James Bay As one of my favourite solo artists and a big fan his debut album, ‘Chaos & the Calm’ PLUS having waited over three years for a new release and a tour, I was elated (and apprehensive) about covering the James Bay Roundhouse gig on Tuesday. James released this very highly anticipated new album, ‘Electric Light’ on Friday, 18 May and is currently on tour supporting it.


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The Breeders There is something just undeniably cool about The Breeders. I’m not happy with that word ‘cool’ in there. It’s not a word I use. Ever. But I’m going to allow it this once. The Breeders are a band every aspiring musician should want to be in. That has to be cool surely? I mean, this is rock royalty up on that stage. I digress.


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The New Power Generation In the backstage area of Oxford's Common People Festival we had the delight to catch up with the legends that are Tony Mosley, Damon Dickson, Sonny Thompson of The New Power Generation and the newest member to join the 'Celebrate Prince' legacy shows Mackenzie Green making his debut in the UK this weekend.


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DAY TWO - Common People Festival Thousands of revellers were rewarded for ignoring forecasts of all-day thunderstorms to attend day two of Bestival’s Common People Festival in Oxford - as lightning lit up the skies during the headline act!


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DAY ONE - Common People Festival Oxford's South Park was a-washed with vibrant colours and culinary aromas as people flocked to spend their bank holiday at Common People. From the same family as Bestival, the team created this two day family friendly extravaganza filled with good music and excitement for all ages.


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Steps On a high from their 20th anniversary 'Party on the Dancefloor' arena tour at the end of 2017, Steps are back! The pop quintet kicked off the summer of Steps tour in Cheltenham, bringing along 2016 X factor runner up Saara Aalto and Brit award winning 2000's boy band Blue.


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Father John Misty Headliner Father John Misty knows how to make a cool entrance. With his ensemble of string and brass backing musicians warming up on stage he appeared walking around the top level of the Piece Hall towards the stage with the rest of his band members in tow.


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DMA'S Although I struggle with the fact that the Aussies have pretty much dominated The Ashes during my adult years I’m more than happy to concede that the Britpop Revivalist movement is being firmly led by three lads from down under. Made up from the remnants of previous band DMA'S are a Sydney three piece consisting of Johnny Took, Thomas O’Dell and Matt Mason. Debut album, the exceptional ‘Hills End’, landed on these shores in February 2016 to wide critical acclaim and several Oasis comparisons.


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Miles Kane As a patriotic Brummie I don’t tend to venture too deeply into the unchartered town centre of ‘Cov’ as it’s affectionally called by the locals, because well, they pretty much don’t like us! The lure of a certain Mr Miles Kane however was too strong. So, with geographical allegiances firmly put aside for the evening and disguise well and truly ‘donned’ it was all systems go with a short trip along the Coventry Road!


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Britrock Must Be Destroyed Ft. Terrorvision + Reef + The Wildhearts Lately I have been tending to photograph and review bands from the 90’s! I do listen to new music, heck I have met The Blinders for goodness sake, but the 90’s bands keep coming at me and tonight is a positive bean feast of a line up.


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James Halifax, a town famous for Cat’s Eyes (the reflecting studs on the road that keep you safe), chocolate and banking has a rich musical history, but of late the calibre of acts playing here has had a bit of a boom with the Stone Roses, Kasabian and Florence + the Machine having all played at the Victoria Theatre recently. Tonight it was the turn of Mancunian legends James to bring their unique show to the beautiful venue tonight.


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Jess Glynne Jess Glynne; 'Wow I didn't know she was a thing anymore' this was what my friend said to me after learning I was off to see her this evening. Well unless you've been under a rock the last couple of months she's back. Personally I would argue that she'd never gone anywhere, taking the de facto time off after her first album and record breaking six number ones (first for a British female solo artist) before releasing her upcoming second album. So far this year though she co-wrote Sigala and Paloma Faith's 'Lullaby', featured in Rudimental's 'These Days' (hitting UK number one) and Yungen's 'Mind On It', as well as releasing her own single 'I'll be there'. But it's been a while since we've seen her live, the first since she can remember and to paraphrase it's like 'starting anew'.


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Charli 2na and Krafty Kuts If old school hip hop and breakbeats are your thing, then you were in luck tonight with former Jurassic 5 member Charli 2na (Charles Stewart) and multi award winning DJ Krafty Kuts (Martin Reeves) onstage at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds.


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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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