Rizzle Kicks Here at Gig Junkies we’re oh so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. Rizzle Kicks’ gig at Leeds Academy is just one of them. Gig Junkies’ very own Chris got to shoot the platinum selling duo’s show. We hope that you like what he saw.


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The Wytches The Wytches are a Brighton based band that have recently been signed to Heavenly Records and undertaken a number of support slots for tours with the likes of Drenge. Their music has been described as “surf doom” which is a fair assessment; however, I would also add that there are distinct psychedelic influences which dilute the pure surf guitar sound. Marc Riley has been championing their music on 6Music and they have drawn in a sizeable crowd, many of which know most of the lyrics to the majority of the tracks and are thoroughly enjoying the set.


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Taking Back Sunday It’s always nice when you can walk to the gig. I didn't but that's beside the point. I could have. I've seen a few gigs here over the last 15yrs; New Found Glory in the main room, Therapy, The Ataris in the side room with sweat and condensation dripping off the ceiling due to the heat, too many bodies and a storming show.


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The Strypes Alex Turner courted controversy at The Brit Awards this week with a left-field speech which has since been tiresomely and disappointingly over-analysed . "That rock 'n' roll, eh? That rock 'n' roll, it just won't go away.", proclaimed Turner, an apt call to action in a world where pop and dance music dominate and few young rock bands seem to be gaining prominence. Irish four-piece The Strypes are answering that call. Swiftly gaining momentum over the past year, the rhythm and blues band have been touring the UK for the past two weeks, and we went to check out their Manchester show.


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Midlake Usually, if a band loses its chief songwriter and frontman, that would be it. But, sometimes bands pull through - take Fleetwood Mac after Peter Green quit, for example. Last year Midlake lost its leader, Tim Smith. Instead of winding up the ensemble, guitarist and singer Eric Pulido was promoted to lead singer and the band pooled their songwriting talents. The resulting new album, ‘Antiphon’, has received good reviews, but how will the new Midlake come over live?


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Cate Le Bon Three albums on, and despite work with the likes of Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys) and Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon is still, alas, a well kept secret, but for how long? Fortunately for us punters in the meantime, this means that we can still get to see her perform in small and intimate venues like The Hare and Hounds.


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Cate Le Bon Three albums on, and despite work with the likes of Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys) and Manic Street Preachers, Cate Le Bon is still, alas, a well kept secret, but for how long? Fortunately for us punters in the meantime, this means that we can still get to see her perform in small and intimate venues like The Hare and Hounds.


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Parquet Courts "Our goal is not to not be popular, but we have an opportunity to change the way things look and sound within this world, make music that people aren't necessarily used to being exposed to", said Parquet Courts’ singer and guitarist Andrew Savage, in an interview with The Guardian.


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A Day To Remember Hailing from Ocala, Florida, A Day To Remember have been around for 11 years and have toured far and wide in that time. They’re known for being complete pros at putting on an exuberant and energy filled gig, so it is with a certain level of expectation we turn up at Manchester’s Apollo to catch their latest live performance.  Their reputation says it should be a good show, but what will they bring that is new?


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Anna Calvi Anna Calvi made her way to the stage and was immediately beset with technical problems, as massive amounts of feedback entered the venue from one of her cohorts (Glen, the bearded keyboard player being the main culprit) and her vocal volume being nothing more than a whisper. The disruption meant that the singer had to stop, ask the audience where her vocal had gone and then join in the jovialities as someone shouted “it’s behind you”. Classic panto.


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Anna Calvi Anna Calvi made her way to the stage and was immediately beset with technical problems, as massive amounts of feedback entered the venue from one of her cohorts (Glen, the bearded keyboard player being the main culprit) and her vocal volume being nothing more than a whisper. The disruption meant that the singer had to stop, ask the audience where her vocal had gone and then join in the jovialities as someone shouted “it’s behind you”. Classic panto.


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Taylor Swift Taylor Swift’s sold out ‘Red’ tour has finally landed in the UK- and tonight, at her fourth and penultimate show at London’s O2 Arena, she rewards her fans’ patience with an exuberant, inspiring performance.


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Tom Odell I’ve been interested in Tom Odell, long before ‘Can’t Pretend’ was used to advertise the latest series of The Newsroom (at which my heart dropped as no good has ever come from someone whose song has been used in advertising before they’ve even established themselves). ‘Can’t Pretend’ reeled me in the very first time I heard it – not so much through any complexity, but instead through the rhythmic ebb and flow of a song whose melody blended with simplistic lyrics to create a rousing tidal wave crashing down and leaving only an empty flat refrain – an aftermath, acceptance of the unhealthy relationship described therein. A song written by a talented songwriter that left me wanting more. Fast forward through 2013, the release of Long Way Down, a string of nominations and awards, and now I finally had the opportunity to see him live.


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Reel Big Fish It's a dark and stormy night in Birmingham, but not even the weather is going to put a dampener on this evening's ska-nival at the O2 Academy. It's every ska-punk fan's dream come true: a double billing of ska behemoths Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, with stellar support in the form of Zebrahead. Unsurprisingly, it's a sold out gig and it's not long before the place is buzzing ready for the first act of the night.


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