Gary Barlow Here at Gig Junkies we’re so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. Gary Barlow's gig at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on the penultimate day of 2012 is just one of them. Gig Junkies' very own Lee got to shoot the superstar songwriter's show. We hope that you like what he saw.


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George Barnett It’s always an odd time between Christmas and New Year. Most of us are still recovering from turkey overdose (quite literally going ‘cold turkey’) and desperately necking those chocolate liquors that always seem to find their way into the house somehow (who buys those things?!), eager to stave off the inevitable return to work and the horror that is... JANUARY. Urgh. Bears have the right idea, hibernate through the whole darn thing and wake up just as the daffs are daffing and the bees a buzzing. That would certainly explain the absence of bears at last night’s gig but a surprisingly decent number of humans managed to rise from the sofa... and ruddy glad they were too I bet.


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Jake Bugg There’s a lot of fervour about a certain Mr Jake Bugg at the moment. Having supported the likes of the Stone Roses as well as gigging with (and receiving plaudits from) the singer/song writing legend that is Mr Noel Gallagher you can see why. Now, I’m not one to gloat but the Gig Junkies team have been supporting the wee fella for an age and beyond and quite frankly think that he is rather splendid indeed!


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Castrovalva Ho ho ho. Whilst Christmas may mean carols, hymns, X Factor nonsense and Cliff singing about ickle baby Jesus to most of the population happily some people are still fighting the good fight, musically speaking at least. So a Santa’s sack full of respect to Distorted Tapes / Rhi Lee for putting together four bands that well and truly stuff most of the musical turkeys around at this time of year. Not Cliff obviously. Cliff is God. No... really... he actually is... a tramp outside Wetherspoons told me.


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The Dirty Old Folkers Bain of the bankers' bloated bonus, no succor to the politicians' humbug, the pioneers of alt.punk 'Inappropriate Folk', The Dirty Old Folkers, celebrated their fifth year of Yuletide mayhem with a singularly alternative interpretation of the evergreen childrens' pantomime favourite, Dick Whittington - the dramatic conceit being predicated, presumably, on the childish audience comprising mostly of The Midwich Cuckoos. (And, that might explain the Boris Johnson platinum wigs later on!).


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The xx Today is a rather special date in the calendar. Not only is it 12-12-12, but it’s also the first visit to Wolverhampton for The xx. The concert is sold out and there is excitement in the air. There is certainly plenty of band merchandise being shifted, with designer xx carrier bags in abundance. The xx’s sound is a defined by whispered vocals, often sparse instrumentation and very personalised lyrics about relationships. The question is how their subtle material will come over in such a big venue. We are about to find out that the band’s apparently small sound works brilliantly in a cavernous hall.


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The Black Keys Here at Gig Junkies we’re so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. The Black Keys' gig at The NIA in Birmingham on 9th December is just one of them. Gig Junkies' very own Bianca got to shoot the Akron Ohio duo's show. We hope that you like what she saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought. Tweet us @GigJunkies and we'll post your thoughts, right here alongside the photos.


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Orbital Clearly, when Douglas Adams, in describing Eccentrica Gallumbits’,* the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six claims that Zaphod Beeblebrox was the ‘best bang since The Big One’ sadly couldn’t have anticipated an Orbital gig. (Though ‘Disaster Area’s’ space-pod ‘Sun-Dive’ finale was pretty close.)


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The Courteeners Manchester is famous for being kind to its musical children. The city loves nothing more than to celebrate its own, and when they are musicians this usually leads to their homecoming shows being the hottest ticket in town. We've seen it just recently with the Stone Roses reunion gigs but on Friday night it was the turn of The Courteeners to entertain their home crowd.


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The War of the Worlds The sci-fi novel “The War of the Worlds” was first published by Herbert George Wells (H.G. Wells) in 1898, and was the forerunner for every alien invasion story since. Wells was the Grandfather of Science Fiction and a true visionary, with his prophecies for many of mankind’s developments in the hundred years since coming to fruition.


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Band of Skulls Listening to Kerrang Radio on the way to the gig – as is obligatory for all self-respecting Gig Junkies, it seemed that uber-hot bass playing front woman Emma Richardson was poorly and wasn’t well enough to attend the pre-gig interview. Whilst mass hysteria and a heightened state of panic didn’t necessarily ensue in the GJ mobile, the photographer and I, firmly cross our fingers in unison wishing her a speedy recovery so she could entertain us at the HMV Institute a little later on. Fast forward 3 hours and we needn’t have worried. Not a jot. Excellent gig delivered by the Band of Skulls and once more they justified the entrance fee with their brand of melodic, blues based, bass driven rifftastic rock. Phew!


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The Human League When I was a young whippersnapper, living in South Yorkshire back in 1979, a mate suggested we went to a gig at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University). Off we went, and I thought I would take my camera and try out some gig photography. The gig turned out to be an obscure local band called The Human League.


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Scott Matthews Tonight at the Town Hall in Birmingham, I again witness the poised brilliance of Scott Matthews. Up there on stage with just a simple black back drop, and, to set the scene, smoke lingering in the air around him - like an ethereal spirit rising from a funeral pyre. Matthews gives us a short but sweet first half performance just on his own with an ever-changing array of acoustic guitars all vying for his attention. They are brought from the wings one by one as if waiting to be consumed by Matthews' touch - like groupies awed in silence. He lulls the audience into a trance with songs from his three studio recorded albums, and unexpectedly at the end of a short first set he plays what could be considered his masterpiece "Elusive" (released 2006 on his debut first album "Passing Stranger"). I think I must have been expecting a special announcement or something, as he drops this one on us without warning -and that's a bit of a shock (be it an understated version too). In my mind, and from what I know about the man, Matthews is attempting to move beyond the dizzying heights of his Ivor Novello award winning song. My notion is that he's conflicted here - as he cannot deny the audience his greatest song to date, and yet is attempting to surpass his own genius, which lingers in the air as if caught in amber for eternity.


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Rodrigo y Gabriela If you’re unfamiliar with the Mexican musical duo better known as “Rod y Gab” it’s difficult to know how to describe their genre. In fact they are their genre! They combine expert traditional Spanish guitar, with Death Metal which would be more at home at a Metallica concert utilising a myriad of guitar pedals whilst creating their own drum machine courtesy of their guitar head.


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