Sleeping with Sirens ‘Tonight in London we are going to play all the dope-ass ones!’… and they sure lived up to this statement. For those of you who thought Sleeping with Sirens are turning pop and going mellow, you’re in for a treat with their new album and definitely with their live performances. Returning to their original heaviness, SWS made a pleasantly surprising comeback this year with ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ released via Sumerian Records. However, their UK tour shows took it up another level, with an even heavier sound, complimented by a masterful visual display of lights and shadows.


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Dream State It was now time for Dream State to take to the stage. CJ appears first from behind the curtain and before I knew it the rest of the band were on stage but I didn’t see them appear due to someone having a rather happy trigger finger on the smoke machine so it was near impossible to see them.


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Black Flag After a rip roaring opener there is only one word to describe Black Flag and that’s underwhelming. When you finally get round to seeing stalwarts of the scene you want to feel a build up of energy for when they enter the stage. As the between bands pop-punk playlist continues to ring out they they casually embrace their instruments to the sounds of Fall Out Boy’s Arms Race; positioning their A3 laminated set list for all to see. There was something comical and tragic about the affair. As if a contemporary Shakespeare had penned the moment a punk dream died.


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Andy Black Tonight Andy Black brought his ‘The Ghost Of The United Kingdom’ Tour to Birmingham’s O2 Institute which concluded his UK run of dates with support from drag queen artist Adore Delano.


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Taking Back Sunday This is the 20th anniversary tour for Taking Back Sunday being a band and to celebrate the occasion we’re treated to Tell All Your Friends in full, followed up with a storming second half full of big hitters. There couldn’t have been a more perfect TBS set.


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Enter Shikari There are not many bands out there who have been in the scene for 20 years who will announce a mega small venue European tour visiting every corner of the UK including Llandudno, Inverness, Southampton, Norwich, Leicester and on top of that, a 10th Barrowland Ballroom appearance in Glasgow.


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Bury Tomorrow It’s a freezing cold night out in Birmingham but outside the O2 Institute there’s a crowd drawing to see Bury Tomorrow and I personally couldn’t think of a better way to end my gigging year, as these boys always bring the fire. 

The Lights go down and a purple haze of light is cast across the stage as the lads take their places creating a series of silhouettes but within moments chaos erupts with a frenzy of lights resulting in the crowd going mental from the get go, fuelling the band’s energies to go higher and this was just the first track of their set.


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Bring Me The Horizon After a long intense wait Bring Me The Horizon finally entered the stage and as they did the crowd ended up covered in confetti along with the ceiling rig which ended up looking like someone had TP’d the place.


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You Me At Six Tonight at the O2 Academy Birmingham You Me At Six bring their headline tour to the venue for a sold out show. As well as the headline dates they have been performing special anniversary shows to celebrate the 10 year release of their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ where they will play it in its entirety.


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THE FEVER 333 If you’ve never been to the O2 Academy Islington it is based inside a shopping centre where fans of THE FEVER 333 lined around the inside.


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Lower Than Atlantis At the end of a full-on tour, Lower Than Atlantis treated Plug in Sheffield to a fantastic and fun evening of heavy hard-rock. Joined by The Faim and Boston Manor, they had chosen the perfect venue, known for its great party atmosphere, to end their tour on.


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At The Drive In If Death From Above punch you in the gut then At The Drive In obliterate all of your senses without a hint of mercy. Intentions are laid out from the outset with the post-hardcore band returning to their critically acclaimed album, Relationship of Command, for the opening track, Arcarsenal.


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Hell Is For Heroes It's hard to believe that 15 years have passed since Hell Is For Heroes released their first studio album, The Neon Handshake. It was one of the defining albums of the early-2000s rock scene, gathering rave reviews and scoring Rock Sound's Album of the Year award.


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Hot Snakes There is only one band people are here to see and it's Hot Snakes. Formed in 1999 in San Deigo Hot Snakes play hard, fast and loud punk rock that at times has tinges of surf rock with slabs of swirling noise thrown in for good measure. Led by the formidable due of Rick Froberg and John Reis (the later better known as Speedo, the charismatic frontman of Rocket From the Crypt) the four piece hit the stage and audibly smash the Brighton crowd in the face.


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