Sun Kil Moon On the hottest day of the year, entering a sold out small venue was not all that appealing but the talents of Sun Kil Moon were what persuaded me to venture into the sweatbox. Sun Kil Moon is the vocalist and guitarist Mark Kozelek who has been making records under this moniker for the past fourteen years or so. Prior to the band’s entrance the venue closes the bar, dims the light and continues to play abstract instrumental music for a further fifteen minutes and just as the audience become fidgety, the four-piece group take to the intimate stage. Kozelek explains that he is feeling ill but is planning to take on board the words of Mike Tyson’s trainer, Cus D’Amato who proposed that to be a professional you have to perform to the best of your ability and with these words of wisdom the music begins.


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Kaiser Chiefs Suave in his entrance and charming in ego, front-man Ricky Wilson immediately presents the naughties established indie pop rock band, Kaiser Chiefs, by stirring up an animated Everyday I Love You Less and Less from fame-making album Employment. Instantly igniting the energy of the band and fans, the addictive lyrics had Ricky destroying music equipment and climbing on drums within minutes of entering the stage.


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Godiva-thumb Godiva Festival Godiva Festival, now in its 18th year, takes place at Coventry War Memorial Park and is a Council run, free festival. Godiva played host this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 148,000 visitors (up 7000 on 2015) for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides.


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Picnic-thumb Picnic in the Park. This annual free event put on by Warley woods Community Trust attracted large crowds who enjoyed a glorious sunny afternoon of live music, food, drink, craft stalls, dog show, donkey rides and even a Horse and Carriage. Again this year, Bearwood Promoters curated the music stage on behalf of the Trust, and 6Music DJ Stuart Maconie did a fantastic job of compering the afternoon’s music and reuniting a few lost items with their owners….


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Rich Kids Punk. Post Punk. New Wave. Tonight gives us an eclectic mix of what happened to the ‘others’ after the Sex Pistols. Glen Matlock gathered his buddies and formed Rich Kids. Steve Jones and Paul Cook formed The Professionals. Both ventures were a tad short-lived - however, tonight, for a one off only, both bands will take to the stage in London in an intriguing double headliner, featuring a few familiar faces.


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Love Revisited It’s ten years since the death of Arthur Lee, the genius songwriter and musician behind Love, one the seminal bands of the 1960s. Love's ‘Forever Changes’ is consistently voted one of the top albums of all time. For over a decade, until his passing in 2006, US indie group Baby Lemonade was Lee’s longest-serving Love touring band. Over that period they learnt his repertoire inside out, including playing on the seminal ‘Forever Changes’ live concert at The Royal Festival Hall in 2003, now documented on CD and DVD. They also appeared at Glastonbury that year (find this classic performance on YouTube). Now they’ve reunited, along with original Love guitarist Johnny Echols, to do an extensive tour, bringing Love’s music to a British audience once more.


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Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper. A career spanning 30 years right from when her debut back in ’83 spawned five top ten hits on the Billboard 100 including ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun.’ Grammy Award winner - Lauper has released ten studio albums since ’89. She’s also won multiple awards for composing the Broadway musical ‘Kinky Boots.’ She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, and throughout her career has sold over 50 million albums. And that’s just a snapshot of what she’s achieved.


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The Stone Roses Four years ago The Stone Roses were resurrected in spectacular fashion. Returning to their Mancunian homeland, the band reunited after a fifteen year split. In an iconic moment for British and indie music, they performed an emotional and triumphant set of shows at Heaton Park, delighting their long-serving fan base and showing the world that they still had 'it'.


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The Offspring The Offspring are the punk kings of Orange County USA. Bringing sunkissed sounds and teenage angst together in one beautiful package. Sure, these rockers are getting into their 50s now, but they're not slowing down any time soon.


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Psychic Ills US psych band Psychic Ills hit Manchester tonight for one of only two UK tour dates, before traveling on to the continent for more gigs. So it’s a rare chance to see the band in action. Just recently their new album, ‘Inner Journey Out’, has been getting plays and praise on the radio and their star is definitely on the rise.


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John Grant Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we go to some fantastic events and festivals. John Grant is just one of those events. Since our review of the intimate Royal Shakespeare Company gig back in 22 June 2014, John has released his glorious "Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" album back in October 2015. Interestingly he touched upon the reason for the title explaining that "Grey Tickles" is a translation from Icelandic to describe entering middle-age, which is a lovely way to see it, far more cheeky and certainly in John's style. "Black Pressure" was also mentioned as being Turkish for "nightmare", which was quite the opposite from tonight, as it was a dream.


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Neil Young The always hard-working Neil Young is back on the road with another tour, performing a small number of UK gigs. This time it’s not with his long-serving band Crazy Horse, but with a new group of young bucks called Promise of the Real, a band that includes two of Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah.


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Black Sabbath Home of Metal celebrates Black Sabbath's final world tour by asking fans to take selfies while watching the band at the Download Festival this weekend and to contribute to a new fan photo archive.


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The Lovely Eggs Despite continually writing brilliant garage-pop songs, working with luminaries like Gruff Rhys and John Shuttleworth and getting plaudits from critics and supportive radio DJs, Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs remain a bit of a cult underground band. Tonight I catch them at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club, where they are playing a one-off gig, warming up for Summer Festivals.


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