Glenn Tilbrook As Glenn Tilbrook says in his promotion for this tour, "It’s shameful that in the 21st century people can’t afford to put food on the table". This tour is intended to raise awareness of this sad situation and all proceeds from his 4 track EP and merchandise are being given to The Trussell Trust, who are working hard to try and make life better for a lot of people. His tour is currently covering the length and breadth of the UK and runs right through to April 2019. Full details of forthcoming dates are here.


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Level 42 It was over 30 years since I last saw Level 42, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the passing time hasn’t diminished their powers what so ever. Mark King and Mike Lindup on keyboards are the 2 remaining members of the original line up which saw brother Phil and Boon Gould leave the band in the late 80’s, although Boon would continue to write new material for the band. Originally formed in in the late 70’s, Level 42 really hit the mark during the mid 80’s which saw the release of the albums ‘World Machine’ and ‘Running in the Family’. Their distinctive jazz funk sound was underpinned by the Mark Kings trademark slap bass technique which often took on the role typical given over to a lead guitarist.


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The Orb Most of you will (I hope) have a musical bucket list, and I’m glad to say that The Orb have been on my list for a long time, and Saturday night in Newcastle provided another tick on this list.


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Maribou State On an unusually warm autumnal Friday night it was a chance to catch critically acclaimed Maribou State on their current tour to promote their new album and EP which were released earlier this year.


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Tom Grennan It seems like he’s been around for ages but 23 year old Tom Grennan arrived on the scene a little over 2 years ago with his first single ‘Something In The Water’ back in July 2016. Since then he has released a steady stream of singles and EP’s and has built up large and loyal fan base. Initially an acoustic guitarist he has now become an accomplished frontman delivering an Indie/Alt rock sound, and his current tour is to promote his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ which was released in July of this year.


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REDUXER by alt-J Formed in 2007 at Leeds University, alt-J are a critically acclaimed band who to date have released 3 albums, the first of which ‘An Awesome Wave’ saw them claim the Mercury Prize in 2012. Their second album ‘This Is All Yours’ released in 2014 went straight to No. 1. Their third album ‘Relaxer’ was released in June 2017 and again this album was nominated for the Mercury Prize but they lost out that year.


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Liam Gallagher It’s a mild evening in Manchester as Liam Gallagher played his biggest headline solo show to date with well over 50,000 packed into the cricket ground. Liam's Debut album ‘As You Were’ was only released 10 months ago and his popularity and resurgence has soared in that time. This also has a lot to do with nostalgia and the fact he was the frontman for the mighty Oasis and tonight’s setlist reflects his love for his former band.


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Charli 2na and Krafty Kuts If old school hip hop and breakbeats are your thing, then you were in luck tonight with former Jurassic 5 member Charli 2na (Charles Stewart) and multi award winning DJ Krafty Kuts (Martin Reeves) onstage at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds.


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Gomez It’s been a while but Gomez are back with their 20th anniversary edition of the ‘Bring It On’ album, and this isn’t just your usual remix rehash effort. Far from it, not only does it feature their original debut album but in addition the massive the 4 cd set also includes over 30 previously unreleased tracks, a recording of their set from Glastonbury 1998, rare demos and a BBC session. In short there are a massive 63 tracks which provide just over 4 and a half hours for your listening pleasure.


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Tom Misch A sure sign you’re on the right track is when the original venue for the gig has to be moved due to high ticket demands, and on that basis 22 year old London based Tom Misch is clearly getting it right. Leeds Uni couldn’t meet the demand so on a post ‘Beast from the East’ Monday evening we found ourselves at a near capacity Leeds O2 Academy.


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Morrissey It’s been too long since Morrissey graced these shores (March 2015 to be precise), but a new album to promote has seen him back on tour with a series of 9 dates in Feb up and down the land.


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The Damned Ever wondered what happens to old punk rockers? Last night after I watched The Damned deliver a blistering 2 hour set at the Leeds O2 Academy, the answer was an emphatic ‘they’re doing fine’, thank you very much!


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UB40 Since UB40 opened for business way back in 1978, they have been one of the UK’s leading advocates of reggae, and the ensuing 40 years have seen them release 18 albums, which have sold in lorry loads, and they also achieved global recognition. Until 2008 there line up was more or less stable, however that year saw the departure of Ali Campbell for well documented reasons. UB40 last night were made up of original members, Robin Campbell, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Earl Falconer and Duncan Campbell stepped in to take over vocal duties after the departure of Ali.


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The Divine Comedy A cold and windy November evening in Leeds saw a welcome return of The Divine Comedy, a great British band fronted by their founder Neil Hannon. Many people have said that their best days are behind them, but if last night’s performance was anything to go by, they couldn’t be more wrong.


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