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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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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Anberlin In January 2014 Anberlin announced that they would be going there separate ways and recording their final album 'Lowborn'. There’s no doubt, the band who have had such a presence in the music scene for the past 12 years will be going out on a high note, with an album so impressive, it will be remembered for years to come along with their legacy. Tonight, here in Manchester they will be performing their 2nd date of their final UK tour here at the Manchester Club Academy along with support from Fort Hope and Natives.


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Joan as Police Woman Joan Wasser’s post show musings on Facebook: “Holmfirth! The Picturedrome...your gorgeous town, stellar crowd and theater ceiling are magic. Thank you. Who knew?” Not enough people know about Joan As Police Woman, that is for sure. A small crowd - unusually seated - of around a couple of hundred are gathered to hear Joan (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar and violin), Matt Whyte (guitar), Eric Lane (keyboards) and Parker Kindred (drums). The band’s name, by the way, is inspired by the 1970s American TV show Police Woman which starred a similarly tough and sassy female lead.


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Galtres Parklands Festival Galtres Parklands Festival returns to Duncombe Park, Helmsley this summer to mark its tenth birthday in style, with performances from major artists including Levellers, The Human League, Tricky, Morcheeba, Bellowhead and Public Service Broadcasting.


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Burt Bacharach Excitement abounds, and for a Monday night the crowd of gowns and jewels that alight the stairs to the main symphony hall it's clear this is an occasion that's been much awaited. It is in fact the first time that Burt Bacharach has played Birmingham.


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THEBAND Cool music, lovely people, real ale, steam trains, sun...sun...even more sun...wouldn’t the country be a better place if it was run by the good folk behind Indietracks and the bands who played? Yes, yes it would. MJ Hibbert would be Secretary of State for Education, Hidden Cameras would be in charge of the armed forces and Gruff Rhys would be Prime Minister, although given his wonderfully laid back drawl and thoughtful pondering Prime Minister’s Question Time may well last a week.


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Hall & Oates With huge hits, these guys permeated the radio during the 80s and took over MTV. We know all the words, we sang all the songs. So as a blast from the past we have the luxury of spending a beautiful summers eve in the delectable Symphony Hall, with guys who have the acclaimed status of being the number one selling duo in history* (*RIAA) - we’ve here for a bit of Hall & Oates.


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Jessie J at Girl Effect Live Fans came out in their droves to see Jessie J at the arty and dingy venue which is a far cry from the arena shows she has become accustomed to since she shot to fame in back in early 2010.  Speaking to some of Jessie’s fans outside the venue, the affectionately nicknamed 'heartbeats' told me they felt lucky to see their idol in this tiny venue telling me that it felt in some way 'historic'.


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Andrew W.K. Andrew opens with a rousing party commander speech to his troops to rile everyone up into a frenzy. Cue lots of chanting of ‘PARTY! PARTY!’ and the fun was on course. Joining him on stage is his tour manager who rocks hard, provides fun dance moves and backing vocals.


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Kiran Leonard I came to Kiran Leonard via hearing him on Marc Riley’s excellent Radio 6 programme. It’s always good to catch new talent when it’s fresh and before it becomes famous. I wish I had a better track record in this respect, because the only famous band I’ve genuinely managed to catch in its true infancy (nappy stage) was the Human League. And that was a long time ago.


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Tame Impala Tame Impala is the brainchild of Australian musician, Kevin Parker, and the band have come to prominence in the last four years, mostly noticeably with their second album Lonerism that received critical acclaim.


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Neil Young Writing this review, I have to first own up to being a long-term Neil Young nut. I don’t always like everything Neil produces, but there’s no doubt that he’s always interesting and challenging as an artist and has produced some brilliant work over his long career. He’s ever unpredictable and can often challenge his listening fans, with strange new works and non-crowd pleasing live performances. For this you have to respect the man – he doesn’t care what we think, he does it all for ‘his art’. So the question is, what is Neil going to get up to in Liverpool tonight?


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