Boardmasters Surf + Music Festival 2016 Infected with festival fever, thousands sat above the sun-kissed sands of Cornwall’s Watergate Bay this weekend, on a picturesque hillside home to Boardmasters, one of the only British festivals that welcomes flip-flops over wellies.


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BAND NAME So, Gig Junkies make their now annual pilgrimage to Dublin to take in some splendid live music. Last year it was Sir Noel of Gallagher, this time round it was for more rock royalty in the guise of a certain Miles Kane and Alex Turner and their Last Shadow Puppets performing the last of 3 sold out gigs at one of Dublin’s original and most prestigious venues.


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We Are Scientists Dynamic, New York based rock indie duo, We Are Scientists, enveloped Birmingham’s O2 Institute in an enigmatic sound unlike that of their former albums. New album release, Helter Seltzer, explores a fusion of electronic, punk and hard instrumental rock that has propelled them into a distinguished artist worthy of a venue much larger than the Institute's 2nd room.


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Wolfmother Wolfmother made their way onto the stage at the rather early time of 8 bells to make sure they finished in time for another modern phenomena, the 10pm curfew. Not that it mattered a jot as the now packed out Rock City greeted the band noisily and enthusiastically.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen So even though it’s the biggest venue in my home town (4000 capacity give or take) I’m not a huge fan of The Dome. It just seems the wrong shape and bands have often struggled with the sound there. It is after all a sports hall. I’ve seen Weller, Manics, Levellers, Faithless and The Beautiful South struggle there. The only band I’ve seen really nail it have been Kasabian. So given this was also my first time seeing Catfish and the Bottlemen stepping up to a larger room it promised to be an interesting evening.


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Stereophonics It’s not often you get the chance to see a MASSIVE band in a relatively small venue, so when it came up on the gig roster at Gig Junkies HQ that The Stereophonics were playing at Derby Assembly Rooms I was all over it like a cheap dress. Having never been to the venue I was amazed at how well organised and clean it was – two words you don’t often associate with gigs! Because of this and probably because the audience was a little bit older, there seemed to be a more serene atmosphere to the event. By Jove it was even cordial!


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Maximo Park Aside being named after my mate's moggy (or is it the other way round?) I didn't know a great deal about Maximo Park, but that mattered not a jot as we made our way down to the Glee Club in Birmingham. Before we even got into the venue, there was a furvour - a buzz of excitement around the place. The queue was the biggest I'd seen at the Glee Club - most of the revellers visibly brimming with anticipation. A splendid start...


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Michael Kiwanuka Every now and then you go to a gig that you’re not overly excited about and then, a couple of hours later, you walk out of the venue spellbound by what you've just seen and heard. It’s as if you’ve witnessed history, something magical that futuristically will be written in annuls of time. Monday night at the Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, was – in my humble opinion – one such occasion.


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Delilah It’s not often you can come away from a gig saying “WOW! That person’s voice was phenomenal”. When you do it’s something to treasure, a memory to hold. True, there are lots of good singers, some brilliant front men and some talented songstresses, but the term phenomenal needs to be reserved for the very special indeed. So, to witness not one, not two but three all on the same stage in front of little over 200 people on a grim Wednesday night in Birmingham was nothing short of miraculous and not likely to be emulated any time soon.


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Enter Shikari Enter Shikari are a band that have had epic proportions of airtime on mainstream radio since their debut album ‘Take to the Skies’. Their new release ‘Flash Flood of Colour’ has primed the lasers again for another onslaught on the metal/electronic scene.


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