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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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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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