New Model Army To a city filled with the legend of a man who robbed the rich to feed the poor, we’re in Nottingham's iconic Rock City to see Cromwell’s anti-establishment army, as the ‘family’ roll into town for a special and unique take of this particular band’s 34 year career. With just two dates in the UK - welcome all ye faithful to ‘Between Blood and Wine’ - an evening with the New Model Army.


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Bombay Bicycle Club It’s been two years since Bombay Bicycle Club graced Wolverhampton with their presence, and the marked change in sound and pace since their 2011 album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ was pretty evident tonight, playing a set mostly comprising of their newer, heavier, electro and in parts R&B influenced material from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Things have certainly evolved for this London 4-piece, with each of their 4 albums carrying the progression of UK indie with them, and who seem to be one of the most inventive indie bands around right now.


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Foxes As we entered Kasbah Nightclub, this venue was a little different to many… I was pretty certain they’d mopped the floor with glue, cue worrying that the soles of my shoes would be ripped from them every time I wanted to move. Whilst awaiting the lovely Foxes, an exceedingly drunken and tall lady made sure to use me as a leaning post… until the lights dimmed and she ran to the front screaming to welcome Foxes onto stage.


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Brit Floyd Brit Floyd – ‘The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show’, proudly proclaims the band’s web site.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with setting the bar of expectation high, but for a band celebrating the five decade long musical history of one of the most iconic acts of all time, this is setting a high bar indeed.


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Roy Wood and friends There's nothing like a bit of old skool glam rock to get you in the mood for Christmas... Roy Wood is aiming to make this event at Birmingham's Symphony Hall an annual event, like a brummy variety performance, I'm loving a bit of retro talent to kick off the festivities.


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Saint Saviour With some deservedly impressive reviews rolling in for her latest album, In The Seams, there’s a better turn out for tonight’s gig at the Hairy Hounds than there was back in 2012 when Saint Saviour last played here. At that time she was seriously considering packing touring in altogether as, in common with a sadly growing number of artists, she was pretty much doing everything herself which is undoubtedly (a) pretty ruddy time consuming and (b) soul destroying if the turnout’s a little, ahem, slim.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen Surprisingly, it was the little room (AKA the Library) that we were directed to see the current media darlings Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Institute in Brummieland. Splendid! Based on what I’d seen online of their previous gigs, it was going to get niiiiiccceee and sweaty!


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Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds For the last time, Jeff Wayne has brought his alien extravaganza, “Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, Alive on Stage” to Birmingham as part of the Final Arena Tour. Since 2006, Wayne has been taking the musical adaptation of H.G.Wells’ 1898 classic text around the globe to sell out audiences.


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Ben Howard By the time I’d grabbed a pint and squeezed into the venue of Wolves Civic, the lush Mr Ben Howard had entered a black out stage and I’d been immediately deafened by woops and screams… and when I say squeezed, I mean breathing down the neck of the person in front of me at this completely sold out gig.


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The Wytches "This is our biggest gig ever", announced The Wytches’ frontman Kristian Bell mid-set during tonight’s show. Indeed, Scala is packed to the brim; between the new-goth teens down the front to the pint-drinking, middle-aged men at the back, there is very little room to breathe.


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Electric Six It would be awesome if we could dance! With Dick Valentine and Electric Six this is a nailed on dead cert if ever I’ve seen one. For me one of the most fun and underrated bands of the last ten years strutted into the Academy 2 stage in Birmingham. Some improper dancing is about to occur.


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Michael Bublé To celebrate the opening night, Michael Bublé is doing two dates, as the opening dates to his UK December tour.  Last year Bublé sold out his 10 day residency at O2 Arena in London, as well as concerts in Manchester Birmingham and Glasgow - and these two dates at the new Barclaycard Arena are also sold out.


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Slash The music journalist in me has always wanted to do a Slash gig. It’s not that I’m a massive fan - admittedly he’s a decent axe man and I do like the whole cigarette and top hat thing he’s got going on - but I do find his guitar playing a wee bit ‘twiddly’ at times. Or as my fellow muso Miss Toni Woodward refers to it ‘noodley’. Anyway, I digress. The main reason why I’ve always wanted to see the curly haired rocker from Stoke perform is to use a headline based around the 80’s film icon whom happened to waltz around in skin tight shorts, whilst playing the nemesis of Ming the Merciless. Yes people…


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Mastodon To quote Jane Austen "What are men to rocks and mountains?" This is the genre where men try and bridge that gap. This is a show for museos who like their proficient twiddly guitar and old school metal fans. This feeing is further emphasised by the wide age ranging male dominated crowd and the length of hair on show.


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