Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens It's hot. Very hot! The weatherman tells us the hottest night in something like 40 years. So it's a great night to go into the city centre to the mid sized venue in the 02 Academy to be even hotter! But then again we have a Hollywood 'A' lister in town. So who wouldn't give up their evening to spend in the delectable company of Kiefer Sutherland, this time as musician and rock god, on his 'Not Enough Whiskey' Tour.


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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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Coheed and Cambria This power-house American prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria performed their 2005 smash-album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” in its entirety at KOKO, London on an absolutely sweltering Monday night as part of their “The NEVERENDER GAIBSIV” tour. To see a band, play an entire album from start to finish is a unique experience and a first for me. The second night of two London dates was attended by a lot of clearly obsessively dedicated fans which nearly packed out the 1500 capacity venue.


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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Wow! A truly mind-blowing evening at Manchester's Albert Hall with Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Catch them live if you can..


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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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Imagine Dragons In anticipation of the upcoming third studio album Evolve (ƎVOLVE), scheduled for release later this month, American alt-rock band Imagine Dragons played a very special show at Roundhouse last night and Adila and I were fortunate enough to attend it. Having two of the top ten most downloaded songs in rock history, 'Radioactive' and 'Demons', the band has had a meteoric rise to fame from playing small venues in front of 100 to some of the biggest music festivals in the world and being able to draw a crowd of early-twenty-somethings that literally went around the block when I arrived at the venue.


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Depeche Mode Legendary. Inspirational. Influential. Iconic. These words are more than apt for a band that have delivered so much on multiple levels for well over three decades, and remain right at the top of their game. Bizarrely in the UK, their home turf, they have remained stuck in this "cult like" status, while across the rest of the world they are at the top of all touring artists with stadia tours. Well tonight, after a career of more that 37 years, to a sold out London Stadium with a potential gig capacity of 80,000, Depeche Mode have come home. To show us exactly what they are giving to the rest of the world on a their 'Global Spirit' Tour.


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Milburn "This could never have happened 10 years ago because our heads were too big..." smiles Joe Carnall Jnr to his adoring Sheffield crowd. Whether that is true or not is debateable, what is clear however is how much this band mean to this crowd. Sheffield loves Milburn and on a rainy night in South Yorkshire, Milburn loves the steel city right back…


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Wheatus If you’re between the ages of 15 and 55, you probably know Wheatus’ anthem 'Teenage Dirtbag' and likely, every word of it. Essentially only famous for the one song and with over 20 band member changes its release, I was curious to see whether the now 40-somethings can still entertain singing about their teenage shenanigans.


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KISS It’s bank holiday, and musical events are taking place across Birmingham - Slam Dunk, Pride, Anastasia at the Symphony Hall. And nearly 16,000 people are making their way to the Barclaycard Arena. All ages from small kids to grandparents, rockers, many wearing black T’s with tonight’s artists name emblazoned and some with the iconic faceprint, hair and a few in black spandex. To see a band with well over 40 years of delivering heavy metal in one of the most over-the-top performances you will every see. With a poignant nod to this week’s events, welcome all to the party, welcome to the world of KISS.


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Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow brought her ‘Be Myself’ tour to Manchester’s Albert Halls and treated everybody in this wonderful venue to a career spanning 2 hour show that had absolutely everything. To say I was looking forward to this show might be an understatement – well... definitely an understatement. I once paid an extortionate amount of money for Rolling Stones tickets purely because Sheryl was supporting them and I’ve traveled the length of the country to see her in the past....


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Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw, a singer-songwriter graced O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire with an amazing acoustic evening that left the crowd crying for more, joined by Billy Norris on the guitar and Mike Baker on the drums. A very well spent evening surrounded by Gavin’s lovely voice, melting every heart in the room with the acoustic version of his songs. Many, that did not know Gavin, became fans by the end of the show.


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The Vamps As the Genting Arena fell into darkness, the curtain dropped for an explosive pyrotechnic bang as The Vamps bounced onto the stage to smash hit ‘Wake Up’ ready for the last date of the UK tour and homecoming gig. Front man Brad Simpson whipped the crowd into a frenzy decked in his trademark floral pattern shirt as he asked the crowd, “are you ready to have a sing and dance with us tonight?”


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Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers treats Sheffield to a nostalgic trip through his ‘Free Spirit’ and John Hayhurst gets more than he bargained for in the process. Classic Free songs, some deep album cuts and a Pony to ride on!


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