Pale Waves Manchester’s female-fronted goth-pop quartet are back in the Midlands, with a whole new confidence. It’s been a year since Dirty Hit’s Pale Waves released their critically acclaimed debut album, My Mind Makes Noises, and the group are showing no signs of slowing their ever-growing confidence. Playing a large smattering of shows since the album dropped, it sounds like the act have gone from strength to strength, refining their sound at every show. Having seen the foursome only a month ago at a festival, I was already excited for their headline show, but from the minute they swaggered onto the mesmerisingly colourful, laser-clad stage, we were taken on an unanticipated journey of emotions and musical exploration.


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The Sisters of Mercy I’ve always had an admiration for Goth culture, being unapproachable, black leather, The Cure, what’s not to like? But until tonight I’ve never been to a true Goth gig, and what better way to start than with The Sisters of Mercy. The Leeds band may not have been the creators of the culture, or even necessarily pioneers, but for so many people they defined the scene.


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Killing Joke Killing Joke are a band you should know and if you don’t I can guarantee you’ve heard more than you think you have by them. Love Like Blood in particular is one of those instantly recognisable songs that you’ve probably heard a thousand times. They have been cited as an inspiration by many of the big names such as Trent Reznor, Metallica and Soundgarden. Dave Grohl was even their drummer for 2003's eponymous album.


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HIM When HIM announced earlier this year they would disband after a final tour, their decision wasn’t exactly met with surprise. It’s been 26 fruitful years, which saw the band go from a Finnish underground favourite to a global success.


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Cradle of Filth Cradle of Filth take to Birmingham's 02 Institute venue tonight after Dani's break away with his side band Devilment. The band has garnered a large cult following since it's formation in 1991; signing to Nuclear Blast Records and frequenting the likes of Download and Ozzfest..


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Candice Gordon Candice Gordon is definitely one of the more interesting and intriguing propositions in the music scene 2017. In the world of singer / songwriters, pop and various takers on indie, Gordon takes her inspiration from the darker side of brooding sonic landscapes beautifully and intrinsically bound together in haunting melodies and lyrical prowess in a post- post punk generation.


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Chelsea Wolfe Warming up in the UK, Chelsea Wolfe added a few European shows around her performances at Roadburn, Hellfest, Dudefest, Smoke the Fuzz Festival, and Sideways Festival. Not one to complain about seeing Chelsea again, we went onto the 3rd show of the short tour in Manchester, which has the most about of homeless people in the space of 2 blocks I've ever seen... Very sad.


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Fields of the Nephilim So to the main event, Fields of the Nephilim, The Nephilim, The Neff, Carl McCoy. I first saw them back in 1987 in some tiny polytechnic, and came out covered in flour, ringing ears but with complete love. They rarely tour these days, no, correction, they never tour and rarely play, in England we’re lucky to get two of three gigs a year and I had high hopes tonight. I wasn’t disappointed.


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Sisters Of Mercy Darkened smelly, smokey clubs, with sticky floors and DJ's playing vinyl from up on high. The sub-culture of an 80s scene - which by identity, you could belong. And the DJ plays. 'Floorshow.' We young teenagers dance, immersed in the churning beat. My introduction, way to many years ago, to tonight's headliners - a welcome return to Andrew Eldritch and The Sisters of Mercy.


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Chelsea Wolfe

How do I start with the love of my life? Chelsea Wolfe, I've been an avid fan of her music since a friend of mine sent me a link to her second album 'Apokalysis' in 2010 saying and I quote “check out this girls screaming on Pale on Pale, amazing”. Ever since my love affair with Chelsea, oh and her incredible music, has more then blossomed into an unhealthy obsession...



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The Horrors The Horrors have recently released their fourth album, ‘Luminous’, having made their name with their own brand of krautrock influenced indie-goth-garage-psychedelia. So we expect a pretty spaced-out evening, with mind-bending, swirling, trancey guitar (from Joshua Hayward) and synthesizer (from Tom Cowan), presided over centre-stage by the tall and lean, spikey-haired, black-clad figure of lead singer Faris Badwan, with his distinctive deep, dead-pan, vocals. And this is what we get.


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The Mission And all we want for Christmas? Well we’ll take a bit of nostalgic Gothness as Revelations rolls into town. Featuring the Fields of the Nephilim and The Mission, this gig was ‘announced’ well over a year ago. In September 2012 The Mish supported The Cult (initially with the intention of Killing Joke in tow) at this very venue (downgraded from the LG Arena) in one of their first full band reformations in a few years. In the middle of the gig Hussey announced he was talking to his mate Carl McCoy (who surprisingly few in the audience recognised) about a December gig. Well it wasn't December 2012 - 2013 it was and here we be…


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Midland's Goth Festival Headlining tonight Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show mixed DJ beats, 50's garage rock, pyschobilly and industrial sounds. The Rodent AKA Andrew 'Ratfink' Wilson, sporting a full-on voodoo-goth persona complete with bone-trimmed hat and Marilyn Manson eyes, howled and screeched over The Ripper's backing tracks and theremin breaks.


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Midland's Goth Festival Headlining tonight Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show mixed DJ beats, 50's garage rock, pyschobilly and industrial sounds. The Rodent AKA Andrew 'Ratfink' Wilson, sporting a full-on voodoo-goth persona complete with bone-trimmed hat and Marilyn Manson eyes, howled and screeched over The Ripper's backing tracks and theremin breaks.


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