Jimmy Buffett People dressed in Hawaiian shirts, garlands and a variety of weird and wonderful headgear standing outside this lovely venue could only mean one thing: singing legend Jimmy Buffett and his dedicated fans - the Parrotheads - were back in town.


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Josh Turner One of the biggest names in country music over the past 15 years, American superstar Josh Turner rounded off his short, three-date UK tour - the first time he's performed on this side of the Atlantic - to a large crowd at the second annual Long Road country music festival in Leicestershire, topping a bill which also included Cam, Asleep at the Wheel and Suzy Bogguss.


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Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow doesn’t come to the UK nearly as often as I would like her to, but whenever she does it’s an absolute pleasure to be in the same room listening to her and the incredible band perform some of the greatest songs of the last 25 years. She’s been one of my top 5 go-to artists for the last quarter of a century and has sound tracked some of my most favourite moments with some of my most favourite friends.


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Teddy Thompson Flame-haired country singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson is one of those rare things: nostalgic yet modern, passionate yet unsentimental. It is perhaps a curious kind of venue, then, that he finds himself in tonight.


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BlackBerry Smoke Their t-shirts say ‘Too Country for Rock, Too Rock for Country' which may be true about Blackberry Smoke on record and may be the reason I have never properly given them an opportunity further than listening to an odd track now and then. Live though they are much closer to one of my favourite ever bands, fellow Atlantians the Black Crowes.


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First Aid Kit I’ve been waiting for this night for 12 months. I was lucky enough to see First Aid Kit at a one-off show in Shoreditch this time last year and as we all filed out of the town hall that night, I spotted two of the Staveley-Taylor sisters popping backstage to see Klara and Johanna. The thought crossed my mind – wouldn’t it be great if they played a show together. Fast forward a year and here we are – Newcastle O2 Academy for a night of harmony and some of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear.


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Kiefer Sutherland This is only my second time attending the Manchester Albert Hall but it certainly strikes me as a beautiful setting for tonight, the light from streaming through the windows which only amplifies the heat that is building in the venue. The crowd is full of mainly middle aged fans who have no doubt followed the career of this icon.


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Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow’s mini summer tour taking in Birmingham, Gateshead and Nottingham, before a set at the Isle of White Festival, was billed as a Greatest Hits tour. So I was fully prepared for Sheryl Crow to walk on stage around lunchtime, play everything she’s ever recorded and leave the stage around midnight to a standing ovation.


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Chris Robinson Brotherhood The Furry Freak Brothers from across the pond take over Student Central in London to give a lecture in Psychedelic Country Blues and Stoner Rock’n’Roll. Two stunning sets from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood saw this packed house get all warm and fuzzy inside.


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The Mavericks With their uptempo party tunes and general good-time vibe, The Mavericks have a wide-ranging appeal – counting country fans, Latin music lovers, jazz hounds and pop pickers among their numerous admirers.


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Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer A guitarist; drummer and bassist take the stage and do a short warm up to herald the entrance of Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. The two are sisters, raised in rural Alabama, bound and sometimes separated by a deeply tragic event witnessed during their teenage years. Both went on to individual and critically acclaimed recording careers but, now as ‘forty-somethings’, they have just recorded their first album together. Tonight they play all ten songs from Not Dark Yet in virtual track-list order.


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First Aid Kit The Swedish Söderberg sisters, First Aid Kit, return with a not so quiet night in and plenty of headshaking and dancing for the hipster Shoreditch set. Yes! I’m in Shoreditch, hipster central, and for a man from Yorkshire who doesn’t have any facial hair, I’m as far removed from my normal habitat like a giraffe at a small shrubbery convention. However, the reason I have traversed 200 miles south is to see First Aid Kit. This is a band I have loved on record for many years, but never quite managed to catch them in a live setting before.


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Maddie and Tae Maddie & Tae are a country music singer-songwriter duo, Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye from the US. They met when they were still teenagers and been together since. They had their first break through, reaching number 1 on the country charts with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song”. Their success continued with the released of their debut album “Start Here”, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 and number 2 on the country charts. KOKO London was packed with fans even on a Thursday, to see the duo performing their hit songs.


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Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens It's hot. Very hot! The weatherman tells us the hottest night in something like 40 years. So it's a great night to go into the city centre to the mid sized venue in the 02 Academy to be even hotter! But then again we have a Hollywood 'A' lister in town. So who wouldn't give up their evening to spend in the delectable company of Kiefer Sutherland, this time as musician and rock god, on his 'Not Enough Whiskey' Tour.


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