Julian Cope Tonight we’re in the delightful and friendly comedy venue that is The Glee Birmingham to see an artist with who own true unique style. This dude does it HIS way. Singer-songwriter, musician, author, antiquarian - his take on life is truly unique, his music and lyrics as eloquent as they are sartorial - his spoken word crazy, mad and bang on the money in the same sentence. Welcome to the world of the Archdruid himself - Julian H. Cope.


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Kula Shaker How times flies. It's been 20 years since these guys brought their brand of psychedelic pop rock to the airwaves, on the crest of the Brit-pop wave, one of the more eccentric and somewhat mystical of the bands of the time. A raft of top #10 hits and a #1 album - Kula Shaker an in town tonight - to celebrate those twenty years ago when that album 'K' was riding high.


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New Model Army On this chilly and damp November evening Winter is coming. In fact Winter is here. Winter will be on show tonight as Sullivan brings his army to Birmingham, to the main room at the o2 Institute, and to the family that follow. 'Bring me the snowfall. Bring me the cold wind. Bring me Winter.' Which is exactly what New Model Amy will do tonight..


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Seventh Wave Electronic Music. A term that covers a raft of musical types - but in this case the musical genre developed from the 70s to early 80s, a form of basic electronic rock, increasingly using new digital technology to replace other instruments. And to celebrate that Chris Wave brings 'The Seventh Wave - Festival of Electronic Music: Number 1' to Birmingham this weekend.


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The Specials Forming in Coventry in 1977, these guys were a legendary part of the 2 Tone and ska scene if the time. Truly dance-able with lyrics of a political and social stance, they broke with tracks such as 'Too Much Too Young' and the unemployment themed spooky 'Ghost Town' - a track that hit the top spot in the UK charts. In two years they shone brightly, with seven UK top ten singles, before three members left to form Fun Boy Three, with the rest continuing on as the Special AKA. In 2008, they reformed and have been touring ever since. Welcome to Wolverhampton tonight - The Specials.


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Echo and the Bunnymen One of the bands of the alternative 80s, these guys with their haunting melodies and lead singer's trademark outspoken comments - 1984's 'Ocean Rain' was "the greatest album ever made" he declared at the time, these Liverpudlians made the charts their home. And 30 odd years on they are still out and about, still masses of dry ice and darkened image, tonight in Wolverhampton welcome Echo and the Bunnymen.


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Martin Kemp Well. This chap is kinda famous. He's an actor - famously in Eastenders; done films - probably most notably The Krays - and possibly more famously was part of one of the biggest New Romantics 80s band out there - Spandau Ballet. With tales to tell in bucket loads, Martin Kemp, brings his spoken word tour to a small town in the Black Country tonight.


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Divine Comedy These guys are one of those bands who cleverly and eloquently comment on life in their lyrics - singer songwriter's Neil Hannon words are quirky and original and they are here tonight showcasing their eleventh album 'Foreverland' - welcome Birmingham to the world of The Divine Comedy.


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Heaven 17 So thirty five years ago. This band released an album. It wasn't a hit and a single got banned. Boom. Their other guise had morphed out of one electronica band that had a minor (sic) degree of success (and who are still touring today) before developing into something new. But success did come their way. In bucket loads. So welcome tonight to the delectable Town Hall in Birmingham, the British Electronic Foundation (BEF) and their 'alter ego' if you like, Heaven 17.


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The Tubes And so tonight to a packed Robin 2, us little Gig Junkies take a trip to Bilston, to the legendary Robin 2 to see a band who are legendary in their own right for lots of reasons. They have always been standout, different, notorious, way back in the day their '77 tour was banned in the UK due to British censorship.But now 40 years on - and still on form - The Tubes are here tonight - with their 'Mondo Pulp tour celebrating the pulp art era with all their classic hits.


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Jean Michel Jarre So in the mid seventies this French artist released a seminal album. Oxygene. He recorded it over a period of eight months using a number of analogue synthesizers and an eight track recorder in his kitchen. In a world where we take technology for granted - this seems a million miles away. This album - went on to sell over 18 million copies. And as an artist Jean Michel Jarre has gone on to sell over 80 million albums - and is here at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, 40 years after THAT album on his 'Electronica Tour,' performing throughout the UK and Europe in October and November celebrating the release of "Electronica 1: The Time Machine' in 2015, and this year's "Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise.'


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Festival No. 6 My final festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the fifth Festival No.6, and my fourth visit to this wonderfully eclectic festival. The festival is spread over many stages across the “village” and the wider Portmeirion estate. As well as the usual festival style stages held in open fields, almost every nook and cranny in the village and the surrounding woodland was intended to be filled with something of interest going on over the weekend with over 1000 artists taking part in the festival.


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Justin Sullivan New Model Army Tonight we’re off to the valleys of the green and the grey - to see a general, a special time, without his army, just this man, by himself. To a town in rural Worcestershire, to a friendly local pub - The Boars Head- comes the leader of New Model Army - Justin Sullivan


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Godiva-thumb Godiva Festival Godiva Festival, now in its 18th year, takes place at Coventry War Memorial Park and is a Council run, free festival. Godiva played host this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 148,000 visitors (up 7000 on 2015) for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides.


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