Wilko Johnson Wilko Johnson arrives for the last night of his tour in York, proving he’s definitely not dead yet! There is an overwhelming simplicity to this, a 3 piece band, playing classic R&B tunes for an hour and a half with no backdrop (just a black curtain), no huge light show or need to occupy the whole of the stage. It’s breathtakingly perfect, a stripped back no nonsense honest showcase of what old school rock and roll music should feel like.


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The Kooks Fresh into their mammoth ‘comeback’ tour of the UK, The Kooks presented a night of nostalgia, rock ‘n’ roll and explosive energy at their sold out gig at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday night. The pop-rock band made up of Brighton boys Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton, are playing 17 gigs to coincide with the release of their current single ‘Be Who You Are’ whilst they ready us for the release of their fifth album, treating us to a taste of what to expect.


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Ran N Bone Man Born Rory Graham, Rag N Bone Man exploded onto the scene in 2016 with his single 'Human', which was only kept off the top spot of the UK charts by a brace of Ed Sheeran tunes. His rise from Sussex care worker to double Brit Award winning artist is testament to years of hard work and commitment, making and performing music from the age of 15 under various guises.


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Jasper Carrott And so to a hidden little gem of a venue in the heart of the Black Country, to see a legendary local comedian with friend and legendary musician in tow, with a bunch of friends. What more could you want on a Friday night, as we pop along to Dudley Town Hall, to catch up with Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and friends and to Stand Up and Rock.


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Rick Astley Back in the mid-eighties, the charts were filled with songs from the so called Hit Factory, masterminded by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. They sounded much the same but were very successful and from it spawned two notable stars. The first was a soap actress, who went on to become a global star, and the other, a young white man with the most incredible soul voice, had a similar destiny laid out before him. However, that young man had other ideas, and at his height of fame walked away. That young man was Rick Astley


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Bury Tomorrow Bury Tomorrow formed back in 2006 and have released four studio albums; touring across UK/Europe with bands such as Architects, Parkway Drive and Beartooth. Extensive touring of the UK, strong live performances and Dani's close relationship with the fans has given them a loyal fanbase.


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Kasabian Birmingham welcome Kasabian with open arms! Treating audiences to just 8 intimate shows across the UK this month, Leicester's favourite sons are back with ‘For Crying Out Loud’, their explosive 6th studio album which brims with confidence, swagger and unsurprisingly HUGE anthemic tunes (released April 28th).


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10cc Tonight's band were at their people in the early mid 70s. What seems a million miles away, these guys brought artmusic to the fore, mixing genres and creative inspirations and giving the world a raft of iconic hits. 40 odd years on, in the luxurious Symphony Hall, we’re here to take a peek into 10cc's hugely creative musical journey…


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The Amazons It was the glorious surround of the avant garde Mama Roux’s in Digbeth that greeted the newest kids on the block, The Amazons to Brummyland on Tuesday night.


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You Me At Six Support acts Black Foxxes and Tonight Alive warmed up the crowd perfectly at the packed O2 Academy Birmingham arena - scores of twenty somethings waiting in adoration for their idols to play. Ten years after debut album 'Take Off Your Colours' was released Surrey pop-punk rockers You Me At Six are back with yet another infectious album 'Night People' and, as frontman Josh Franceschi and his band took to the stage, the screams literally blew the roof off the venue!


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New Model Army A rallying call to the faithful, to the heart of England, to a legendary venue, in the back-end of the Black Country. And the faithful and then some, have responded to the call en masse. Welcome all to the powerful, raw and legendary New Model Army.


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Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock is a funny genre, it’s coloured fruit from a hotch potch of original blues, soul and rocknroll and yet mainly played by white blokes with long hair, beards and hats. Name me three Southern Rock bands and I guarantee there is a hat and beard in there somewhere, in fact most people would probably struggle to name three anyway. Lynyrd Skynyrd with Freebird/Sweet Home Alabama would be the populist call, and yet there have been many others more recent to take their trophy. Most notably for me personally are The Black Crowes from Atlanta Georgia, back in the early 90’s they developed a blues rock sound that had more than a nod to the Allmans, Grateful Dead and other jam bands of the 70’s. And it’s back to that same State in the US which has sent 2 current bands out to the world with a similar trade to sell – Blackberry Smoke and Biters might both be from the same city but are clearly different in style and attitude on stage.


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Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit It’s a calm Tuesday night and there’s a faint smell of chlorine as I stand and wait for the support act to appear. I haven’t done my homework on the main act Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, other than seeing two friends who I know are really into their folk and alternative music like them on Facebook. I haven’t worked out the audience yet; a mixture of ages and dress sense doesn’t really give me any clues about the evening ahead.


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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes It was a high beards per capita ratio and a heavier than normal smattering of black clobber that greeted us at one of Brum's heavier venues ‘The Asylum’ on Saturday night, to see the rather splendid Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, at the rather earlier time of 8.15pm.


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