Blink-182 It was summer 2001 and the sun shone down on the Spanish isle of Lanzarote, the cool young lad with his baggy shorts and trucker cap lent me his headphones and thus began the journey of enlightenment that is Blink-182. The holiday romance fizzled out but the love of the punk-rock cheeky ditties did not and here we are sixteen years later, older, wiser and at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.


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Linkin Park It's a very warm night as a few thousand head towards Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena. Tonight's main (and only) artists have always kinda divided opinion; like Marmite - you love them or hate them. Their latest offering has also added to that confusion with somewhat of a backlash from the critics. The fans are here in droves, so clearly they don't feel that; so welcome tonight to Bennington, Shinoda and the rest of the chaps who make up Linkin Park, this date part of their 'One More Light' World Tour.


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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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Ed Sheeran Returning to Birmingham for the first time after headlining Fusion festival two years ago, it was no surprise that the Barclaycard Arena was filled to the rafters, the 15,000 crowd sold out within less than a hour of going on sale and on the second night of his Birmingham leg chart sensation Ed Sheeran didn’t disappoint.


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Pet Shop Boys From West end girls and East end boys, to the boys and girls of the West Midlands, as this multi-awarding winning 80s electronica band, that continue to record , recently issuing their thirteen offering, tonight bring their show to the Barclaycard Arena. In 2016 Billboard magazine named this duo as the #1 Dance / duo group over their charts inception - not bad for two blokes who met in an electronics shop in London 36 years ago. Birmingham welcomes tonight, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as The Pet Shop Boys.


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Jean Michel Jarre So in the mid seventies this French artist released a seminal album. Oxygene. He recorded it over a period of eight months using a number of analogue synthesizers and an eight track recorder in his kitchen. In a world where we take technology for granted - this seems a million miles away. This album - went on to sell over 18 million copies. And as an artist Jean Michel Jarre has gone on to sell over 80 million albums - and is here at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, 40 years after THAT album on his 'Electronica Tour,' performing throughout the UK and Europe in October and November celebrating the release of "Electronica 1: The Time Machine' in 2015, and this year's "Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise.'


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TMuse Here at Gig Junkies we’re lucky buggers! We get to photograph some superb gigs and Muse’s Birmingham date on their ‘Drones World Tour’ is just one of them.


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The Libertines The Libertines rocked into Birmingham Barclaycard arena as if it was no different from any of the smaller venues they had previously played, performing with the energy that was longed for during the ten years that passed before 'Anthems for Doomed Youth' emerged onto the scene late last year.


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The Prodigy

Dear Keith, Maxim & Liam- THANK YOU! Thank you for making me feel so proud to be British at a time of uncertainty. The Prodigy are The Kings of Big Beat & this evening firmly established that view. The outreach that these guys possess reeks of grandeur. The crowd consisted of early teens to shameless OAPs all bouncing off the walls of The Barclaycard Arena to the sound of EDM royalty!



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Faithless Well it’s Christmas! Well nearly! Seasons of mistletoe and wine and peak gigging time! And for this little team of Gig Junkies, the first of three gigs in a row. This band ‘ceased to be’ in 2011 but not for long - a mid year announcement of 2.0 (to celebrate their twentieth year), gave us a couple of big gigs including headlining BBC Radio 1’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Ibiza and their recent gig at Alexandra Palace selling out in less than 50 minutes!. A national tour - which makes us very happy bunnies. For tonight, God is indeed a DJ - Faithless come to town.


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McBusted Entering the Barclaycard Arena I was instantaneously met by a mass of nostalgic noughties crazed music fans, ecstatically awaiting the new pop rock and punk pop fusion band McBusted. The six piece have begun a hysteria with their Most Excellent Adventure Tour. Blackout set off an immensity of screams and with their infinite energy McBusted entered, pinging into position one by one from below the stage like they’d just landed onto the screen of an arcade game.


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Michael Bublé To celebrate the opening night, Michael Bublé is doing two dates, as the opening dates to his UK December tour.  Last year Bublé sold out his 10 day residency at O2 Arena in London, as well as concerts in Manchester Birmingham and Glasgow - and these two dates at the new Barclaycard Arena are also sold out.


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Michael Bublé Michael Bublé is set to open the new venue on the 2nd and 3rd of December, as the opening dates to his UK December tour. Tickets are on sale now - but are likely to sell out very quickly! Last year Bublé sold out his 10 day residency at O2 Arena in London, as well as concerts in Manchester Birmingham and Glasgow.


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