Brian Fallon & The Crowes Tonight sees the return of the charismatic and charming Brian Fallon who is known from his time as the frontman of New Jersey’s finest, The Gaslight Anthem. The UK tour is hot off the release of his brand new debut solo album, ‘Painkillers’ which sees Brian Fallon also brings his band The Crowes, featuring fellow Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes guitarist Ian Perkins.


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Skindred

It's not often you go to a gig that has four acts on in one night, and you can definitely cut that number in half again if you can say that none of them are filler. Well on paper I can definitely say tonight is one of those special cases where we get the later.



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Fightstar

It's Saturday Night and The Ritz in Manchester is heaving. It's uncomfortably warm and a sense of anticipation hums through the air; post-hardcore band Fightstar are the cause. In town to promote their latest album 'Behind The Devil's Back', just released this month, it's clear from the size of the crowd that the band have lost few fans during their 2010 - 2014 hiatus, especially not in Manchester.



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The Offspring Having seen The Offspring play a couple of lacklustre performances over the years at various different festivals I was looking forward to taking another trip down memory lane with their nostalgic skater songs at one of their own headline shows and seeing if there was any difference in their show.


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Steel Panther Tonight is the opening night of the tour and everybody is in high spirits. A lot of the fans here have taken it upon themselves to get glammed up for the occasion and why not? With the line up of bands that we have on show tonight everyone is in a for a treat.


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Fightstar It was a sad day for Fightstar fans back in 2010 when announcing their hiatus however after four years absent, they ended their hiatus and announced a small run of UK shows for early 2015 which we were lucky enough to attend. Fightstar's main support for these handful of shows were the young and fresh Moose Blood who released their debut album late 2014, who look to have a very bright future. So with four years absence from live shows do Fightstar still have what it takes to put on a tremendous show? Or will the stage rust take longer than anticipated to shake off?


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Haim It was only back in December that HAIM graced our shores with a tour and it seems their is still plenty of demand for them. Tonights show is sold out along with the rest of their 8 date UK tour and even before all that they were creating a craze at festivals up and down the country.


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A Day To Remember Hailing from Ocala, Florida, A Day To Remember have been around for 11 years and have toured far and wide in that time. They’re known for being complete pros at putting on an exuberant and energy filled gig, so it is with a certain level of expectation we turn up at Manchester’s Apollo to catch their latest live performance.  Their reputation says it should be a good show, but what will they bring that is new?


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Placebo Placebo have gained quite a cult following from their fans over the years, they travel from far and wide to their gigs. Tonights gig in Manchester is no different with many different accents and languages being spoken.


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Avenged Sevenfold Tonights headline act are a band I loved as a 16 year old, but everything released since 'City Of Evil' hasn't really been to my taste. Having said that I have always kept one eye on their progress. Avenged Sevenfold hit the scene around the same time Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium did, and there was much talk to who would be the first to reach the promise land of headlining the metal festival, Download. Over the past month we have learnt that they have been the first of the three to have reached it. So the question on everyones lips tonight is are they up to the challenge?


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Dave Hause It's hard to believe that a couple of years ago Dave Hause was opening up The Revival Tour as a relatively unknown solo artist, despite having already released a couple of albums with his punk rock band The Loved Ones. So it is great to see that tonight's gig has been upgraded from the Deaf Institute just down the road due to the demand for tickets.


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Miles Kane Tweeting before the gig Miles said "45 mins till this place explodes" and he wasn't wrong. Arriving onstage to a raft of cheers, the Liverpudlian swaggers about onstage working his way through songs from albums 'Don't Forget Who You Are' and 'Colour Of The Trap'.


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Frank Turner Tonight Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls start their short run of headline shows across the UK at Manchester Academy. The tour is to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Tape Deck Heart' (out on 22nd april 2013) . Gig Junkies' very own Jay got to shoot the folk/punk hero's show. We hope that you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought of Frank's gig...


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The Gaslight Anthem The lights dim and the sound of the Van Halen song Jump blasts through the Academy's speakers before a load roar from the crowd greet the band. Proceeding to launch into The Spirit Of Jazz, The Gaslight Anthem are incredibly tight and they are on top form. Brian Fallon and the guys seem to be throughly enjoying themselves tonight throwing in light hearted jokes and humble talk in-between songs.


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