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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Lucky Chops What we see before us tonight is a new band. A band changed not only by a difference in line up, but also generally in their attitude to what a live show can achieve. With no opening act, tonight is all about them.


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Innervisions Festival: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic London has been treated to an array of talented and legendary musicians over the past week of Innervisions Festival and tonight at Camden's iconic Roundhouse venue was no different. As icons go, this show was heavyweight, to add to the fact it was sadly announced the 76 year old Godfather of Funk would be retiring in 2019, this made the show even more special considering it had a good chance of being his last in the UK, taking into consideration all that, London was in for a treat as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic came into town.


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Anderson .Paak For one night only Anderson .Paak played a free show at London's O2 Brixton Academy for Apple Music. What can only be described as a ‘legendary night’ fans were treated to a surprise appearance from the one and only Dr. Dre! Watch a clip of the incredible moment here. Together Dre and his protégé Paak performed tracks 'Still D.R.E.' and 'The Next Episode', sending the 5,000 strong venue into a wild frenzy.


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Average White Band The Irish Centre in Leeds saw the original funksters Average White Band play to a packed 800 capacity crowd, delivering a fizzing 90 minute set. Able support by DJ Lubi and Gip Damone, delivered a smoothly delivered funk and soul set to get the crowd in the mood.


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Herbie Hancock From composer, band leader and also an actor it was with great pleasure EFG London Jazz Festival announced American pianist Herbie Hancock to play the distinguished Barbican Centre in London, packed by an incredible talent of musicians the crowd were wowed as he appeared on stage for a two night residency.


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The Stanley Clarke Band I have been to the Brudenell Social Club quite a few times now, mostly to indie bands that are either breaking it through or are making a big noise on the “scene”…. So tonight when I drew up towards the club, for it is a club (think workingman's club not Studio 54 - yes really) I thought there must be somebody else on as well as the fabulous Stanley Clarke, after all, who would queue round the block to see an obscure jazz bass player?


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The Hot 8 Brass Band Tonight at Warwick Arts Centre sees a big brass band double bill, in the form of Grammy nominated The Hot 8 Brass Band all the way from New Orleans along side London’s own Hackney Colliery Band. Both bands have a reputation for awesome live performances.


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Miyavi Takamasa Ishihara or better known by his stage name MIYAVI, also referred by a well deserved nickname, Samurai Guitarist shut down O2 Academy Islington with his amazing finger slapping guitar playing style and slayed the crowd! This year marked his 15 anniversary which made it all more special! The fans were already queuing long before the doors opening time to get to the front row and it was worth it!


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