KISS It’s bank holiday, and musical events are taking place across Birmingham - Slam Dunk, Pride, Anastasia at the Symphony Hall. And nearly 16,000 people are making their way to the Barclaycard Arena. All ages from small kids to grandparents, rockers, many wearing black T’s with tonight’s artists name emblazoned and some with the iconic faceprint, hair and a few in black spandex. To see a band with well over 40 years of delivering heavy metal in one of the most over-the-top performances you will every see. With a poignant nod to this week’s events, welcome all to the party, welcome to the world of KISS.


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Pierce The Veil The release of their latest album Misadventures brought Pierce The Veil to the O2 Birmingham Academy on this frosty Saturday evening. Ever popular in the UK, it was no surprise that this show was a complete sell out – even Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P Carter bypassed the German Markets to grace The Academy with his presence.


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Panic! At The Disco It feels odd referring to Panic! At The Disco as a “band” when in fact, technically it is now the solo project of front man Brendon Urie after original members parted ways a couple of years back. Not that you would know this from the music as Urie has stayed true to Panic’s happy but emo but edgy but a little bit racey style with new album Death Of A Bachelor.


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Hinder Tonight's show has been a long time coming and one which needed to make a big impression. With a new album "When the smoke clears" and a new front man Marshal Dutton (after the departure of longtime vocalist Austin Winkler), Hinder have two points to prove tonight. Will their following remain loyal and is the new album to same Hinder standard which we all know and love?


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Incubus Perhaps it’s the summer heat outside, or maybe the fact that Incubus were due onstage half an hour ago, but Hammersmith Apollo is bubbling with excitement. It has been a number of years since the Californian band were at the height of their popularity, but tonight their return is more than welcome. It’s been three years since they performed in London, and the crowd, full of hardcore fans and nostalgic 20-somethings, are more than up for it.


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PVRIS All the way from Boston Massachusetts, the combination of Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (Lynn Gunn), Alex Babinkski & Brian MacDonald came to Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3. After releasing their debut album ‘White Noise’ towards the end of 2014, the midlands music fans packed a sold out venue to enjoy an 8-song set that would hit everyone square in the face (in a good way).


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Rival Sons I had only heard a couple of tracks by the Rival Sons prior to asking to cover this gig and was hoping, as we all do when we build up to something, that they were going to impress. They didn’t disappoint – indeed they surpassed themselves in every way!


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A Day To Remember As A Day To Remember are due to take to the stage Eminem - Lose Yourself was blasted through the speakers; ensue the crowd erupting with noise and everyone having a giant sing along. For a moment I thought I was at another gig. The lights went down and then BOOM! Confetti greeted the crowd together with deafening screams. A taste of things to come.


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Counting Crows I was going to say something cheesy about Counting Crows and fireworks – it being the 5th November and all, but I am far, far better than that and thankfully so are they!


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Black Veil Brides As the sun is setting and the cold night sets in the O2 Academy is lined with fans queuing around the block to see Black Veil Brides. Ripped tights, head to toe in black attire and heavy black make up can be seen all the way down the line.


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Anberlin In January 2014 Anberlin announced that they would be going there separate ways and recording their final album 'Lowborn'. There’s no doubt, the band who have had such a presence in the music scene for the past 12 years will be going out on a high note, with an album so impressive, it will be remembered for years to come along with their legacy. Tonight, here in Manchester they will be performing their 2nd date of their final UK tour here at the Manchester Club Academy along with support from Fort Hope and Natives.


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Haim It was only back in December that HAIM graced our shores with a tour and it seems their is still plenty of demand for them. Tonights show is sold out along with the rest of their 8 date UK tour and even before all that they were creating a craze at festivals up and down the country.


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Midlake Usually, if a band loses its chief songwriter and frontman, that would be it. But, sometimes bands pull through - take Fleetwood Mac after Peter Green quit, for example. Last year Midlake lost its leader, Tim Smith. Instead of winding up the ensemble, guitarist and singer Eric Pulido was promoted to lead singer and the band pooled their songwriting talents. The resulting new album, ‘Antiphon’, has received good reviews, but how will the new Midlake come over live?


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Skid Row We’re here to rock tonight in Wolves with two nineties rock bands back out on the road. Really a double headliner, we have Californian surfer dudes Ugly Kid Joe up first in 'support' of screaming stalwarts of trad metal rock Skid Row, as part of a 29 date over 36 day intensive tour of the UK and Europe.


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