Little Simz Little Simz is a performer that is at the peak of her powers, her presence, sound and catalogue in British Rap music over the years has solidified her work as truly one of the greats. Mama Roux's is a very intimate venue designed perfectly for shows like what we had the joy of witnessing, pure energy, enthralling storytelling and a connection with the audience that was second to none. The lighting on the night very much complimented the mood. Performing a mixture of her album catalogue to date.


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Prophets of Rage It says a lot that even a tyre blowing out on the motorway and 2 hours waiting to be rescued at 1am in the morning and getting just 3 hours sleep before setting off to work couldn’t kill the feeling that I had just seen, for me, the gig of the year... Prophets of Rage at Manchester Academy.


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Janelle Monáe The Manchester International Festival, held every two years, brings 18 eclectic days of culture, music, world premiers and special events hosted across the city and this year’s kicked off in glorious fashion with an incredible, spellbinding show from the uniquely talented Janelle Monáe at Castlefield Bowl.


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FEVER 333 Lining up outside the Electric Ballroom completely soaked through from the glorious rain London had been receiving all day were a horde of fans eager to see FEVER 333.


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Gods of Rap Gods of Rap brought together three of the most iconic names in hip-hop for an incredible celebration of music along with the legendary DJ Premier of Gang Starr steering the ship throughout the show. De La Soul, Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan joined forces in Manchester and took the roof of with a combination of feel-good vibes, political power and camaraderie.


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Drake Flying Ferraris, phenomenal pyrotechnics and a half time show that saw an audience member attempt to win £20,000. This could only mean one thing as music royalty Drake tore down Birmingham for the opening night of three dates in the city for the 'Assassination Vacation' tour.


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Anderson .Paak Welcome to Andy's Beach Club World Tour... Californian superstar Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals set the temperature soaring at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. With a set comprising of songs from the latest album Oxnard through to Venice, Malibu and future release Ventura (April 2019) the crowd were well and truly whipped up into a frenzy.


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50 Cent Coming into a half filled Arena, the usual buzz seemed to be lacking, a fight broke out with disgruntled fans but rap megastar 50 Cent saved the day, whether intentional or not by putting back the headline for 30 minutes he allowed the Birmingham venue to fill up and all in attendance managed to beat the gruelling queue beforehand to see their idol.


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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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Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers So, summer ‘18 and that insanely tropical heatwave we’d all gotten used to has suddenly disappeared, and instead we’re left outside waiting for doors on a wet and what now feels like a cold 20 something degree evening, desperate to get in and see if Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers, on their first tour of the UK, can bring some of that warmth back, at least for the night, with their distinctly unique brand.


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Hollywood Undead The anticipation for tonight's headliners Hollywood Undead is reaching peak levels with the fans singing ‘Everywhere I Go’ to pass time. The sound of opening track ‘Whatever It Takes’ hits the speaker and the banner hiding the stage drops to reveal the band. Taking turns to walk on stage to sing their parts they are greeted to cheers from the crowd. Screams of Undead! fill the venue as the intensity the band are playing with is incredible. For a group that has so many members singing so many different parts they are not missing a beat they work the stage to its max covering every inch of it.


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BBC Radio 1 Xtra Live BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and tonight comes to Manchester Arena with an amazing line-up featuring Travis Scott, French Montana, J Hus, Bugzy Malone, Ghetts, Stefflon Don, Not3s, Bryson Tiller and a couple of special guests. The event is being hosted by the 1Xtra DJ family featuring Yasmin Evans, Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, and Mista Jam, getting everyone excited for the artist performances.


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Linkin Park It's a very warm night as a few thousand head towards Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena. Tonight's main (and only) artists have always kinda divided opinion; like Marmite - you love them or hate them. Their latest offering has also added to that confusion with somewhat of a backlash from the critics. The fans are here in droves, so clearly they don't feel that; so welcome tonight to Bennington, Shinoda and the rest of the chaps who make up Linkin Park, this date part of their 'One More Light' World Tour.


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Ran N Bone Man Born Rory Graham, Rag N Bone Man exploded onto the scene in 2016 with his single 'Human', which was only kept off the top spot of the UK charts by a brace of Ed Sheeran tunes. His rise from Sussex care worker to double Brit Award winning artist is testament to years of hard work and commitment, making and performing music from the age of 15 under various guises.


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