Prawn Prawn are a slow burn band, they create space in the brain on a reflective autumnal day. ‘Run’ is not a record that demands attention from the very first listen; which leaves it open for the most intense criticism as a follow up to their sophomore record ‘Kingfisher’.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 In it's initial year as a first festival, Beyond The Trackshad a point to prove. With a lineup full of Indie/Alt greats from Birmingham and Beyond carefully cultivated by the masterminds behind the City's prestigious Moseley Folk Festival, it certainly did this. Over the course of the weekend, the Festival hosted acts such as Orbital, Faithless, indie royalty Maximo Park and the Coral before closing on Sunday evening with The Jesus and Mary Chain pioneers of the early noughties Birmingham Indie scene, Editors. Sadly the weather was not on the side of Beyond The Tracks, but this didn't stop music fans showing from far and wide to enjoy a well crafted line up.


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Gary Delaney The Borough Halls across Dudley continue with their excellent comedy line -up as Gary Delaney brings his show - "There’s Something About Gary" to Stourbridge Town Hall. Delaney is the skilled exponent of the one liner with killer punchline - as we take our seats on the screen at the rear of the stage is his Twitter feed - featuring a raft of these witty quips which already sets the audience chortling.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 The second day of the first ever Beyond The Tracks Festival brought some big-name bands to the heart of Birmingham, including Ocean Colour Scene, Maxïmo Park, The Coral and The Twang. Eastside City Park is a relatively small plot of land, just beyond the tracks (surprise, surprise) that lead a steady stream of trains in and out of New Street Station. The set-up felt rather like a fireworks events, with several fairground rides and food & drink stalls, along with the autumnal (but mostly dry!) weather.


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Beyond The Tracks And so to the first day of the inaugural Beyond The Tracks festival, taking place on a green space in Eastside in the heart of Birmingham; and ambitious festival which for the first day goes all dance / trance / party with the likes of Leftfield, Faithless (DJ Set) and headliners Orbital.


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Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson is certainly a workaholic and is prolific in his recorded output. As well as frequent touring and producing new work on studio albums he has recently started to revisit some of his past work. Following the release of ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release ‘Acoustic Rarities’ (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour. ‘Acoustic Rarities’ is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.


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John Legend John Legend, multi-platinum selling and ten time Grammy Award-winner R&B singer brought his "Darkness and Light" Tour to The O2 in London last night and it was a perfect excuse for all the thousands of couples attending to make this special occurrence their Tuesday date-night.


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he Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017 With summer feeling like a distant memory, and a more autumnal feel, my penultimate festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the sixth Festival No.6, and my fifth visit to this beautiful spot in North Wales for one of my favourite festivals.


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OnBlackheath I headed to leafy south-east London this past weekend for one of the last summer festivals, OnBlackheath. The festival is sponsored by John Lewis and its fourth year. What makes the festival different is that it caters for all ages. A sea of families, running toddlers, strollers and Hello Kitty balloons welcomed me. With an array of activities to keep the children occupied, if I had any, this would also be a festival I would comfortable take them to.


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Elvana “Sometimes I sound like Nic Cage. Sometimes it’s Matthew McConaughey. If you’re very f***in’ lucky, I might sound like Kurt Cobain. Mostly… I DO NOT sound like Elvis f***in’ Presley! But DO WE CARE!?” Not one bit. A packed house at the O2 Academy2 in Birmingham were firmly behind Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana as they brought their UK tour to the West Midlands on 9 September.


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Psychedelic Furs So tonight we're off to Brum to see a band that you could say are a band's band. They inspired a raft of subsequent bands; from all strands of their journey from their formation and roots in punk, new wave or the latter US commercial inspired rock hits they had post MTV. Extended hiatus (or split) in the early 90s, it was the early noughties before they came back together and have toured ever since (with a hint of an album in the pipeline?) - welcome tonight The Psychedelic Furs.


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Candice Gordon Candice Gordon is definitely one of the more interesting and intriguing propositions in the music scene 2017. In the world of singer / songwriters, pop and various takers on indie, Gordon takes her inspiration from the darker side of brooding sonic landscapes beautifully and intrinsically bound together in haunting melodies and lyrical prowess in a post- post punk generation.


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Deer Tick Deer Tick’s music has always floated somewhere between country-folk and indie-rock. Flirting with the two harmoniously on 2013’s ‘Negativity’, they return now with a double album, which allows them to separate their two main influences and explore the exactness of each genre.


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Beyond the Tracks Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park this September. Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city!


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