UB40

Last night two of the heavy weights of Birmingham’s rich music heritage took to the stage for a special gig. It would have been heavily promoted not that it needed it, these are two bands that have travelled the length and breathe of the planet playing sell out world tours in the process they have captured hearts, minds and souls with their musical conquests.

Steele Pulse and UB40 were gracing the main room of O2 Academy in Birmingham. It was a sell-out gig pack from front to back with Brummies’ of all descriptions, demographic and ages.



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Maxïmo Park

Maxïmo Park celebrate their 10-year existence with a sold-out performance within the faux Grecian décor of Birmingham’s O2 Institute. Support comes from Stealing Sheep, who appear on stage through smoke and UFO-like lighting, clad in black & neon capes and matching sunglasses, to sounds reminiscent of the X-Files theme tune.



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Fat White Family

Every now and again there is an iconic gig that stays forever in the memory. So it is with Fat White Family at Preston tonight. FWF have a bit of a reputation for incendiary gigs, so the expectation is there from the outset. As it turns out, tension is there from the very start, with the venue doors finally opening well over an hour after schedule, due to late and extended sound checks. There are anxious faces all round among venue and band staff, as the doors stay shut and the length of the queue outside grows.



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EL VY Manchester Gorilla is Sold Out for EL VY who are essentially a collaboration between Matt Beninger (from The National) and Brent Knopf (from the defunct Menomena and Ramona Falls). The event and album themselves raise the question, what is a side project for many I’m sure? With The National being the quietly huge band it’s very cool to like (and understandable) they can’t be doing this for the money surely.


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The Darkness

I have to confess. A Friday night with The Darkness is not on my ‘bucket list’ and after a long week at work I wasn’t overly excited at the prospect. For me it was going to be a whole load of ‘cock rock’ clichés and not the most enjoyable of evenings…

Little did I know however that I was about to witness the finest performance of frontmanship (if there is such a word) from Freddie Mercury reincarnate, Mr Justin Hawkins performing with his cohorts from Lowestoft, Suffolk, The Darkness!



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The Zombies 1960s hit-makers The Zombies are back with a new album and a tour. Featuring key original members Colin Blunstone (vocals) and Rod Argent (keyboards), tonight’s show promises a wide-ranging career retrospective, including the big chart hits and a dip into the classic album ‘Odessey and Oracle’.


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Fish It’s Christmas! Well indeed the lights are festively shining and the punters in town for the German Market, so it must be Christmas in Birmingham. And temptingly we walk past the food and alcohol to make it to the Town Hall, resisting the temptations, as tonight we're in the sold out performance of one Derek William Dick aka Fish, with his Last Return to Childhood tour.


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Alt-J

Alt-J welcome you with open arms to their last night of the ‘This Is All Yours’ tour. The men in black are here to defend you from those bitterly ice cold winds & dreariness we have so far had this winter.  Settle down with a glass of Shiraz & relax into this sensory overload of warmth.



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Nothing More

Up next was the band that everyone was waiting for, the four-piece from San Antonio, TX Nothing More. As Jonny, Daniel and Mark took to the stage the place erupted.



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The Levellers

Time to party! Yep we're looking forward to this one as we make our way over to Wolverhampton on out third gig in three nights! Gigging people appear to be in two places tonight, either at the Genting Arena for Duran Duran, or, with a total left field and alternative edge to have a good old blast and party on this Beautuful Nights tour with the rag-tag-bobble-tail crew that are The Levellers.



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Bloc Party Bloc Party are back! Following a two year hiatus and a line-up change, Bloc Party are now comprised of original members Kele Okereke on lead vocals/rhythm guitar and Russell Lissack on lead guitar as always, but now with the addition of Louise Bartle on drums and Justin Harris on bass. With anticipation for Bloc Party’s fifth album, “Hymns”, at an all-time high following the release of lead single “The Love Within”, the band are here tonight at the Church of St John at Hackney, for the final intimate show of their European tour.


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Lianne La Havas The stunning Lianne La Havas made her way to the stage donning a beautiful full length dress and trademark scooped up hair-do. Always elegant, always beautiful, tonight was much the same. The only difference tonight was her opening guitar of choice, as she was wielding a bass guitar – something I’d not seen her do before. Not that it mattered a jot, seemingly at home plucking 4 slightly thicker strings than the 6 of her more traditional guitar.


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The Prodigy

Dear Keith, Maxim & Liam- THANK YOU! Thank you for making me feel so proud to be British at a time of uncertainty. The Prodigy are The Kings of Big Beat & this evening firmly established that view. The outreach that these guys possess reeks of grandeur. The crowd consisted of early teens to shameless OAPs all bouncing off the walls of The Barclaycard Arena to the sound of EDM royalty!



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Electric Six

Michigan six-piece Electric Six are currently on a world tour in support of their 11th studio album ‘Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!’ The last time Gig Junkies witnessed Dick Valentine and co belt out the famous line ‘I wanna take you to a Gay Bar!’ was 364 days ago (to be exact).



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