Cast Does anyone else miss Britpop? As a staunch fan of the likes of Oasis, Blur, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and countless more It's something I think about often. The wealth of songwriting talent emerging from Britain at that time, the number of working class bands inspiring a generation to dream big and strive for something better and the incredible catalogue of timeless British music it produced made it a truly golden era. The recent reunion of The Stone Roses and the constant threat of an Oasis reformation only prove there's still hunger for it and a lingering loyal fan base. It's no wonder that one of Britpop's finest, Cast, have been back on the road and playing all the old hits for ecstatic audiences.


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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock Michael Schenker was, and certainly after tonight’s performance, still is, a guitar god in any self-respecting Rock music fans eyes. Starting out in The Scorpions back in the 70’s and then joining UFO later that decade, Schenker supplied the killer riffs that under pinned the very heart of classic songs such as Doctor Doctor, Lights Out, Rock Bottom among many others. He then went on to front a myriad of line-ups of his eponymous band, which again produced fabulous tunes such as Armed and Ready, Into The Arena among many others.


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New Model Army To a city filled with the legend of a man who robbed the rich to feed the poor, we’re in Nottingham's iconic Rock City to see Cromwell’s anti-establishment army, as the ‘family’ roll into town for a special and unique take of this particular band’s 34 year career. With just two dates in the UK - welcome all ye faithful to ‘Between Blood and Wine’ - an evening with the New Model Army.


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Rival Sons I had only heard a couple of tracks by the Rival Sons prior to asking to cover this gig and was hoping, as we all do when we build up to something, that they were going to impress. They didn’t disappoint – indeed they surpassed themselves in every way!


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Taking Back Sunday The Manchester Ritz is the hosting place for tonights gig and due to a club night happening afterwards we have a ridiculously early curfew. Last time I saw tonight's headline act Taking Back Sunday the supports were very different. This shows just how far they have come and how they have adapted themselves to keep themselves relevant over the past decade.


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Bombay Bicycle Club It’s been two years since Bombay Bicycle Club graced Wolverhampton with their presence, and the marked change in sound and pace since their 2011 album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ was pretty evident tonight, playing a set mostly comprising of their newer, heavier, electro and in parts R&B influenced material from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Things have certainly evolved for this London 4-piece, with each of their 4 albums carrying the progression of UK indie with them, and who seem to be one of the most inventive indie bands around right now.


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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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Brit Floyd Brit Floyd – ‘The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show’, proudly proclaims the band’s web site.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with setting the bar of expectation high, but for a band celebrating the five decade long musical history of one of the most iconic acts of all time, this is setting a high bar indeed.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen Surprisingly, it was the little room (AKA the Library) that we were directed to see the current media darlings Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Institute in Brummieland. Splendid! Based on what I’d seen online of their previous gigs, it was going to get niiiiiccceee and sweaty!


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Ben Howard By the time I’d grabbed a pint and squeezed into the venue of Wolves Civic, the lush Mr Ben Howard had entered a black out stage and I’d been immediately deafened by woops and screams… and when I say squeezed, I mean breathing down the neck of the person in front of me at this completely sold out gig.


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Electric Six It would be awesome if we could dance! With Dick Valentine and Electric Six this is a nailed on dead cert if ever I’ve seen one. For me one of the most fun and underrated bands of the last ten years strutted into the Academy 2 stage in Birmingham. Some improper dancing is about to occur.


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Slash The music journalist in me has always wanted to do a Slash gig. It’s not that I’m a massive fan - admittedly he’s a decent axe man and I do like the whole cigarette and top hat thing he’s got going on - but I do find his guitar playing a wee bit ‘twiddly’ at times. Or as my fellow muso Miss Toni Woodward refers to it ‘noodley’. Anyway, I digress. The main reason why I’ve always wanted to see the curly haired rocker from Stoke perform is to use a headline based around the 80’s film icon whom happened to waltz around in skin tight shorts, whilst playing the nemesis of Ming the Merciless. Yes people…


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