PVRIS All the way from Boston Massachusetts, the combination of Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (Lynn Gunn), Alex Babinkski & Brian MacDonald came to Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3. After releasing their debut album ‘White Noise’ towards the end of 2014, the midlands music fans packed a sold out venue to enjoy an 8-song set that would hit everyone square in the face (in a good way).


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Seasick Steve Rarely does the O2 in Sheffield get this rammed, but the fact that the bearded enigma from Oakland, California, Steven Gene Wold, AKA Seasick Steve is in town, has meant that tonight it is full, very full.


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James Bay I won’t deny, I was a bit of a sceptic of James Bay before attending his gig at The Leadmill, Sheffield on Thursday night. Sure, I knew his hit ‘Hold Back The River’, but it was hard not to, considering its popularity on the radio, reaching number two in the UK, with over sixty-four million listens on Spotify (a large percentage of which had taken place in my flat, by my infatuated friends).


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Circa Waves I began listening to Circa Waves a couple of years ago when their their debut single ‘Get Away’ was released in 2013. Considering them to be brilliant and definitely needing more songs to pick from, I was excited when their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ was released earlier this year. Their performance live certainly wasn’t a disappointment, as they took to the stage with an explosion of sound and a light (literally, the lighting was fantastic) it lead me to consider if I had gone both temporarily blind and deaf. I kept jumping anyway.


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Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett has come a long way over the last 18 months. The sudden worldwide success of double EP ‘A Sea Of Split Peas’ left her touring the same old setlist, despite having her debut album largely finished by the summer of last year. But now ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ is finally here, and she is ready to unleash a newfound energy on her audience.


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Of Mice & Men Hit with a gross humidity as I enter crowded venue of the O2 Academy, awaiting Of Mice & Men, the suspense is high in the sold out arena. As I settled in with a beer in hand the room swallows us up in a blackout and a siren of alarms set off a deafening roar of screams from the audience.


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Swim Deep After almost 2 months since releasing their new single ‘To My Brother’ Swim Deep were gracing their home town with a packed out show at The Oobleck in The Custard Factory.


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Future Islands "Woah buddy! I'll take all of that you've got!". Those were a grinning David Letterman's words after Future Islands' performance of Seasons (Waiting For You) on his show last March, a performance that was soon to go viral. It was one of those videos you kept going back to, without quite knowing why - but something undefinable kept drawing you back to watch that most watchable of frontmen, Samuel T Herring.


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McBusted Entering the Barclaycard Arena I was instantaneously met by a mass of nostalgic noughties crazed music fans, ecstatically awaiting the new pop rock and punk pop fusion band McBusted. The six piece have begun a hysteria with their Most Excellent Adventure Tour. Blackout set off an immensity of screams and with their infinite energy McBusted entered, pinging into position one by one from below the stage like they’d just landed onto the screen of an arcade game.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen Catfish and the Bottlemen - or to continue an abbreviation theme CATBM - have been blessed with a fairly meteoric rise to fame over the last 12 months, which although they find hard to comprehend themselves, is no surprise to anybody who follows the music industry and certainly not to the team at Gig Junkies HQ.


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Four Year Strong Finally, headline act Four Year Strong punk rock quartet entered the stage with their melodic hardcore style, the room stepped up the tempo with a conventional mosh pit. Instantly setting a buzz within the venue with their powerful and aggressive intro, Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar) greeted the front row audience with his gritty vocals.


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Wolf Alice Wolf Alice have been on our radar for a while. They’ve been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, often tipped on people’s ones-to-watch list. It feels like they are one big record away from really making it into a wider stream of consciousness. It was a treat to hear they were touring early this year; the chance to see them before they really set the world alight was one which we could not turn down.


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Interview with Architects' Ali Dean Architects must surely be one of the hardest working British bands out there right now. We managed to grab a few minutes with bass player Ali Dean before their show at the Birmingham Institute recently to talk about AirMiles, stealing Kerrang! Award trophies and the whirlwind tour cycle for their amazing album Lost Forever // Lost Together.


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Chuck Ragan Tucked away, so far from the merch, in the Temple Room of the Institute you would have found me huddling into myself for warmth.


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