Gong For those not familiar with the music of Gong, they might possibly be described as a kind of jazzy existential cosmic rock band. To some extent their style and outlook might be compared with Hawkwind, but the material is rather more strange, complex and steeped in a mythology that involves a continuing story (over several albums) about a search for enlightenment. If you think that this all sounds a bit too serious, then think again. There's a lot of humour in their songs. And, as tonight proves, Gong's music (and their performance) is incredibly enjoyable and terrific fun.


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John Cooper Clarke His appearance is immediately striking and familiar. The birds-nest hair style, often compared to Bob Dylan ‘Blonde on Blond’ era.... but Bob with access to hair gel. His tall, fragile and skinny frame ambles on stage, swaying about, dressed in a very tight suit and drainpipe trousers. He could really have been a successful stand-up comic if he wished, he had me in stitches at times and I don’t usually laugh out-loud at stand-ups. Basically his act is a few poems, linked by jokes and banter (like Paul Merton he is very observational, seems to see strange connections everywhere and is constantly going off on tangents).


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Half Man Half Biscuit The Robin 2 has to be one of the hidden gems for live music in the Midlands. It’s easy to get to, nearby bus and metro station, and if you drive the car park is next door and free. For those who travel there is even a hotel within the venue and a room with breakfast starts at £35. Can it get any better? Well yes it can, you can add some cracking music, and the list of future gigs offers more than the usual tribute bands you’d expect from a venue like this...


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