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Celebrating 20 Years of Taking Back Sunday – Birmingham, 13th June

20 years is a large milestone for a band, so Taking Back Sunday made the effort to celebrate their anniversary in style. Treating fans to a throwback set of their debut album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ in full, this was going to be an evening to remember. Geoff Rickly from the band Thursday was the first to entertain the crowd. Gracing the stage with just an acoustic guitar, Rickly captivated… Keep Reading

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Glenn Hughes – Leeds Stylus 9th October 2018

Glenn Hughes brings 70’s style and classic Deep Purple to Leeds Leeds university have some very special guests in the building on this mild October night. The legend that is Glenn Hughes has brought his tour to this northern city. Best known for being a part of heavyweight band Deep Purple and a brief stint in Black Sabbath, he also took off on his own solo career. But tonight it’s his Classic… Keep Reading

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Bluedot 2018: An Unparalleled And Totally Unique Weekend.

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Festival Kind… For the seasoned festival goer it’s becoming increasingly difficult to choose where to spend your hard earned cash, with so many festivals to choose from up and down the country, not to mention the booming european big hitters. With well over 200 festivals in the UK alone, how do you choose which festival to go to and more importantly,… Keep Reading

Copenhell 2018 reviews
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Deftones, Copenhell 2018

Eight years has gone since Deftones ravaged the first ever Copenhell, now it was time for another round. Deftones are well known for an experimental approach to metal, well composed songs and high intensity shows. The expectations were sky high, and as expected Deftones delivered an overwhelming and breath taking performance leaving the crowd wanting more. The band played an intense full 90 minutes show with only a few song… Keep Reading

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My Bloody Valentine Bring the Noise to Birmingham

When you go to a gig and they hand out free protective ear gear, you know you’re in for an experience. Queuing at the O2 Institute in Birmingham to watch My Bloody Valentine (MBV), reminded me of waiting in line for the ‘Big One’ at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Whilst I was excited at the prospect of what was to come,  I was also pretty nervous about whether I would make… Keep Reading

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Hollywood Vampires, Manchester Arena

Supergroup is a dirty word and tends to align itself with images of desperate commercial ventures cashing in on previous success and perverting the once untouchable concept of fan loyalty. Hence I had my reservations about Hollywood Vampires, only enhanced when I found out how integral a part within the band was played by A list actor Johnny Depp. However I was pleasantly surprised by every moment of their gig… Keep Reading

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James Play A Special 22 Song Set List At Warrngton’s Parr Hall

On the day they James announce new album, ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ the band take to the stage of the Warrington Parr Hall. A sold out crowd packed the long-standing, 19th century, listed building and were pleasured to a huge 22 setlist mixed with a fine array of new material, songs from the bands 1986 debut album, Stutter and of course the classics. There can’t be many people left in… 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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No Hot Ashes, Club Academy, Manchester

I’ve seen No Hot Ashes many times over the past couple of years, as a support band,at festivals and as head liners in their own right, but tonight its different. Manchester’s Club Academy is completely sold out and has been for weeks, Twitter and Facebook have been awash with desperate requests for tickets. Arriving in the foyer its like I’ve walked into a school trip, as hundreds of teenagers dressed… 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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New Found Glory, Manchester Academy

New Found Glory promised a party, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Floridian punk rockers returned to Manchester last Friday, to celebrate ’20 years of pop punk’, playing their albums Catalyst and Stick and Stones in their entirety. Fresh from an Australian tour, a US tour and two festival appearances, New Found Glory prove that a hectic touring schedule does not dampen the energy of this notoriously dynamic quartet.… Keep Reading

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Sparks, 02 Ritz, Manchester

Its 33 years since I was woken up by my radio alarm clock to the sound of This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us, at the time a completely different sound to anything else around and, coupled with seeing the duo on Top Of The Pops, pretty mind blowing. Tonight Sparks are at the Ritz in Manchester touring what is their 23rd studio album Hippopotamus, looking not… Keep Reading

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Santana, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville

The irreplaceable Rey of Latin rock blessed Nashville with some of the most instantly recognizable guitar chords on warm Sunday night. Incense wafted through the air as Carlos Santana and his band transformed Ascend Amphitheater in to a space of love and peace. With a sound unbound and so pleasing he has never had to reinvent himself to stay relevant, Santana took the stage with his current band and peeled out the first notes… 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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Gary Numan- Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

 I must admit, I’m a Numan fan. I have been since 1979. When he took that stage at the Apollo in Manchester, my musical tastes changed overnight.  My interest in three minute punk songs had gone. It was a powerful and mesmerising performance that I will never forget. In fact I’ve seen almost every tour since. Unfortunately it’s been a bitter sweet relationship since that debut performance. Numan “retired” in… 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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Federal Charm, The Cheese and Grain, Frome

First gig out for new vocalist Tom Guyer was supporting UFO at the Cheese and Grain, an interesting little venue in a sleepy Somerset Town. Despite taking me almost as long to get out of the town as it did for the whole Journey back, it made for an Interesting night. It could be argued that it isn’t the first gig with the new line up as they played a… 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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Richard Ashcroft, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

It seems more and more these days, I find myself walking away from gigs saying the same thing… “that has to be in my top 5 gigs of all time” That said there’s nothing better than going to a gig and seeing the band or artist perform like it’s their last ever show and I think it’s performances like these that make some gigs stand out over others. This was… Keep Reading

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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.… Keep Reading

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