Kerrang! Tour 2016 Kerrang! has been a part of every rock fans life for the best part of 35 years not to mention helping to breakout and influence a new generation of bands. So as is tradition for the last 10 years Kerrang! have put on a sponsored tour of their own, previously it has seen the likes of Biffy Clyro and Bullet For My Valentine grace the coveted headline slot.


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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds I’ve said it before, I’m unlikely to stop saying it: Manchester loves its musical children. The reception they receive at homecoming gigs is unparalleled and Noel Gallagher never finds himself short of an audience or a deafening cheer. Gathered at Castlefield Bowl for the latest in the Summer In The City gigs is undoubtedly the largest crowd in the venue yet and the excitement in the air is palpable; people know Noel Gallagher doesn’t play Manchester very often, it’s pretty special when he does.


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Wolf Alice Wolf Alice have been on our radar for a while. They’ve been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, often tipped on people’s ones-to-watch list. It feels like they are one big record away from really making it into a wider stream of consciousness. It was a treat to hear they were touring early this year; the chance to see them before they really set the world alight was one which we could not turn down.


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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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Taking Back Sunday The Manchester Ritz is the hosting place for tonights gig and due to a club night happening afterwards we have a ridiculously early curfew. Last time I saw tonight's headline act Taking Back Sunday the supports were very different. This shows just how far they have come and how they have adapted themselves to keep themselves relevant over the past decade.


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The Gaslight Anthem The first two words that come to mind when I hear the words ‘The Gaslight Anthem’ are ‘cult following’. Whilst they never seem to be part of the mainstream music consciouness, they have garnered a huge following that has made them one of the most popular rock bands of the past decade. That cult following is definitely evident in Manchester’s Apollo this Monday evening.


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Volbeat It might be a chilly mid-November Sunday night but Manchester's Academy is bursting at the seems. Metal fans, young and old, have gathered eagerly to see Danish band Volbeat on their Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies tour.


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In Flames Despite most of their setlist tonight coming from their latest albums 'Siren Charms' and 'Sounds Of A Playground Fading' , which are considered by both fans and critics to be two of their less heavy but more melodic albums, In Flames still manage to pack one hell of a punch live. Appearing against what is a surprisingly good stage set up they launched themselves into the explosive opener, 'In Plain View'. The crowd are definitely up for it as they bounce to every beat and are clearly enjoying themselves.


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Chuck Ragan Coming into the gig Billy the Kid was somewhat of an unknown to me but like all Chuck Ragan gigs the support never disappoints. Ever since The Revival Tour days you could always guarantee if you hadn't heard of the the other acts before, you would end up loving them before you left, and Billy The Kid is no different. A shy but confident woman took to the stage with just an acoustic guitar and microphone and eases her way through a great performance. It's safe to say I will be going home and listening to some more of her music.


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Alkaline Trio When I entered the Forum it was hard not to notice the shear beauty of the venue, Manchester certainly has its fair share of great venues but being my first time here it will certainly leave an impression on me. As I was hoping tonight's headline act Alkaline Trio would. Having not seen them on a headline tour before this gig was one I have had on my calendar for quite some time.


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The Wildhearts It may surprise many to know that The Wildhearts debut album 'Earth vs the Wildhearts' came out in 1993, a massive 21 years ago. The band have since gone through various line-up changes, drug problems and break ups but each time they seem to have come back stronger. So the question is what can this reincarnation bring to the table?


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Bastille Bastille have had one hell of a year. They've dominated the music charts, finding success and fans seemingly with ease and can even add winning Best British Breakthrough at The Brit Awards to their list of achievements to date. Given they only formed in 2010 it's been a supersonic rise, mostly thanks to single 'Pompeii' which became a wide reaching hit upon release in early 2013. Can their live show live up to the reputation that precedes them though?


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