Cheap Trick With a 40 year back catalogue of American pop rock hits to play, Illinois Cheap Trick thrill a packed Manchester crowd who surrender to a selection of the expected and some obscure, and even some new stuff!


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Trivium If you had survived the Valentine’s Day Anthrax gig there is every chance you would have been returning to see Trivium tonight. One thing that Trivium are known for is being able to bring one hell of a support. In the past their tours have seen the likes of Children Of Bodom, In Flames and As I Lay Dying grace line ups. With that in mind fans are queuing up in their numbers even well before the 7pm doors to cast their eyes and ears over tonight's too.


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Anthrax 30 years after the release of the seminal album ‘Among the Living’, the thrash metal pioneers from the Big Apple were back on tour and ready to induce days of post-concert neck-aches. Supporting Anthrax on the European dates of their world tour are London-based melodic metal band The Raven Age.


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The Naked & Famous Hot off the back of their third release ‘Simple Forms’ New Zealand band The Naked & Famous return to Manchester after a four year absence, and the crowd have come in their numbers selling out the Manchester Academy.


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Bullet For My Valentine 10 years has passed since Bullet For My Valentine hit the scene, headlining the Kerrang! Tour and it just so happened they are playing the very same venue again tonight. Alongside that they released their first full release 'The Poison', although tonight's show isn't about that there is definitely a sense of nostalgia with fans new and old in attendance.


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Lush Tonight is a truly momentous occasion as Lush play their last ever gig. These legendary purveyors of ‘shoegaze’ originally split in 1996 after the sad death of drummer Chris Acland, but reformed last year to record an EP and play UK, European and US dates. However, with bassist Phil King’s recent decision to quit, the band have finally decided to call it a day. For tonight’s final gig, front-women Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson and drummer (since the band reformed) Justin Welch are joined by Modern English bassist Michael Conroy.


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The Zombies 1960s hit-makers The Zombies are back with a new album and a tour. Featuring key original members Colin Blunstone (vocals) and Rod Argent (keyboards), tonight’s show promises a wide-ranging career retrospective, including the big chart hits and a dip into the classic album ‘Odessey and Oracle’.


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Skindred

It's not often you go to a gig that has four acts on in one night, and you can definitely cut that number in half again if you can say that none of them are filler. Well on paper I can definitely say tonight is one of those special cases where we get the later.



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Haim It was only back in December that HAIM graced our shores with a tour and it seems their is still plenty of demand for them. Tonights show is sold out along with the rest of their 8 date UK tour and even before all that they were creating a craze at festivals up and down the country.


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Gogol Bordello No one could accuse Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello of being lazy, with their string of albums and their mega list of gigs and festival appearances since they formed in 1999. Their chaotic brand of music somehow fuses eastern European folk with punk, while remaining politically and socially aware, rather as The Pogues fused Irish traditional music and punk.  However, their reputation is heavily based on their frantic, ramshackle stage shows and a packed-out house in Manchester has turned out to see if they live up to it.


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Miles Kane Tweeting before the gig Miles said "45 mins till this place explodes" and he wasn't wrong. Arriving onstage to a raft of cheers, the Liverpudlian swaggers about onstage working his way through songs from albums 'Don't Forget Who You Are' and 'Colour Of The Trap'.


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Frank Turner Tonight Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls start their short run of headline shows across the UK at Manchester Academy. The tour is to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Tape Deck Heart' (out on 22nd april 2013) . Gig Junkies' very own Jay got to shoot the folk/punk hero's show. We hope that you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought of Frank's gig...


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Jake Bugg I’m one of those people who half-watches Later with Jools Holland. I mostly have it on in the background and show a vague passing interest in bands I like when they perform. The only real time I stood up and took notice was when a then relatively little known Jake Bugg was introduced on it. Hearing his voice and how different he was I knew then I wanted to see him live one day. When the opportunity arose to see him in Manchester, I was the first to put my hand up to attend. The Academy is probably the largest small venue in Manchester where you can see an artist before they get really big. It makes many gigs there a special occasion.


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All Time Low Here at Gig Junkies we’re so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. All Time Low's gig at Manchester Academy on their 'Don't Panic' tour is just one of them. Gig Junkies' very own Carl got to shoot the Baltimore band's show. We hope that you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought. Tweet us @GigJunkies, or post your comments on our Facebook page and we'll put your thoughts, right here alongside the photos.


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