Black Star Riders Just as a near post-apocalyptic heatwave is coming to an end, what’s the best idea for something to do – I know, cram yourself into a sweaty club in Wakefield and watch some bands. The only thing is the main band tonight is not just a band, they are the dying embers of the most magnificent Thin Lizzy. Now as a life long Lizzy fan, well since I was about 12, I had of course been very excited when they reformed, albeit without their master frontman, and as they gently morphed into Black Star Riders, the omens and the albums promised much. Let’s hope tonight that my first experience of them live lives up to my anticipation.


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Lunar Festival 2018 Seven weeks of continuous hot glorious sunshine, an unrelenting heatwave that England hasn’t seen the like of since 1976. What perfect conditions to send a weekend outside and put all that extraordinary weather to good use at Lunar Festival 2018. Friday 27th July is one such day, swelteringly hot, a few tufts of little fluffy white clouds in a brilliant blue sky and the sun super-heating the festival site and festival goers as they unload various bits of camping equipment for the weekend.


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Y Not Festival 2018 After losing a battle with the Great British Summer™ in 2017, Y Not Festival rolled into 2018 with a main-stage line up so compellingly star-studded that it seemed like a shoe-in for redemption this time around. Reverend and the Makers, Razorlight, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Wombats and Jamiroquai topped the billing, supported by a solid cast of acts across six stages and four days.


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White Lies I’ve been to some sweaty gigs in my time but come on. The temperature in West London had reached 34 degrees as I arrived at Subterania, a tiny venue situated underneath a railway line, that was already packed to capacity. Straight away I knew I was in for an intense evening, and the surroundings were perfect for the first White Lies gig in almost a year.


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The Sixth Lie What is Hyper Japan, you ask? It’s a festival dedicated to representing the culture of todays’ Japan, all the way from food to fabrics. If you haven’t been yet, you definitely should. For me it’s one of the most enjoyable weekends of the year (and I promise that’s not just because I acquired about a thousand free sachets of wasabi). The next Hyper Japan is 16-18th November 2018 – book your tickets! Pro tip: Also book tickets for the Sake Experience. You won’t regret it.


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Paul Simon One of pop’s finest singer-songwriters – whose songs have delighted generations of music lovers – said goodbye to his UK fans with a stop on his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour. He brought with him fellow musical ‘heavyweights’ Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor.


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Bruno Mars Since 2013 BST Hyde Park has been see some of the greatest performers of our time have graced the Great Oak Stage, having first attended BST in 2014 the format is a little bit different, however the family fun is no less and keeps the masses entertained in this value for money festival. Targeting music lovers far and wide with choice of headliners today was the day for the cool kids to play and put their pinkies in the sky as Bruno Mars headlined in the 30 degree sunshine of the landmark London park. Revellers had the choice of various stages offering entertainment all day.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, jazzman, Michael Bublé this past Friday, the 13th of July.


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The Muppets 'The Muppets take the O2', were three performances by The Muppets, their first time performing on stage in Europe (that said the original Muppet show was filmed in the UK back in the 70s!), hosting a collection of VERY special guests, new materials, musical numbers as well as the classic favourites we all craved.


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Jorja Smith Ok. I’m going to start off with a cheesy cliche just to get it over with. Jorja Smith has the voice of an angel. Right. Now we’ve got that over and done with, I’ll continue.


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Lucky Chops What we see before us tonight is a new band. A band changed not only by a difference in line up, but also generally in their attitude to what a live show can achieve. With no opening act, tonight is all about them.


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MGMT A summer night at Somerset House listening to good music seems like a dream, right? Sure- until much of the crowd, who too had the same idea but less of the interest in the music itself, decide to spend the night talking.


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Innervisions Festival: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic London has been treated to an array of talented and legendary musicians over the past week of Innervisions Festival and tonight at Camden's iconic Roundhouse venue was no different. As icons go, this show was heavyweight, to add to the fact it was sadly announced the 76 year old Godfather of Funk would be retiring in 2019, this made the show even more special considering it had a good chance of being his last in the UK, taking into consideration all that, London was in for a treat as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic came into town.


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Eric Clapton This is the sixth year of British Summer Time concerts in Hyde Park and the sustained quality of acts suggests that there will be many more to come. Four axe men of the highest calibre grace the Great Oak Stage on this hot steamy sold-out Sunday before culminating with headliner Eric Clapton.


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