MADE Birmingham It’s Saturday July 30th and there’s a massive rave happening in Birmingham’s Digbeth Triangle, and it’s only midday; but you’ve guest it, it’s MADE Birmingham weekend and it’s SOLD OUT!


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Moon Duo This is only my second visit to Hebden Bridge’s legendary and characterful Trades Club and already it is one of my all-time favourite live music venues. Tonight the club hosts a psychedelic extravaganza, headed-up by Moon Duo, with this being the last date of the American band’s UK tour.


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Sun Kil Moon On the hottest day of the year, entering a sold out small venue was not all that appealing but the talents of Sun Kil Moon were what persuaded me to venture into the sweatbox. Sun Kil Moon is the vocalist and guitarist Mark Kozelek who has been making records under this moniker for the past fourteen years or so. Prior to the band’s entrance the venue closes the bar, dims the light and continues to play abstract instrumental music for a further fifteen minutes and just as the audience become fidgety, the four-piece group take to the intimate stage. Kozelek explains that he is feeling ill but is planning to take on board the words of Mike Tyson’s trainer, Cus D’Amato who proposed that to be a professional you have to perform to the best of your ability and with these words of wisdom the music begins.


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Kaiser Chiefs Suave in his entrance and charming in ego, front-man Ricky Wilson immediately presents the naughties established indie pop rock band, Kaiser Chiefs, by stirring up an animated Everyday I Love You Less and Less from fame-making album Employment. Instantly igniting the energy of the band and fans, the addictive lyrics had Ricky destroying music equipment and climbing on drums within minutes of entering the stage.


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