-out dates across the UK and Europe, including a sold-out show at London’s Roundhouse, Kula Shaker are pleased to announce details of their May 2016 Tour. “Kula shaker are building up a heritage to be proud of” – Shindig! The tour, which will see the band gigging throughout the UK and Ireland, will precede the release of the first official single from K 2.0, ‘Let Love Be (With U)’. Set for release on 27 May, the new recording of the track, originally titled ‘Love…

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Travis, Manchester Albert Hall

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Travis are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 1990 The band comprises of Fran Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dougie Payne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Andy Dunlop (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) and Neil Primrose (drums, percussion). Travis has released eight studio albums: Good Feeling (1997), The Man Who (1999), The Invisible Band (2001), 12 Memories (2003), The Boy With No Name (2007), Ode To J. Smith (2008), Where You Stand (2013) and Everything at Once (2016). Travis have twice been awarded best band at the BRIT Awards, and are often credited for having paved the way for bands…

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We Are Scientists, O2 Institute

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We Are Scientists are a band that I’ve always heard of but had never checked out until I headed down to their show at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on 27th April to see just what they are all about. We Are Scientists support act was The Alibi, who were the highlight of the night for me. Hailing from Dartford, South London, and this bunch of lads really impressed me with their whole performance – from their attitudes, to the vocals, to the incredible guitar solos; it all reminded me of what true rock and roll is. The four-piece described themselves as a…

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Nothing But Thieves | O2 Forum London

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Nothing But Thieves The O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 31st March 2016 Leigh on Sea isn’t a traditional rock and roll town. Rick Stein rates it as having the best cockles in the country, and Helen Mirren grew up there. But add to that list “Dom Craiks garage” as it was in the guitarists lockup that Nothing But Thieves wrote and rehearsed their first album and where their current meteoric rise started. Given they’ve only been going three years, it’s a properly rapid rise, but after tonight’s headline show at the O2 Forum in London, its easy to see why.…

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