Lily Allen “Lily, Lily, Lily F***ing Allen” was the chant which went up a little after 9 to the obvious rapture of the excitable crowd. Donning a beautiful sparkly green dress and sporting flowing golden locks, the singer reciprocated the excitement, with opener from her latest long play offering ‘Come on Then’. It was gonna be a party.


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Miles Kane One part Bowie, one part Bolan, one part Lennon, one part Holden, Miles Kane embodies all that is great about British rock ’n’ roll. It’s true the guy is as cool as they come!


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Years & Years You haven’t seen much until you’ve seen Olly Alexander – of Years & Years – thrust and twerk in a macramé top and platform heels. The quintessence of LGBT, the sensual showman and his crew, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen bring their synth-pop swagger to Arena Birmingham for an all-out energised gig.


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Courtney Barnett It was a bitterly cold Monday night in an empty Birmingham city centre. A symptom perhaps of the Black Friday shopping frenzy which it seems that we have ‘culturally appropriated’ from our friends across the pond which was happening later the same week? Not surprisingly the O2 Academy reflected this being half full for the visit of one Miss Courtney Barnett; the lady with the coolest middle name in rock.


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Leon Bridges On this most special of days, 100 years on, the country, festooned in poppies and everyone remembering those who had gone before us, it was fitting to see such a special artist as Mr Leon Bridges at Birmingham's Institute.


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Jorja Smith Team Gig Junkies have been lucky enough to find themselves in delectable company of a certain Miss Jorja Smith twice this year. In the summer, on the day that a cartoon blimp depicting the American President was floating around London being roundly booed and jeered by 1000s of revellers like a modern day Court Jester, she was putting on a more classy showpiece at the wonderful surrounds of Somerset House. It was the perfect anecdote to all the political craziness.


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Biffy Clyro As storm Ali blows a hooley across the UK, inside, amongst the stunning surroundings of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall we are comfy and snug for a magical night courtesy of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.


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Janelle Monáe It's possible to say the crowd that were going wild, hearing hit after hit from Janelle Monáe at the Academy, however, I feel that would be a discredit to this icon. Manchester saw how much more this icon gives in terms of music bringing anthems of honesty, rebellion and love, lifting up the crowd with her immense stage presence and colourful emotive pictures.


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Jorja Smith Ok. I’m going to start off with a cheesy cliche just to get it over with. Jorja Smith has the voice of an angel. Right. Now we’ve got that over and done with, I’ll continue.


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Hollywood Vampires There was a palpable buzz of excitement in the air at the prospect of seeing Hollywood A listers, Hollywood Vampires in Brummyland on Saturday night at the Genting Arena.


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APE Presents Victoria Park is a place that the locals of the area visit for lovely runs, dog walks and picnic dates. It’s a truly tranquil and enjoyable place that people come to relax. So it would have been a bit of a shock for those on their daily dog walk to see their path cut short by the large installation that is All Points East. In the festival’s first year running, the opening weekend went down a storm. Today, Victoria park was jam packed full of festival goers ready to see the incredibly popular Catfish and the Bottlemen.


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The New Power Generation In the backstage area of Oxford's Common People Festival we had the delight to catch up with the legends that are Tony Mosley, Damon Dickson, Sonny Thompson of The New Power Generation and the newest member to join the 'Celebrate Prince' legacy shows Mackenzie Green making his debut in the UK this weekend.


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DAY ONE - Common People Festival Oxford's South Park was a-washed with vibrant colours and culinary aromas as people flocked to spend their bank holiday at Common People. From the same family as Bestival, the team created this two day family friendly extravaganza filled with good music and excitement for all ages.


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Miles Kane As a patriotic Brummie I don’t tend to venture too deeply into the unchartered town centre of ‘Cov’ as it’s affectionally called by the locals, because well, they pretty much don’t like us! The lure of a certain Mr Miles Kane however was too strong. So, with geographical allegiances firmly put aside for the evening and disguise well and truly ‘donned’ it was all systems go with a short trip along the Coventry Road!


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