Alice in Chains Seattle legends Alice in Chains paid a flying visit to the UK for two shows in the run up to the release of their new album due later this year and before they spend the whole summer on a huge run of festival shows. We were lucky enough to catch them at Leeds Academy, the first of the two nights.


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Hollywood Vampires There was a palpable buzz of excitement in the air at the prospect of seeing Hollywood A listers, Hollywood Vampires in Brummyland on Saturday night at the Genting Arena.


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Nouvelle Vague This tour is being billed as the Acoustic Shows Tour so tonight Nouvelle Vague are a stripped down four piece consisting of acoustic guitar, keyboards, a fine collection of hand-held percussion instruments plus a melodica. It’s fair to say that the boys haven’t gone overboard as regards stage costume; functional workaday jeans and trainers seem to do the job. Whereas Melaine, in a black velvet backless dress and Élodie in a long split skirt with lace top, look chic, classy and like they’re ready to tango in a 1920s Parisian nightclub.


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The Bronx A mere 30 yards away from Camden Town tube station, you come across a strange set of double doors they look like they lead to the ground floor of a block of offices. Only this time, the stairs lead you further down to the depths of one of London's most popular venues. I am in fact talking about the Electric Ballroom. Many incredible artists have played here such as Muse, Beck and George Ezra. But if you were to be present on the 10th June 2018, you would have been witness to large mosh pits and the screams of one Matt Caughthran. All of this, curtesy of The Bronx. A pure punk rock band from Los Angeles, California.


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Laura Veirs Manchester’s music scene is buzzing. Last night it was the old guard – Patti Smith at the Apollo; The Rolling Stones and Richard Ashcroft playing at Old Trafford. Tonight LCD Soundsystem grace the Apollo and here at the Deaf Institute we have American singer-songwriter, Laura Veirs.


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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends Present: New Worlds Last night Bill and friends arrived in London for the UK premiere of his debut album New Worlds at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. I have a been to a lot a of gigs but arriving at the RFH I had no idea what to expect. Would it be a room full of die hard film nerds or classical buffs wanting a fix from a world renowned trio of classical greats?


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APE Presents Victoria Park is a place that the locals of the area visit for lovely runs, dog walks and picnic dates. It’s a truly tranquil and enjoyable place that people come to relax. So it would have been a bit of a shock for those on their daily dog walk to see their path cut short by the large installation that is All Points East. In the festival’s first year running, the opening weekend went down a storm. Today, Victoria park was jam packed full of festival goers ready to see the incredibly popular Catfish and the Bottlemen.


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Lionel Richie It’s hard to believe 2018 marks 50 years since Lionel Richie burst into the music industry as lead singer of Commodores.


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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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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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