Ben Harper Sitting down to play he proceeded to create a sound from a guitar type instrument that I’d not seen or heard before armed with nothing more than a guitar slider - Instantly mesmerising. In what was dubbed as ‘An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper’ the instrumental opener did just that. Totally glorious and immediately evident why all the fervour is surrounding the man in Blues and Folk circles.


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Alkaline Trio When I entered the Forum it was hard not to notice the shear beauty of the venue, Manchester certainly has its fair share of great venues but being my first time here it will certainly leave an impression on me. As I was hoping tonight's headline act Alkaline Trio would. Having not seen them on a headline tour before this gig was one I have had on my calendar for quite some time.


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Justin Timberlake You expect a Justin Timberlake show to be an epic event and considering the stage alone costs £6 million it is not surprising that ticket prices are so high. As the lights dim on a capacity crowd at the LG Arena, anticipation is running high and so is the volume of the female fans. Silhouettes of violin players are projected onto the massive honeycomb screen and Mr Timberlake rises up in a white dinner jacket with slicked back hair, looking incredibly dapper as if he has stepped out of the Luhrmann interpretation of The Great Gatsby.


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The Wildhearts It may surprise many to know that The Wildhearts debut album 'Earth vs the Wildhearts' came out in 1993, a massive 21 years ago. The band have since gone through various line-up changes, drug problems and break ups but each time they seem to have come back stronger. So the question is what can this reincarnation bring to the table?


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Manic Street Preachers Tonight we’re back in Wolverhampton to see a band who took on the world, and then refused to go away. From the Gg Junkies team on our musical journey of the UK,  we bring you the boys from the Welsh valleys; formed nearly 30 years ago, in Blackwood, Wales, these guys are here to show us their best - that this is their truth - and they’ll be preaching Manic Street Preachers style.


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Adam Ant The opening for Adam Ant's UK tour begins tonight in Manchester, and it's not a good start to say the least. Scheduled to appear on stage at an early 8.30, there are whispers around the auditorium that he is running a little late and will be appearing at 8.45. By 9.25 the restless crowd of white stripe painted faces flood the baking hot room with boo's and angry jeers aimed at the 80's Nu romantic star. An hour after he's scheduled to start, the stage manager comes to the front and flashes his torch, indicating that the show is finally about to begin.


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Boy George People will know Boy George for many different guises and vices. Long haired make up wearing 80’s pop icon, DJ, junkie and even felon. All add to the colourful persona that is George Alan O’Dowd and contributed to the fact that I was uber-excited about the gig at Brum's premier venue, The Institute.


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