The Sixth Lie What is Hyper Japan, you ask? It’s a festival dedicated to representing the culture of todays’ Japan, all the way from food to fabrics. If you haven’t been yet, you definitely should. For me it’s one of the most enjoyable weekends of the year (and I promise that’s not just because I acquired about a thousand free sachets of wasabi). The next Hyper Japan is 16-18th November 2018 – book your tickets! Pro tip: Also book tickets for the Sake Experience. You won’t regret it.


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Wolfgang Flür There’s a good turnout at the Brudenell tonight to see a rare UK live show from ex-Kraftwork member Wolfgang Flür. Flür appeared as electronic percussionist on all Kraftwerk’s classic albums from 1974’s ‘Autobahn’ to 1986’s ‘Electric Cafe’. The audience at the Brudenell is a really unusual mix, ranging from long-in-the-tooth Kraftwerk fans to young enthusiasts of everything techno and electronica.


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Everything Everything The 12th April saw Everything Everything make their long awaited return to Birmingham after their previous date was postponed due to snow and safety concerns for the audience. As a regularly missed town on the tour map, Birmingham crowds are known for their dedication and riotousness. This particular gig was no different.


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Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble So, "who's Carl Craig?" I hear you ask. Heralding from Detroit, Carl Craig is a music producer, considered one of the most influential names of the Detroit techno scene. "And the synthesizer ensemble? Explain that one". OK. This one is going to take some more explaining... First off there's an album; Versus, which Carl Craig did in collaboration with Les Siècles Orchestra; a French orchestra and classical pianist Francesco Tristano (although tonight Kelvin Sholar took the piano), the progeny of a concert in 2008, it had the intention of bringing club music to classic concert halls. It was this album that tonight's setlist was from.


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MØ is a Danish singer/songwriter whom, together with support from two other Scandinavian artists tonight, is leading the Scandinavian invasion at Brixton Academy! Most famous in the UK for featuring on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s single 'Lean On', in addition to Major Lazer’s 'Cold Water', MØ has been bursting through the electropop scene ever since! Tonight finds MØ bringing her show to London, for one night only!


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Gary Numan You went to see Gary Numan live? Who’s that? Oh yeah, he did the one that goes, “Here in my car, I feel safest of all”. That’s cool. Was that 1979? Is he really still touring? - You bet your bum he’s still touring! Not only that, but he’s still creating new material. I won’t go into detail quite yet, but spoiler alert; his new album is phenomenal.


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IAMX There was no better place to be than Electric Ballroom, Camden on Saturday. Those lucky enough to have got a ticket caught IAMX on stage in support of the release of his latest LP, ‘Alive in New Light’, released earlier this month. What made this an extra special one, is that legendary tattoo artist, Kat von D would join him on stage. She makes an appearance on four tracks on the new album and this was the first time she would perform live music. Electro artist, IAMX began back in 2004 in London as a solo project by now LA based, Chris Corner, formerly of Sneaker Pimps.


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The Prodigy Torrential rain and snow didn't stop the masses gathering at Manchester’s O2 Apollo for the opening night of dance superstars The Prodigy’s winter tour.


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The Pictish Trail Isle of Eigg resident Johnny Lynch has been performing as Pictish Trail since the early 2000’s. He describes himself as ‘svelt, intelligent, adorable balladeer, trapped inside the body of an oversized, oft-bearded folk ogre’ and his musical genre as ‘lo-fi scmaltz’. A larger-than-life figure, Lynch is co-organiser of the Howlin Fling Festival on Eigg, he has apparently played at every single Green Man Festival and is head of Lost Map records (he previously ran Fence Records). Clearly unmissable.


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Gorillaz So tonight will be an interesting gig as the crowds head to Arena Birmingham on this damp winter’s night, as this band are something entirely different - predominantly because they are made up of a cast of virtual characters - 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Welcome tonight (with their real life vocalist), Damon Albarn - to the ecletic world that is Gorillaz.


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Howard Jones It’s been well over thirty years since Howard Jones asked us to “throw off our mental chains”; to challenge our preconceived ideas. How time flies by. In support of his brand new ‘Best Of’ Howard Jones release entitled ‘BEST (1983-2017)’, and now with all new and extended Electric Band, he's put doing a series of five shows across the UK, including tonight's at Birmingham's o2 Institute.


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Depeche Mode So in the high season for gigs and night after night of some of the biggest names in music - one of the most inspirational and iconic of British bands visit Birmingham Arena, to hoards of expectant fans. This tour is massive. The Global Spirit tour is set to continue til Summer 2018, and it will have been experience by well over 1.6 million fans at 110 concerts. Welcome tonight the legendary Depeche Mode.


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Rationale Arriving (slightly later than originally planned) at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath tonight is Tinashe Fazakerley, better known as Rationale, for his rescheduled date following cancellation of his (Birmingham and Brighton) October shows due to a chest infection. Tonight’s gig is the penultimate show of the tour, but the band will be out on the road again supporting Rag ’n’ Bone Man on his UK tour within a couple of weeks.


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Alison Moyet Tonight at the Symphony Hall we find a vocalist right at the top of her game, making exactly the adventurous electronic pop music she wants to at this moment in time, with her voice and songwriting intense, poetic and thought provoking. She may have been one of the biggest vocalists of 1980's electronica but with time, this vocalist, has just got better and better. Welcome to Birmingham, the truly stunning performer that is Alison Moyet.


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