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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Glass Animals A dense colony inhabited Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Friday night, long-anticipating the indie-tronic hums of Oxford’s alt-rock band, Glass Animals. Headlining their very first Birmingham gig, their colossal fan base (unbeknown to me) penetrated my ear-drums upon the lad’s entrance to the stage.


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Tom Walker The main act, Tom Walker, is a Scottish born, Manchester raised singer-songwriter who has recently started to make his way on to the music scene. Signed to Sony’s Relentless Records he’s already supported acts like Samm Henshaw and Gallant.


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The 1975 Returning to their home-town just off the back of their U.S tour, Manchester manufactured The 1975 gathered a worthy crowd in all its immensity at the Arena on Tuesday night.


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James TW Squeezing through a packed Brummy crowd, fresh faced James TW emerged from a very glamorous side door and hopped onto the stage ready for action at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham. Grabbing his guitar and bursting straight into 'Naked' almost immediately his voice was on top form from the get go, effortlessly gliding through trills and runs with ease much to the delight of the already excited crowd.


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Panic! At The Disco It feels odd referring to Panic! At The Disco as a “band” when in fact, technically it is now the solo project of front man Brendon Urie after original members parted ways a couple of years back. Not that you would know this from the music as Urie has stayed true to Panic’s happy but emo but edgy but a little bit racey style with new album Death Of A Bachelor.


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V Festival 2016 With a stellar line up confirmed, wellies packed and flower headbands securely on, we headed to Weston Park, Staffordshire for a weekend of amazing live music, reviews and a cider or two! Even with the threat of rain all weekend nothing could dampen our spirits to party with V Festival and help celebrate their momentous 21st Birthday in serious style. Featuring a line up of world class acts including, pop royalty Rihanna, vocal powerhouse Sia and the controversial Justin Bieber on the main stage there were sure to be a few fireworks along the way!


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Kaiser Chiefs Suave in his entrance and charming in ego, front-man Ricky Wilson immediately presents the naughties established indie pop rock band, Kaiser Chiefs, by stirring up an animated Everyday I Love You Less and Less from fame-making album Employment. Instantly igniting the energy of the band and fans, the addictive lyrics had Ricky destroying music equipment and climbing on drums within minutes of entering the stage.


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