Echobelly When Echobelly announced new album 'Anarchy and Alchemy' after a thirteen year hiatus it took me right back down memory lane, staying over at my nan's on a Friday night as a twelve year old and raiding my 28 year old uncles CD, to collection nostalgically playing the likes of Oasis, Space, Sleeper and the mystical sounds and poignant lyrics from Sonya Madam belting out 'King Of The Kerb'.


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The Vamps As the Genting Arena fell into darkness, the curtain dropped for an explosive pyrotechnic bang as The Vamps bounced onto the stage to smash hit ‘Wake Up’ ready for the last date of the UK tour and homecoming gig. Front man Brad Simpson whipped the crowd into a frenzy decked in his trademark floral pattern shirt as he asked the crowd, “are you ready to have a sing and dance with us tonight?”


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Ed Sheeran Returning to Birmingham for the first time after headlining Fusion festival two years ago, it was no surprise that the Barclaycard Arena was filled to the rafters, the 15,000 crowd sold out within less than a hour of going on sale and on the second night of his Birmingham leg chart sensation Ed Sheeran didn’t disappoint.


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All Time Low Outside the 02 Academy, the crowd barrier were ladened with duvets and blankets abandoned on a cold Spring evening in Birmingham, however inside was a different temperature altogether on this the sell-out school-night. Playing to a jam packed O2 Academy, support acts Watermarks and SWMRS warmed up the crowd for American teen rock favourites All Time Low encouraging the crowd to clap along and stomp their feet.


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Ida Neilsen With a top 50 ranking in Bass Magazines all time bassists, Danish funk stress Ida Nielsen may be a name you recognise through past collaborations with 3rd Eye Girl and New Power Generation. However the past twelve months, her album 'Turn It Up' has skyrocketed her status as a solo performer showering the funk scene with mesmerising vocals and a raunchy bass riff as well as keys - there is no end to this lovely lady's talents.


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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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Rick Astley “I know your only here for Never Gonna Give You Up” quipped 80’s icon Rick Astley, echoing a social media feed I took part in earlier in the day, 28 years in the business but the song he’s most remembered for, “you’ll just have to wait, you buggers!”


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The Libertines The Libertines rocked into Birmingham Barclaycard arena as if it was no different from any of the smaller venues they had previously played, performing with the energy that was longed for during the ten years that passed before 'Anthems for Doomed Youth' emerged onto the scene late last year.


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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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Miguel As druid figures stood on the stage strumming a funky beat to the eagerly awaiting crowd, as if to summons up a God. The crowd exploded as their martyr appeared, looking angelic with a white fringed cowboy jacket, white jeans and Cuban heels Miguel gyrated his way with his top bearing toned flesh into “The Thrill“. Having earlier this year performed with Minneapolis legend Prince in the Baltimore Rally for Peace, it was clear to say looking at the 29 year old Californian, you could see how his influence had rubbed onto him, resembling a Love sexy era purple one with his raunchy dancing and racier lyrics, he knew how to work the crowd as the majority of female admirers gazed longingly at him and those who were accompanied by their partners, were left pleasantly surprised at what the singer delivered.


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