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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Joanne Shaw Taylor It’s almost a year since Joanne Shaw Taylor’s last homecoming gig at Birmingham’s Town Hall. Circumstances had conspired against me catching her act for a few years, so I’d been looking forward to this one for a while.


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John Mayall What can be said about the great John Mayall? At 80 years old, the legendary blues singer, songwriter, harpist, organist and guitarist is still going strong, and I find him in the middle of his aptly named "80th Anniversary Tour" at Birmingham’s beautiful Symphony Hall. Receiving an OBE in 2005 for services to music, Mayall has continued to make music for over 50 years, and, as BB King once said of his friend, "John Mayall, he was the master of it all.”


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alt-J I became an instant fan of alt-J ever since I stumbled across their debut single ‘Tessellate’ back in 2011. The way this 4-piece manage to effortlessly combine folksy yet forceful vocals and guitar riffs over layers of sometimes ethereal, sometimes downright explosive synths and percussion, is perhaps one of many reasons alt-J can seemingly do no wrong. Their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' scooped the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Best Album as well as being named BBC 6Music's Album of The Year following global critical acclaim.


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