Starsailor Some time ago I saw four quiet, nervous lads support The Beautiful South at Sheffield Arena. Stage presence was at a minimum. What stood out was the craft in the song writing and the frankly astounding, almost angelic, voice of singer James Walsh. 16 years and five studio albums later Starsailor roll back into the Steel City 6 dates into the UK leg of the ‘All This Life’ tour. The nervousness is now replaced with a confident maturity of a band who know just how good they are and don’t feel the need to shout about it. They remind me of the kid who always gets picked last at football then turns out to be the next Lionel Messi.


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Isaac Gracie The Hare & Hounds in King's Heath Brummieland is always a treat to visit. None more so than on this Autumnal night to see a certain Mr Isaac Gracie.


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The Big Moon To say it’s a chilly Monday evening, the Sheffield crowd are in great spirits and well they should be, it’s been a great year so far for The Big Moon! They released their Debut Album ‘My Love Is Cool’ back in April, this was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize; appearances at all the major UK Festivals; and now every date on this UK Tour is either sold out or almost sold out!


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Prawn Prawn are a slow burn band, they create space in the brain on a reflective autumnal day. ‘Run’ is not a record that demands attention from the very first listen; which leaves it open for the most intense criticism as a follow up to their sophomore record ‘Kingfisher’.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 In it's initial year as a first festival, Beyond The Trackshad a point to prove. With a lineup full of Indie/Alt greats from Birmingham and Beyond carefully cultivated by the masterminds behind the City's prestigious Moseley Folk Festival, it certainly did this. Over the course of the weekend, the Festival hosted acts such as Orbital, Faithless, indie royalty Maximo Park and the Coral before closing on Sunday evening with The Jesus and Mary Chain pioneers of the early noughties Birmingham Indie scene, Editors. Sadly the weather was not on the side of Beyond The Tracks, but this didn't stop music fans showing from far and wide to enjoy a well crafted line up.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 The second day of the first ever Beyond The Tracks Festival brought some big-name bands to the heart of Birmingham, including Ocean Colour Scene, Maxïmo Park, The Coral and The Twang. Eastside City Park is a relatively small plot of land, just beyond the tracks (surprise, surprise) that lead a steady stream of trains in and out of New Street Station. The set-up felt rather like a fireworks events, with several fairground rides and food & drink stalls, along with the autumnal (but mostly dry!) weather.


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Deer Tick Deer Tick’s music has always floated somewhere between country-folk and indie-rock. Flirting with the two harmoniously on 2013’s ‘Negativity’, they return now with a double album, which allows them to separate their two main influences and explore the exactness of each genre.


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X Ambassadors X Ambassadors, an American rock band, consists of Sam Harris, the lead vocalist, his brother, Casey Harris on the keyboard, Noah Feldshuh as the lead guitarist and Adam Levin on the drum. I came across X Ambassadors through a TV series preview, 'Chicago PD' that used a catchy song, and the song just stuck in my head, and I knew I had to Google it up. It was 'Unsteady' and since then, I would always listen to X Ambassadors songs! And X Ambassadors to perform in London? Yes please, I need to attend this! And so, there I was, at ULU Live for X Ambassadors.


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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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Radiohead This is one of the most difficult reviews I can recall being asked to do. People fall into two camps, they either love and adore Radiohead, in which case very few words are needed to tell them how great they were last night (they were likely already there), or the other side are those who don’t “get” the band, they fail to see how visionary they are, pushing boundaries, making you think, not giving you what you expect, and for these people, I have no chance at all to convince them of the greatness of Radiohead in the few words I have.


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elbow So tonight's gig takes us to a forest. Quite literally in Cheshire. Delamere Forest to be precise. Few thousand camping chairs, picnics going on - we've set up camp and wait for tonight's headliner; we're building rockets in forests with the delectable and friendly bunch that are elbow.


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Circa Waves One of the hottest days of 2017 saw one of the hottest shows of the year at the Gloucester Guildhall as indie rockers Circa Waves stopped by for an intimate warmup show ahead of their appearance on the Other Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.


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Arcade Fire The headlines were huge, one of the biggest bands in the world were coming to play in Scunthorpe, yes Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire, in England. Arcade Fire hadn’t played in England for nearly 3 years and now they were breaking that drought with a trip to Scunthorpe. Up to this point dear Reader Scunthorpe had really only been known as the butt of many a joke, but on the 7th June 2017 they were hosting one of the biggest bands on the planet. Who would have believed it !


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