JJ-Thumb Tonight is an all too rare opportunity to see Joe Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and writer, on his “Fast Forward” UK Tour. Jackson arrived in the New Wave/Post punk scene in 1979 with his “Look Sharp” album containing the witty and acerbic “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Born in Burton, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, and is now Berlin based via London and New York. The show is a sellout, and the older crowd (with a few youngsters dotted around) eagerly await the start of the show. To get the crowd in the mood, we are treated to some old time jazz to warm us up ready for the show.


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Gabrielle Aplin Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The Dark, Gabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!


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Public Service Broadcasting Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain (with the emphasis on Entertain) seemed to come out of nowhere to a myriad of excellent reviews. Coupled with live shows that took the whole PSB concept to another level Public Service Broadcasting were obviously ones to watch, although every review seemed to come with the caveat ‘limited shelf life’.


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Bowling For Soup Now after all the excitement it was time for Bowling For Soup to take to the stage, they were greeted with uproar of cheers as one by one they came out onto the stage. They kicked the night off right by starting with 'The Bitch Song' followed by 'Emily' and 'Ohio (Come Back To Texas)'.


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Hozier Well now good people, please add Hozier - the cheeky chappy who hails from County Wicklow Ireland to the list of ‘one named wonders’ to have their name scribed on to the Gig Junkies hall of fame.


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Anne-Marie Anne-Marie is one of the few, (if not only) three-time world champions in Shotokan karate, touring across the UK at the moment! A singer/songwriter from Essex, she has spent the last couple of years touring with Rudimental as a live vocalist and has even appeared in the West End many years before that, alongside Jessie J in ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Having released her debut EP, ‘Karate’, earlier in 2015, her debut album is set to release later this year, with all paths having led to tonight, the final night of her debut headline tour.


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Mayday Parade Opening with ‘One of Them Will Destroy the Other’ off their last album ‘Black Lines’, you can’t help but liken the logo to a vertical Black Flag logo. The energy levels are ramped up as lead singer Derek Sanders bounces around the stage with abundant enthusiasm.


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The Libertines The Libertines rocked into Birmingham Barclaycard arena as if it was no different from any of the smaller venues they had previously played, performing with the energy that was longed for during the ten years that passed before 'Anthems for Doomed Youth' emerged onto the scene late last year.


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The Last Shadow Puppets Announce Live Dates Following the recent announcement of their forthcoming album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’, released on 1 April 2016, The Last Shadow Puppets will be returning to the UK, Europe and US for their first live dates since 2008.


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Brian Wilson Music legend Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 World tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honour of its 50th anniversary. The UK dates include two nights at the prestigious London Palladium, all tour dates and ticket information is below, tickets go on sale at 10am Friday January 29th at 9am.


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The Corrs The Corrs were a revelation in the nineties with a blend of rock and traditional Gaelic or Garlic as I wrote in my notes due to autocorrect, which gives them a unique sound as well as aroma.


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Cancer Bats Having last seen the Cancer Bats on a joint headline tour with ‘While She Sleeps’ it's great to see them perform to a united front. Joint headline tours often suffer from a divided crowd but tonight there is no mistaking the horns in the air and big shouts for these guys.


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20 Years on - Fun Lovin' Criminals 'Come Find Yourself' Live in its Entirety - February UK Tour Fun Lovin’ Criminals will play live shows in February 2016 to celebrate and resurrect in all its glory one of the most important albums of 1996, ‘Come Find Yourself’. 20 years on this debut release for the group sounds as fresh and vibrant as it did that year, when it spent almost 12 months in the UK chart, becoming a soundtrack for the summer and peaking at No. 7. Huey Morgan, Brian Leiser and Frank Benbini will play the album live and in full for the very first time at O2 Academy venues in Leeds, Newcastle, and Oxford, as well as dates at Nottingham Rock City, Birmingham Institute, Manchester Cathedral and the capital’s stunning O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.


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Chris Hadfield There's a starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds…” - an apt lyric from a lost legend. Well tonight we have the opportunity to meet a real life starman, who is here to meet us. Colonel Chris Hadfield blew our minds when he circled the earth in a tin can, just like Major Tim Peake is doing right now. He talked to us, through the power of social media - from up there. And tonight he’s right here.


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