The Irrepressibles There seems to be a bit of a vogue for gigs in Birmingham churches at the moment. St Paul’s has had a few this year and now St Martin’s is getting in on the act too. It’s a cracking idea. They’re generally gorgeous buildings, perhaps somewhat underused in these more secular times and the acoustics can be...er...heavenly. Tonight we’re here to worship at the altar of St Jamie McDermott, the frankly inspirational life force behind The Irrepressibles, a chamber pop band that’s currently wowing our European neighbours but still seem to be criminally underrated here in their homeland. C’est la vie. Given that this is their first UK tour though (and this is a band that you really need to see live) perhaps all that is about to change.


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Bombay Bicycle Club Bombay Bicycle Club this morning announce they will close 2010 with two headline London shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall on December 4th (acoustic) and The Troxy on December 5th (electric) – before heading to the studio to finish work on their next album.


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Architects Architects weren't to be outdone and played an absolute blinder. They too favoured a brooding intro but were awarded the best sound of the night by a country mile which suited the choppy discordance of their mathcore aggression. Crowd surfing started minutes in and continued sporadically, whilst the pit was in lively form throughout. Impressively they incorporated immense groove and intricacy in amongst the brutality and were ably led by an energetic and humble front man.


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V Festival Weston Park Stafford If day one was all about catching an eclectic mix artists (and in hindsight having one too many beers) day two was about the golden oldies with the likes of the ‘Charlatans’, ‘Weller’ and the ‘Phonics’ all performing. The sun had his hat on, pass was securely round my neck and all was right with the World – it was gonna be a good un!


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V Festival It’s the end of August, the sun is a shining, the footy season has just kicked off and all is right with the World. It also happens to be V Festival weekend. Kerching, back of the net – RESULT. Allow the festivities to begin...


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The Black Keys I love this time of year. Hot sunny days, long warm nights, shorts and BBQs… And if you’re a music lover or Gig Junkie it means music festivals going off up and down the country every weekend. Of course there’s the biggie, the one every band wants to play – Glastonbury. By far the greatest asset of Glastonbury is it’s sheer power in bringing some of the worlds greatest bands to these shores. And whilst here why not turn one festival appearance into a mini tour and play a small handful of gigs in the few minutes you have spare. Taking this into account means that London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham get the chance to see alternative Blues / Rock duo ‘The Black Keys’ before embarking on a full US tour.


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SLAYER A lengthy queue has formed after our arrival, and swiftly grows out of sight around the corner, demonstrating that Slayers near thirty year history has diluted their appeal not one jot. This is clearly going to be quite some gig.


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