Van der Graaf Generator Van der Graaf Generator have been around since the late 1960s and are one of the few ‘prog rock’ bands to have unquestionably survived the punk era with their reputation fully intact. Even John Lydon seems to like them. So I’m really looking forward to seeing the band perform one of four UK gigs at the Robin2 tonight.


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Steve Winwood Steve Winwood’s career has been remarkable and diverse, spanning from the 1960s to the present. He was a teen pop idol with The Spencer Davis in the 60s Group, a stalwart of the laid-back rock scene of the 70s, with his band Traffic, and a sophisticated solo mega-star in the 1980s. The question tonight is whether he can meet the expectations of the fans from across these generations and provide music to satisfy everyone.


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Temples Tonight at King’s Heath’s Hare and Hounds, we’re treated to the music of two up-and-coming, but contrasting, bands, Temples and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs. Both draw various musical and fashion influences from past eras, including the psychedelic 1960s and the glam and new wave music of the 1970s.


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Rod Stewart Tonight Rod Stewart and his band play the first of two nights at the LG Arena in Birmingham. The tour is to celebrate the release of chart topping album ‘Time' and of course his impressive back catalogue of work. Gig Junkies' very own Bianca got to shoot the singing legend's show. We hope that you like what she saw.


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Ben Howard Hammersmith Apollo was bursting at the seams with fans descending in the drove from the suitably balmy night air to catch a glimpse of folk singer Ben Howard. This 25 year old from West London has dominated the festival scene for the past couple of years and was nominated for the Mercury Prize Award before winning a Brit Award in early 2013. His debut album Every Kingdom has undoubtedly been the soundtrack to summer since its release in 2011. His folky tunes are the perfect partner to hazy sun drench days or dark and frosty nights.


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Rihanna Is there anybody in the world who hasn’t uttered her name at some point in the last 12 months? Whether it’s to talk about her tumultuous love life, what she’s wearing, what she’s posting online or her “don’t give a shit what the world thinks” attitude; she’s possibly the most overexposed pop artist of the last five years. Miraculously though, she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon and she’s not getting any less interesting. On Wednesday night the Rihanna Diamonds World Tour rolled into Manchester and we went to check out what the iconic performer had to offer.


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Mudhoney Seattle veterans, Mudhoney, take to the stage prepared to unleash Poisoned Water but with minor sound issues it takes a couple of minutes to get going but when it does, it is clear that the band are on top form and this is to be one almighty set. Since 1988, Mudhoney have consistently produced excellent, no nonsense garage rock, releasing music that appears to not have aged in the slightest yet never found them the commercial success of their peers. Lacking in popularity means that Mudhoney still play small venues and fill them with truly appreciative fans who lap up every track of the night.


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Gary Numan On a balmy June evening a full Leamington Assembly plays host to a one-off Gary Numan show ahead of the release of his forthcoming album “Splinter” in October and eagerly anticipated tour in November. Numan’s story is one of legend; a meteoric rise to fame with Tubeway Army’s “Are Friends Electric” and as a solo artist in the tail end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties with tracks such as “Cars”, “I Die, You Die”, “We Are Glass” et al. The rest of the 80’s became a rollercoaster ride of fame and (some mis)fortune up to the late 90’s where Numan finally began to receive some long overdue critical acclaim for his work.


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Toro y Moi Although he is known as a solo artist, Toro Y Moi is one of those musical entities with whom you have no earthly idea how many people or what instruments they will bring on stage. A single man on stage with a laptop would not be completely out of the question, nor would a synth and drums duo. Anything short of a full orchestra would probably be viable. This evening however, we are greeted with the man also known as Chaz Bundick and a surprisingly traditional complement of support; bass, guitar, live drums and synths.


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