Jake Bugg It’s not often that you go to a sold out gig to see two bands, without an amp or a drum kit in sight, unless of course you’re attending a Folk Festival. This however was exactly what we were confronted with when seeing Jake Bugg doing his acoustic thing at De Montfort Hall on Monday night. Throw into the equation multiple members from the Bugg clan (one of whom performed as support) his lovely Nan and some glorious singalongs and it made for the perfect evening.


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The Charlatans I first saw The Charlatans waaaaaaayyy back in 1990 on a bleak Wednesday night, in Leeds at some tiny little club which housed 1000 people tops. Halcyon days. They'd literally just released 'The Only One I Know' and Tim Burgess was an impressionable floppy haired twenty three year old with mahoosive lips. They oooozed enthusiasm, potential and passion before what has now been a 25 year journey into the glorious world of the music industry. Interspersed in this last quarter century are colossal performances like Knebworth in 96 (Oasis) and a headline slot at Scotland’s T in the Park when they were bang on top of their game.


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Japandroids at Summer Sundae 2012 Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we get to go to some fantastic events and festivals. Summer Sundae is just one of those events. Spanning 3-days in August 2012, about when we were blessed by glorious sun and cooling winds, I got the chance to shoot bands from a very varied cross-section of the popular and alternative music scene. Get in!


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Kasabian Kasabian are quite simply one of the best live bands around. Their enormous sound and euphoric uplifting performances combine the pomp of the Stone Roses and Primal Scream and the showmanship of Faithless. Put simply they rock! Thus it was that Gig Junkies Head honcho and I, found ourselves at the salubrious surround of De Montfort Hall, in Leicester – Kasabian’s home town – on the opening night of their summer tour to celebrate the release of their new album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Coincidentally it was the same season that their beloved Leicester City were crowned Division 1 Champions. It was gonna be messy!


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Jersey Budd Conducting interviews wasn’t really the key criteria when we launched Gig Junkies. Instead, we set out to review all of the top gigs up and down the country. However, when the opportunity came up to interview young starlet Jersey Budd, we jumped at the chance. Were we scared (ish)? Nervous? (A little) Awestruck? (Possibly). When Jersey arrived it quickly became apparent that we needn’t have had any fears or trepidations. Jersey Budd is a REALLY decent bloke. Top fella. No pretence, no arrogance, just a salt of the earth ex Plumber who happens to be a pretty tasty singer. It also became evident that this wasn’t going to be your run of the mill interview. Phew! It was more of a chin wag between old mates about music, footy, marriage and his of course gigging.


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