Neighbourhood Festival 2019 There goes the Neighbourhood! Manchester opens its gig venue doors again with over 100 bands playing on 15 stages across the city. Sold out for the third year in succession and showcased some incredible music in 12 hours.


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Hootie & the Blowfish Leeds fans are treated to a big slice of Southern USA alt rock as Hootie & the Blowfish return to the UK after a 23-year absence, and they bring along Drivin’ & Cryin’ and Patrick Davis for the ride.


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The Gathering Sounds A debut festival in Teesside chock-full of great new, mainly unsigned, bands and artists, The Gathering Sounds will be a regular on the calendar from now on.


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Kendal Calling 2019 A music festival nestled in the Cumbrian hills, sounds idyllic and it certainly is, although you’d struggle to actually see the hills and mountains other than the moment you park your car at the edge of the site. Then there’s that nice trek up a hill armed with all your camping provisions for a 3 day (or 4 for some lucky folks) event of fun, food, drink and most importantly the music. Yes, there was rain and mud this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits or the impeccable organisation of Kendal Calling, the preparedness for the weather and ensuring a safe environment for all revellers. It is the lake district after all, so expect some fresh mud to cool your first day sunburn.


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Billie Marten Billie Marten with some ethereal vocals on show in Leeds, her 2nd album ‘Feeding Seahorses by Hand’ gets a rapturous welcome at her homecoming show at The Wardrobe.


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Gov’t Mule Gov’t Mule pack a 3hr setlist with some Classic Blues Jams and whilst they’re ‘Live in Leeds’ a long ride on The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’.


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Sting & Shaggy They go together like cats and motorways as Alexei Sayle would say, and yet this strange reggae/rock combo works live better than anyone could have imagined. Let’s face it, Sting is a little dry in the humour stakes, Shaggy is the yin to his yang in that nothing is actually serious for him. Shaggy plays the role of warm up man, frequently getting the crowd hyped up, clapping, singing and screaming, while Sting is being Sting, wearing a tight black T shirt showing off a trim muscled bod for a 67-year-old but rarely speaking or smiling too much (unless Shaggy is thrusting his groin forward towards him – in which case he makes a run for it).


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Live at Leeds Still the best 1-day festival for emerging talent, Live at Leeds continues to shine as a must not miss opening to this year’s festival season.


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Lucy Rose The newly stripped back ‘No Words Left’ album tour leaves audiences gasping for more, Lucy Rose triumphs in Leeds at the City Varieties Theatre.


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IDLES With Brexit continuing to crash around Parliamentary heads this week, what better way to spend a night than shouting pro-immigration lyrics back at punk band IDLES as their tear up Sheffield on the opening of their biggest UK Tour to date.


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Thunder Danny Bowes has a Thunderous voice but a less than 50% Rock’n’Roll performance, sat down for 100% of the time, it all fell a little short of the mark in York tonight. We came for Thunder but only witnessed some light drizzle.


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Frank Turner Frank Turner must be one of the hardest gigging musicians around, fresh off his punk Möngöl Hörde tour, records a new album ‘Be More Kind’ travels out on an extensive UK Tour and then announces this Arena tour in early 2019. Playing some of the biggest venues in the UK, we caught up with Frank Turner in Leeds.


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Clare Grogan's Altered Images Time for some 80’s Pop nostalgia and to see how my latter schooldays crush and poster girl Clare Grogan has fared in the 35 years since I last saw her perform live on the Altered Images ‘Pinky Blue’ tour. There are different layers of fandom with our Clare, for men of a certain age it was the quintessential girl next door charm shown in Gregory’s Girl, for others Dave Lister’s unrequited love interest Kristine Kochanski in Red Dwarf, maybe even singer Niamh Connolly in one episode of Father Ted. None of that is anything to do with a post punk pop songstress, but there is nothing but strong and loyal affection shown for this Glasgow girl.


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Avatar I feel I’ve come a little late to the show for Avatar, despite the band being around for well over ten years, my first experience was at Download only last year, where they blew most of the opposition away with their metal freakshow circus antics. Since June last year I have managed to catch them on more than one occasion supporting Halestorm on their tour of the UK Academy circuit.


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