Gig Junkies 2015 Here at Gig Junkies we're looking back at all the great gigs we reviewed in 2015. From Frank Turner to the Kaiser Chiefs, Julian H. Cope to 10cc, Placebo to Ella Eyre, Nick Cave to Taylor Swift, a stack of summer festivals and into the winter with everyone from Culture Club to Dave Gahan to Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Faithless and The Prodigy.


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Duran Duran I was very excited to hear Seal would be supporting Duran Duran on tonight's bill at the new plush Genting arena. When he enters on stage a lady in front of me shouts out "I've only come to see you!" which has the crowd laughing, and I must admit, I would have paid good money to just see Seal himself too. Highlights for me are Crazy, and Adamski's Killer, which is just one of those era defining songs from the 90's Acid House scene. There is something so electric about Seal's voice - which is soulful, and yet something more, sitting so well with an electronic track - much in the same way that Rhianna's voice can.


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Miguel As druid figures stood on the stage strumming a funky beat to the eagerly awaiting crowd, as if to summons up a God. The crowd exploded as their martyr appeared, looking angelic with a white fringed cowboy jacket, white jeans and Cuban heels Miguel gyrated his way with his top bearing toned flesh into “The Thrill“. Having earlier this year performed with Minneapolis legend Prince in the Baltimore Rally for Peace, it was clear to say looking at the 29 year old Californian, you could see how his influence had rubbed onto him, resembling a Love sexy era purple one with his raunchy dancing and racier lyrics, he knew how to work the crowd as the majority of female admirers gazed longingly at him and those who were accompanied by their partners, were left pleasantly surprised at what the singer delivered.


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Leftfield Shock and awe!! Leftfield are playing the O2 Institute in Birmingham... what?! Really?!! For me this was a gig not to be missed. Leftfield's 1995 release 'Leftism' was one of the most important soundtracks of my youth. More than any other record the heady and fascinating rhythms of Leftism, were the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks and 'indoor boogie' getting ready with chums for various heavy techno and psychedelic all-nighters in the heart of Birmingham and it's more bohemian quarters.


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V Festival, Weston Park, Stafford For years, the chart topping foundations of V festival has drawn in the mainstream music crowds, the playlist hand-picked when ripe by the elitists of the industry; put together with the ease of celebrity status. Yet, this year, they seemed to have missed their quota amongst the to-be-seen at summer events loosing a third of ticket sales, with something lacking from their line up.


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Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival in Birmingham, 10 + 11 + 12 July 2015 Want to know how great this year’s Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival was? Try this for size... Public Enemy rolled up on Friday to headline that night and loved it so much they came back on Saturday to watch Roy Ayers before heading over to the Moseley Dance Centre for the after show. Rumours that they’re recording DO Believe The Hype as the festival’s new official anthem are still unconfirmed but if you see Flavor Flav queuing up in the Kingfisher Fish and Chip Bar anytime soon don’t be surprised.


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Highway To V Festival Highway to V Festival: Do you want to perform at V Festival this summer? The line-up for V Festival this year includes; Kasabian, Calvin Harris, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Annie Mac, Clean Bandit, Tom Jones and Paloma Faith to name a few! Would you like the chance to join them and perform at V Festival?


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Rewind North, 7th - 9th August 2015 - Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire This August, Rewind The 80s Music Festival comes to the North of England for the second consecutive year!  'Rewind North' returns in full force in the beautiful surroundings of Capethorne Hall, situated between Maccesfield and Wilmslow, Cheshire.


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Young Fathers From winning both the Mercury Prize and the Scottish Album of the Year Awards in 2014 (for Dead and Tape Two respectively) through to earning the kind of gushing praise that’s normally reserved for visiting deities Edinburgh’s Young Fathers seemingly came from nowhere. They’ve actually been a going concern since hooking up at an under 16s hip hop night in 2008 though, fusing three distinctly different backgrounds (Liberia via Ghana, Maryland and Drylaw, apparently a suburb on the outskirts of Edinburgh...who says the internet ain’t educational eh?) to create something that’s undeniably different. And at this stage in musical evolution development that’s a pretty rare thing indeed.


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Royal Blood Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we get to go to some fantastic events and festivals. "Royal Blood" is just one of those events. Coming off the back of their recent best British group for 2015 prize win; these guys are on a crest of a wave at the moment. They appear to be level-headed and down-to-earth guys, and it is certainly doesn't appear to be adversely affecting their humility in-front of this avid Wolverhampton Civic crowd.


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