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Trivium + Code Orange + Power Trip + Venom Prison at The Academy, Manchester, UK – 20th April 2018


Trivium
Summer has arrived unexpectedly early in Manchester, and around the campus of the university students are basking in the sunshine. Meanwhile, outside the Academy there’s a sea of black clothing as the queue for tonight’s metalfest begins to snake around the block. The Metal Hammer-sponsored ‘The Sin And The Sentence’ tour has brought a varied line-up to town that includes the new hopes for Death Metal, Venom Prison, Texan thrashers Power Trip, Grammy-nominated hardcore bruisers Code Orange and headliners Trivium for a night of big riffs and plenty of energy. Almost at the end of a nearly 7-week European run, expectations for tonight’s show are bound to be high.

Code Orange + Employed To Serve + Chamber at The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK – 15th April 2018


Code Orange
Pittsburgh heavier-than-hell hardcore crew Code Orange are undoubtedly the breakthrough band in heavy music of the past year or two. Their third album, Forever, took them onto a major label and astonishingly found them being nominated for a Grammy for the title track. For a band who have been described as “nightmarishly chaotic hardcore”, this is no minor feat.

Carnifex + Oceano + Aversions Crown at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham, UK – 27th February 2018


Carnifex
It’s a fiercely cold night in Birmingham and snow is falling outside Mama Roux’s as an almost sold-out crowd stays warm inside for something far more brutal in the shape of deathcore royalty with Aversions Crown, Oceano and headliners, Carnifex.

Lucy Rose at the Institute, Birmingham, UK – 27th May 2013


Lucy Rose
Lucy Rose’s sweet vocals have found themselves all over 6Music’s airwaves over the past few months, not to mention featuring on a couple of Bombay Bicycle Club records. But it’s great to see that this talented artist is finally getting the recognition she deserves, and tonight, in front of a packed room at The Institute she more then justifies all the attention.

A New Music Photography Exhibition is Coming to The Custard Factory in Birmingham


Midlands Music Photography Exhibition
A fantastic new music photography exhibition is coming to The Custard Factory in Birmingham. It will be taking place this month and features 12 music photographers from all over the Midlands. 6 of the exhibitors have also contributed to Gig Junkies.

Michael Kiwanuka's video for his new single 'I'm Getting Ready' + Spring Tour Dates


Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka has today unveiled the video for his new single ‘I’m Getting Ready’. Few records make such an instant impression as ‘Home Again’, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless.

Michael Kiwanuka’s video for his new single ‘I’m Getting Ready’ + Spring Tour Dates


Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka has today unveiled the video for his new single ‘I’m Getting Ready’. Few records make such an instant impression as ‘Home Again’, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless.

Kings of Leon @ Hyde Park, London, UK – 22 June 2011


Kings of Leon
This week, Kings of Leon brought the festival atmosphere to the capital. Beer in paper cups, indecisive weather and muddy pathways were all present to complete the Glastonbury-esque scene. But who needs Glastonbury when Hyde Park is much more accessible? (I’m not bitter that I didn’t get a ticket… just for the record.)

Kate Walsh + Dan Whitehouse @ The Glee Club, Birmingham UK – 12 October 2009


Kate Walsh
Two years ago I got married in Cornwall. An odd beginning for a live review you may think but I just needed to share something with you. The song we chose to play as my wife-to-be walked down the aisle was “Your Song”. Not by Elton John, by Miss Kate Walsh…

U2 @ Millennium Stadium, Cardiff UK – 22 August 2009


U2
Inside Cardiff’s humungous Millennium Stadium you could be forgiven for thinking you’d entered the set of the new War Of The Worlds movie, albeit with 70,000 extras. An immense other-worldly structure rises up several storeys high in the centre of the stadium, with insect-like legs and a blinding array of flashing multi-coloured lights. Look down towards it’s feet and four relatively tiny creatures attempt to draw your attention back towards earth level. These creatures go by the names Adam, Larry, Bono and The Edge.

Nine Inch Nails + Jane’s Addiction @ Manchester MEN Arena UK – 14 July 2009

Nine Inch Nails Due to such a palaver about getting a wristband and prepaid tickets at the MEN, I missed tonight’s performance by Mew. However, there was no way that I was going to miss Jane’s Addiction, particularly as Eric Avery is back, completing the original line-up not seen on these shores since 1991…

Nine Inch Nails + Jane's Addiction @ Manchester MEN Arena UK – 14 July 2009

Nine Inch Nails Due to such a palaver about getting a wristband and prepaid tickets at the MEN, I missed tonight’s performance by Mew. However, there was no way that I was going to miss Jane’s Addiction, particularly as Eric Avery is back, completing the original line-up not seen on these shores since 1991…

The Ghost of a Thousand + The Computers + Sharks + Sienna @ The Rainbow, Birmingham UK – 06 July 2009

The Ghost Of A Thousand Perhaps a torrential downpour is not exactly what you would wish for on your way to a gig in a garden! Thankfully the garden in question belongs to The Rainbow pub in Digbeth with its marquee-style courtyard and I am here to see what I would term a line-up of bands with a neo-punk persuasion – not so much emulating the good old punk of yore but certainly a genre of music having its roots firmly planted there.

Dave Matthews Band @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall UK – 29 June 2009

Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band are probably the biggest band on the planet that most of the UK population have never heard of! Having sold close to 35 million albums they are listed in the Top 100 highest selling music acts of all time. Their last five albums all debuted at No.1 in the US charts. So tonight’s gig to a mere 3000 enthusiastic punters could be considered an intimate affair compared with the stadiums and amphitheatres the band usually perform in.