elbow So tonight's gig takes us to a forest. Quite literally in Cheshire. Delamere Forest to be precise. Few thousand camping chairs, picnics going on - we've set up camp and wait for tonight's headliner; we're building rockets in forests with the delectable and friendly bunch that are elbow.


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Phil Collins On the day which forecast torrential rain the sun beamed brightly over Hyde Park for day one of the annual British Summertime Series, as couples and families laid out their blankets for the stellar line up that was boasted over the three stages.


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Ani Difranco At a seated Birmingham Town Hall, with hardly half of the seats filled, a man with long long dreadlocks took to the stage to introduce the evening. I’ve seen Ani Difranco over 15 times now, and this wasn’t a face I recognized, but in recent years I’ve seen her less and less, so perhaps this is the new norm.


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Cheap Trick With a 40 year back catalogue of American pop rock hits to play, Illinois Cheap Trick thrill a packed Manchester crowd who surrender to a selection of the expected and some obscure, and even some new stuff!


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Dropkick Murphys Sometime in the mid-late 80s I entered Rock City for the first time for what I always maintained was the sweatiest gig I’ve ever been to (Georgia Satellites). Admittedly 19 year old me was front and centre and having a good old mosh. The older, more damaged, me was stood at the back for this one yet still ended the gig drenched with sweat. It was a veritable sauna in there. Admittedly one with bodies flying everywhere in a joyous celebration of one of the greatest proponents of Celtic/Punk there has ever been. I rather think the young me would have had a new sweatiest gig. Dropkick Murphys have brought their juggernaut of a live show steaming once again into a sold out Rock City.


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Dean With the sudden appearance of DEAN supporting fellow Club Eskimo crew member Crush on his show in London last year, fans were left with hopes, anticipating DEAN’s to have his own European Tour one day. Dreams do come true! Rebels (the fandom name) rejoiced when London was announced as one of the stops! DEAN, a talented South Korean singer songwriter, together with Club Eskimo crew members MISO and 2xxx!, and SAAY, performed a two-days shows on Saturday and a sold out Sunday, leaving fans to an unforgettable weekend!


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Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens It's hot. Very hot! The weatherman tells us the hottest night in something like 40 years. So it's a great night to go into the city centre to the mid sized venue in the 02 Academy to be even hotter! But then again we have a Hollywood 'A' lister in town. So who wouldn't give up their evening to spend in the delectable company of Kiefer Sutherland, this time as musician and rock god, on his 'Not Enough Whiskey' Tour.


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Circa Waves One of the hottest days of 2017 saw one of the hottest shows of the year at the Gloucester Guildhall as indie rockers Circa Waves stopped by for an intimate warmup show ahead of their appearance on the Other Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.


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Coheed and Cambria This power-house American prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria performed their 2005 smash-album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” in its entirety at KOKO, London on an absolutely sweltering Monday night as part of their “The NEVERENDER GAIBSIV” tour. To see a band, play an entire album from start to finish is a unique experience and a first for me. The second night of two London dates was attended by a lot of clearly obsessively dedicated fans which nearly packed out the 1500 capacity venue.


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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Wow! A truly mind-blowing evening at Manchester's Albert Hall with Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Catch them live if you can..


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Bearwood Street Festival 2017 Who said the High Street was dead?? Bearwood’s inaugural Street Festival held on Sunday 11th June 2017, saw Bearwood High Street (officially known as Bearwood Road) closed off and quickly filled with people to enjoy great food, great music and performances and (by and large) great weather. From 11:30 on Sunday morning until 5:30 when the festival came to a close, crowds flocked to the high street to enjoy a grand day out.


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Hanson 25 years has gone by but we are still MMMBopping away! We turned back time to the 90s, reliving the teenage years when the trio brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac first formed Hanson in 1992 and found fame with the huge hit 'MMMBop' 20 years ago. Crowd packed O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on the sold out show on Saturday were fans mostly in their late 20s to 30s fulfilling their childhood dream of seeing Hanson performing live in London, and it was more meaningful as the Middle of Everywhere Tour marked their 25th anniversary.


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Arcade Fire The headlines were huge, one of the biggest bands in the world were coming to play in Scunthorpe, yes Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire, in England. Arcade Fire hadn’t played in England for nearly 3 years and now they were breaking that drought with a trip to Scunthorpe. Up to this point dear Reader Scunthorpe had really only been known as the butt of many a joke, but on the 7th June 2017 they were hosting one of the biggest bands on the planet. Who would have believed it !


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Imagine Dragons In anticipation of the upcoming third studio album Evolve (ƎVOLVE), scheduled for release later this month, American alt-rock band Imagine Dragons played a very special show at Roundhouse last night and Adila and I were fortunate enough to attend it. Having two of the top ten most downloaded songs in rock history, 'Radioactive' and 'Demons', the band has had a meteoric rise to fame from playing small venues in front of 100 to some of the biggest music festivals in the world and being able to draw a crowd of early-twenty-somethings that literally went around the block when I arrived at the venue.


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