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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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Elbow, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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Tuesday saw Elbow take to stage for the final night of a 4-day residency at The Apollo. Hailing the end of a near month length tour of the UK. Doing my best to avoid a collection of superlatives, I was fortunate enough to catch the final night. Opening proceeding’s for Elbow was C. Duncan, and whilst the Mercury prize nominated musician certainly had very tight and enjoyable melodies, after the second…

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State Champs, O2 Institute, Birmingham

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As It Is are a band well known for their energetic live shows. Therefore, it was only reasonable that they tour with the ever-eccentric State Champs. With the release of their second full length album ‘okay.’ that graced the shelves in January this year, As It Is came out to prove to fans that their energy had no wavered, and showed no signs of stopping anytime soon. The band took…

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Weirds Rock Sheffield!

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Friday night saw the up and coming Psych Rock foursome Weirds, play the Picture House social in Sheffield as part of their latest tour. I turned up a bit early and spent some time backstage with the band, I was greeted with free beer! Any band that offers you free beer and hospitality like these guys did are ok in my book. After chatting to the guys from the band…

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Natives, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Natives took the stage by storm with their half hour set at the O2 Academy. Oozing with confidence and passion, the four-piece tribal pop band were the perfect openers for a huge act like Busted. On Saturday 18th February, I headed down to the main room of the O2 Academy Birmingham to catch Natives’ opening for Busted on their Night Driver Tour. They came on to the stage at 8pm…

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Nearly Their, Bridge Tavern, Bradford

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As we stand in the photo pit awaiting the arrival of a multi-platinum band we sometimes forget as reviewers and photographers, that around the world there are bands plying their nightly trade in small bars and indeed that is all they live for. Well tonight was one of those nights where I took myself off to a local pub, The Bridge Tavern and had a great time. Nearly Their a…

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Fun Lovin Criminals, Plug, Shefield

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If you’ve ever been to a Fun Lovin Criminals gig then you’ll know just how chilled out a vibe it is. Tonight was no exception, a chilled out crowd, chilled out band and chilled out music. It was also a chilled night and Huey did think that the crowd were a bit mad for coming out on such a cold night. But the hearts of 500+ kept the chills away.…

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Alex Clare, Gorilla, Manchester

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Alex Clare, king of heartbreakingly beautiful love anthems, is back on the road The British singer-songwriter has embarked on a European tour, new album in tow. Alex Clare doesn’t mess about. Kicking off his first gig in Manchester in over three years, he launches straight into a dynamic rendition of ‘Up All Night’, the first single off his 2011 debut ‘Lateness of the Hour’. Less than a minute later, the audience…

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Two Door Cinema Club, Leeds O2 Academy

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It’s a cold Monday night in January, but that has not stopped the sell out crowd queuing outside the O2 Academy in Leeds. After a slight delay in gaining access to the venue (thanks Loz) it was clear that this could turn out to be a special night. On stage first are, London based, Anteros. Lead vocalist Laura Hayden commands the stage like she was born to be there, with…

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Tyketto, Liverpool O2 Academy 2

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Tonight was a night that will be remembered by those in attendance for a long time. As we entered the venue many were heard to say ..”wow this is intimate”, and indeed it was. A smaller 500 capacity venue below the main arena was just right for tonight.  What was interesting form the off were the number of families in the room. A fact commented upon by Danny Vaughn, lead…

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The Hunna, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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A night of explosive music fills the sodden Manchester air as a sellout crowd packs the O2 Ritz. As far as Sunday evenings go, normally by the time 4pm comes around we’re all just counting down the hours until the Monday morning wake up call. Tonight however, I found that the best way to overcome the doom and gloom of a depressing Monday morning is to go to a gig!…

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Placebo, Wembley Arena, London

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I fell in love with Placebo six years ago, after listening to Every You and Every Me for the first time, and after seeing its accompanying video, the Cruel Intentions cut. Slowly, but surely, my love for Placebo grew; I became completely fascinated by their sloppy sadness, painful lyrics and cathartic sound. By Brian Molko’s dresses, smokey eyes, nasal voice, by his mysterious demeanour and saddened self, by the alluring…

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Glass Mountain ‘Glacial’

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Released earlier this year, Glass Mountain’s “Glacial” is a mesmerising masterpiece. A heartbreaking ode to unrequited love, the band’s first single and accompanying video have taken the UK music scene by storm. Bradford-born and bred Glass Mountain have caused quite a little stir since appearing on the scene just earlier this year. Their debut EP “Glacial” is a critically acclaimed compilation of five very refined tracks – testament to the fact that…

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Cabbage, The Blind Tiger, Bolton

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Cabbage are on a roll it would seem and though my culinary expectations for such a bland dish would be fairly low my anticipation at finally getting to catch up with the afore named five piece Manchester band at The Blind Tiger in Bolton is quite the opposite . Currently riding on a wave of press and fan adoration I only have their photos and videos to base my anticipation…

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The Blinders, Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Blimey. In the 6 months since I last saw them, things have moved on for The Blinders. Tonight, The Deaf Institute is heaving with anticipation as The Blinders launch their debut single, Swine.   A massive cheer goes up as frontman and guitarist Tom graces the stage, joining Charlie (bass) and Matty (Drums), and they launch straight into the heavy yet atmospheric “Brutus”. The crowd are totally into it from the…

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Jake Bugg, 02 Apollo, Manchester

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Yet another cold, dark and rainy Manchester night brightened up with the folk rock sounds of Jake Bugg… well, eventually. I don’t think I’ve been to an O2 Apollo gig where it’s not been crammed front to back. With it’s gold and cherry red furnishings and 3500 capacity, tonight was no different. A very young audience packed the theatre, coming inside, out of the rain, to catch tonight’s warm up ‘Georgie’. Hailing…

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White Denim, O2 Bristol

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Texan rockers White Denim roll into town, well the 02 at Bristol as part of a 6 date UK tour to promote recently released album Stiff, their 6th studio release. Syd Arthurs, a four piece from Canterbury opened proceedings, is this the re-incarnation of the Canterbury sounds of the 70’s, that I’m not sure, but I did enjoy. The band comprises of brothers, Liam Magill, (vocals) Joel Magill, (bass) Josh…

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The Specials, House Of Blues, Las Vegas

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Tonight is an exciting night for me. First of all, I’m seeing a band that has been part of my musical upbringing for as long as I can remember. …and secondly, it’s in a city that I never thought I would visit, Las Vegas. Oh and it’s the last night of what has been a hugely successful U.S. tour. There was a time I never thought I’d see the specials…

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Brooders, Zanzibar Club, Liverpool

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as they looked so young, but all my fears were washed away when they blasted into the first track “Thrill Killer”. It amazes me how so many bands with so much attitude seem to be overlooked. They hammered thru the track with gusto and aplomb, showing more talent than belied their years. They went into their debut release ” Isolation” from their  “Hunny “…

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Moose Blood, O2 Institute, Birmingham

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Coming straight from their Europe tour to the UK, Canterbury emo band Moose Blood kicked off their UK tour at the Birmingham o2 Institute2. Their second album Blush, which was released in August this year, had taken the music scene by storm.  The 4 piece came back to the UK for the third time this year to prove that they haven’t lost their spark, with supports coming from Luca Brasi,…

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