Rationale Arriving (slightly later than originally planned) at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath tonight is Tinashe Fazakerley, better known as Rationale, for his rescheduled date following cancellation of his (Birmingham and Brighton) October shows due to a chest infection. Tonight’s gig is the penultimate show of the tour, but the band will be out on the road again supporting Rag ’n’ Bone Man on his UK tour within a couple of weeks.


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Lets Rock-Thumb The 80's are here again, as if they never went away. As part of their annual national tour, and returning to Clapham Common, Lets Rock! London, arrived for this year's big retro blast to celebrate all things 80's on Saturday 15th July with a star-studded line up of some great acts from the late 1970's through to the early 90's.


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The Specials Forming in Coventry in 1977, these guys were a legendary part of the 2 Tone and ska scene if the time. Truly dance-able with lyrics of a political and social stance, they broke with tracks such as 'Too Much Too Young' and the unemployment themed spooky 'Ghost Town' - a track that hit the top spot in the UK charts. In two years they shone brightly, with seven UK top ten singles, before three members left to form Fun Boy Three, with the rest continuing on as the Special AKA. In 2008, they reformed and have been touring ever since. Welcome to Wolverhampton tonight - The Specials.


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The Birthday Massacre Digbeth bound, heading towards the O2 Institute, on a cool autumn evening, and the queue is stretching down Digbeth as far as the old Irish Centre. Its a busy night at the Institute, as Feeder are playing in one room, and Canadian Goth Rock band, The Birthday Massacre back in the UK for a short tour are in another. Both shows are sold out, so the Institute is packed out, not bad for a midweek night..


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Godiva-thumb Godiva Festival Godiva Festival, now in its 18th year, takes place at Coventry War Memorial Park and is a Council run, free festival. Godiva played host this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 148,000 visitors (up 7000 on 2015) for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides.


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Joe Jackson Tonight is an all too rare opportunity to see Joe Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and writer, on his “Fast Forward” UK Tour. Jackson arrived in the New Wave/Post punk scene in 1979 with his “Look Sharp” album containing the witty and acerbic “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Born in Burton, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, and is now Berlin based via London and New York. The show is a sellout, and the older crowd (with a few youngsters dotted around) eagerly await the start of the show. To get the crowd in the mood, we are treated to some old time jazz to warm us up ready for the show. I’m hoping for some “Jumping Jive” at some point this evening.


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Hinder Summer and festival season must be over as we’re here tonight for the first gig of autumn 2015 - tonight to the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton to see a sold out gig by Californian surfer rock dudes, with charismatic frontsman Whitfield Crane - welcome Ugly Kid Joe.


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Festival No. 6 My final festival of the summer neatly marks the change from Summer to Autumn. Back at Portmeirion for the fourth Festival No.6, and my third visit it this wonderfully eclectic festival set in a stunning backdrop. Portmeirion, a rich and colourful Italianate village designed by the late Architect, William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary was home to the 1960’s cult TV show “The Prisoner”, the lead character played by Patrick McGoohan who was the “No.6” that the festival references. Portmeirion was voted as the “Most Unique Venue” of all the UK festival sites and Lonely Planet has also recently included Portmeirion as one of the best 500 places to see on the planet. I for one, can’t argue with that particular accolade.


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Festival No.6 Returning for 2015, Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts, food and culture taking place over the weekend of the 3-6 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With many more music acts, new venues and world famous chefs yet to be revealed, the fourth Festival No.6 is certain to be the biggest and most impressive to date with over 550 acts lined up to perform over the weekend.


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Picnic In The Park Warley Woods Community Trust organised this year’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday 5th July 2015 between 1.00 and 6.00p.m. This free event attracted large crowds to the live music and assorted food and craft stalls and even a dog show....


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Godiva 2015 Now in its 17th year, the Council run free Godiva Festival played host at Coventry War Memorial Park this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 141,000 visitors for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides. The music was a diverse range of rock, indie, pop, punk, ska, rap, including local talent from some of Coventry’s finest talent and some from further afield.


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BKSFestival Welcome to Beekse Bergen, Netherlands. Home of the Beekse Bergen, Safari and Camping Park, but also for the last three years home to the Best Kept Secret Festival (BKS), a great small and exceptionally friendly festival with a chilled out vibe...


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Rewind North, 7th - 9th August 2015 - Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire This August, Rewind The 80s Music Festival comes to the North of England for the second consecutive year!  'Rewind North' returns in full force in the beautiful surroundings of Capethorne Hall, situated between Maccesfield and Wilmslow, Cheshire.


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Best Kept Secret Festival 2015 The Best Kept Secret Festival 2015 takes place from Friday 19th June 2015 to Sunday June 21st 2015 at Fairgrounds Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Holland.


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