Daughtry Daughtry had the 02 Academy Birmingham singing along like a choir as they embarked on Birmingham to kick off their current ‘It’s Not Over…the Hits So Far’ tour.


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Busted As someone who is becoming increasingly jaded about generic pop punk you may wonder what has brought me to the Genting Arena to see Busted. The infectious fun of the McBusted documentary and the return of Charlie has me intrigued to see them live.


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Brian Wilson It was the majestic surround of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the pure majesty of a certain Mr Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ground breaking album Pet Sounds that awaited us last night and to say there was a palpable excitement by all inside the impressive arena - many of whom were clad in Hawaiian Shirts and floral Leis in honour of the great man.


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The Summer Set Ahh, The Summer Set. A band from Arizona who are apparently too pop for the punk kids but too punk for the pop kids. Where do they fit in? In Manchester it seems as tonight The Academy was packed with loyal supporters all eager to see a gig that may never have happened. After reportedly splitting last year, the band are now back together and looking stronger than ever after the release of their new album Stories For Monday.


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Heather Peace Multi-talented Heather Peace might not be a familiar name to you all, but I reckon she'll be a familiar face. Having starred in hit Brit dramas like London's Burning and more recently Lip Service and Holby City, Heather is a household name when it comes to her acting career, but there is so much more to the Yorkshire lass, and it's all revealed in her honest and emotionally charged music, which comes to life when she performs live.


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Frances I'd not heard of Liv Dawson before... the older I get, the more out of the loop I become. But I DO love a good female singer songwriter - hence being here to see Frances, and who couldn't resist the chance to see someone with a shared name?!


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The Icicle Works Early start for this one but Ian McNabb doesn’t mess about when it comes to playing live. The first time I saw him (solo acoustic set) he informed us to phone the babysitter to let them know we’d be late. Tonight the current Icicle Works line up is on stage for 8pm and leave at around 11pm. Even with a 15 minute break that’s serious value for money.


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Skepta As Skepta takes to his stage his new album ‘Konnichiwa’ is the mid week leader in the race for number 1 in the UK charts fighting off competition from Beyoncé, Prince and Radiohead’s new offering.


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The Victor Brox Blues Train Victor Brox is a home-grown British blues legend from Manchester with an impeccable pedigree. Tonight The Ruby Lounge plays host to a celebration of the man’s music on his 75th birthday.


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Tindersticks Visual albums are, apparently, all the rage now. Yet if you were slightly bemused a couple of weeks ago when someone asked if you'd "watched the new Beyonce album yet?', let me explain. A visual album is simply a record where each track is accompanied by its own tailor-made video. The Waiting Room, the eleventh album from Nottingham's Tindersticks, was released back in January, and some editions of the record were packaged with the 'visual album' version.


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Chris Cornell Emerged from a now iconic music scene in Seattle. Tick. Gained international success in band from said scene. Tick. Twice and ongoing. Tick. International and acclaimed solo success. Tick. Member of more than one supergroup. Tick. Multiple Grammy awards. Tick. we could gone on - instead we’re hear to listen. To the rock voice of a generation. Laid bare, just the main man, his voice and guitar - Chris Cornell is back with 'Higher Truth' Songbook style..


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Bellowhead 12 years ago, a newly formed band called Bellowhead, performed their first gig together in the lovely venue that is Oxford Town Hall. And now, twelve years and eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (five of which for best live act) later, they finish their farewell tour in the very same venue where it all started.


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The Dixie Chicks Last night Birmingham was in the presence of serial Grammy award winning country royalty, when The Dixie Chicks hit The Barclaycard Arena with a bang!


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We Are Scientists Dynamic, New York based rock indie duo, We Are Scientists, enveloped Birmingham’s O2 Institute in an enigmatic sound unlike that of their former albums. New album release, Helter Seltzer, explores a fusion of electronic, punk and hard instrumental rock that has propelled them into a distinguished artist worthy of a venue much larger than the Institute's 2nd room.


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