BAND NAME Just over 12 months since Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar were last in the UK on their headlining tour, they are back again accompanied by UK rockband SKAM and Manchester’s very own Bollywood bhangra duo BONAFIDE. The headliners tonight are those glam rock pirates from Newcastle, The Quireboys, who together are on their Hard Rock Hell (HRH) tour around the UK.


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Taylor Swift We last reviewed Taylor Swift on her ‘Red’ tour a year and a half ago. It’s incredible how much has changed in the last 18 months. The phenomenal success of her first ‘pop’ album has catapulted her into being one of the most influential entertainers in the world (not even Apple would argue with that it seems). So it was without hesitation that we went down to the Manchester Arena to catch one of only three shows in England on the 1989 World Tour. Swift’s gig was the hottest ticket in town this evening; with everyone we came into contact with professing their desire to be there.


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Theory of a Deadman Tonight playing to a sold out crowd at the Manchester Academy 2 are Canadian rockers, Theory of a Deadman. 10 years since releasing their first record and 5 albums later, its nice the see the band finally getting the recognition they deserve from UK audiences.


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Hardcore Superstar In January 2008 when Hardcore Superstar (HCSS) announced the departure of guitarist Thomas Silver and their new relationship with Nuclear Blast Records I really thought that was the end of the band as they were. However Crazy Lixx guitarist Vik  Zino slot straight in as a temporary measure and then soon became a permanent fixture within the group.


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The Quireboys Tonight in the intimate Manchester Academy 3 Venue, The Quireboys, a band which has been going since 1984 and seen many band members come and go, play the second show of the UK leg of their huge 30th Anniversary "Black Eyed Sons" tour.


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Adam Ant The opening for Adam Ant's UK tour begins tonight in Manchester, and it's not a good start to say the least. Scheduled to appear on stage at an early 8.30, there are whispers around the auditorium that he is running a little late and will be appearing at 8.45. By 9.25 the restless crowd of white stripe painted faces flood the baking hot room with boo's and angry jeers aimed at the 80's Nu romantic star. An hour after he's scheduled to start, the stage manager comes to the front and flashes his torch, indicating that the show is finally about to begin.


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