DJ Shadow It is hard to believe that it has been 21 years since the release of DJ Shadow’s ground-breaking and highly influential experimental hip-hop album Endtroducing. Yet DJ Shadow has not lost an inch of his creative drive, pushing the envelope further yet again with his latest album The Mountain Will Fall. It was on this school night that Shadow was able to play his full set, having previously played cut-down sets at festivals, and hypnotise the packed Albert Hall with a perfectly melange of in-your-face turntablism and spectacular visual displays.


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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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South West Four The weather was glorious as us Gig Junkies headed into the Big Smoke to South West Four (or SW4). Named after the postcode of the South West of London that Clapham sits in, a two day festival, a stones throw from central London on Clapham Common, with some of the biggest names in dance music. I was lucky enough to head on down for the Sunday.


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Sigma The Royal Albert Hall, a venue which needs no introduction, famous for hosting such events as The Proms, symphonies and choirs Saturday hosted its first headline drum and bass duo; Sigma.


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Rick Astley Back in the mid-eighties, the charts were filled with songs from the so called Hit Factory, masterminded by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. They sounded much the same but were very successful and from it spawned two notable stars. The first was a soap actress, who went on to become a global star, and the other, a young white man with the most incredible soul voice, had a similar destiny laid out before him. However, that young man had other ideas, and at his height of fame walked away. That young man was Rick Astley


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Among The Echoes and Friends Tonight, its back at a full house Flapper in Birmingham for another electro gig from Among The Echoes, with Shelter and Sinestar making a great triple header night to raising funds for the charity PROMISE DREAMS: Promise Dreams is a national charity that aims to make a real difference to children who are sick or terminally ill. Every child has a dream and we work tirelessly to make it come true - whether it is for the holiday of a lifetime, the chance to meet their celebrity hero or provide essential equipment and resources for the home. In fact, anything that will make life happier for the family in need.


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MADE Birmingham It’s Saturday July 30th and there’s a massive rave happening in Birmingham’s Digbeth Triangle, and it’s only midday; but you’ve guest it, it’s MADE Birmingham weekend and it’s SOLD OUT!


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Bloc Party Bloc Party are back! Following a two year hiatus and a line-up change, Bloc Party are now comprised of original members Kele Okereke on lead vocals/rhythm guitar and Russell Lissack on lead guitar as always, but now with the addition of Louise Bartle on drums and Justin Harris on bass. With anticipation for Bloc Party’s fifth album, “Hymns”, at an all-time high following the release of lead single “The Love Within”, the band are here tonight at the Church of St John at Hackney, for the final intimate show of their European tour.


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The Prodigy

Dear Keith, Maxim & Liam- THANK YOU! Thank you for making me feel so proud to be British at a time of uncertainty. The Prodigy are The Kings of Big Beat & this evening firmly established that view. The outreach that these guys possess reeks of grandeur. The crowd consisted of early teens to shameless OAPs all bouncing off the walls of The Barclaycard Arena to the sound of EDM royalty!



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Electric Six

Michigan six-piece Electric Six are currently on a world tour in support of their 11th studio album ‘Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!’ The last time Gig Junkies witnessed Dick Valentine and co belt out the famous line ‘I wanna take you to a Gay Bar!’ was 364 days ago (to be exact).



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Jess Glynne Jess Glynne is an English singer/songwriter, who gained recognition after featuring on Clean Bandit's single “Rather Be”and Route 94's “My Love” in 2014. Both singles reached number one in 2014 on the UK's Singles Chart and to top everything off, in 2014 her very own debut single, “Right Here” reached the top ten too! Now in 2015, Jess Glynne is the second British female solo artist to have five number one singles in the UK. These include,“Hold My Hand”, “Don't Be So Hard On Yourself”and her collaboration on Tinie Tempah's song, “Not Letting Go”. Following the release of her debut album, “I Cry When I Laugh”, Jess Glynne performed at the Roundhouse, as part of her sold out tour, in what was a memorable night!


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Leftfield Shock and awe!! Leftfield are playing the O2 Institute in Birmingham... what?! Really?!! For me this was a gig not to be missed. Leftfield's 1995 release 'Leftism' was one of the most important soundtracks of my youth. More than any other record the heady and fascinating rhythms of Leftism, were the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks and 'indoor boogie' getting ready with chums for various heavy techno and psychedelic all-nighters in the heart of Birmingham and it's more bohemian quarters.


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Ella Eyre From originally featuring on Bastille’s cover of 'Scrubs' with The XX’s 'Angels' (No Angels) the West London singer songwriter Ella Eyre has made it to number one in the UK charts featuring on Rudimental’s 'Waiting All Night' and has also featured alongside Wiz Khalifa and Tinie Tempah.


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Clean Bandit Clean Bandit have enjoyed quite a run recently; I’d say winning the Grammy Award this year for Best Dance Recording has only brightened the spotlight already shining on them as a result of storming the pop charts. At Gig Junkies, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how they group would translating such success into a tour.


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