Maxïmo Park Having dipped in and out of Maxïmo Park's career over the last ten years and having already seen several unbeatable live performances, I was excited to see how they'd evolved since the last time I caught them back in 2010. The Institute is the perfect setting for their typically decadent offering and the room fills up quickly despite the early Friday night start time.


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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tonight's gig at the Birmingham Academy had a varied lineup, and it was unclear whether this would be a good or bad thing. All three bands had punk leanings, but each pushed at the boundaries of the genre in different ways. It promised to be an intriguing night - would we be treated to an interesting mix of musical styles, or would the bands be too different to keep the crowd happy?


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[Spunge] Tewkesbury ska-punkers [Spunge] have been touring relentlessly since their formation nearly 20 years ago. Despite never breaking into the mainstream, they have a loyal band of followers and always put on a hell of a show, so it was great to see them returning to Birmingham.


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Less Than Jake It's been almost exactly two years since Less Than Jake's last UK tour, and it's always exciting to see them return. As one of the most energetic, entertaining, and downright fun bands around, they have a habit of delivering performances that put them in a class of their own. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see what they could do this time round.


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