Marilyn Manson The black curtain is raised in the O2 Apollo in readiness for the unveiling of Marilyn Manson. The crowd is chanting in anticipation as 'This is the End' by the Doors echoes out into the arena.


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Lost Horizons Tonight is a step into the unknown to see a new band, Lost Horizons, performing songs from their debut album ‘Ojalá’ (meaning ‘hopefully’ in Spanish). I’m prompted to check them out as Lost Horizons is a return to playing music for a musical hero, Simon Raymonde, formerly of The Cocteau Twins and the man behind the revered Bella Union record label. Lost Horizons is a joint project with drummer Richie Thomas, formerly of 1980s post-punk band Dif Juz and a guy with an impressive musical pedigree, having toured with iconic acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Felt, as well as The Cocteau Twins.


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The Killers Back with a triumphant new album, a return to form, The Killers are on tour and it’s the hottest ticket in town. It may be a cold Monday night in Manchester, but the blues are away as a sold out crowd gathers at the Manchester Arena to see The Killers, supported by Alex Cameron


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BBC Radio 1 Xtra Live BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and tonight comes to Manchester Arena with an amazing line-up featuring Travis Scott, French Montana, J Hus, Bugzy Malone, Ghetts, Stefflon Don, Not3s, Bryson Tiller and a couple of special guests. The event is being hosted by the 1Xtra DJ family featuring Yasmin Evans, Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, and Mista Jam, getting everyone excited for the artist performances.


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Blondie The stalls of the O2 Apollo in Manchester are full to the brim. It’s Saturday night, and the city is out in force. Blondie are in town, and they have commanded quite the crowd, along with their support act, French band Mustang.


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The Pigeon Detectives On Friday, I postponed binge-watching Stranger Things 2 to go and review The Pigeon Detectives at Birmingham’s O2 Institute, supported by Little Comets and The Clause. But was it worth it? The initial melodrama involving a member of security staff asking me my age, and then reacting with embarrassment when I told her, was not a good start (I am more than double the 14+ age requirement for this gig). However, things seemed a bit more reasonable once I got inside.


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Weezer Tonight is a real treat for the fans here in Manchester, seeing Weezer play live in the UK is a rare sight (something lead singer Rivers Cuomo apologises for during the show) so there is a lot of expectation in the crowd. Would they deliver?


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Zara Larsson It’s been quite the year for Zara Larsson. After rocketing into the international music scene in 2015, 2017 saw the release of her second studio album ‘So Good’, a hit-single packed pop triumph which has catapulted her into being a regular on the UK singles charts. Her catchy, accessible upbeat pop sound has seen Larsson amass a loyal following and a wide and varied fan base. We’re here at Manchester’s O2 Apollo to see how Larsson’s chart and club hit successes translate into a live show.


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Richard Thompson Us little Gig Junkies take a trip to The Lowry in Salford to catch-up with the legend that is Richard Thompson, with support from Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. Reviewer Andrew Lindsay gives us five reasons to LOVE Richard Thompson.


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Tori Amos I know commitment. I know love, and dedication, and perseverance… as evidenced in my long time love affair with Tori Amos. Through her dabbling with electro (not keen, but I love her nonetheless), creating a beautiful musical theatre piece (vastly underrated), jetsetting to international gigs (staying in strangers houses all over the place), nurturing friendships with other similarly obsessed fans (she inspires obsession and camaraderie more than any other musician I know), and seeing her more than 25 times in my 20+ year love (and counting).


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DJ Shadow It is hard to believe that it has been 21 years since the release of DJ Shadow’s ground-breaking and highly influential experimental hip-hop album Endtroducing. Yet DJ Shadow has not lost an inch of his creative drive, pushing the envelope further yet again with his latest album The Mountain Will Fall. It was on this school night that Shadow was able to play his full set, having previously played cut-down sets at festivals, and hypnotise the packed Albert Hall with a perfectly melange of in-your-face turntablism and spectacular visual displays.


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Beautiful Day Out "A Beautiful Day Out" – you couldn’t wish to find a more aptly named gig. Five quality bands on a glorious sunny afternoon in the best outdoor venue I’ve ever witnessed.


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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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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Wow! A truly mind-blowing evening at Manchester's Albert Hall with Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Catch them live if you can..


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