Mastodon Now onto the big boys, Mastodon. The crowd are obviously looking forward to it and there is an almighty growl as the lights dim before they've even hit the stage. These boys know how to make an entrance and starting with 'The Last Baron' means from he start of the show everyone is in unison.


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Judas Priest

Local lads Judas Priest certainly know how to play to a home crowd. The stage is shrouded in the best curtain I have ever seen; showing an industrial skyline at night of the factories that inspired the genre it simply stated ‘Welcome to the Home of British Steel’ in the corner. Before the curtain drop the lighting changed to red illuminating the sky on the curtain to reflect the origins of the Black Country name.



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Peace

An incredible gig from a band that you can't help but love.

I guess that’s the short review for the night that Peace played the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 10/10/15. The English indie rock quartet graced the stage as the curtains lifted up, and from the ear shattering sound of the crowd you knew that this was going to be a happy gig, for happy fans, on the 'Happy People' tour.



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Royal Blood Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we get to go to some fantastic events and festivals. "Royal Blood" is just one of those events. Coming off the back of their recent best British group for 2015 prize win; these guys are on a crest of a wave at the moment. They appear to be level-headed and down-to-earth guys, and it is certainly doesn't appear to be adversely affecting their humility in-front of this avid Wolverhampton Civic crowd.


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Erasure It’s the end of November and Christmas is approaching at a million miles an hour. Here at Gig Junkies, we think we’ve been good little guys and gals so we’ve busily been writing our little Christmas list for Santa Claus. We’ve asked for a barn-storming, sing-a-long poptastic full-on party! And Santa - he say yeah! Yippee! So tonight we’re here at Wolves Civic for a full, over-the-top party with a electronic synth god and a guy with a voice to die for - courtesy of Erasure.


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Jake Bugg Spoiler Alert!  This review is full of superlatives about the uber talented young man from Clifton Nottingham. Please don’t read any further if this offends you. Gigs Junkies favourite son, Mr Jake Bugg, who we’ve basically been touting forever (see - we reviewed him here yonks ago) was back, just down the road from his homeland on the West side of the Midlands at the splendid Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.


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Manic Street Preachers Tonight we’re back in Wolverhampton to see a band who took on the world, and then refused to go away. From the Gg Junkies team on our musical journey of the UK,  we bring you the boys from the Welsh valleys; formed nearly 30 years ago, in Blackwood, Wales, these guys are here to show us their best - that this is their truth - and they’ll be preaching Manic Street Preachers style.


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Ellie Goulding A Halcyon, for those that are unaware, is a kingfisher which is said to be a peaceful and happy creature. However, Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon tour was anything but peaceful. Her fusion of electro-pop had the sold out gig bouncing off the walls and even Ellie herself brought her cheesy dance moves to the party.


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The Darkness After break-ups and drug issues, the original four band members are reunited – yes, rock legends The Darkness are back! They’re promoting the latest album, ‘Hot Cakes’, and, boy, are they on form!


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Sigur Rós Along with Bjork, Sigur Rós have put the small country of Iceland (population 311,000) on the music map of the world. Like Bjork, Sigur Rós are highly original and it’s good to see them bringing their ethereal post-rock sounds back to Wolverhampton. I missed them when they were last here a few years ago, but tonight they return to the Civic Hall with a really sensational show.


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Kaiser Chiefs Spring has disappeared, it’s gone all cold again and the weather is desperate to snow, but tonight we’ll be snuggy in the delectable Wolves Civic in the presence of the Kaiser Chiefs, almost exactly a year since they played in Birmingham and still touring to celebrate their greatest hits.


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The xx Today is a rather special date in the calendar. Not only is it 12-12-12, but it’s also the first visit to Wolverhampton for The xx. The concert is sold out and there is excitement in the air. There is certainly plenty of band merchandise being shifted, with designer xx carrier bags in abundance. The xx’s sound is a defined by whispered vocals, often sparse instrumentation and very personalised lyrics about relationships. The question is how their subtle material will come over in such a big venue. We are about to find out that the band’s apparently small sound works brilliantly in a cavernous hall.


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The Human League When I was a young whippersnapper, living in South Yorkshire back in 1979, a mate suggested we went to a gig at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University). Off we went, and I thought I would take my camera and try out some gig photography. The gig turned out to be an obscure local band called The Human League.


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Alice Cooper It’s All Hallows Eve (well nearly), the festival of the dead, and the rock god of shock horror macabre theatrics, Alice Cooper is in Wolves with his annual Hallowe’en Night of Fear tour. Promo says to dress up - so the audience should feature a few outrageous costumes, as there will be cash prizes for the winners!


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