Agnes Obel YES YES YES! AN ALL WOMEN SET! (I couldn't help but hop excitedly from foot to foot at this. I'm so tired of all male backing, even for women! Nice one, Agnes!) her crew consisted of a cellist, oboe player, Agnes on keyboards, and another woman on drum machine. All dressed in white - they appeared formidable.


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Passenger Previous Brighton busker Michael Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, humbly graced the O2 Academy in Birmingham Tuesday night accompanied by his usual guitar and backed by a new live band.


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Pierce The Veil The release of their latest album Misadventures brought Pierce The Veil to the O2 Birmingham Academy on this frosty Saturday evening. Ever popular in the UK, it was no surprise that this show was a complete sell out – even Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P Carter bypassed the German Markets to grace The Academy with his presence.


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Brian Fallon & The Crowes Previous Gaslight Anthem front man Brian Fallon took to the stage with his current band mates on Saturday night ‘The Crowes’ at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall.


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Lush Tonight is a truly momentous occasion as Lush play their last ever gig. These legendary purveyors of ‘shoegaze’ originally split in 1996 after the sad death of drummer Chris Acland, but reformed last year to record an EP and play UK, European and US dates. However, with bassist Phil King’s recent decision to quit, the band have finally decided to call it a day. For tonight’s final gig, front-women Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson and drummer (since the band reformed) Justin Welch are joined by Modern English bassist Michael Conroy.


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The Courteeners The Courteeners. Manchester's sons are often dismissed in the music press, presumably because of some kind of London centric snobbishness aimed at the North of England. The Courteeners and their army of fans care not for such an attitude. One of the reasons the band are so popular is that they know their audience. Whether it be recruiting Milburn to join them in Yorkshire or coming out to the fevered howl of Oasis' 'Morning Glory', they know how to raise excitement to fever pitch.


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Farro Let's cast your minds back to when Josh Farro was a founding member of Grammy winning, alternative rock group Paramore, who had record sales surpassing 10 million units worldwide with hits including ‘Misery Business’, ‘Only Exception’ and ‘Decode'.


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Jesca Hoop I came late to the Hoop train, as mentioned in my earlier review of her tour with Sam Beam (of Iron and Wine fame). It’s no secret that I obsess over female singer songwriters - specifically those whose songs elicit feelings of sorrow and loss. Hoop’s earlier work varies in sound to my ears - unbeknownst to me, I’d heard ‘Born To’ many many times on BBC 6Music, without registering who she was, with it washing over me. But that song is heavily produced, with full band. And my preference is Hoop on her own with a guitar, stripped back and intimate.


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Farro Gig Junkies’ Sophie Jones sat down to chat with Josh Farro aka FARRO the former lead guitarist and backing singer of Paramore and about life as a solo artist, his new album 'Walkways' and how his first solo tour was going...


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Album Review: Live At Union Chapel - Lissie Little do artists manage to pull off live albums when removing the protection of the production that goes into making a record. There’s no edits, no time for adjustments, no fancy auto-tune. It’s just you, the pressure of an audience, a few instruments and a microphone. You’re in the spotlight, simple. Stripped back, an unpretentious Lissie bares little thought to an uninspiring album title ‘Lissie – Live At Union Chapel’, her raw and minimalist ways show she needs no introduction, no falsity, no fresh record label bullsh*t. The London gig was sold out.


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The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms have barely left the UK over the last couple of years, which shows how they've gone from playing the Temple to the Main room here tonight. The stage is dressed to feel like a cozy living room, filled win standard lamps and a sofa complete with jaded girl glued to phone. ‘Scream’ plays on an old TV and only the double mirror ball fun denotes the occasion.


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Frank Turner Anyone who knows me will know I love a good name drop so let’s get that out of the way first. I was lucky enough to be involved with a live interview with Frank Turner on Sine FM the afternoon of the gig. I mention this not only for shameful name dropping but also because one of the things we touched on was support acts for the tour. Frank hand picks his support acts and they are invariably worth watching.


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Sisters Of Mercy Darkened smelly, smokey clubs, with sticky floors and DJ's playing vinyl from up on high. The sub-culture of an 80s scene - which by identity, you could belong. And the DJ plays. 'Floorshow.' We young teenagers dance, immersed in the churning beat. My introduction, way to many years ago, to tonight's headliners - a welcome return to Andrew Eldritch and The Sisters of Mercy.


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Ludovico Einaudi In a sold out room of people where we are each alone and listening only to these men play just for us.


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