Hiss Golden Messenger Hiss Golden Messenger is the moniker for MC Taylor's Americana folk band and he has chosen to embark on this tour as a solo artist, nothing but guitars and humour to entertain. From the outset he lays down his intent with an emotionally wrenching acapella number that encapsulates the audience drawing them forward into his world and it becomes apparent that this will be one helluva set.


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New Power Generation It's always something special to see your childhood musical icons come across the pond to the UK, even more so when it's your hometown but I think tonight at Birmingham's iconic Institute building had that added magic, whether it be the tightness of the sound or how lead singer MacKenzie has evolved on stage, it's no doubt "Rock ’n’ Roll is alive and lives in Minneapolis" as the legendary New Power Generation wowed the crowds.


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Lewis Capaldi It’s been a wild 12 months for Lewis Capaldi, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Sweetheart’ has managed to bag his first Grammy nomination, a debut album and a string of worldwide sold-out shows. The Scottish Beyoncé took over the O2 Academy in Glasgow over the weekend for two sell-out shows packed to the brim with loyal fans.


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Katherine Priddy We are at that time where we are all being encouraged to tick one box or another. Where even if you do you may not get the result you hoped for… some things are not as advertised. Disappointment often follows. For a genuinely good evening out go and see Katherine Priddy play and if it happens to be a lovely intimate, warm, friendly venue like Kitchen Garden in King's Heath Birmingham then lucky you.


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The Wonder Stuff The Wonder Stuff – 30 Years in the Bathroom and HUP is played in full along with Eight Legged Groove Machine.


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Transglobal Underground Firstly, what and who are Transglobal Underground? Well ‘TGU’ have been around since the early 1990s (first album ‘Dream of 100 Nations’); they are a ground-breaking band fusing dance music, reggae, Asian, middle-eastern and African music styles. In their extravagant shows they feature live percussion (lots of it) and other instruments like sitar, as well as using electronic sounds, beats and samples.


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Airbourne Sometimes there are gigs that break from the norm - for me at least. For a long time we have “endured” the support band to get ourselves through to the main event and heck, so we should - support the upcoming acts most definitely, but tonight we are lucky, three great bands to watch. Should be great! We shall see...


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Mac DeMarco An evening with Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV you say? I’m there! Tonight sees Vernor (the lesser-spotted Mac DeMarco to you guys) sojourn to Birmingham for the 1st time since his Institute gig in 2015 to proffer his jizz-jazz wears to us Midlanders…


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Rex Orange County Two years ago I saw the incredibly talented Rex Orange County at the Peckham Liberal Club for the release of first studio album, Apricot Princess. The venue held just over a hundred people and the tickets only cost a tenner. When he walked onto the stage he gave a hint of a smile but it seemed there was a slight sense of nervousness to his being. After a few songs, he settled in when he realised that most of the people in his line of sight were friends from school and he played a very cool and calm show for us all.


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Halestorm Of all the shows I’ve been to this year, this was one of the most enjoyable, and probably the most important.


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Tokio Myers There is something totally rootsy about Tokio Myers. He’s appeared on large stages full of thousands of people, but you could just as easily imagine him busking alongside many of the talented musicians that line the streets & subways of central London. He’s classical, and yet urban all at once. He is the unexpected winner of 2017’s Britains Got Talent. But how so unexpected? Perhaps in the most part, due to how authentic he is as an artist - a self made musician and composer. Already forged from his own melting pot of rich experience - not that of any generic talent show format.


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Fontaines D.C. Viva the Revolution as The Boys in the Better Land - Fontaines D.C. play yet another sweatfest in Leeds.


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Yungblud MADNESS! I’m sure everyone expected this to be a wild party under the O2 Academy Brixton’s roof tonight and they were ready for it from before reaching the venue doors. I arrived a bit early only to find out that people waiting outside were already warming up their voices, singing along to choruses of both Yungblud and classic British tunes. You could easily forget all about the cold and rain outside, as their presence was fading away to the excitement and restlessness that were filling the air.


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Pumarosa The wealth of options available to music lovers of Manchester on this particular Thursday night with the likes of Yonaka, Tokio Myers and Mancunian legends the Happy Mondays all playing within a ½ mile radius you’d be spoilt for choice if you wanted to see a gig. I opted for London based Pumarosa and boy was I glad I did.


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