Slam Dunk Festival Midlands 2016 Slam Dunk arrived and certainly left its mark. The Midlands leg of this festival found itself a new home at the NEC complex, thanks to a refurb at its regular Wolves home. There was a vastness that felt sterile and dispersed the usual pent up energy, sweat and hormones synonymous with Slam Dunk. However, it didn't take long for the crowd to make it their own, sit wherever they could find space and bring a festival scuzz to the shiny Genting arena.


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Birmingham Pride 2016 Birmingham Pride celebrated its twentieth year anniversary this year and made sure the party was one to remember as revelers from all generations and backgrounds celebrated in what organizers have described as the Birmingham's biggest crowds up to date within the festival!


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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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Pentatonix American acapella band Pentatonix stormed into their second night of their UK tour with an almost sell out show as crowds snaked across both sides of the entrance to Birmingham's O2 Academy eagerly awaiting these YouTube sensations.


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Daughtry Daughtry had the 02 Academy Birmingham singing along like a choir as they embarked on Birmingham to kick off their current ‘It’s Not Over… The Hits So Far’ tour.


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Busted As someone who is becoming increasingly jaded about generic pop punk you may wonder what has brought me to the Genting Arena to see Busted. The infectious fun of the McBusted documentary and the return of Charlie has me intrigued to see them live.


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Brian Wilson It was the majestic surround of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the pure majesty of a certain Mr Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ground breaking album Pet Sounds that awaited us last night and to say there was a palpable excitement by all inside the impressive arena - many of whom were clad in Hawaiian Shirts and floral Leis in honour of the great man.


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The Summer Set Ahh, The Summer Set. A band from Arizona who are apparently too pop for the punk kids but too punk for the pop kids. Where do they fit in? In Manchester it seems as tonight The Academy was packed with loyal supporters all eager to see a gig that may never have happened. After reportedly splitting last year, the band are now back together and looking stronger than ever after the release of their new album Stories For Monday.


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Heather Peace Multi-talented Heather Peace might not be a familiar name to you all, but I reckon she'll be a familiar face. Having starred in hit Brit dramas like London's Burning and more recently Lip Service and Holby City, Heather is a household name when it comes to her acting career, but there is so much more to the Yorkshire lass, and it's all revealed in her honest and emotionally charged music, which comes to life when she performs live.


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Frances I'd not heard of Liv Dawson before... the older I get, the more out of the loop I become. But I DO love a good female singer songwriter - hence being here to see Frances, and who couldn't resist the chance to see someone with a shared name?!


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The Icicle Works Early start for this one but Ian McNabb doesn’t mess about when it comes to playing live. The first time I saw him (solo acoustic set) he informed us to phone the babysitter to let them know we’d be late. Tonight the current Icicle Works line up is on stage for 8pm and leave at around 11pm. Even with a 15 minute break that’s serious value for money.


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Skepta As Skepta takes to his stage his new album ‘Konnichiwa’ is the mid week leader in the race for number 1 in the UK charts fighting off competition from Beyoncé, Prince and Radiohead’s new offering.


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The Victor Brox Blues Train Victor Brox is a home-grown British blues legend from Manchester with an impeccable pedigree. Tonight The Ruby Lounge plays host to a celebration of the man’s music on his 75th birthday.


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Tindersticks Visual albums are, apparently, all the rage now. Yet if you were slightly bemused a couple of weeks ago when someone asked if you'd "watched the new Beyonce album yet?', let me explain. A visual album is simply a record where each track is accompanied by its own tailor-made video. The Waiting Room, the eleventh album from Nottingham's Tindersticks, was released back in January, and some editions of the record were packaged with the 'visual album' version.


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