The Who The greatest bands and musicians are slowly fading away and, being 20 years old, I’ll never be able to say I’ve seen many of the legendary rock bands to have ever lived because they’re either too old or dead by now. But after a trip to Wembley stadium one Saturday night in July, all of that changed with two legendary acts of the rock world taking over the stage.


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Backstreet Boys What has the world come to? It’s been making me so distraught! What the hell has happened to boybands??? They’re all in mismatched clothes; they move about the stage with no purpose; and sometimes even have the audacity to play live instruments. That’s not what I want. I want matching outfits, synchronised dancing, over the top harmonies and cheddar cheesy key changes! It’s a good job that the world’s number one selling boyband stopped by England’s capital for a couple of shows. Back to basics and back in town. BACKSTREET IS OFFICIALLY BACK, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.


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All Points East On a slightly rainy day in London, the only glimmer of fresh summer vibes came from Victoria Park and All Points East as the first weekend came to a close. But before that time could come, a whole collection of sounds bursted out of the five stages with plenty of exciting artists displaying their work to the masses.


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Mettavolution by Rodrigo Y Gabriela With the vast majority of today’s popular music heavily relying on catchy vocal hooks to draw in the attention of listeners, you don’t often find music that can captivate listeners simply with instruments. So we take away the vocals and the drums usually give the songs rhythm. But if you take that away you’re simply left with almost empty sounding guitars. Well not with the latest musical endeavours from the mighty Rodrigo y Gabriela. That’s right. They’re back with immense Mexican vibes in the form of Mettavolution.


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Rodrigo y Gabriela It’s an experience like no other as a wave of Mexican classical guitar fills the room to create a mass cheer from a pretty much sold out Roundhouse. The grooves coming from the immensely talented Rodrigo y Gabriela fill everyone with joy as every eye is fixed on them.


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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats As The Night Sweats open the set, Nathaniel Rateliff’s presence is met with an overwhelming onset of applause and cheering. His hands take hold of the mic and his powerful voice resonates with every spectator.


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Young Fathers As 2018 draws to a close, I usually create a list of the best gigs, albums and songs of the year. This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but a night at Brixton with Young Fathers made that decision a whole lot easier.


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Crossfaith On the 19th October 2018, a wild spark invaded Camden’s Electric Ballroom from the deepest depths of Japan. When I say a wild spark, I mean a combination of electrifying metal and dirty dubstep that fuelled a packed out basement venue in one of the most quirky parts of London. These unmistakable sounds come from the 5 piece Electronicore band Crossfaith, who’ve been causing havoc to music fans since 2006.


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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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The Bronx A mere 30 yards away from Camden Town tube station, you come across a strange set of double doors they look like they lead to the ground floor of a block of offices. Only this time, the stairs lead you further down to the depths of one of London's most popular venues. I am in fact talking about the Electric Ballroom. Many incredible artists have played here such as Muse, Beck and George Ezra. But if you were to be present on the 10th June 2018, you would have been witness to large mosh pits and the screams of one Matt Caughthran. All of this, curtesy of The Bronx. A pure punk rock band from Los Angeles, California.


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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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Frank Turner In a packed out Camden Roundhouse, just under 2,000 fans eagerly anticipated the grand entry of the greatest showman that is Frank Turner. And his entry is certainly epic as his band mate trips him over whilst running onto the stage, falling flat on his face. An extremely embarrassed Frank Turner curses and laughs at guitarist Ben Lloyd as he continues to start the show with the energetic and upbeat ‘1933’.


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Sigrid 50 CENT, Corinne Bailey Rae and Michael Kiwanuka are among the previous winners of the ‘BBC Sound of’ award in their respective years. All of these artists have gone on to achieve spectacular success in the music world and are all currently active in writing and touring. So it’s no surprise for me to be blown away by the incredible talent of this years winner, Sigrid, as she opens her latest UK tour in Brighton.


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Jake Bugg Over the years we have been spoiled by the talent that has come from Nottingham. From the legendary Bruce Dickinson to the legendary drummer, Ian Paice. But if you happened to find yourself at the London Palladium on the 26th of February this year, you would have been treated to a very different style of musical talent to have emerged from the English midlands. The incredibly talented Jake Bugg graced the London theatre tonight to spread his eclectic mix of Americana Indie rock.


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