Little Mix Working our way through the trafficked foyer of Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we squeezed through an ocean of beaming girls who I assumed had eagerly pestered their parents to accompany them to their first ever gig where they were anticipating the arrival of their girl power idols, Little Mix.


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Slam Dunk 2017 West Midlands Slam Dunk you beautiful festival, you did it again. A week ago today I was writing a piece about my Slam Dunk picks when the events in Manchester unfolded and so it remains an article left unfinished. With these events in mind the security at Slam Dunk was understandably stepped up; with armed police, a wider cordon and security dotted everywhere. Parents took great reassurance as they left their children to embark upon a day of raucous escape from the world. Once inside the inner sanctum of fencing, the Slam Dunk atmosphere of misfits on the kerbs remained, drunken shenanigans and singing your hearts out with your friends ruled the day.


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Duran Duran I was very excited to hear Seal would be supporting Duran Duran on tonight's bill at the new plush Genting arena. When he enters on stage a lady in front of me shouts out "I've only come to see you!" which has the crowd laughing, and I must admit, I would have paid good money to just see Seal himself too. Highlights for me are Crazy, and Adamski's Killer, which is just one of those era defining songs from the 90's Acid House scene. There is something so electric about Seal's voice - which is soulful, and yet something more, sitting so well with an electronic track - much in the same way that Rhianna's voice can.


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Mumford & Sons

Out with the gentlemanly waistcoats and in with the grungy denim shirt-jean combo, the freshly transformed British quartet have re-categorised themselves within the rock music genre. The convincingly celtic rooted folk band Mumford & Sons have stripped back the banjo and string ensemble and opted for electric rock with their 2015 album Wilder Mind. Their new material has been saturated in the clashing of symbols, hard hitting drums, and twangs of electric guitars.



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Free Radio Live 2015

Billed as one of the hottest pop parties in Birmingham, Free Radio Live aimed to bring the hottest chart acts under one roof to the Genting arena, and 2015 was certainly no different. After 2014, Free Radio had a huge line up to follow when they brought Ed Sheeran to town however appealed to the crowd of all ages with their line-up of Sigma, Ben Haenow, Jess Glynne, Fleur East, Nathan Sykes , Years & Years, The Vamps and John Newman you couldn’t argue the fact they tried to find something for everyone.



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The Script Entering the large venue of the Genting Arena, I took my seat – along with thousands of others – ready to be engulfed in the ambient Irish Rock Pop band The Script and their ‘No Sound without Silence’ Tour.


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