Nils Frahm Nils Frahm is sparking a movement which challenges the conventions of music today. Without little introduction, no support act and a packed room, Nils Frahm graced a captive O2 Academy with his first ever Birmingham performance.


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Holy Holy Ziggy Stardust is probably one of the most well-known personas of David Bowie. Famously killed off in 1973 without fellow musicians knowing must have been a big shock. But Woody Woodmansey is still a Spider from Mars and hearing him drum is like re-living 1973! (for those of you who were there). Sadly, I was too young to see Ziggy first time around, but The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust is a standout album and tonight, Holy Holy are going to play that album in full.


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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Slash, Myles and the Conspirators turned the Doncaster Dome into the Thunderdome for the night with a two and a quarter hour set of exquisite RnFnR.


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FKJ Tuesday night in Manchester saw the coming together of an exponent of 80’s style Funk in the shape of French musician Dabeull and the dazzling musicianship of one man band FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) in the Manchester Ritz which was packed to rafters to catch one of his four dates in the UK as part of his European and US tour running right through to May 19.


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Mayday Parade 12 years after their Scottish debut, Mayday Parade returned to join forces with The Wonder Years for a co-headline tour around the UK, kicking off at the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Saturday night. With four bands taking to the stage over four hours, ticket holders were in for a mega-bill of a treat which included support slots from rockers Movements and New York's Pronoun.


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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes With the announcement of new album 'End of Suffering’ Frank and his merry band of Rattlesnakes announced a batch of intimate shows to launch their third album onto the world. A chance for them to blow off the cobwebs and for Frank to stand on people again. Tonight saw them kick their way into coventry to terrorise a sold out Empire.


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The Curtom Orchestra play Curtis Mayfield The Curtom Orchestra, a nine-piece band, featuring members of Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies and Incognito, came to one of London's most beautiful venues to pay a heartfelt tribute to Curtis Mayfield, the Chicago-born soul legend - a member of The Impressions and a major solo star in his own right - who died in 1999.


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White Lies White Lies cascaded into Birmingham for the final night of their UK Five tour before heading out to Europe and sell out shows in the Americas. The three piece from Ealing brought their synth fused indie style to the iconic Institute main room supported by Canada's Boniface, the crowd warmed up pretty quick as they were in for a treat tonight.


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Wild Nothing The unusual New Orleans setting of Mama Roux’s housed Wild Nothing supporting their new album ‘Indigo’. It felt like we were in the French Quarter, but tonight was all about the Virginia based Jack Tautum who is the sole studio recording member of the band.


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Neneh Cherry Like fine wine, some people seem to improve as they get older, having witnessed Neneh Cherry at the Stylus in Leeds, I can safely say that in this case this analogy seems rather apt.


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Bastille Bastille have plucked at the heart strings of fans since 2010. An amalgamation of their captivating sound, moving lyrics and charismatic presence make them easy to love. Their mix of experimental mash-ups, rock textures and dance rhythms mixed with Dan’s blissfully choral voice make them one of the most dynamic Indi-pop bands around. Bastille have put on the most incredible performances in the past, but on Saturday night Bastille stepped it up a level as they performed the penultimate date of the UK leg of their ‘Still Avoiding Tomorrow Tour’ at the iconic O2 Academy in Brixton.


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Steel Panther Politically correct? Not tonight. Steel Panther are so far removed from being politically correct they make Keith Lemon look like a primary school teacher (sorry to all you raunchy primary school teachers out there).


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Broken Brass Ensemble Preceding themselves with claims of pioneering Brass 2.0, Broken Brass Ensemble arrive with some big shoes to fill. Strolling into Bristol’s floating-est venue to promote new record With a Vengeance, the eight-piece seemed to be looking to prove two things: 1. Brass bands can be cool, and 2. The boat can - literally - be rocked.


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John Smith Confined within the grade one Georgian church, fairy lights twinkled from the rafters as the historic St Paul's church's pews filled up with patrons eagerly awaiting the fun filled folk night ahead. The refined crowd waited in anticipation as candles flickered on the stage for the intimate evening with John Smith and Katherine Priddy. Huddled in the wooden pews the crowd clapped loudly as Katherine appeared at the altar.


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