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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The Waterboys Would Morrissey pop along for a quick guest appearance during Johnny Marr’s set (ahem...)? Would Richard Thompson ride onto the stage on a Vincent Black Lightening 1952? And would The Waterboys show us the whole of their moon...yes...it’s Moseley Folk Festival time again!


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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Tonight many folk will have come to see Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks because of our hero being a one time member of legendary, laid-back, US indie band Pavement. The influence of Pavement on the music scene has been enormous. However, Malkmus has now made more albums solo or with The Jicks than he did with Pavement and his career has clearly moved on. Tonight’s gig at Nottingham is one of just five shows that the band are playing in the UK, on their current world tour.


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The Kooks Hit The Road I very clearly remember the year The Kooks brought out 'Inside In / Inside Out'. It was the summer I went to my very first music festival (Oxegen, Ireland) and I recall them playing the NME stage in frightening detail; a highly rowdy crowd, pints flying everywhere, teenagers pushing and shoving each other around to the point the band had to stop playing to calm everyone down. Boys and girls were all there to bounce along to the ridiculously catchy, summery, pop-rock. They were a completely accessible indie band with boy band good looks. It was cool to like them, and most people actually really did. It was no real wonder that album performed so well, putting them firmly on the map.


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Galtres Festival Galtres opened with Doncaster band and personal friends Bang Bang Romeo, their first performance on a main festival stage. No surprises in that they nailed it. Just a shame more people couldn't see them due to the site opening not long before they came on stage. I spoke to a few people that night who could hear the band from the queue and were gutted they didn't get to see them.


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Roland Gift Acclaimed soul-pop singer and actor Roland Gift has announced a handful of small  dates across the UK -leading off in the city where he was born - playing at The Hare & Hounds in Birmingham.  Gift came to national attention after forming the Fine Young Cannibals in Birmingham with Andy Cox and David Steele of The Beat.


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Billy Idol Seminal rocker Billy Idol has announced his much awaited live return to the UK this November. The punk and rock icon will play in Birmingham, London and Manchester - his first UK appearances since his unforgettable performance at Download 2010 where he triumphed in torrential rain and had the crowd eating out of his hand.


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