Mastodon Now onto the big boys, Mastodon. The crowd are obviously looking forward to it and there is an almighty growl as the lights dim before they've even hit the stage. These boys know how to make an entrance and starting with 'The Last Baron' means from he start of the show everyone is in unison.


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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes As is customary on ‘these types’ of evenings the ‘Facial Hair per attendee’ ratio was a good 30% higher than a normal gig. Yes ladies and gentlemen a certain Mr Frank Carter was in town with his Rattlesnakes to deliver their own unique brand of English hardcore punk. It was gonna be wild, gonna be raucous and gonna be a whole lot of fun.


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Mark Lanegan Before he starts playing, Mark Lanegan demands that the minimal onstage lighting be dimmed even more and when he is satisfied he begins his ninety minute set with Death’s Head Tattoo from his latest album Gargoyle.


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Every Time I Die Every Time I Die need no introduction and have been smashing shows like this for nearly 20 years! Just let that sink in, 20 years and still more hungry and passionate than most new bands. Even in a cast Jordan Buckley flails around the stage like a man possessed. Brother Keith conducts the carnage and grins manically as he paces the stage. It was great to finally hear tracks from Low Teens in their natural environment and they sound magnificent.


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Touché Amoré Touché Amoré are in the business of misery. The band’s journey mirrors the life and times of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm, through his hyper confessional lyricism that sees their latest release ‘Stage Four’ echoing the grief of an age-old tale that’s constantly raw. ‘Stage Four’ is universally hailed as their best record, with a European tour pressing selling out before they embarked upon the UK leg; a quick, foiled outer sleeve pressing ltd to 175, was rushed through to be hand numbered by Jeremy. With 19 copies available each night the early birds caught the worm.


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The Hotelier The Hotelier can only ever open with one song “An Introduction to the Album”. The sound has been a bit ropey throughout the supports but it's all resolved for these headliners from Massachusetts.


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Avenged Sevenfold Bringing their show to the Genting Arena, Birmingham tonight are a trio of metal rock goodness. Support In Flames plus a double headliner of Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold.


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Agnes Obel YES YES YES! AN ALL WOMEN SET! (I couldn't help but hop excitedly from foot to foot at this. I'm so tired of all male backing, even for women! Nice one, Agnes!) her crew consisted of a cellist, oboe player, Agnes on keyboards, and another woman on drum machine. All dressed in white - they appeared formidable.


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Jesca Hoop I came late to the Hoop train, as mentioned in my earlier review of her tour with Sam Beam (of Iron and Wine fame). It’s no secret that I obsess over female singer songwriters - specifically those whose songs elicit feelings of sorrow and loss. Hoop’s earlier work varies in sound to my ears - unbeknownst to me, I’d heard ‘Born To’ many many times on BBC 6Music, without registering who she was, with it washing over me. But that song is heavily produced, with full band. And my preference is Hoop on her own with a guitar, stripped back and intimate.


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The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms have barely left the UK over the last couple of years, which shows how they've gone from playing the Temple to the Main room here tonight. The stage is dressed to feel like a cozy living room, filled win standard lamps and a sofa complete with jaded girl glued to phone. ‘Scream’ plays on an old TV and only the double mirror ball fun denotes the occasion.


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Interview with Frank Carter Gig Junkies’ Lee and Kirsty sit down to chat with Frank Carter of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes about life on their sold out tour, the new album ‘Modern Ruin’ and 'the suit'. There's even a bit of word play thrown in for good measure.


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Black Peaks + Heck Black Peaks take the headline spot and are welcomed on stage by a whistling crowd. Opening with ‘White Eyes’ they deliver a pitch perfect set. I have to confess I've yet to listen to their debut album, I had intended to listen the shit out of it, as Black Peaks singles have been a slow burn for me. Instead I was waiting to blown away live.


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Jesca Hoop and Sam Beam FORTUNATELY I was not disappointed by Beam & Hoop. I’d heard one track of theirs shared by a friend who loved both their solo careers, and I instantly bought the album. I’ve since listened to it incessantly, and LOVE their harmonies, but was largely unfamiliar with them as individuals or as solo artists. Part of me worried there would be an aloof hipster-esque snobbery to them and their performance – standoffish. Nothing could be further from the truth!


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Busted As someone who is becoming increasingly jaded about generic pop punk you may wonder what has brought me to the Genting Arena to see Busted. The infectious fun of the McBusted documentary and the return of Charlie has me intrigued to see them live.


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