Muse Muse are on the crest of a wave. A gargantuan, 20 year wave that just continues to grow in awesome! Last night they smashed it out of the park in typical Muse style. Big, brash and gloriously splendid. True, we had to photograph the gig from amongst the baying throngs of loyal fans but that mattered not a jot. Muse could be shot from the back of the carpark with an Instant Kodak and still look imperious. enjoy.


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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein It's Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall and courtesy of curator Nile Rodgers, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Austin synth band S U R V I V E are in town for the live, World Premiere of the soundtrack to Stranger Things 3. Rodgers himself is on stage to introduce the band, apparently Stranger Things is his favourite show.


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Lights Lights shone in Manchester as they played their first show of the year at the historic Night and Day Cafe – a venue I’d hazard a guess was chosen for it’s incredibly close proximity to Manchester’s Forbidden Planet comic book store (they are literally opposite each other).


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BEAK> There is a substantial amount of kit on stage that needs manoeuvring before BEAK> can start their set, but this is done swiftly and efficiently so that the banter may begin. Surprisingly, BEAK> are ridiculously entertaining between songs in a slightly old-school Top Gear style, by making jokes at each other's expense which starts as soon as they walk on to the stage.


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Hot Chip The established band small tour of intimate venues has become a common occurrence in the past few years, and it is of little surprise that tonight’s Hot Chip performance should sell out almost instantly.


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Giorgio Moroder It’s not every day you get to see a three-time Academy Award winner take to the stage, but then again it’s not every day Giorgio Moroder comes to town, in fact, this is his first ever British tour.


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The Internet It seems like a lifetime ago since the endless hype around the infamous rap collective Odd Future was in full force. Over the past few years it’s been fascinating to see its members mature and leave a lasting impact on the music scene. But tonight at the O2 institute it was all about The Internet.


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Nao I’ve genuinely never heard a crowd response as loud as the one Nao got at Albert Hall in Manchester. You’d have thought it was a hometown show for the Nottingham born singer. She was clearly taken aback herself too but was completely deserving of the hysteria. She matched the energy and intensity of the audience throughout, making for an incredible night.


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Ólafur Arnalds Modern maestro Ólafur Arnalds brings a generous helping of Icelandic magic to Cardiff with a dazzling 90 minute long set that is as strange as it is epic. So much so, that long before he enters the stage, a bizarre hush has already befallen the audience as a pair of self-playing pianos tiptoe their way through a sequence of eerily muted notes. The silence is alien, the anticipation overwhelming.


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Tangerine Dream If you ask most people if they have heard of Tangerine Dream, they would probably assume you were talking about some kind of citrus-based dessert. However, I can guarantee that those same philistines would certainly recognise a whole handful of the German legends best-known tunes, whether they knew it or not. Be that via the soundtrack of one of their favourite TV shows or movies, Stranger Things and Bandersnatch are just two recent examples that have introduced the iconic synth act to a new realm of fans.


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Fatboy Slim As the acid house smiley face carpet is laid down on the podium, you realise how much faster the changeover between DJs is compared with bands as it is only a brief period of time before the breaks legend that is Fatboy Slim takes to the stage, adorned in a Hawaiian shirt that is as colourful as his performance. Needless to say, Norman Cook is unlikely to let you down when stood behind the decks considering he has been honing his craft for the past 25 years of so yet his ability to create such an electrifying atmosphere is niche.


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Nils Frahm Nils Frahm is sparking a movement which challenges the conventions of music today. Without little introduction, no support act and a packed room, Nils Frahm graced a captive O2 Academy with his first ever Birmingham performance.


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FKJ Tuesday night in Manchester saw the coming together of an exponent of 80’s style Funk in the shape of French musician Dabeull and the dazzling musicianship of one man band FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) in the Manchester Ritz which was packed to rafters to catch one of his four dates in the UK as part of his European and US tour running right through to May 19.


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John Grant Promoting the recently released ‘Love is Magic’ album, John Grant is finally undertaking a full tour, taking in both Europe and The States. He did of course tease the UK audience last year with a handful of shows and festival appearances, but it was only on the final dates of 2018 when he unleashed his full ‘Love is Magic’ set, and the Bath show was visually stunning and the first time I’ve known him to use background graphics.


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