Lights Lights shone in Manchester as they played their first show of the year at the historic Night and Day Cafe – a venue I’d hazard a guess was chosen for it’s incredibly close proximity to Manchester’s Forbidden Planet comic book store (they are literally opposite each other).


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Boomtown's Green Mission for 2019 Boomtown's main priority for this year is to focus fully on what they can do within the festival and their audience reach, they have been completely rethinking the event in every aspect to radically reduce the impact. For 2019 and beyond, they are putting the imminent environmental crisis front and centre of their messaging and deep into the fabric of their event planning and infrastructure.


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Michael Bublé “I truly believe that if I do my job right tonight, I can turn this big arena into a little club. So, ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to join me tonight, because we’re going to celebrate love.” Those are the words of Michael Bublé as he addresses his sold-out crowd on the opening night of the UK leg of his brand new tour, An Evening with Michael Bublé at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena.


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BEAK> There is a substantial amount of kit on stage that needs manoeuvring before BEAK> can start their set, but this is done swiftly and efficiently so that the banter may begin. Surprisingly, BEAK> are ridiculously entertaining between songs in a slightly old-school Top Gear style, by making jokes at each other's expense which starts as soon as they walk on to the stage.


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Stand Back by Stevie Nicks After over 40 years in the music industry, Stevie Nicks influence is unquestionable whether it be as a member of rock legends Fleetwood Mac or as a solo artist. Her unique vocal style has had a vast impact noticeably recognised by an array of artists such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift and her rock n roll husband Tom Petty. This three disc collection of work spans her whole career including her greatest hits, collaborations and stunning live performances all of which present a comprehensive aural compilation of Nicks' work.


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The Unthanks The Trades Club is a socialist members cooperative in alt.Yorkshire’s Hebden Bridge... a hip, chilled out mill town noted for its liberal vibe and motley mixture of artists, alternative practitioners, New Age activists, LGBTs and urban commuters in search of the good life. This cosy venue is a natural home to The Unthanks who’ve played here on several occasions; indeed, as Becky remarks, she once lived here in the town.


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Stephen Morris in Conversation with Dave Haslam Joy Division and successor band New Order are Manchester musical legends, with several films and books already documenting both bands’ careers and legacies, including autobiographies by band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner. Now JD/NO drummer Stephen Morris has joined the club, with the first volume of his autobiography, ‘Record, Play, Pause’, published this month. To launch the book Morris is doing a ‘tour’ around the UK, where he is in conversation on stage with Mancunian DJ, broadcaster and journalist Dave Haslam. Haslam also has a new book on sale, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester and More’. Haslam and Morris are old buddies, Haslam having DJ’ed at Manchester’s infamous Hacienda club, of which Morris and his New Order comrades were, of course, part owners.


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Kendal Calling's First Ever Photography Exhibition A photography celebration of Kendal Calling, the UK’s most vibrant music festival is set to go on show at Manchester’s newest music bar, 33 Oldham Street.


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Disturbed The Manchester Apollo was absolutely heaving for the Disturbed show tonight. Not just busy, but absolutely jam packed full of rock fans. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the venue as full as it was for the first of their two nights in the city to close the Evolution World Tour. It was full right from the get-go too due to the support act tonight being the one and only Skindred, who are, in their own rights a massive draw.


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Marc Almond Marc Almond is one of the rare artists who find themselves in the envious position of not having to churn out albums to order. In fact he pretty much pleases himself these days, and so it was that he thought why not do a mini six date UK tour featuring songs from his musical heroes and of course one or two Soft Cell tunes.


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Gods of Rap Gods of Rap brought together three of the most iconic names in hip-hop for an incredible celebration of music along with the legendary DJ Premier of Gang Starr steering the ship throughout the show. De La Soul, Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan joined forces in Manchester and took the roof of with a combination of feel-good vibes, political power and camaraderie.


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The Specials Tonight is crackling in the O2 in Sheffield, positively crackling. The Specials are here for a sell out date on their Encore 40th Anniversary Tour and by the looks of it every Tyke that has ever been a fan (that’s a Yorkshireman for those not in the know) is out in force… and then some.


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Sam Fender Some might say that it’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a year for Sam Fender. Since releasing his debut single 18 months ago, the 24-year-old has been listed on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 Award, picked up a prestigious BRITS Critics’ Choice Award and sold out venues across the country. Quite a feat for an artist that’s yet to even release their debut album.


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Marina Absolutely everything about Marina shows class - from the clarity of the sound, the elegance of her movements and how she interacts with her dancers to the respectably early finishing time of the show.


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