Killing Joke Killing Joke are a band you should know and if you don’t I can guarantee you’ve heard more than you think you have by them. Love Like Blood in particular is one of those instantly recognisable songs that you’ve probably heard a thousand times. They have been cited as an inspiration by many of the big names such as Trent Reznor, Metallica and Soundgarden. Dave Grohl was even their drummer for 2003's eponymous album.


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Level 42 It was over 30 years since I last saw Level 42, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the passing time hasn’t diminished their powers what so ever. Mark King and Mike Lindup on keyboards are the 2 remaining members of the original line up which saw brother Phil and Boon Gould leave the band in the late 80’s, although Boon would continue to write new material for the band. Originally formed in in the late 70’s, Level 42 really hit the mark during the mid 80’s which saw the release of the albums ‘World Machine’ and ‘Running in the Family’. Their distinctive jazz funk sound was underpinned by the Mark Kings trademark slap bass technique which often took on the role typical given over to a lead guitarist.


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Pale Waves Birmingham's O2 Institute was awash with teenage angst as Manchester band Pale Waves rocked into the city on Tuesday night, as scores of young fans waited excitably for their upcoming idols they were treated to support from indie rock band Swimming Girls.


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John Grant I rock up to The Symphony Hall looking forward to seeing Susanne Sundfoer support the every charming John Grant. Unfortunately she has taken the night off to rest her voice and instead we are treated to Cate Le Bon. This welsh singer songwriter has an incredible band behind her, constantly changing instruments and creating an incredible sound. She has a beautiful and haunting voice that seems to capture those of us in the crowd who arrived early.


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MGMT A summer night at Somerset House listening to good music seems like a dream, right? Sure- until much of the crowd, who too had the same idea but less of the interest in the music itself, decide to spend the night talking.


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Bastille Almost unclassified in genre, four-piece Bastille are known for their echoic-indie synth vibes, now they present us with their Reorchastrated tour an element that enhances their fan base to all ages.


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Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble So, "who's Carl Craig?" I hear you ask. Heralding from Detroit, Carl Craig is a music producer, considered one of the most influential names of the Detroit techno scene. "And the synthesizer ensemble? Explain that one". OK. This one is going to take some more explaining... First off there's an album; Versus, which Carl Craig did in collaboration with Les Siècles Orchestra; a French orchestra and classical pianist Francesco Tristano (although tonight Kelvin Sholar took the piano), the progeny of a concert in 2008, it had the intention of bringing club music to classic concert halls. It was this album that tonight's setlist was from.


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MØ is a Danish singer/songwriter whom, together with support from two other Scandinavian artists tonight, is leading the Scandinavian invasion at Brixton Academy! Most famous in the UK for featuring on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s single 'Lean On', in addition to Major Lazer’s 'Cold Water', MØ has been bursting through the electropop scene ever since! Tonight finds MØ bringing her show to London, for one night only!


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Gary Numan You went to see Gary Numan live? Who’s that? Oh yeah, he did the one that goes, “Here in my car, I feel safest of all”. That’s cool. Was that 1979? Is he really still touring? - You bet your bum he’s still touring! Not only that, but he’s still creating new material. I won’t go into detail quite yet, but spoiler alert; his new album is phenomenal.


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Sigrid 50 CENT, Corinne Bailey Rae and Michael Kiwanuka are among the previous winners of the ‘BBC Sound of’ award in their respective years. All of these artists have gone on to achieve spectacular success in the music world and are all currently active in writing and touring. So it’s no surprise for me to be blown away by the incredible talent of this years winner, Sigrid, as she opens her latest UK tour in Brighton.


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Pale Waves Teenagers packed out The Garage in London on a Wednesday night in anticipation of seeing Manchester, indie-pop band, Pale Waves. Formed back in 2014, it’s been an exciting ride for the four-piece and they’re currently making ripples on the indie scene. In January 2018 Pale Waves were 5th on the annual ‘BBC Sound of 2018’ and recently, in February 2018, the band won the 'NME Under the Radar' award at the NME Awards 2018. The band was founded by the lead singer and guitarist, Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran.


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IAMX There was no better place to be than Electric Ballroom, Camden on Saturday. Those lucky enough to have got a ticket caught IAMX on stage in support of the release of his latest LP, ‘Alive in New Light’, released earlier this month. What made this an extra special one, is that legendary tattoo artist, Kat von D would join him on stage. She makes an appearance on four tracks on the new album and this was the first time she would perform live music. Electro artist, IAMX began back in 2004 in London as a solo project by now LA based, Chris Corner, formerly of Sneaker Pimps.


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Paramore Entering Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we thawed our frozen fingers from the chilly outdoors and welcomed Nashville trio Paramore to the stage ready to delight us in a glorious set of synth pop-rock. As the third show of ‘Tour Three’ the city eagerly awaited the promise of critically acclaimed album ‘After Laughter’ being brought to the live forum.


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PVRIS “I hope you have your dancing shoes on tonight!” declares Pvris lead singer Lynn Gunn to the Birmingham crowd. It’s been 3 years since they released their excellent debut album ‘White Noise’ and their rise has been pretty fast since then. Tonight they are playing another sold out UK gig in support of their latest 2nd album ‘All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’ released 3 months ago.


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