Celebrating David Bowie It was the right week and the right time for Bowie fans to come together from all over the UK to celebrate David Bowie. What has now become known as Bowie week due to his birthday on 8th January and the anniversary of his passing on 10th, has now meant an annual mecca for all fans to get together and share the Bowie love.


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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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Roy Wood It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - as they say. Well there is no better way to spend it than with a local legend who’s given us one of those true Christmas songs we’ve sung along to for all these years. In the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with a plethora of special guests, and a pretty much sold out crowd in full Christmas spirit akin in Santa hats and festive garb – let us welcome the Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band.


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Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher swaggered on to the Birmingham stage to rapturous applause and the opening chords of ‘Rock 'n' Roll Star’. The brummy crowd were treated to tracks from Liam’s first solo album ‘As You Were’ interspersed with classic Oasis tracks that made him the legendary frontman that we all know and love today.


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Gorillaz So tonight will be an interesting gig as the crowds head to Arena Birmingham on this damp winter’s night, as this band are something entirely different - predominantly because they are made up of a cast of virtual characters - 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Welcome tonight (with their real life vocalist), Damon Albarn - to the ecletic world that is Gorillaz.


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Mark Lanegan Before he starts playing, Mark Lanegan demands that the minimal onstage lighting be dimmed even more and when he is satisfied he begins his ninety minute set with Death’s Head Tattoo from his latest album Gargoyle.


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The Darkness For me, its always great to go to a Hard Rock gig. The lightshow is usually great, the music is really right up my street, the crowd is generally spot on and the atmosphere amazing. Tonight just imagine all of that times 10 - Why? Well beacuse The Darkness are in town, thats why.


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Hookworms Hookworms are a five-piece Leeds-based band who have been getting some great reviews and radio play (Radio 6’s Marc Riley being a particular enthusiast) and they are renowned for making a full-on racket. Tonight they are playing close to base at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club and a good number of their fans have turned out to see them. It’s the first gig of their current tour, with the next one scheduled for their home city at Leeds Brudenell Social Club (reputedly their favourite venue) this coming weekend.


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Bad Touch It’s almost panto season and tonight we have ‘Beauty & The Beast’ in the shape of Mollie Marriott and Bad Touch, live at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. Classic Rock n’ Roll tales as old as time. I’m back at my favourite independent music venue in the North – Leeds Brudenell Social Club for a night of Classic Rock that could have been made in the 70’s. We have the long hair, flares, boots, beards and loud guitars – we also have beer at £1.99 but that’s not as a throwback gimmick, or even because it’s Black Friday. This is a normal night here, a social music club deep in the mainly student community of Leeds. Now having 3 stages and every night is booked, it’s so great to see it thriving when many others are closing down.


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ENTER SHAKIRI So to accompany their recently released album 'The Spark' these eclectic musicians bring their tour to Nottingham, as part of a series of arena tours. Welcome to the Motorpoint Arena tonight, Enter Shakiri.


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Mr Big American Classic Rock comes to Newcastle in the form of Mr Big who are here to promote their new album Defying Gravity and to dish out a masterclass of guitar work and top power ballads.


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Slow Readers Club Multiple generations packed out one of the UK’s most unique venues as Slow Readers Club rocked the boat at Thekla in Bristol on 17th November. The Mancunian four-piece rolled into the city’s cargo-ship-turned-music-hall halfway through a sold-out UK tour, and were greeted by stacks of fans who were chomping at the bit to see the headliners right from the start.


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Deaf Havana I have to say, at the outset, that up until the week of this gig I have never listened to any output by the main band on this tour. They had been recommended to me by my stepson who is a big fan. So I gave them a listen and, apart from the early more screamy stuff I really quite liked them. So it was with a certain amount of anticipation that myself and said stepson turned up to Leeds Beckett for Deaf Havana.


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Alice Cooper When the announcement came through that Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend was coming to the Birmingham Arena it was a moment similar to the classic scene in 'Wayne's World' falling on the floor and shouting "We're not worthy" so you could tell this was an electrifying moment.


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