Lucky Chops What we see before us tonight is a new band. A band changed not only by a difference in line up, but also generally in their attitude to what a live show can achieve. With no opening act, tonight is all about them.


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Steve Winwood I declare I’ve been a big fan of Steve Winwood ever since Traffic’s appearance at Lancaster University in 1974. Yet tonight’s show is something of a mixed bag. Sat behind his Hammond Organ for the first three numbers it is clear that this ‘vintage’ seventy year old has lost none of his distinctive and distinguished vocal chops.


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Ben Howard Having sold out almost immediately, Ben Howard played to a packed-to-the-rafters Manchester Albert Hall on a hot and sweaty Friday evening on the 29th June. Being the first set of announced dates in support of his highly anticipated new album Noonday Dream, it was the first chance for fans to hear the tracks from the often elusive Totnes born songwriter.


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Kiefer Sutherland This is only my second time attending the Manchester Albert Hall but it certainly strikes me as a beautiful setting for tonight, the light from streaming through the windows which only amplifies the heat that is building in the venue. The crowd is full of mainly middle aged fans who have no doubt followed the career of this icon.


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Lenny Kravitz It's not everyday a legend like Lenny Kravitz appears at Manchester's Apollo. After four years away from the UK the intimacy is electric as he stopped at the venue a quarter of the size of the gigs he has sold out over Europe earlier.


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Stone Sour Having already played a couple of festivals around Europe this summer Stone Sour are now ready to hit the UK with a few dates, first up is tonights gig at the Manchester Apollo. Arriving at the venue there is a buzz around and fans are here in their numbers with the que reaching far into the distance.


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HAIM As the crowd entered Manchester Apollo it was American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers who kept them entertained before HAIM stormed the stage.


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Jonathan Davis More accustomed to playing arena shows, tonight the legendary frontman of Korn, Jonathan Davis, is getting a taste of his earlier days by playing to a crowd of less than 600 in the intimate Manchester Club Academy. With the new release of his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, JD is doing a series of smaller shows in anticipation for his upcoming performance at Donnington's Download Festival later in the week.


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Laura Veirs Manchester’s music scene is buzzing. Last night it was the old guard – Patti Smith at the Apollo; The Rolling Stones and Richard Ashcroft playing at Old Trafford. Tonight LCD Soundsystem grace the Apollo and here at the Deaf Institute we have American singer-songwriter, Laura Veirs.


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Rita Ora In the five short years since last touring the UK Rita Ora is back with a bang on her comeback 'Girls' tour. Whilst many will remember her wit and charisma on tv as a mentor on both The Voice and X Factor, the hiatus from touring has shown how much the international superstar has to offer, from modelling and designing a colourful Adidas collection, philanthropy work and being cast as Mia Grey in the 50 Shades films. Manchester were in for a treat as this girl is on fire.


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Theory of a Deadman On the back of their recently released sixth studio album ‘Wake up Tour’ Theory of a Deadman (TOAD) have finally landed in Manchester for the last show of their UK leg of the tour. Tonight they are playing the Manchester Academy 2, a venue that they are well familiar with having played it several times previously. The audience tonight is a great mix of young, old, rockers and regulars but all with one thing in common, their love for TOAD, the room is buzzing with excitement and absolutely packed out to the rafters.


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Trivium Summer has arrived unexpectedly early in Manchester, and around the campus of the university students are basking in the sunshine. Meanwhile, outside the Academy there's a sea of black clothing as the queue for tonight's metalfest begins to snake around the block. The Metal Hammer-sponsored 'The Sin And The Sentence' tour has brought a varied line-up to town that includes the new hopes for Death Metal, Venom Prison, Texan thrashers Power Trip, Grammy-nominated hardcore bruisers Code Orange and headliners Trivium for a night of big riffs and plenty of energy. Almost at the end of a nearly 7-week European run, expectations for tonight's show are bound to be high.


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Evanescence Six years after their last UK tour, Evanescence have returned with their newly released album Synthesis which features a combination of brand new material and some of their older classics (with a twist). Tonight the Manchester Apollo is buzzing with an unexpected and different vibe to your average 'rock' concert. The audience has matured somewhat, gone are the days of baggy jeans and chains, thrashing about a sweaty mosh pit, as tonight, people have traded that in for formal attire, ready for this seated only show.


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Belle and Sebastian Glasgow indie heroes Belle and Sebastian are back on the road promoting their latest music and reviving classic and much-loved songs from their 1990s heyday. Over the past few months B & S have released a trilogy of mini-albums under the ambitious collective title of ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’ and they are now in the midst of an extensive world tour.


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