The Vaccines The Vaccines kick off with Your Love is My New Favourite Band and the crowd goes berserk, beers, shirts and even the odd shoe go flying through the air and the party is well underway. Teenage Icon, a catchy single from their sophomore effort Come Of Age follows and I can’t help but have my attention diverted from the band to the audience itself.


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Tears for Fears Two iconic acts of the 1980s - both of whom looked and sounded great - treated enthusiastic, nostalgia-hungry London fans to a heartwarming trip down memory lane in the grand setting of a packed out O2 arena, performing timeless classics that certainly got the crowd on their feet.


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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats As The Night Sweats open the set, Nathaniel Rateliff’s presence is met with an overwhelming onset of applause and cheering. His hands take hold of the mic and his powerful voice resonates with every spectator.


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Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers Just mere months ago we were at the smaller Village Underground in Shoreditch. It’s been precisely 5 months and 15 days and the crowds now wind their way around the entirety of the venue, waiting for doors at the sold out Camden KOKO, such is their ever-growing popularity.


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A Bowie Celebration Bowie fans always celebrate David Bowie this week as not only is it the week of what would have been his 72nd birthday but sadly also the 3rd anniversary of his death. But David Bowie’s legacy is a wealth of songs that live on in our hearts. What better way to celebrate him than to attend A Bowie Celebration? A Bowie Celebration consists of a number of Bowie’s band members including the legendary Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard and Earl Slick.


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Wolf Alice Christmas gigs are always great, aren’t they? The atmosphere is festive with fancily dressed elves, reindeers and even Father Christmas himself in attendance at Brixton Academy, and to top it off, the Harry Potter theme is pumped through the speakers as Wolf Alice’s presence is imminent.


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Nile Rodgers & CHIC There is so much to be said for the power of music and its ability to bring people together and break down barriers, and tonight I can say that I saw one of the greatest ever living musician in the presences of Nile Rodgers and the iconic catalogue of music he has arranged, produced, written and co-written.


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The War On Drugs The War On Drugs’ latest album, ‘A Deeper Understanding’, was released in the summer of 2017. Since then, we’ve welcomed the band to London on three occasions: first at Ally Pally last November, then a mammoth show with The National for All Points East this summer, and now at the o2 Arena.


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Young Fathers As 2018 draws to a close, I usually create a list of the best gigs, albums and songs of the year. This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but a night at Brixton with Young Fathers made that decision a whole lot easier.


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Heaven 17 Heaven 17 never toured when The Luxury Gap album first came out even with it being their most successful album. It contains masterpieces such as Come Live With Me, Let Me Go, We Live So Fast and of course their most well-known track, Temptation. To hear it played live is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. This is a phenomenal show and Glenn and Martyn know how to throw a party. The London leg of the tour was hosted at Shepherd’s Bush Empire – a favourite venue of the band. The tour is currently over halfway through and yet on this cold November night, London came out in droves, queuing up to see these 80’s legends. The audience were rewarded by Heaven 17 telling them that they were the best audience – apparently even better than Liverpool. The audience lapped it up.


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Chronixx This was my first time seeing Chronixx live, as much as I had admired his music over the years, through a series of events, timing and life just happening I always missed out the opportunity. Not tonight, having scaled that breath taking hill in a figurative sense to get to Alexander Palace or as the locals like to call it Ally Pally, I knew I was in for a treat with the amount of dreadlock bearing folks that I saw on my way up. The atmosphere was very carnival, every facet of your senses are being used, the smell of the flavoursome variety of Jamaican food, the plethora of colours that we have come to expect from Jamaican Fashionistas.


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Curtis Harding It was after a hellish 16 hour long coach trip to Paris when I discovered Curtis Harding. Tired and weary from making the trek to see Lenny Kravitz in the summer, before he announced the UK leg and I thought was my last chance to see him I threw heck to the wind and purchased tickets without regard to travel arrangements or how I'd feel when I already a heavy week of gigs booked in. However Lenny’s support was a ray of sunshine that woke me up instantly, his catchy lyrics and stage presence immediately caught my attention and the short set that won the audience over left me eager to listen to more of this talented young man and his band.


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I’m convinced Connan Mockasin comes from another planet. Like any good shape shifting alien you never really know what to expect from him. Thankfully the UK had three chances to experience his warped and wonderful world on his current tour supporting his latest album 'Jassbusters'. I flew up to his former homeworld of London to catch his final stop, a live performance and signing at Rough Trade East.


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John Fogerty The Space Cowboy, Joker and the Fortunate Son prove that old rockers don’t die they just keep rolling on – Bluesfest 2018 at the O2 Dome in London kicks off in style with Jo Harman, Steve Miller Band and then a marathon 20+ song Creedence Clearwater Revival based setlist from John Fogerty.


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