Dave Mason This is a gig I just had to see. Former Traffic-man and long-term US resident Dave Mason is touring Britain for the first time since the 1970s. In fact it’s his first ever UK solo tour.


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White Lies The last time I saw White Lies it was a freezing November evening way back in 2009. I started the night by drinking an outrageous amount of vodka and I ended it singing along to the casualty theme tune in my mates front room with my top off... This time around, I arrived at Sheffield Academy half asleep after my wife and I spent all day moving house. While I am obviously delighted with that considerable change in my personal life, it is somewhat comforting to know I can slip back into the world of White Lies and nothing much has changed. Same plain, black t-shirts, same massive choruses and the same important themes.


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Pet Shop Boys From West end girls and East end boys, to the boys and girls of the West Midlands, as this multi-awarding winning 80s electronica band, that continue to record , recently issuing their thirteen offering, tonight bring their show to the Barclaycard Arena. In 2016 Billboard magazine named this duo as the #1 Dance / duo group over their charts inception - not bad for two blokes who met in an electronics shop in London 36 years ago. Birmingham welcomes tonight, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as The Pet Shop Boys.


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Julia Jacklin With support from Keto, Julia Jacklin plus band took to the stage to woops and applause in the intimate basement room of The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, the stench of cheesy feet not seeming to perturb band nor audience. Filling the room with her warming, self-assured vocals and indie-alt rock/country sound, with lyrics that explore the intimate intricacies and universal qualities of relationships and life, Jacklin was enchanting.


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Touché Amoré Touché Amoré are in the business of misery. The band’s journey mirrors the life and times of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm, through his hyper confessional lyricism that sees their latest release ‘Stage Four’ echoing the grief of an age-old tale that’s constantly raw. ‘Stage Four’ is universally hailed as their best record, with a European tour pressing selling out before they embarked upon the UK leg; a quick, foiled outer sleeve pressing ltd to 175, was rushed through to be hand numbered by Jeremy. With 19 copies available each night the early birds caught the worm.


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Deaf Havana It’s unseasonably mild for mid-February, and I turn up to the Institute expecting to wander straight in, wearing short-sleeves. However, I’m faced with a queue snaking past two side roads and round a bend. Short sleeves were not a good idea. There’s a cool breeze in the air. Tonight I'm here for a batch of band that I'm looking forward to - headlined by Deaf Havana.


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Dreadzone Dreadzone are back with a new album “Dread Times” and new single "Mountain". Released February 17 on Dubwiser Records, and a mighty fine album it is too. Entering an impressive 3rd decade, Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release a brand new album “Dread Times” on February 17th 2017.


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Trivium If you had survived the Valentine’s Day Anthrax gig there is every chance you would have been returning to see Trivium tonight. One thing that Trivium are known for is being able to bring one hell of a support. In the past their tours have seen the likes of Children Of Bodom, In Flames and As I Lay Dying grace line ups. With that in mind fans are queuing up in their numbers even well before the 7pm doors to cast their eyes and ears over tonight's too.


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Steel Panther On a wet and windy night in Soho a crowd of 50/60 huddle into the infamous Crobar, Manette Street's premium bar, music sheet wallpaper and memorabilia adorning the walls with wooden vintage floors to give the feel of an old school rock bar, on entry names were taken and crossed off whilst vouchers were handed out for a drink to cure your "Valentine's hangover!" - courtesy of Glam Rockers Steel Panther.


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Anthrax 30 years after the release of the seminal album ‘Among the Living’, the thrash metal pioneers from the Big Apple were back on tour and ready to induce days of post-concert neck-aches. Supporting Anthrax on the European dates of their world tour are London-based melodic metal band The Raven Age.


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The Naked & Famous Hot off the back of their third release ‘Simple Forms’ New Zealand band The Naked & Famous return to Manchester after a four year absence, and the crowd have come in their numbers selling out the Manchester Academy.


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Julian Cope Tonight we’re in the delightful and friendly comedy venue that is The Glee Birmingham to see an artist with who own true unique style. This dude does it HIS way. Singer-songwriter, musician, author, antiquarian - his take on life is truly unique, his music and lyrics as eloquent as they are sartorial - his spoken word crazy, mad and bang on the money in the same sentence. Welcome to the world of the Archdruid himself - Julian H. Cope.


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Wiley Tonight’s headliner Wiley had a share of the spotlight back in the noughties, with a few crossover hits- most memorably ‘Wearing My Rolex’- but tonight he forgoes older songs to focus his new album, ‘Godfather’. It makes sense; this new era of mainstream grime is not filtered for pop radio as it was in the mid-00s, but is more intense, more direct and more, well, grime.


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SkunkAnansie Do you ever get that feeling that you've just been a part of something really special, something really relevant? Saturday night, Brixton Academy, Skunk Anansie felt exactly like that. And judging by the crowd, it felt like that for 1000's of others too. 'Fascism..stop it DEAD in its track!' Skin's words resonate through me days later. Skunk Anansie have always been a special band, always pushing the boundaries and breaking barriers; they smashed it back in the early days, and they still smash it in 2017.


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