Pumarosa The wealth of options available to music lovers of Manchester on this particular Thursday night with the likes of Yonaka, Tokio Myers and Mancunian legends the Happy Mondays all playing within a ½ mile radius you’d be spoilt for choice if you wanted to see a gig. I opted for London based Pumarosa and boy was I glad I did.


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McFly "I know what you’re thinking, McFly just got sexier" - Dougie Poynter McFly are back, people, and they are on fire! I’m not just referring to the pyrotechnics here, the pop-rock band made fan’s dreams come true by reuniting for an awesome ‘one night only’ gig at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night. The whole evening was filled with sing-your-heart-out classic tunes, such as ‘Obviously’ and ‘Star Girl’, bad jokes, "You wanna hear a joke? I’m a professional musician!" (by Dougie) and catchy new songs. It was everything you would want from McFly.


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Mick Flannery On a rainy night in Islington, as another Irish singer-songwriter almost said, we go to church. Mick Flannery is in town. Mick is from Cork. Just like me. Mick has a beard. Just like me. Mick is one of our finest artists. Just like I once won a Bachelor of the Year competition.


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YONAKA Tonight at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, the venue is hosting three separate events, so making sure you end up in the right room is essential. With six days remaining on their headline tour Brighton rockers YONAKA are set to perform to a sold out crowd here in Birmingham.


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Jade Bird Well everybody’s heard about the Bird - Jade Bird gives plenty of Joy in Leeds.


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Lankum I hadn’t heard of Lankum until a few weeks ago, when I read a five star review of their latest (and third) album ‘The Livelong Day’ in a music magazine. I checked-out some of their songs and they sounded great: I also found some more rave press reviews, all of them four or five star. So I’ve grabbed the opportunity to see Lankum live at Leeds.


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Snarky Puppy To say American Jazz Sweethearts Snarky Puppy playing London's iconic Royal Albert Hall was a little magical is probably the understatement of the year. Having come a long way since Bill Laurence and Michael League formed the across the border alliance in a queue for a Jamiroqui workshop in Camden many years back, the funk and talent oozed from the stage within it's latest line-up which is also being recorded live tonight.


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Adam Ant Adam Ant - Friend or Foe? He’s Still A Dandy Looking Highwayman! Tonight I had several flashbacks to very late 70’s school discos with the punks, rockers, skaboys and new romantics all dutifully dressed up in their tribal costumes, and at some point during the night ‘Antmusic’ would be played and we’d all kind of enjoy it, we probably all had a copy of the ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ album - whether we admitted it to our affiliated tribe or not!


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Vampire Weekend Whisper it but it's been over ten years since self titled first album of Vampire Weekend was released. An album, which quickly became the soundtrack to the final year of my university life. Much has changed since those heady days. Unaffected by the 2016 departure of Rostam Batmanglij (whose influence is still very much felt on newer tracks), Vampire Weekend have gone from NYC indie newcomers to seasoned mainstream live artists.


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Sleeping with Sirens ‘Tonight in London we are going to play all the dope-ass ones!’… and they sure lived up to this statement. For those of you who thought Sleeping with Sirens are turning pop and going mellow, you’re in for a treat with their new album and definitely with their live performances. Returning to their original heaviness, SWS made a pleasantly surprising comeback this year with ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ released via Sumerian Records. However, their UK tour shows took it up another level, with an even heavier sound, complimented by a masterful visual display of lights and shadows.


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Deerhunter Becoming a parent seriously affected my ability to discover new music. The days of scouring Last.fm or some such to find “similar” artists to my ongoing predilections, became the nights of little sleep and my rest-addled brain took succour in the familiar, the easy. Them the breaks… plus, our babies were ace. No problem.


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Rival Sons Californian blues rockers Rival Sons have been doing their thing now for 10 years and during that time have steadily grown in popularity, putting out six albums - the most recent of which, the well-received 'Feral Roots', was released earlier this year - and expanding their fanbase.


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Pond Australia seems to be putting most countries to shame when it comes to exporting quality bands. One of the many to come from the thriving psych scene is Pond. Tonight they were in Birmingham, a very long way from home. With them they brought the future Aussie stars Jade Imagine, for a night to remember.


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Friendly Fires A lot has changed in the 8 years since Friendly Fires last played Birmingham. When the band announced they were returning with new album 'Inflorescent', they owed the second city a long overdue visit.


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