The Stranglers It's that time of year again. The last day of the 6 Nations Rugby. The F1 Motor Racing season starts shortly. Spring is well on the way. And like a clock that is set the same time every year - it is time to tack a trip to Brum, to the o2 Academy, as the Men In Black are back - say the Brummie annual hello to The Stranglers.


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All Time Low Outside the 02 Academy, the crowd barrier were ladened with duvets and blankets abandoned on a cold Spring evening in Birmingham, however inside was a different temperature altogether on this the sell-out school-night. Playing to a jam packed O2 Academy, support acts Watermarks and SWMRS warmed up the crowd for American teen rock favourites All Time Low encouraging the crowd to clap along and stomp their feet.


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Bush If, like me, you are a 30-something who grew up in South Africa, you almost certainly owned a copy of Bush’s ’94 album ‘Sixteen Stone’. You were also most likely a teenage girl with a crush on frontman Gavin Rossdale, or a teenage boy who had to lie about owning said album because you could NEVER listen to both Nirvana AND Bush. So, with Bush tracks dominating the soundtrack of my rebellious and tortured youth (my youth was neither rebellious nor tortured, but it makes me sound cooler than I am), it was with much excitement, and slight trepidation, that I made my way to o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday evening, to see the band return to the stage after a couple of year’s absence from touring, with a headline UK show, and a new album to boot.


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ARW And so to the Symphony Hall for some symphonic prog rock by the legends of the genre. The foundations of tonight's performance started out half a century ago. Quite literally. When two blokes met in a bar in Soho. And went on one hell of a journey - musically and as a band. The current version of said band is somewhat different - but tonight, for the first time in 25 years, three members of the classic line-up (including one of the original founders) are here to perform for your delectation. Welcome, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman - aka ARW - with an Evening of YES music.


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Outlines In its second incarnation, the Outlines Festival rocked Sheffield again on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March, drawing crowds from all over the country. Outlines is the brain-child of the people behind big-sibling Tramlines festival and focuses on bringing the audience a genre-spanning mix of big names and emerging talent.


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Ida Neilsen With a top 50 ranking in Bass Magazines all time bassists, Danish funk stress Ida Nielsen may be a name you recognise through past collaborations with 3rd Eye Girl and New Power Generation. However the past twelve months, her album 'Turn It Up' has skyrocketed her status as a solo performer showering the funk scene with mesmerising vocals and a raunchy bass riff as well as keys - there is no end to this lovely lady's talents.


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elbow From kids that may be seldom seen or slightly lippy – maybe they’ll be off building rockets – make up your own little fiction (al) story. Just think of how you handle everything, take off and land – raise your beer glasses and chill-out to the beautiful and unique tones of elbow.


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Pet Shop Boys From West end girls and East end boys, to the boys and girls of the West Midlands, as this multi-awarding winning 80s electronica band, that continue to record , recently issuing their thirteen offering, tonight bring their show to the Barclaycard Arena. In 2016 Billboard magazine named this duo as the #1 Dance / duo group over their charts inception - not bad for two blokes who met in an electronics shop in London 36 years ago. Birmingham welcomes tonight, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as The Pet Shop Boys.


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Touché Amoré Touché Amoré are in the business of misery. The band’s journey mirrors the life and times of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm, through his hyper confessional lyricism that sees their latest release ‘Stage Four’ echoing the grief of an age-old tale that’s constantly raw. ‘Stage Four’ is universally hailed as their best record, with a European tour pressing selling out before they embarked upon the UK leg; a quick, foiled outer sleeve pressing ltd to 175, was rushed through to be hand numbered by Jeremy. With 19 copies available each night the early birds caught the worm.


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Deaf Havana It’s unseasonably mild for mid-February, and I turn up to the Institute expecting to wander straight in, wearing short-sleeves. However, I’m faced with a queue snaking past two side roads and round a bend. Short sleeves were not a good idea. There’s a cool breeze in the air. Tonight I'm here for a batch of band that I'm looking forward to - headlined by Deaf Havana.


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Gig Junkies 2015 Here at Gig Junkies we're looking back at all the great gigs we reviewed in 2015. From Frank Turner to the Kaiser Chiefs, Julian H. Cope to 10cc, Placebo to Ella Eyre, Nick Cave to Taylor Swift, a stack of summer festivals and into the winter with everyone from Culture Club to Dave Gahan to Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Faithless and The Prodigy.


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Anthrax 30 years after the release of the seminal album ‘Among the Living’, the thrash metal pioneers from the Big Apple were back on tour and ready to induce days of post-concert neck-aches. Supporting Anthrax on the European dates of their world tour are London-based melodic metal band The Raven Age.


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The Naked & Famous Hot off the back of their third release ‘Simple Forms’ New Zealand band The Naked & Famous return to Manchester after a four year absence, and the crowd have come in their numbers selling out the Manchester Academy.


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Cabbage An evening of Britpop punk extravaganza came to the Picture House Social in Sheffield on Friday. The sell-out crowd was treated to a line up of three excellent acts, headlined by post-punk Cabbage from Manchester, who were supported by April and The Shimmer Band.


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