Placebo The 2nd gig I ever went to in my life was Placebo when I was 15 years old at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, so when I was asked to cover tonight’s gig in Manchester I was more than just excited I was ecstatic!


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General Fiasco Forsaking the Antiques Roadshow (how rock n’roll am I eh?) a comfy sofa and a gentle drift into dribbling oblivion after chuffing my way through an entire roasted cow I made my way to the new Academy for a night of equally new music in the shape of…deep breath…The Fall, The Rise, The Onlookers and General Fiasco. General Fiasco? Admit it, as band names go that’s kind of asking for trouble. Short of calling yourself ‘Colin Cockup and the Halfwits’ you couldn’t arm your critics with much more ammunition if you tried.


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The Temper Trap Let’s face it- this gig was a steal for us. We agreed to it months ago when very few people had heard of The Temper Trap. Then BOOM six weeks ago their song ‘sweet disposition’ hit the charts courtesy of its use in the film 500 days of summer and full-on radio 1 airplay. Virtually overnight the unique sound of ‘The Trap’ was fully understood.


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