Rob Lynch Rob Lynch seems to have combined alcohol with flu drugs to create an increasingly winning combination of wit and mirth. Corralling the remaining seated dregs of an audience into action by likening the scene to Phoenix Nights.  Opening with album opener ‘31/32’ picks up perfectly from the making the most of life reflections that Allison Weiss left us with.


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Mike Heron and Trembling Bells As a fan of the former Incredible String Band, I thought tonight’s Mike Heron gig would certainly be worth an evening out in Preston, but it turns out to be a real treat, a beautifully rich tapestry of ICB music plus a lot more.


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Moose Blood Opening with ‘Pups’, Moose Blood are greeted with a crowd that start bouncing instantly as singer Eddie asks for us all to “have some fun” in that super polite way of his. Eddie’s vocals sound ballsier tonight. I am unable to decide whether that is a reflection upon being the headline band and the type of crowd on this tour, or just a sign of a voice that’s fucked from all the touring.


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Frank Turner Well this promised to be special. Frank Turner’s first gig of 2015, solo, in an intimate venue. This year’s Independent Venue Week ambassador playing in a venue we nearly lost last year, as part of IVW. Perfect.


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Mark Lanegan Lanegan’s set starts in an understated yet powerful fashion, as he takes to the stage with his guitarist, Jeff Fielder and begins with When Your Number Isn’t Up resulting in hushed tones throughout the rammed venue. Mark Lanegan has one of the most distinctive vocal styles on the live music circuit, he has the gruffness of Tom Waits, the depth of Leonard Cohen and a raucous aspect that is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain which all combine to produce something so evocative and powerful yet with a delicacy.


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Julian Cope Tonight we’re in the delightful and friendly comedy venue that is The Glee Birmingham to see an artist with who own true unique style. This dude does it HIS way. Singer-songwriter, musician, author, antiquarian - his take on life is truly unique, his music and lyrics as eloquent as they are sartorial - his spoken word crazy, mad and bang on the money in the same sentence. Welcome to the world of the Archdruid himself - Julian H. Cope.


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Paul Carrack Tonight to the delectable Symphony Hall to see a Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics. The BBC dubbed him as ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’ and tonight’s performance is pretty much sold out as we take our seats for Paul Carrack.


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Gerard Way It has been two months since London last saw Gerard Way perform live. Tonight in Brixton, he’s playing not only to the adoring fans who filled his Koko show back in November, but also to a couple thousand extras- largely ex-My Chemical Romance obsessives wondering what all the fuss is about. And what is all the fuss about? His debut record ‘Hesitant Alien’ was a commercial and critical success, and his Bowie influenced alt-pop sound has found the hearts of a new generation of fans.


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Queen + Adam Lambert Live Aid, 1985, Queen take to the Wembley stage. Freddie Mercury plays the opening chords of Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano and begins a 20 minute set which is universally recognised as one of the most phenomenal live performances of all time. I was two years old when that took place. Thirty years later, I’ve just left the Manchester Arena having spent  the past two hours in absolute awe; dancing along to some of the same rock anthems as performed by Mercury that day, courtesy of Queen’s latest tour featuring Adam Lambert as their accompanying vocalist.


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