Gig Junkies 2015 Here at Gig Junkies we're looking back at all the great gigs we reviewed in 2015. From Frank Turner to the Kaiser Chiefs, Julian H. Cope to 10cc, Placebo to Ella Eyre, Nick Cave to Taylor Swift, a stack of summer festivals and into the winter with everyone from Culture Club to Dave Gahan to Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Faithless and The Prodigy.


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Wiley Tonight’s headliner Wiley had a share of the spotlight back in the noughties, with a few crossover hits- most memorably ‘Wearing My Rolex’- but tonight he forgoes older songs to focus his new album, ‘Godfather’. It makes sense; this new era of mainstream grime is not filtered for pop radio as it was in the mid-00s, but is more intense, more direct and more, well, grime.


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SkunkAnansie Do you ever get that feeling that you've just been a part of something really special, something really relevant? Saturday night, Brixton Academy, Skunk Anansie felt exactly like that. And judging by the crowd, it felt like that for 1000's of others too. 'Fascism..stop it DEAD in its track!' Skin's words resonate through me days later. Skunk Anansie have always been a special band, always pushing the boundaries and breaking barriers; they smashed it back in the early days, and they still smash it in 2017.


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Cabbage An evening of Britpop punk extravaganza came to the Picture House Social in Sheffield on Friday. The sell-out crowd was treated to a line up of three excellent acts, headlined by post-punk Cabbage from Manchester, who were supported by April and The Shimmer Band.


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Tom Walker The main act, Tom Walker, is a Scottish born, Manchester raised singer-songwriter who has recently started to make his way on to the music scene. Signed to Sony’s Relentless Records he’s already supported acts like Samm Henshaw and Gallant.


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St. Paul and the Broken Bones A Harpoonist, an Axe Murderer and some Broken Bones. It’s a standard cold wet Tuesday night out at Leeds Irish Centre, but a much needed shot in the arm is administered by Saint Paul Janeway. Alabama’s St Paul & The Broken Bones are on UK soil this week for a handful of dates and Gig Junkies caught all the action.


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The Hotelier The Hotelier can only ever open with one song “An Introduction to the Album”. The sound has been a bit ropey throughout the supports but it's all resolved for these headliners from Massachusetts.


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Toy With its quirky small club atmosphere and friendliness, Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club is rapidly becoming one of my all-time favourite live music venues. Over four days they’ve been hosting ‘A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge’, featuring artists on that label. Saturday night features Brighton psych rockers Toy and up-and-coming shoegazey dreamers Britain.


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Candlebox On Friday night at Plug in Sheffield, a select crowd was treated to music of the finest by American rockers Candlebox, who were supported by the fantastic Pete RG and outstanding Jeff Angell’s Staticland..


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The Pretty Reckless The Pretty Reckless were formed in 2009 and perhaps best known for their single 'Make Me Wanna Die' which reached the #20 in the UK charts back in 2010. Now they are currently touring the UK in support of the band’s third album release 'Who You Selling For' and Birmingham’s O2 Institute was sold out for their return to the city since 2014.


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SNFU Tonight’s gig in Birmingham is the 5th gig of SNFU’s 33-date ‘Euro Frostbite Tour 2017’. They are a seasoned band, having formed in 1981, with singer Ken Chinn (Mr. Chi Pig) being the only original member left in the current lineup. SNFU’s sound has had various labels, from skate punk to melodic hardcore. Even though they hail from Canada, they have a similar sound to a lot of West Coast punk groups from the 90s era and are cited with influencing groups such as fellow Canadians D.O.A.


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Halfnoise Zac Farro is a name that will be familiar to many a 00’s rock fans after rising to fame as part of the Grammy Award winning band Paramore. But Zac is now steadily making waves with his new musical venture, Halfnoise.


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GJ Review It was a busy, busy year for us little Gig Junkies in 2016. See below the links and just some of the great images we've captured from more gigs than we can count and hundreds of bands from right across the UK during the year! From the smallest venue to massive festivals, from up-and-coming talent to some of the leading artists of their generation...


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The Wonder Stuff The final night of The Wonder Stuff’s December tour. It ended festively at the 02 Institute in Birmingham along with support from Black Country and Birmingham bands Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fuzzbox and newcomers The Lottery Winners.


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