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Movements – The Asylum2, Birmingham

A warm, Sunday evening only called for one thing – US band Movements playing their first sold-out UK show at Birmingham’s Asylum. With the success of their debut album ‘Feel Something’, Movements were ready to smash their first UK tour, with support coming from Brighton band Muskets, and French band Paerish. Despite the heat of the room, Musket’s opened the night with punchy riffs and vibrant energy. It wasn’t long… Keep Reading

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No Hot Ashes, The Venue Derby

Stockport’s No Hot Ashes, having already sold out Academys Two and Three in Manchester with their incredible local support are now on tour, seeing if their high energy funky sound can have the same effect on the rest of the UK. Tonight its Derby and there’s a good turn out to see what NHA can offer. Its ten o’clock before the band get on stage and its clear that some… Keep Reading

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The Wonder Years, Manchester Academy -13/04/18

It certainly wasn’t an unlucky Friday 13th for fans of The Wonder Years, as the band hit the Manchester Academy for an enticing and emotion-filled night. A week after the release of their sixth studio album ‘Sister Cities’, the pop-punk giants treated fans to two sets – one acoustic, one electric – to display their wide discography and proving to their fans that they will never let them down. Entering… Keep Reading

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QUEEN ZEE, The Castle, Manchester

Mondays aren’t the greatest nights for gigs especially after a heavy weekend, but in The Castle this evening there is palpable excitement in anticipation of Queen Zee’s imminent performance. Following a lengthy spell touring the country as a support band, notably on the Cabbage tour, Queen Zee are now heading out on a lengthy headline tour across the UK, partly in support of their EP “Eat My Sass” but also… Keep Reading

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Dodie, O2 Academy, Birmingham

“I write a lot of songs that are sad, I’m not sure why, it just happens sometimes.” Singer-songwriter and YouTuber Dodie bought her mesmerising performance to the o2 Academy in Birmingham, complete with a band to emphasise her stunning talent. The walk to the o2 Academy soon became a maze of finding the way to the box office, as loyal fans who had queued early snaked around the block. It… Keep Reading

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Judah & the Lion, The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

“We never wanted to be a cool band” lead singer, Judah Aker, explained far past the point of offering this as new information to the audience. After witnessing the variety of footwork (a leprechaun jig, a tribal rain dance, and everything in-between) and stage outfits (calling up comparisons to lumberjacks, Duck Dynasty, and 90’s workout videos), that much was clear to the audience.   Much about this Nashville band’s message,… Keep Reading

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Blue October, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Supported by Broken Witt Rebels, Blue October return to Manchester. Almost a year to the day, Blue October, consisting of Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey and Will Knaak, return to Manchester’s Ritz, and put on an astonishing show. The night was opened by the Birmingham-based, soulful rockers, Broken Witt Rebels. With his gritty, Caleb Followill-esque (Kings of Leon) vocals, Danny Core’s power boomed throughout the quirky venue.… Keep Reading

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All Time Low, Genting Arena, Birmingham

What’s the best way to celebrate 10 years of one of the most adored pop-punk records of recent memory? Do you schedule a full UK tour playing the beloved release in full; preform a jam packed, two sets worth of fan favourites, or do you bring the hottest UK band on the scene to support? In the case of All Time Low’s ‘So Wrong It’s Right’, the answer is all… Keep Reading

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YES 50th Anniversary Tour, Bridgewater Hall Manchester

On the 29th April 1975 at the age of sixteen I went to see Yes at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, it was definitely the “prog” rock era because around this time I also remember seeing Pink Floyd and Genesis. Yes were at the top of their game with a series of hit albums, with art work provided by the legendary Roger Dean. Close The Edge was the one that… Keep Reading

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The Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse, O2 Ritz, Manchester

Death metal and its various derivatives is big news and on Wednesday evening two of the genres most popular bands played Manchester Ritz. The bands popularity was evident by the hugh queues along Whitworth Street as the venue opened its doors to a sell out crowd. First up were The Black Dahlia Murder (BDM) from Michigan USA whose music has been described as more melodic death metal, Straight from the… Keep Reading

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As It Is, 02 Institute, Birmingham

Brighton pop-punkers As It Is hit the o2 Institute, Birmingham as part of their EU ‘Okay.’ Tour. With Grayscale, Like Pacific, and WSTR opening up as supports, the night was truly destined to be full of crowd-surfers and push pits galore.   Grayscale, hailing from Philadelphia, took to the stage first. Taking absolutely no time at all to get the audience off their feet, Grayscale proved to the room that… Keep Reading

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Arcane Roots, O2 Institute2, Birmingham

As their UK tour begins to wind down, Arcane Roots hit Birmingham’s o2 Institute2 – bringing their mixed range of melodic harmonies and alternative riffs with them. Supports from the evening came from The Hyena Kill and Grumble Bee (full band), an almost perfect mix of what was to be expected from the evening. The Hyena Kill opened the night, and the two piece instantly blew the audience away with… Keep Reading

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Free Throw, The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

“Two beers in, already feels like its one of those nights…” Finally, back in the UK supporting of their sophomore release ‘Bear Your Mind’, Nashville quintet Free Throw found themselves in the tightly packed walls of Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Armed with energetic riffs, harsh vocals and contagious sing-alongs, Free Throw brought emo back to Birmingham in style. Opening the night were locals Rubio, who effortlessly wowed audiences with their… Keep Reading

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King 810, The Asylum, Birmingham.

 “Where I’m from? You know I’m from Murdertown.” Back in the UK for the first time in what feels like forever, King 810 brought their special brand of bone crunching riffs, bleak wordplay and chilling imagery to Birmingham’s The Asylum. As the sun went down in Birmingham, it became clear that something very special was about to take place within the walls of The Asylum. A line of anxiously waiting… Keep Reading

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Normandie, 02 Academy3, Birmingham

The roads may have been like an ice-rink outside, but that didn’t put Swedish alt-rockers Normandie or their fans off from creating a fun-filled, electric night. With support from Grumble Bee and William Ryan Key, Normandie came to prove that no matter the conditions outside, everyone was there for a good time. Opening the evening was Grumble Bee, a solo alternative artist from the UK. Braced with an acoustic guitar,… 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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The Darkness, O2 Academy, Leeds

Give me a “D”…..Give me an “arkness”, and don’t let the bells end! Christmas comes early as Lowestoft’s finest ever rock band come back to Leeds to rock out with their bells out. It has been almost 15 years since ‘Permission to Land’ graced the record shelves of stores that no longer exist, however, The Darkness are still packing a punch and have a pre-xmas tour to play and a… Keep Reading

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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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