Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Slash, Myles and the Conspirators turned the Doncaster Dome into the Thunderdome for the night with a two and a quarter hour set of exquisite RnFnR.


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Frank Turner Anyone who knows me will know I love a good name drop so let’s get that out of the way first. I was lucky enough to be involved with a live interview with Frank Turner on Sine FM the afternoon of the gig. I mention this not only for shameful name dropping but also because one of the things we touched on was support acts for the tour. Frank hand picks his support acts and they are invariably worth watching.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen So even though it’s the biggest venue in my home town (4000 capacity give or take) I’m not a huge fan of The Dome. It just seems the wrong shape and bands have often struggled with the sound there. It is after all a sports hall. I’ve seen Weller, Manics, Levellers, Faithless and The Beautiful South struggle there. The only band I’ve seen really nail it have been Kasabian. So given this was also my first time seeing Catfish and the Bottlemen stepping up to a larger room it promised to be an interesting evening.


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Moulettes Finally tonight, the main act took the stage and as with the last time I saw them they seemed to be the most unlikely band ever. Centre stage is a cello player, supported by a double bass and a drummer that plays guitar – yes, often at the same time, all topped off with a violinist to boot. My only regret was the bassoon player wasn’t there tonight – I’m a sucker for a bassoon player in a band – because there are of course loads of bands with bassoon players! As you might have imagined, Moulettes are not, by any stretch of the imagination, what you would class as mainstream; for heaven’s sake they count a tea towel as one of their merchandise items, but what they are is truly magnificent.


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Jake Bugg Setting a shed alight... a night at Doncaster Dome with Jake Bugg. Don’t worry, this is not about physically setting fire to the garden shed. It’s about music – and great music at that. As is often the case with venues today, Doncaster Dome is a bit of a shed... a nice shed with bars and toilets, but a shed never the less! Tonight however that shed was set alight and set alight in great style by not just one, but three class acts.


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