Skindred An evening of feeling slightly lost in a 90s time-warp surrounded by crustys, old metal heads and a mixed bag Download crowd. The joy of Skindred brings all the groups to the yard!


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whenyoung It takes a strong performance for a band to hold the attention of drunken students in the middle of a night out. This is exactly what newcomers whenyoung achieved whilst playing the side room of the Kasbah on a busy Friday night.


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Miles Kane As a patriotic Brummie I don’t tend to venture too deeply into the unchartered town centre of ‘Cov’ as it’s affectionally called by the locals, because well, they pretty much don’t like us! The lure of a certain Mr Miles Kane however was too strong. So, with geographical allegiances firmly put aside for the evening and disguise well and truly ‘donned’ it was all systems go with a short trip along the Coventry Road!


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IDLES Luckily it wasn't a portent of doom that the evening commenced with the slogan 'Anger is an Energy' right before my peepers. Some hours later, Idles had done a striking job of recreating this refrain in aural form, and then some.


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Gary Numan You went to see Gary Numan live? Who’s that? Oh yeah, he did the one that goes, “Here in my car, I feel safest of all”. That’s cool. Was that 1979? Is he really still touring? - You bet your bum he’s still touring! Not only that, but he’s still creating new material. I won’t go into detail quite yet, but spoiler alert; his new album is phenomenal.


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Jorja Smith It was a bitterly cold winter's night in Coventry, for the presentation of two of the brightest and authentic emerging acts in UK music. Jorja Smith being supported by Mahalia at the Coventry Central Library, a very intimate yet beguiling venue, at some points throughout the night you were certain people wanted to let loose but then quickly realised they were in a library.


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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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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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Moose Blood Despite another tour on the cards this will be last Moose Blood show of the year and it feels right for it to be at the Kasbah as the first time I reviewed them was supporting Mallory Knox here at the end of last year. These boys have certainly worked their arses off after going from support slots to a few headline tours and a slot at Warped Tour.


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Less Than Jake Less Than Jake are regulars on these shores and their dedication to their UK fans surpasses most bands from across the pond. As a result they've built up a sizeable, dedicated fanbase, and it was great to see them returning for another tour.


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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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Foxes As we entered Kasbah Nightclub, this venue was a little different to many… I was pretty certain they’d mopped the floor with glue, cue worrying that the soles of my shoes would be ripped from them every time I wanted to move. Whilst awaiting the lovely Foxes, an exceedingly drunken and tall lady made sure to use me as a leaning post… until the lights dimmed and she ran to the front screaming to welcome Foxes onto stage.


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The Specials Thursday night, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, it must be The Specials. It's cold outside, but inside The Civic, the crowd are warming up nicely for an evening of classic Two-Tone from The Specials and some Dancing with The Rude Boys.


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Mallory Knox With a four-band line up on a Sunday evening the early doors of 6:30pm were to be expected, however this soon became a 7pm doors opening for this first night on the tour. As we walk through the door into the main room, tonight’s opening act, Moose Blood have just started their set whilst the rest of the huge queue of MCR and Knox fan girls are still waiting to enter the building.


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