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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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Real Friends, Birmingham Asylum

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After rescheduling the original dates which were due to happen in December 2016, Real Friends hit the UK with a force that made up for the missed time. With a new line-up involving Microwave and Can’t Swim, Real Friends hit the Birmingham Asylum for a night of crowd surfers and push-pitters galore. Microwave opened the evening, jokingly telling the crowd ‘We’re a Limp Bizkit tribute act!’ Although far from this,…

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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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Marc Almond Buxton Opera House 27/3/17

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Marc Almond has had a rich and varied career, first, as half of Soft Cell, the New Wave synth pop duo of the 1980’s then on to Marc and the Mambos an experimental collective embracing the avant garde art scene of the period before becoming a respected solo artist releasing over 20 albums many to critical acclaim. More recently he has become a regular on the 80’s Rewind Festival scene…

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Haken, Academy 3, Manchester

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Haken took to the stage Friday, on day three of their 21 day 10th anniversary tour. That’s ten years of creating some of the greatest prog’ you’ve probably never heard. Support was provided by French outfit The Algorithm and Pennsylvania natives Next to None. First up, Next to None, as they walk on the stage I’m wondering if these young lads are on work experience as roadies, until they pick…

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Judah & the Lion, House of Blues, Chicago

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Judah & the Lion pack the House of Blues in Chicago. The crowd roared and sang along as frontman Judah Akers started the night off with his second to none energetic stage presence. Judah and the Lion were supported on this tour by Wilderado.  They are based out of California and frontman Maxim Rainer could barely contain his excitement to be playing for the Chicago crowd.  They delivered an emotionally charged rocked-out set.…

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All Time Low, Manchester Apollo

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All Time Low take to the Apollo stage with an explosive set Starting the ATL live at the ripe age’s of just fifteen/sixteen the band have built solid foundations on which they have formed great success.  With well-earned recognition for their success, the group has won two AP Awards and two Kerrang Awards, landed the title of “Best Pop Punk Band” at the Top In Rock Awards, and were named…

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Ten Fé Take To The Soup Kitchen Stage In Manchester

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Ten Fé take to the stage with hypnotic, looping and cool guitar effects companied with melodic electro indie vibes… With their atmospheric indie-pop songs with added electronic waves and thick vocal harmonies, the bands front men Ben and Leo take it in turns to lead the performance. It’s a pretty gentle and laid-back affair, but with lots of confidence in their ability to both perform technically and vocally. If your not familiar…

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Stillia, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Self taught musicians Stillia,  have been influenced by many great artists such as; The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, Stone Roses, The Smiths and Oasis – you get the idea… With influences from the above however, Stillia have certainly got their own sound down The St Helens based band are rising fast, theres no doubt! Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has…

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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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Hastings Fat Tuesday – Unplugged Saturday 25/2/17

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Hastings Fat Tuesday; the first festival event of the year for me and the one I look forward to with hope and anticipation watching bands be creative in their sound, playing unplugged. Hastings Fat Tuesday has been running 9 years now and bands are queuing up to play on one of the days with this year being no different. Spread over 16 venues across Hasting Old Town there are 200…

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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…

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Deaf Havana, O2 Institute, Birmingham

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Deaf Havana are back, and boy do they mean it. I headed down to the O2 Institute in Birmingham last night to catch Deaf Havana do their thing on their first full UK Tour in three years. First up to the stage was UK metal band, Dead!, who obviously came to rock the stage as rock is what they did. With questionable facial expressions from the vocalist, the four-piece played…

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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…

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Johnossi, Oslo, London

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Scandi-rock duo Johnossi played at Oslo Hackney, London on 15 February 2017. Crowd-pleasing anthemic songs were the order of the day for the Swedish pop-rockers – singer-guitarist John Englebert and drummer Oskar “Ossi” Bonde. For better or worse, Abba put Sweden on the musical map. The country’s musicians have been trying to get from under that shadow ever since. On the upside, as with most of the other nordic/Scandinavian countries, there is…

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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…

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Avenged Sevenfold, Manchester Arena

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Avenged Sevenfold smashed on to the scene with success from a string of best-selling albums including 2005 platinum hit record ‘City Of Evil’  and 2007’s self titled ‘Avenged Sevenfold‘ Their self titled record topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock Charts which got things started then followed two consecutive No 1’s albums. On top of that ‘Hail To The King‘ achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly 12 countries. Avenged Sevenfold fill…

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Cage The Elephant, Albert Hall, Manchester

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“Cage The Elephant Take To The Stage With Moves Like Jagger, Moves Like Jagger & “ Opening tonights show was Spring king. Their grungie-rock, early Jam/clash sounds are played with a awesome, hyper pop-punk energy that pulls you in. On bass James, bounces around is at such an high level of hyperactivity it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that their rider consists solely of redbull. The band come across…

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Embrace, Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

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Embrace return to Liverpool to a loyal audience. The guys dropped on Liverpool as a taster for their new album out in 2017. After an interview with Flick Of The Finger in October, I managed to catch Embrace at the Olympia Theatre, for the Liverpool leg of their tour. The crowd was jammed in, and after speaking to various fans I found that people had travelled far and wide to…

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