Pussy Riot The right to protest is one of the most treasured things we own. To many Pussy Riot will be simply known as the colourful balaclava wearing anti-Putin Russian punk group known for staging guerrilla performances in public places; yet to many others they also stand as a powerful symbol of hope.


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Depeche Mode So in the high season for gigs and night after night of some of the biggest names in music - one of the most inspirational and iconic of British bands visit Birmingham Arena, to hoards of expectant fans. This tour is massive. The Global Spirit tour is set to continue til Summer 2018, and it will have been experience by well over 1.6 million fans at 110 concerts. Welcome tonight the legendary Depeche Mode.


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ENTER SHAKIRI So to accompany their recently released album 'The Spark' these eclectic musicians bring their tour to Nottingham, as part of a series of arena tours. Welcome to the Motorpoint Arena tonight, Enter Shakiri.


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Mr Big American Classic Rock comes to Newcastle in the form of Mr Big who are here to promote their new album Defying Gravity and to dish out a masterclass of guitar work and top power ballads.


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Deep Purple Deep Purple are one of the legends of rock. Formed way back in ’68, in a time that gave us local legends Sabbath and Zeppelin, they are too are one of the pioneers, that spawned a million rock fans. And tonight their 'The Long Goodbye Tour' reaches Birmingham Arena, with special guests, and legends in their own right Europe.


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Slow Readers Club Multiple generations packed out one of the UK’s most unique venues as Slow Readers Club rocked the boat at Thekla in Bristol on 17th November. The Mancunian four-piece rolled into the city’s cargo-ship-turned-music-hall halfway through a sold-out UK tour, and were greeted by stacks of fans who were chomping at the bit to see the headliners right from the start.


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Steve Lamacq Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), lifts the lid on Rock’n’Roll at Birmingham’s Glee Club in an evening of anecdotes and observations on his life and a 30 year career in music media. ‘Going Deaf For A Living’ takes you on an adventurous journey (often hilarious, sometimes sombre and with occasional violence!) through music culture from the mid 70’s to the current day.


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Her's Music for dreamers… The dream-pop duo Her’s, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading-or should I say trio, with their old friend the cut-out Pierce Brosnan holding fort by the drum machine-waltzed onto the intimate stage at the Sebright Arms to the mellow sounds of Roy Orbison’s Dreams. Admittedly nervous and hot under the lights, the pair radiated a comical air, filling the packed-out room with friendly giggles and stifled guffaws.


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Deaf Havana I have to say, at the outset, that up until the week of this gig I have never listened to any output by the main band on this tour. They had been recommended to me by my stepson who is a big fan. So I gave them a listen and, apart from the early more screamy stuff I really quite liked them. So it was with a certain amount of anticipation that myself and said stepson turned up to Leeds Beckett for Deaf Havana.


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Alice Cooper When the announcement came through that Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend was coming to the Birmingham Arena it was a moment similar to the classic scene in 'Wayne's World' falling on the floor and shouting "We're not worthy" so you could tell this was an electrifying moment.


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Run The Jewels Tonight sees Run The Jewels in Birmingham, and back in the UK for the second time as part of the Run The World tour.


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The War On Drugs There are hoards of people, all dressed in some iteration of the indie rock uniform- black drainpipes, long, black coats, curly, unkempt hair- making a pilgrimage to Ally Pally for tonight’s show.


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Rationale Arriving (slightly later than originally planned) at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath tonight is Tinashe Fazakerley, better known as Rationale, for his rescheduled date following cancellation of his (Birmingham and Brighton) October shows due to a chest infection. Tonight’s gig is the penultimate show of the tour, but the band will be out on the road again supporting Rag ’n’ Bone Man on his UK tour within a couple of weeks.


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The Killers Back with a triumphant new album, a return to form, The Killers are on tour and it’s the hottest ticket in town. It may be a cold Monday night in Manchester, but the blues are away as a sold out crowd gathers at the Manchester Arena to see The Killers, supported by Alex Cameron


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