The Quireboys Tonight in the intimate Manchester Academy 3 Venue, The Quireboys, a band which has been going since 1984 and seen many band members come and go, play the second show of the UK leg of their huge 30th Anniversary "Black Eyed Sons" tour.


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Beartooth Last time that Beartooth visited Birmingham (and the first time they visited the UK) was as the opening band for Of Mice & Men, back in April. Just five months later they’re back and headlining their own show at the Birmingham Academy 3, bringing along their own support in the form of Dead Harts and Climates.


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Benjamin Booker Academy 3 Brum played home to our latest Gig Junkies excursion and this time it was a trip to see the much hyped Benjamin Booker who'd come to visit all the way from NOLA. A lot smaller than its big brothers and sparsely populated with little more than 100 people in attendance, it mattered not a jot as there was that Saturday night vibe and everybody seemed up for it. The age range was really eclectic which was a little suprising. A couple of young kids were knocking about with their parents in tow and there were a number of people who were well into their 70’s. Obvious muso’s one and all.


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Layers Last up, and celebrating the release of their rather spanking new EP, it’s Layers. Any fears that recent fatherhood and engagement (awww bless...more on this later) would have taken the edge of lead singer Lance’s performance were rapidly dispelled. Famous for his neck threatening backflips and relentlessly energetic performances (seriously, the man makes the Duracell Bunny look like a slacker) he and the band kick off (‘kick off’ being the right phrase too) with the punk fuelled Mind On Fire, two minutes of pedal to the metal machine gun drumming, filthy guitars and Lance leaping about like he’s on hot coals.


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Sulpher hile the world was watching the Queen and James Bond skydive into the London 2012 opening ceremony, I headed down Manchester's deserted streets to the Academy 3 to catch Sulpher in action. A band consisting of members from The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Prodigy (and a few other bands) I was hoping to be seeing some consummate professionals rock the hell out of the room. The Academy 3 lent itself beautifully to this kind of gig. Small and shadowy with low ceilings and elaborate light shows it was almost an extra character taking part in the show, setting the tone for an evening of unapologetic hard and heavy rock.


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Feeder (Renegades) Is this really a sign of the times? It's early 2010 and Feeder is headlining Birmingham's O2 Academy 3, a venue with a maximum capacity of 250! Surely it wasn't that long ago when they were playing the main stages at some of the country's most prestigious festivals: Glastonbury, Download, Reading and Leeds as well as headlining their own much larger international tours. Perhaps this is a good indication of the life span of the modern music band? One minute you feature heavily on Radio 1's playlist, riding the crest of a wave, as it were. Then the next, you're scrabbling along trying to get back to those glory days when your brand new Jaguar had a CD player (player, player, player…) and you drank cider from a lemon (lemon, lemon, lemon…).


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General Fiasco Forsaking the Antiques Roadshow (how rock n’roll am I eh?) a comfy sofa and a gentle drift into dribbling oblivion after chuffing my way through an entire roasted cow I made my way to the new Academy for a night of equally new music in the shape of…deep breath…The Fall, The Rise, The Onlookers and General Fiasco. General Fiasco? Admit it, as band names go that’s kind of asking for trouble. Short of calling yourself ‘Colin Cockup and the Halfwits’ you couldn’t arm your critics with much more ammunition if you tried.


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Lights Action After walking past the vast queue waiting to see T-Pain in the O2 Academy, I entered Bar Academy only to be met by a handful of people and unfortunately this tiny crowd did not grow much as the night progressed. First on was Ché, a 5-piece band from Worcester...


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