Mick Flannery On a rainy night in Islington, as another Irish singer-songwriter almost said, we go to church. Mick Flannery is in town. Mick is from Cork. Just like me. Mick has a beard. Just like me. Mick is one of our finest artists. Just like I once won a Bachelor of the Year competition.


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Benny Sings Back in April I was lucky enough to catch Benny Sings at his sold-out show at the Moth Club. It was a fantastic, sprit lifting gig, and from them on I couldn’t get enough of his music. So when I saw the announcement of a return gig at The Garage, I knew it would be the place to be on Halloween Eve.


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Weyes Blood Weyes Blood (the working name of US singer, songwriter and musician Natalie Mering) released her fourth solo album ‘Titanic Rising’ to critical praise earlier this year. The lush album is superficially an easy listen, dominated by beautiful melodies and her languid golden voice, but underneath lie sober lyrics about the state of things and the human condition. Tonight at Manchester she plays to a sold-out Club Academy: back in 2007, she tells us, she first played in Manchester to just a handful of people.


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Cher Ahead of the very welcome appearance at this impressive venue of one of pop music's biggest names, the main question on my mind - apart from what songs from the past 50-plus years might feature - was how many costume changes there would be.


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Gary Numan Marking his 40th anniversary, Gary Numan shows no sign of slowing down, putting his feet up or anything else you’d expect for someone who’s been in the business for so long. In fact, as he ages, he becomes more prolific, more influential.


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Angie Stone For the past couple of weeks I’d had friends call me, asking what I wanted to do for my birthday, I told them, Angie Stone is in town, seriously it is not going to be the gig to miss this year. It’s not everyday such a powerful and inspirational singer comes to play in your backyard on a Thursday night in mid October, and for once London weren’t the only ones having all the fun.


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Thurston Moore Thurston Moore is best known as a member of Sonic Youth, the avant-garde experimental rock band from New York who helped turned electric guitar music on its head in the 1980s and 90s. The band employed unusual guitar tunings and modified instruments and made full use of feedback and electronic noise, while at the same time writing great tunes and lyrics. Since Sonic Youth, Moore has pursued a solo career, producing a variety of different music.


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Lindsey Stirling On the last night of the ‘Artemis’ tour, American violinist Lindsey Stirling returned to London to take the Hammersmith Apollo crowd on a unique journey of sound and image. Putting forward a modern take on a classical instrument, she captivates the audience’s ears from the first notes of her violin accompanied by electronic drops, while her ballet performance locks their eyes on her elegant yet energetic moves, all to convey a very important message.


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Lissie At an old cinema in Dalston, London, hundreds of music lovers descend through the horrid rain on a Monday to bare witness to one of music’s purest voices. The spectacular Lissie headlines EartH, one of the greatest venues in London. Only on this occasion, the strings wouldn’t be cutting through her fingers. Instead the keys would be pressed by another’s hands as we see the beautiful contrast and translation as we hear her most familiar songs in a retrospective tour, translated on piano.


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Ty Segall As London is drenched by the weekend's rain, something special was taking place at The Oval Space. Ty Segall had been beamed in for a three night residency playing three different albums in full. The second night was all about his 2011 album 'Goodbye Bread', was an unmissable night for any fan of the psych rock wizard.


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Richard Hawley One of Sheffield’s most beloved sons. A South Yorkshire troubadour that still has the fire and skill to make you laugh and cry in the space of a couple of verses and a chorus. Richard Hawley takes to the stage to the haunting tones of Al Bowlly’s The Very Thought of You and from there the Sheffield audience, his audience, are enraptured and enchanted by a set that never strays too far from the spellbinding.


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JP Cooper It wasn’t too long ago that ‘September Song’ dominated the radio airwaves, even before its release the soulful melody and catchy tune warmed the hearts of listeners, easily becoming one of the top tunes of summer. A few months prior Cooper had accompanied Jonas Blue on their number 2 smash ‘Perfect Strangers’, 2016 was the year that highlighted the talented British singer-songwriter JP Cooper into the public.


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Hozier A Hozier review – for a concert, album, whatever – can be boiled down to two simple words. That voice. That voice fills the Palladium on a Saturday night, and makes a bunch of pop fans listen to the blues for two hours. That voice has sold this venue out for five consecutive nights. That voice elicits tears, chills, screams of joy, from the top tier seats to the front row stalls.


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Jimmy Buffett People dressed in Hawaiian shirts, garlands and a variety of weird and wonderful headgear standing outside this lovely venue could only mean one thing: singing legend Jimmy Buffett and his dedicated fans - the Parrotheads - were back in town.


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