Lucy Rose For a quintessential British singer songwriter (plus superb band) concert experience then look no further than Lucy Rose, inspiring charismatic storytelling with a beautiful voice in the finest independent music venue in the North – Leeds Brudenell Social Club. What a magical night!


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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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The Waterboys Few bands have changed as much as these guys as they take their musical journey, with that core folk rock mix, over the past thirty odd years. Their self titled album gave us 'A Girl Called Johnny' before 1985’s sky-scraping 'This is the Sea.' their music has continually evolved, from the influential mix of Celtic, gospel, country and rock on the classic 'Fisherman’s Blues', to the fired-up poetic passion of 2011's 'An Appointment with Mr Yeats', 2015's the rootsy, funky 'Modern Blues' and now to 'Out of All This Blue'. Welcome tonight to the Symphony Hall, Mike Scott and his Waterboys.


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Richard Thompson Us little Gig Junkies take a trip to The Lowry in Salford to catch-up with the legend that is Richard Thompson, with support from Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. Reviewer Andrew Lindsay gives us five reasons to LOVE Richard Thompson.


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Moseley Folk Festival 2017 This is the 12th year that the Moseley Folk Festival has commandeered the park hidden away in the centre of Moseley village that gives a full folk three-day experience with a raft of artists including daily headliners Amy Macdonald, the legendary Fairport Convention and Laura Marling.


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Regina Spektor I’ve seen Regina Spektor play tiny venues, armed with just a piano, and a chair that she slapped for percussion on acapella tracks, but with the Symphony Hall comes drummer, keyboard and cellist. Strangely, no support for the Birmingham date at least (though I’m assuming it’s for the whole tour, as none has been advertised?) so I’d imagined an early curfew for once... But with a 24 song set, I was quite mistaken.


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Birdy @ Somerset House Walking onto Somerset House's stage in vivid, show stopping green, Birdy looks shy, and even a little uncomfortable. The 21 year-old released her debut at the tender age of 15, and while she has shed her sparse covers for more powerful pop ballads, her youthful awkwardness remains.


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Gogol Bordello Leeds on the 5th of July was thronged with gig-goers, mostly for some band called Blink 182, but the more discerning music fan (sorry Blink fans) headed not to the vast shed of the Arena, rather they were popping along to what was about to become the sweatiest place on the planet to listen to some Ukrainian Gypsy Punks do their stuff. Yes, Gogol Bordello were in town!.


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The Staves The three Staveley-Taylor sisters return from America to play their first gig in the UK for almost a year. An emotional comeback in Manchester for The Staves, and they bring the first ever indie harpist Mikaela Davis along for the ride.


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Angel Olsen Tonight’s performance has been upgraded from the Rescue Rooms due to demand. Angel Olsen’s popularity has been steadily increasing thanks to rave reviews of her latest album,'My Woman.'


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John Grant To further celebrate Hull being City of Culture, 2017, John Grant was asked to curate a musical festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend. John freely admits in interviews that he simply gave a list of artists he loves and would like to see and other people did the rest, but then he’s always been extremely modest.


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Ed Sheeran Returning to Birmingham for the first time after headlining Fusion festival two years ago, it was no surprise that the Barclaycard Arena was filled to the rafters, the 15,000 crowd sold out within less than a hour of going on sale and on the second night of his Birmingham leg chart sensation Ed Sheeran didn’t disappoint.


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Skinny Lister It’s the second night of Skinny Lister’s headline, sold out UK tour on the back of third album 'The Devil, The Heart & The Fight'. Skinny Lister always seem to be gigging. I have no idea when they find the time to write and record new material but they manage it and the quality never slips. Their third album is glossier and more polished than 'Down On Deptford Broadway' and 'Forge & Flagon' but it still has that distinctive Skinny Lister feel. Punk Shanties I think has to be the accepted Lister genre. Certainly live the new songs get the full on SL treatment.


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Bear's Den As the London based duo Bear's Den graced the stage they were met with an excited cheer from the packed out Nottingham Rock City crowd, and effortlessly chimed into first track 'Red Earth & Pouring Rain', closely followed by 'Emeralds'. The stage was alight with a warm golden glow that cast a misty haze across the band which had you believing you could quite easily be at a folk festival rather than cramped into a two tiered room in the middle of the East Midlands.


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