Electric Six The kings of 2000s era comedy rock graced Leamington with their presence for a fun show full of their favourite hits and a couple of surprises from their albums since. We weren’t in a Gay Bar, but the Dance Commander implied there would be Danger! If there wasn’t any Improper Dancing going on by the end. Don’t know what I’m on about? That means you’ve not met Electric Six before.


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John Grant I rock up to The Symphony Hall looking forward to seeing Susanne Sundfoer support the every charming John Grant. Unfortunately she has taken the night off to rest her voice and instead we are treated to Cate Le Bon. This welsh singer songwriter has an incredible band behind her, constantly changing instruments and creating an incredible sound. She has a beautiful and haunting voice that seems to capture those of us in the crowd who arrived early.


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White Lies I’ve been to some sweaty gigs in my time but come on. The temperature in West London had reached 34 degrees as I arrived at Subterania, a tiny venue situated underneath a railway line, that was already packed to capacity. Straight away I knew I was in for an intense evening, and the surroundings were perfect for the first White Lies gig in almost a year.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. The Cure London is high in temperature and spirit today. It’s a toasty 30° by 2pm and the streets are packed full of enthusiastic people. Some are off to Wireless up at Finsbury Park, but the waves of goths are the crowd for tonight’s Cure show at Hyde Park, part of the incredible British Summertime Festival.


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Billy Idol Brixton Academy rocked last night like never before as Billy Idol took to the stage to a sold-out crowd. Fans waited patiently in line to fill the venue and see this rock legend do a range of tracks including some real rare gems. We were first treated to support provided by The Professionals which gave a good warm up to the main event with their punk style and cool personas. But all too soon it was time for the main event.


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The Psychedelic Furs It’s a balmy Friday and the South Bank is packed full of tourists watching buskers do Ed Sheeran covers. Meanwhile, over at the Southbank Centre, The Cure’s Robert Smith has curated something a little different to that for this year’s Meltdown Festival. The lineup boasts a wealth of bands, including Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, Death Cab For Cutie and Deftones- yes, as you can see, Robert Smith is bravely giving male musicians the increased platform they clearly need- as well as tonight’s act, The Psychedelic Furs.


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Nouvelle Vague This tour is being billed as the Acoustic Shows Tour so tonight Nouvelle Vague are a stripped down four piece consisting of acoustic guitar, keyboards, a fine collection of hand-held percussion instruments plus a melodica. It’s fair to say that the boys haven’t gone overboard as regards stage costume; functional workaday jeans and trainers seem to do the job. Whereas Melaine, in a black velvet backless dress and Élodie in a long split skirt with lace top, look chic, classy and like they’re ready to tango in a 1920s Parisian nightclub.


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Bryan Ferry Trying to hold back the years, septuagenarian Bryan Ferry celebrates the re-release of the 45-year-old eponymous ‘Roxy Music’ album and some of his greatest hits at the London Palladium, he still retains the uber-cool style and panache of someone 20 years younger, and the finest sax appeal with Jorja Chalmers in his backing band.


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The Lurkers Although not as well known as many of the classic late 1970s punk outfits, The Lurkers produced some superb songs and have a high standing in punk mythology. Formed in 1976 the band recorded four sessions for John Peel and their debut single, ‘Shadow’, was number 12 in Peel’s 1977 ‘Festive Fifty’. Their album reputation was established by 1979’s ‘Fulham Fallout’, a collection of knockout songs including such gems as teenage anthem ‘I’m On Heat’.


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Gary Numan You went to see Gary Numan live? Who’s that? Oh yeah, he did the one that goes, “Here in my car, I feel safest of all”. That’s cool. Was that 1979? Is he really still touring? - You bet your bum he’s still touring! Not only that, but he’s still creating new material. I won’t go into detail quite yet, but spoiler alert; his new album is phenomenal.


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Paramore Entering Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we thawed our frozen fingers from the chilly outdoors and welcomed Nashville trio Paramore to the stage ready to delight us in a glorious set of synth pop-rock. As the third show of ‘Tour Three’ the city eagerly awaited the promise of critically acclaimed album ‘After Laughter’ being brought to the live forum.


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Howard Jones It’s been well over thirty years since Howard Jones asked us to “throw off our mental chains”; to challenge our preconceived ideas. How time flies by. In support of his brand new ‘Best Of’ Howard Jones release entitled ‘BEST (1983-2017)’, and now with all new and extended Electric Band, he's put doing a series of five shows across the UK, including tonight's at Birmingham's o2 Institute.


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Blondie The stalls of the O2 Apollo in Manchester are full to the brim. It’s Saturday night, and the city is out in force. Blondie are in town, and they have commanded quite the crowd, along with their support act, French band Mustang.


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Squeeze Way back in 1973 two chaps from South London formed a band that saw them christened the ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’. Three decades later they are still performing, now with a massive back catalogue of hits and they're on an extensive run of UK dates starting at the delectable Symphony Hall in Birmingham. So welcome to the 'new Paul and John' - Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook in full band mode as Squeeze.


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