Anderson .Paak Anderson .Paak has been on an unstoppable rise over the past two years. Every album, track or even feature released, just seems to get better and better. Ahead of his weekend slots at Reading and Leeds he announced an unmissable warmup at the O2 Academy. The sold out crowd were in for a special night.


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Nile Rodgers & CHIC Meltdown is the longest running artist-curated music festival in the world. This year is it curated by the legend that is Nile Rodgers. I don’t use the word 'Legend' frivolously - he is a three-time Grammy award winner as well as recently been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame. There is no doubt that Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. But more important that any of that – this man knows how to throw a party! Nile Rodgers & CHIC are opening the festival to a sold-out audience and a good time is guaranteed.


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Maceo Parker Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ani DiFranco and Parliament are just some of the acts the incredible American saxophonist Maceo Parker has performed with. Having started his career with the Godfather of soul himself James Brown, Maceo's talent shone through leading the North Carolinian native to be hot property in the jazz industry. In the early millennium Maceo was one of the first wave of Prince's New Power Generation horn section having contributed to eight albums and performing in sell out shows such as the legendary 21 nights at London’s O2, so to see him return to the capital is a huge treat for this flexible musician.


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Janelle Monáe The Manchester International Festival, held every two years, brings 18 eclectic days of culture, music, world premiers and special events hosted across the city and this year’s kicked off in glorious fashion with an incredible, spellbinding show from the uniquely talented Janelle Monáe at Castlefield Bowl.


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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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The Curtom Orchestra play Curtis Mayfield The Curtom Orchestra, a nine-piece band, featuring members of Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies and Incognito, came to one of London's most beautiful venues to pay a heartfelt tribute to Curtis Mayfield, the Chicago-born soul legend - a member of The Impressions and a major solo star in his own right - who died in 1999.


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Broken Brass Ensemble Preceding themselves with claims of pioneering Brass 2.0, Broken Brass Ensemble arrive with some big shoes to fill. Strolling into Bristol’s floating-est venue to promote new record With a Vengeance, the eight-piece seemed to be looking to prove two things: 1. Brass bands can be cool, and 2. The boat can - literally - be rocked.


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Fun Lovin' Criminals The crowd went wild as Fun Lovin' Criminals appeared on stage. Frontman Huey looking a little worse for wear perching on a red leather chair with his leg strapped up as he hobbled on bravely.


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Nile Rodgers & CHIC There is so much to be said for the power of music and its ability to bring people together and break down barriers, and tonight I can say that I saw one of the greatest ever living musician in the presences of Nile Rodgers and the iconic catalogue of music he has arranged, produced, written and co-written.


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St. Paul & The Broken Bones Birmingham Alabama Soul comes to Leeds and Saint Paul Janeway preaches to the converted. St. Paul & The Broken Bones live at the Irish Centre. This gig was supposed to be at The Brudenell, then I saw it advertised as the O2 Academy, eventually we are advised that it has been moved to the Irish Centre, which is exactly where I saw St Paul & the Broken Bones 2 years ago. Inside, this place resembles a large working men’s club with two levels and a handful of seats spread along the walls. It probably hasn’t changed much in 30 years and tonight it will play host to some slick blues and funky soul, some of the best and authentic southern American soul you will see this side of Otis Redding.


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Fat Freddy's Drop Fat Freddy's Drop assembled on stage complete with a brass section, DJ, MC and lead vocalist all the way from New Zealand. The first tracks were steeped in bluesy dark and bassy vibes, which penetrated the swaying crowd.


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Janelle Monáe It's possible to say the crowd that were going wild, hearing hit after hit from Janelle Monáe at the Academy, however, I feel that would be a discredit to this icon. Manchester saw how much more this icon gives in terms of music bringing anthems of honesty, rebellion and love, lifting up the crowd with her immense stage presence and colourful emotive pictures.


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New Power Generation Indigo at the O2 last night laid down its funky weapons as the legendary New Power Generation came to town. The excitement in the queues with happy, smiling faces was a site to behold as Prince's legendary backing band returned to the historic home of the 21 nights aftershows back in 2007 kicking off the opening night of the European Summer 'Celebrating Prince Tour'.


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Bruno Mars Since 2013 BST Hyde Park has been see some of the greatest performers of our time have graced the Great Oak Stage, having first attended BST in 2014 the format is a little bit different, however the family fun is no less and keeps the masses entertained in this value for money festival. Targeting music lovers far and wide with choice of headliners today was the day for the cool kids to play and put their pinkies in the sky as Bruno Mars headlined in the 30 degree sunshine of the landmark London park. Revellers had the choice of various stages offering entertainment all day.


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