Bowling For Soup If you’re a fan of bargains, then you can get two for one on music and stand up comedy if you purchase a ticket to the incredibly funny Texas quartet, Bowling For Soup who brought back their Get Happy Tour to Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Tuesday night.


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Arch Enemy Tonight I visited the rowdy Nottingham venue Rock City to see Black Symphonic Metallers Arch Enemy. First up as main support we had Wintersun, a band I was happy to realize were supporting as I was a fan in my teenage years.


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Jorja Smith It was a bitterly cold winter's night in Coventry, for the presentation of two of the brightest and authentic emerging acts in UK music. Jorja Smith being supported by Mahalia at the Coventry Central Library, a very intimate yet beguiling venue, at some points throughout the night you were certain people wanted to let loose but then quickly realised they were in a library.


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Rat Boy The lights beamed outside The Brixton Academy for the completion of Rat Boy’s 2018 tour, fresh from supporting Liam Gallagher and new EP ‘Civil Disorder’, the sell out crowd braved the snow and rain to catch a glimpse of upcoming starlet Rat Boy.


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The Lovely Eggs Tonight The Lovely Eggs play the first gig of their tour to promote the new album, ‘This is Eggland’. It’s all rather special as the venue is ‘The Yorkshire House’, a gig-loving pub in the band’s hometown of Lancaster. The Yorkshire House is a small venue and the tickets quickly sold-out when they went on sale, so we are expecting a classic hot sweaty evening of gyrating bodies and uplifting loud music.


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The Mavericks With their uptempo party tunes and general good-time vibe, The Mavericks have a wide-ranging appeal – counting country fans, Latin music lovers, jazz hounds and pop pickers among their numerous admirers.


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Nadine Shah Geordie singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, has been making a real impact with her impassioned ‘Holiday Destination’, one of the best albums of 2017. While the album seethes with anger at the state of the world, Shah has a reputation as a very charming and personable performer who also likes the odd tipple, so we await the start of the gig with interest.


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Highly Suspect If you've not heard of Highly Suspect then in 2018 that's all going to change. The trio originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts deal in the sort of rock that fits easily along side day time radio friendly pop yet often nips across the border into harder territory… Think Royal Blood and you won't be far off.


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Hot Snakes There is only one band people are here to see and it's Hot Snakes. Formed in 1999 in San Deigo Hot Snakes play hard, fast and loud punk rock that at times has tinges of surf rock with slabs of swirling noise thrown in for good measure. Led by the formidable due of Rick Froberg and John Reis (the later better known as Speedo, the charismatic frontman of Rocket From the Crypt) the four piece hit the stage and audibly smash the Brighton crowd in the face.


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The Damned Ever wondered what happens to old punk rockers? Last night after I watched The Damned deliver a blistering 2 hour set at the Leeds O2 Academy, the answer was an emphatic ‘they’re doing fine’, thank you very much!


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Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer A guitarist; drummer and bassist take the stage and do a short warm up to herald the entrance of Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. The two are sisters, raised in rural Alabama, bound and sometimes separated by a deeply tragic event witnessed during their teenage years. Both went on to individual and critically acclaimed recording careers but, now as ‘forty-somethings’, they have just recorded their first album together. Tonight they play all ten songs from Not Dark Yet in virtual track-list order.


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Möngöl Hörde A strange ringing motif fills the space as hundreds of metal heads prepare for the war, conducted by Frank Turner and his musical alter-ego Möngöl Hörde. There was a universal switch in everyones head as we all knew we would be saying ‘Hey Judas’ and causing mayhem to the song of the same name. Before I could inhale in preparation for the strong embrace of a full bearded man rugby tackling me, I found myself on the ground in a state of shock for the energy that has just been orchestrated by Frank Turner. As I stagger to my feet I am confronted by the man himself as he crowd surfs right in front of me and is screaming in my face. At this point I have no choice but to familiarised myself with this wild beast I see in front of me.


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Wand A week ago I hadn’t heard of Wand. Then they were in session on Marc Riley’s Radio 6 programme. I was impressed and then, checking them out, I found they were appearing at the Brudenell a matter of days later as part of a short UK tour. So then it was frantic efforts to get along to Leeds.


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Hollywood Undead The anticipation for tonight's headliners Hollywood Undead is reaching peak levels with the fans singing ‘Everywhere I Go’ to pass time. The sound of opening track ‘Whatever It Takes’ hits the speaker and the banner hiding the stage drops to reveal the band. Taking turns to walk on stage to sing their parts they are greeted to cheers from the crowd. Screams of Undead! fill the venue as the intensity the band are playing with is incredible. For a group that has so many members singing so many different parts they are not missing a beat they work the stage to its max covering every inch of it.


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