The Seventh Wave So happening in November we have the inaugural Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music, being held in Birmingham from 10-13 November 2016. For fans of electronica this festival features ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur, Richard Barbieri (Japan/Rain Tree Crow/Porcupine Tree), Rusty Egan and Andy McCluskey of OMD.


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The Tubes The Tubes, the San Francisco-based art rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem "White Punks on Dope,” celebrates their triumphant return to the UK with their 'Mondo Pulp' tour this October.


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Rat Boy So the story goes a little like this. As eager fans braved a wet, blustery night in what seemed to look like a never-ending queue at Birmingham Institute to see one of 2016`s hottest rising stars, the lone Gig Junkies contributor heard a voice after dodging traffic crossing the road enquiring where she was going, who was on and would it be a good night? A bit of “chit chat” as she enquired, to the out-of-town group of handsome young men “if they were going there too?” A cheeky grin flashed as “Rat Boy” coolly replied he was performing and then it dawned, talk about an #Epicfail but explaining who,why, where and when we parted with this Chelmsford charmer reminding to “write him a good review..."


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Goo Goo Dolls With their new track ‘So Alive’ currently the No. 1 most added at hot AC radio in the US, on the Radio 2 playlist in the UK and their new album ‘Boxes’ released last week, Goo Goo Dolls are back with a vengeance.


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The Stranglers The Men in Black return early next year as The Stranglers announce they will be back on the road again in March 2017. Following the sell-out success of their Black and White Tour in March last year, the group will, this time, present the Classic Collection to coincide with the planned re-release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from the period 1977-82.


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Skinny Lister The unstoppable, wide-eyed, rump-shaking force of Skinny Lister continues apace with the announcement of their third studio album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ to be released on 30th September 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings.


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Izzy Bizu Izzy Bizu is a singer/songwriter from South West London. Taking inspiration from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Amy Winehouse and Adele, gives Izzy a unique sound with a vibrant mix of soul, jazz and pop shining through. It’s been a busy year for the BBC Music Sound of 2016 nominee. From having recorded a reworked version of Edith Piaf’s “La Foule”, used as the theme song for BBC’s Euro 2016 coverage, to releasing her debut album, “A Moment of Madness” earlier this month, Izzy has been going from strength to strength! Now, fresh off the summer festival circuit, Izzy Bizu is at Camden’s KOKO for a sold out performance, to show the people of London what she’s all about!


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Ray Quinn The last time I saw Ray Quinn (musically) was 9 years ago when he released his debut album 'Doing It My Way'. 2015 saw Ray head back into the studio to start work on a new commercial sound that would return him to his music, bringing us to the 2016 'No Man’s Land' Tour.


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Ray Quinn Interview Gig Junkies' Sophie Jones sat down for a chat with to the multi-talented Ray Quinn before his gig at The Robin 2 in Bilston.


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Black Peaks + Heck Black Peaks take the headline spot and are welcomed on stage by a whistling crowd. Opening with ‘White Eyes’ they deliver a pitch perfect set. I have to confess I've yet to listen to their debut album, I had intended to listen the shit out of it, as Black Peaks singles have been a slow burn for me. Instead I was waiting to blown away live.


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Ray Quinn Ray returned to the studio in 2015 to start work on a new commercial sound that would return him to his music. Working with a team of songwriters and producers in London he has been creating an album of original songs for his eagerly awaited second album. See Ray and hear his new music this autumn on his ‘No Man’s Land’ tour.


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Festival No. 6 My final festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the fifth Festival No.6, and my fourth visit to this wonderfully eclectic festival. The festival is spread over many stages across the “village” and the wider Portmeirion estate. As well as the usual festival style stages held in open fields, almost every nook and cranny in the village and the surrounding woodland was intended to be filled with something of interest going on over the weekend with over 1000 artists taking part in the festival.


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Jesca Hoop and Sam Beam FORTUNATELY I was not disappointed by Beam & Hoop. I’d heard one track of theirs shared by a friend who loved both their solo careers, and I instantly bought the album. I’ve since listened to it incessantly, and LOVE their harmonies, but was largely unfamiliar with them as individuals or as solo artists. Part of me worried there would be an aloof hipster-esque snobbery to them and their performance – standoffish. Nothing could be further from the truth!


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Good Charlotte Acting as a pit stop between their headline slot on the Lock Up Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, Good Charlotte graced the good people of Birmingham with their angst riddled, pop punk tunes on a rather fittingly rainy, emo Saturday.


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