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Bully, Thalia Hall, Chicago

The female fronted punk-rock band blew the crowd away on Tuesday. Big Ups opened the night with a fierce almost too intense set. Now don’t get me wrong…. Big Ups did a great job.  They entertained the crowd, made a few new fans, and warmed up the room for Bully. Frontman Joe Galarraga did a great job of exploiting his energy on stage.  Jumping from one side to the other and… Keep Reading

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Alice Cooper, Manchester Arena

You would have thought that as his 70th birthday approached Alice Cooper would be starting to take it easy and tone things down a bit but tonight’s show at The Manchester Arena was a full on performance lasting almost 2 hours, covering 14 0f Alice’s 27 studio albums including the latest one, Paranormal. As the pa booms out “you have been chosen to spend a night with Alice Cooper” the… Keep Reading

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Reverend and the Makers, Manchester Academy

Rev and his makers closed their UK tour for their new album “Death of a king” with a triumphant show at the Manchester Academy on November 4th. The 5 piece Sheffield indie royalty graced the stage with a pungent flare and raw excitement which was greeted with several pints being flung in the air (like they didn’t cost 5 quid a go) and an electrifying crowd, one that I have… Keep Reading

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Rise Against, 02 Academy, Birmingham

18 years in to their career, and Rise Against come back to the UK to prove that they are still as powerful as ever. With their UK tour kicking off at the o2 Academy Birmingham, we were lucky enough to catch the chaos as it happened. Opening up the evening was punk band Pears, who have got to be one of the craziest live bands out there. Before the first… Keep Reading

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Little Dragon, Academy 2, Manchester

The amazinf colours and upbeat vibes of Little Dragon dazzle the Manchester stage. If your not families with The Swedish electronic 4 peice from Gothenburg, you may be interested to know, that the band have been around for the past 25 year…. With 5 studio albums to their name and a good number of top 40s their probably one of those bands you’ll know the music, but could probably not… Keep Reading

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London Grammar, O2 Apollo, Manchester

Haunting vocals and flawless performances; London Grammar stunned the Apollo for the second night. Friday saw the second of a two-night stint at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, for the ethereal London-based trio, London Grammar. Formed at Nottingham University in 2012, London Grammar – Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic Major – have quickly cemented themselves as one of the UK’s most beloved bands. Their debut album ‘If You Wait’, released in… Keep Reading

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Citizen, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Bands like Citizen don’t come around often anymore! From the grit in Mat Kerekes’ uniquely haunting voice to the booming fuzzed up bass tone of Eric Hamm. The emo quintet have consistently delivered massive choruses crafted with lyrics as angst-filled and hopeless as they are eerily relatable. Now, returning to the UK for a short run of shows its safe to say that the gang of Michigan’s finest brought Manchester’s… Keep Reading

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Chicano Batman, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Chicano Batman’s brings a holistic experience to Thalia Hall. The crowd erupted once frontman/multi-instrumentalist Bardo Martinez played the first notes on his keyboard. I don’t have a long history with Chicano Batman.  I have heard the name around different places and have heard a few songs as they streamed across my path. But when I was given the chance to see them up close and personal, through my camera I… 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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The Sherlocks, SWX, Bristol

“This one’s for you, it’s called Live for the Moment” said vocalist Kiaran Brook, as the band launched into the title track from their recent album. The Bristol crowd already whipped into a frenzy were loving it, they were dancing and singing enthusiastically, it was a fun packed night with a band ‘on top of their’ game as one punter told me. The band is currently on tour to promote new… Keep Reading

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Bingley Music Live 2017

Bingley Music Live was my very first exploration into concert photography and so certainly holds fond memories for me. This festival has grown in the 10 plus years it has been running, from a local “Party in the Park” into one of the most popular festivals of the summer season. Over the years, the line-up has seen the appearance of summer of the biggest artists of the 70’s, 80’s and… Keep Reading

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Leeds Festival 2017

Leeds 2017 was an eclectic culmination of all the elements of the idyllic British festival, even those as ever elusive as consistent sunshine throughout. Indeed the impressively varied collection of artists and unending enthusiasm from the campers created a bubble in which we could all forget the constraints of offices and mortgages and instead focus upon revelling in the fantastic atmosphere. There were highlights for all as the main stage… Keep Reading

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X Ambassadors, ULU Live, London

X Ambassadors were full of surprises at The Venue (the recently refurbed venue at the University of London), as part of their current VHS tour. The US four-piece played an energetic set of old songs and new to a packed room of adoring fans on 29 August 2017. My mate Mike first alerted me to X Ambassadors. We have a thing where we recommend new music to each other, which… Keep Reading

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Muncie Girls Hit Brighton

Fresh off of a busy weekend performing at Reading and Leeds Festival, punk rock trio Muncie Girls hit The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, waving off the bank holiday weekend with a bang. Supports for the night came from local bands H_ngm_n and Crushing, completing the laid back and welcoming vibe of the evening. Since forming in 2012, Muncie Girls have been doing their absolute most to push their music.… Keep Reading

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Clutch, Eagles Club, Milwaukee

Clutch bring their psychedelic rock n’ roll to a packed Eagles Club, Milwaukee. From the first notes of ‘Cyborg Bette’ the crowd was in full swing.  The stage was dimly lit.  The crowd was already sweating from packing in tight to get closer to the front of the stage.  The band filled the stage and cheers filled the room once lead singer Neil Fallon was visible on stage.  They opened… Keep Reading

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The Moody Blues, The Ryman, Nashville, Tennessee

The Moody Blues immersed fans in Nashville this past Saturday with their magical sounds. It was a hot and muggy evening in Nashville, Tennessee. As we approached the historic Ryman Theater it was clear The Moodies were going to have a full house to entertain. The Moody Blues aren’t just another English rock band. They are professors of progressive and art rock. If you were alive in 1967 there is a very strong chance that their… Keep Reading

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Blink 182, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Blink 182 and Castlefield Bowl were an unlikely match thrown together by the tragic events of Monday the 22nd of May at the cities arena. Due to the arenas subsequent closure the stadium sized three piece left fans hanging as to whether there would be a gig in the city for several days causing intense worry, however they would eventually announce there would be a gig and Castlefield Bowl would… 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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Haçienda Classical, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

A joyous crowd assembles to witness and fully immerse themselves in the melodic reworking of the tracks that became synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering club, The Hacienda. What began as a promising evening of sunshine and beats, became a rain-soaked typical Manchester Summer evening in Castlefield, but alas downpours of near biblical proportions failed to abate the mass Rave that was in full swing on Saturday night for the sold out… Keep Reading

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The Maccabees, O2 Apollo, Manchester

The Maccabees brought their melodic final fling to the O2 Apollo, Manchester, for yet another sold out gig. After 14 years, 4 Albums, 3 EP’s and countless tours and festival appearances, the 5 piece London based band have decided to call it a day to create their own, individual oeuvre. As we headed into a gloriously diverse crowd, I couldn’t help but anticipate the performance we were about to witness.… Keep Reading

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