James Bay

Sold out; James Bay has gained his fans in their thousands with a record year introducing his album Chaos and the Calm as well as winning this year’s Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Hitchin’s very own has hit us by storm, with a multitude of tracks and representing the era of acoustic rock, competing (never mind befriending) the likes of Sheeran and Ezra.



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Of Mice & Men Hit with a gross humidity as I enter crowded venue of the O2 Academy, awaiting Of Mice & Men, the suspense is high in the sold out arena. As I settled in with a beer in hand the room swallows us up in a blackout and a siren of alarms set off a deafening roar of screams from the audience.


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Four Year Strong Finally, headline act Four Year Strong punk rock quartet entered the stage with their melodic hardcore style, the room stepped up the tempo with a conventional mosh pit. Instantly setting a buzz within the venue with their powerful and aggressive intro, Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar) greeted the front row audience with his gritty vocals.


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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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Michael Bublé To celebrate the opening night, Michael Bublé is doing two dates, as the opening dates to his UK December tour.  Last year Bublé sold out his 10 day residency at O2 Arena in London, as well as concerts in Manchester Birmingham and Glasgow - and these two dates at the new Barclaycard Arena are also sold out.


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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Arriving terrible late to the venue after hitting traffic most of the way there. I arrive at a sold out Civic Hall with half an hour to spare before Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott took to the stage. There are fans gathered outside for a cheeky smoke and a few alcohol fuelled revellers enjoying some lively banter.


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A Day To Remember As A Day To Remember are due to take to the stage Eminem - Lose Yourself was blasted through the speakers; ensue the crowd erupting with noise and everyone having a giant sing along. For a moment I thought I was at another gig. The lights went down and then BOOM! Confetti greeted the crowd together with deafening screams. A taste of things to come.


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New Found Glory On a cold, damp Saturday afternoon as I approach Birmingham's Institute the building is lined with fans queuing around the block to see New Found Glory. As I get closer to box office somebody behind me just couldn't contain their excitement and decided to urinate ​in their trousers​, whilst​ announcing to everyone around that they had just done this​. ​​Bless! It seemed like it was going to be one of those nights.


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