The Libertines So to the noughties band that were hey, a tad naughty. Critical acclaim took these indie-punks to the edge of the world, more than quite literally. As their star began to shine, these guys bickered and argued, one becoming the tabloid’s car crash of dream ticket as he fell into a drug oblivion.  So it is more than quite remarkable that these guys have survived to 2014, dabbling with Hyde Park over the summer and now to a trio of dates at the Ally Pally. Welcome tonight to the band who few predicted would have made it this far - welcome indeed to The Libertines.


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Kylie From the moment Kylie Minogue rises through a hole in the floor of the stage, draped seductively across a sofa shaped as a pair of lips to the sound of thousands of screams, you know instantly that you're in good hands for the evening. Kylie has got this. As she launches into opening track 'Les Sex' the audience is on Cloud 9. It's Manchester, it's Friday night and Kylie Minogue is here to lead the party.


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alt-J I became an instant fan of alt-J ever since I stumbled across their debut single ‘Tessellate’ back in 2011. The way this 4-piece manage to effortlessly combine folksy yet forceful vocals and guitar riffs over layers of sometimes ethereal, sometimes downright explosive synths and percussion, is perhaps one of many reasons alt-J can seemingly do no wrong. Their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' scooped the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Best Album as well as being named BBC 6Music's Album of The Year following global critical acclaim.


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Ms Lauryn Hill After stumbling upon a couple of not-so-complimentary reviews of previous tour dates, it seemed appropriate to expect the unexpected from Ms Lauryn Hill’s Tuesday night visit to Birmingham. Despite the cost of tickets, the academy attracted a mixed, multi-generational crowd – a true testament to the timeless, transcendent nature of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, Lauryn Hill’s debut solo album – now well over a decade old and still widely cited as a key favorite of many.


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Modern Baseball Modern Baseball’s first full headline UK tour has brought the tiny scenesters out for a sold out show at The Asylum tonight.  It is a three-band line up with proceedings starting early with Kingston-Upon-Thames lads Losing Sleep. Hailing from the current UK capital of the emo/punk/hardcore scene, thanks to local label/shop/promoters Banquet Records, creates high expectations with some heavy hitting influences. This is clear in their homage and parody to Saves the Day's Through Being Cool album artwork on their merch.


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Throwing Muses Throwing Muses were one of the iconic indie / alternative rock bands of the 1980s / 90s and, unusually, they were once fronted by two strong women who were the band's songwriters / singers / guitarists: Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly. Donelly left the band in 1991 for a career with The Breeders and Belly, then solo. Now she's back, providing not only the support act, but also joining her former band for several songs.


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A Time and Place This year marks the centenary of the start of the First Word War. 100 years ago in a totally different world, that it so many ways we can’t relate to.  The first mass produced cars (by Ford) only started in 1914, the telephone (as in landline) was still new technology, radio even newer and the first national broadcasting service - the BBC was 8 years away from formation. News was through newspapers or cinema screenings. But the very real human stories of the time still resonate today and tonight are shown through a powerful musical project: - A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War.


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Roger Chapman 'Back from Retirement' claimed the billing. Not normally a selling point for Rock'n'Roll, but when Roger Chapman's involved, it's worth taking a bit of notice.


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Beartooth Last time that Beartooth visited Birmingham (and the first time they visited the UK) was as the opening band for Of Mice & Men, back in April. Just five months later they’re back and headlining their own show at the Birmingham Academy 3, bringing along their own support in the form of Dead Harts and Climates.


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The Saturdays Here at Gig Junkies we’re lucky ducks! We get to photograph some superb gigs, and The Saturdays’ Birmingham date on their ‘Greatest Hits Live!’ Tour is just one of them. The girls just keep going from strength to strength, having now sold over five million records, with four top ten albums, The Saturdays continue to be a whirlwind force in the world of pop which shows no sign of slowing. They're planning to return to the studio later on in the year to start recording their fifth studio album.


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Festival No.6 As another Summer turns towards yet another Autumn, and with warm days soon to be replaced by shorter cooler days, I find myself in North Wales, (or more precisely) in Portmeirion, for my second visit to Festival No.6 now in its third year of being. Portmeirion, a rich and colourful Italianate village designed by the late Architect, William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary was home to the 1960’s cult TV show “The Prisoner”, the lead character played by Patrick McGoohan who was the “No.6” that the festival references.


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Benjamin Booker Academy 3 Brum played home to our latest Gig Junkies excursion and this time it was a trip to see the much hyped Benjamin Booker who'd come to visit all the way from NOLA. A lot smaller than its big brothers and sparsely populated with little more than 100 people in attendance, it mattered not a jot as there was that Saturday night vibe and everybody seemed up for it. The age range was really eclectic which was a little suprising. A couple of young kids were knocking about with their parents in tow and there were a number of people who were well into their 70’s. Obvious muso’s one and all.


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Roland Gift So way back in the 80’s, as one classic Brum band ‘dissolved’ another one was born. This new band did rather well,  worldwide success, and a couple of platinum albums beckoned before they too went their separate ways. But no matter, as tonight, in an exclusively snug venue, their lead singer plays in his own right, playing the old and new - it is the immense vocal talent of Roland Gift, of Fine Young Cannibals fame.


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A Time and Place And as we reflect on the centenary of the First World War, a powerful new music project featuring Mercury Prize folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17th September at Birmingham’s Town Hall.


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